Little Bear has always loved books. I read to him a lot from a very young age (from about 2 weeks old!), and we continue to read him a bedtime story every night and a couple of books most days. Teddy is less interested in books, and tends to be a lot more choosy than his older brother, but he also has a bedtime story every night. We try to make books an ever present part of every day, including books that the adults in the house are reading. This literate environment is what makes it a definite that one day they will both be reading for themselves.
So, books this week…
Little Bear has been enjoying Holly Webb’s The Winter Wolf at bedtime since Christmas, and was very put out when it ended. Fortunately, The Witches by Roald Dahl has proven to be an excellent replacement, much to Daddy Bear’s glee. He has been trying to persuade Little Bear to read it for ages!
Teddy’s bedtime reading of choice has been Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman for months, but after seeing the film over Christmas he has also enjoyed The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. This is a book he has regularly settled down to flick through on his own as well, which is new for him. Continuing the snow theme, I showed him First Snow by Bomi Park, which is a hit! I love the simplicity of this book, just a few words and the pictures tell the rest. Perfect for Teddy. He has also asked to look at his Spiderman magazine a few times, not strictly a book but still excellent for getting his interest.
We try to read a couple of stories each evening, one chosen by me, one by Little Bear, and a daily poem. I am hoping one day Teddy will want to choose a book at this time as well, but as yet he has not wanted to join in much. This week we haven’t been very good at remembering, but we’ll do better next week! We have read One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth, Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy, Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson (Teddy even snuggled up for that one!) and The Brambly Hedge Winter Story by Jill Barklem. Our poems come from the Read Me Poem a Day book, a relic of my teaching past and the National Year of Literacy.
My grown up reading has mostly been from Teach Your Own by John Holt, which I am enjoying, but not getting through very quickly as I don’t get a lot of time. Every ten minutes I get, though, I have been left with something to consider for our continuing home education journey. I’ve also been dipping into Chris Packham’s Back Yard Nature Reserve, and finding loads of inspiration for our garden. We’d love to encourage more wildlife, although where we are now doesn’t really give me much hope of managing it, especially with the huge number of cats around including our own. I had no idea Chris Packham despised cats quite so much, but it is clear from this book that he does, and I can understand a little of why when they scare off or eat so much local wildlife.
So those are the books we have enjoyed this last week. Hopefully next week there will be lots more next week, now we are getting back into the swing of things. I’m always keen for recommendations, either for me or for the small bears, so if there is anything you or your family have loved recently please comment below!