Tuesday, August 27, 2013
#ReadItMD13 Theme Week - "Back to School, oh no!" - Bookish related things to help ease you and your kids back into the school routine
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:23 AM Labels: #ReadItMD13, Back to School Week, Biff Chip and Kipper, Blue Kangaroo, Little Princess, Splat the Cat
|Three words that strike terror into the hearts of children (and joy into their parents!)|
So let's kick off by diving back into the archives for some of our favourite school-based books.
Read and re-read by us, we loved Splat packing Seymour his trusted mousey sidekick into his lunchbox as he (grudgingly) sets out to learn how to be a cat at cat school, and all the things that cats should and shouldn't do. Chase mice? What a terrible thought!
Soon though Splat teaches his teacher and classmates a few lessons too - that mice aren't food, they're friends - and there's really no need to chase Seymour around when he's such an adorable olive-nosed little fellah.
Splat will soon be popping up again in the next book "Scaredy Cat Splat!" which should be hitting shelves in time for Halloween.
We always expect the very best from Emma and we get it in spades - and it's a timely reminder for me to hunt out the rest of the Blue Kangaroo series as this one was utterly brill!
During the holidays, one of the hardest things to keep going was Charlotte's interest in self-reading.
"My Phonics Kit" starter pack is fab for taking children away from the books and onto the computer for some enhanced reading, phonics activities and learning.
There's also a whole host of brilliant exercises, stories and activities on the fantastic Oxford Owl website. Like most parents, we really struggle to marry together reading for learning and reading for pleasure (in fact it's a real concern when Charlotte's confronted with a new Biff Chip and Kipper book and can't actually distance herself from the fact that it's a 'school' book and not a 'home' book - despite the stories being pretty good fun in some of the advanced Stage 4 books). These sites and resources really do help though, so they're worth diving in if you're trying to get your children back into a bit of a learning routine to help ease them back into school without a huge jolt.
There'll be more from us on the subject of getting back to school or starting school for the first time as the week progresses so stay tuned!