Back to normal routine this week, so Rob has been back at work and James has gone to bed on time and fairly easily. A relief for everyone!
We are struggling to find that balance with blankets, though, so he has woken through the night most of the week either cold or hot. Hmm. I bought a new baby monitor that tells the temperature in his room (the old monitor’s screen had broken after a year!), so hopefully we’ll be better judges of how many blankets he needs this week.
Our bedtime story on Sunday was See-Saw, which was given to us in our Bookstart bag.
It is a book of nursery rhymes, and is illustrated with little children playing. It’s less of a story, and more of a sing-a-long. James usually has about five songs then sings Old MacDonald Has A a Farm all by himself, then is happy that’s the end of the book. Read it again rating 2/5.
On Monday we read Giraffes Can’t Dance. Here’s a picture of Gerald the giraffe.
This book is a lovely tale of being true to yourself and also pushing through no matter what. It’s told in rhymes, and does use some questionable words, like “clot” and “silly fool”, which you may or may not be happy with your child repeating! James hadn’t picked up on it yet, and he may never, but I imagine a fair few four year olds would find those words very amusing.
This story is quite relaxing to read and listen to, so it’s a nice bedtime book. Read it again rating 4/5.
Tuesday’s story was the rather wonderful Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival.
This is a story about two best friend, one of whom has to move away. The friends keep in touch by writing letters. However, Herman is so upset by his friend moving and seeming to settle into his new place without him, that he can’t bring himself to reply.
There a little letters to open and read throughout the book.
James really loves this book and knows it almost off by heart. He was sat in the back of the car the other day and recited a whole letter without prompts. It must’ve just been on his mind. Read it again rating is 5/5 without doubt.
We picked up this book for Wednesday’s bedtime story, but James was too tired, so we made up stories in bed before he fell asleep. So we read it on Thursday instead. It’s called Are You My Mummy? and has a fluffy circle to feel as you read.
We have a Fisher Price app on my iPhone called Puppy Player. One of the videos is about a duck who has lost his mummy and the Puppy helps to reunite them. This book is pretty much the same story. James enjoyed it very much, and we read it again about four times before bed. Read it again rating 5/5.
Friday’s book was this funny tale about cats who steal a penguin from the zoo. Penguin in Peril has some great language and is a great story well illustrated.
We bought this story when we were in Edinburgh and dropped Rob off at the airport so he could go diving at Scappa Flow. James and I went to the zoo, though there were no missing penguins! Read it again rating is 5/5.
We had a very busy day on Saturday as we went to the Air Museum in Sunderland in the morning, and Blue Reef Aquarium in the afternoon. We finished off the day with a very simple story of Percy, who wants to be cleaned but keeps having terrible messy accidents that cover his paint with filth!
The book is called Percy’s Chocolate Crunch, and is a book in the Thomas and Friends series. James loves this book a lot since we picked up a little model Percy in Mothercare a week ago. Personally, I prefer the classic Thomas stories, so for me the read it again rating is about a 3/5.
Next week we are starting our participation with the Baby Steps To Literacy program. Danielle is hoping to show that reading with babies provides a more diverse vocabulary, prior knowledge bank, opportunities to build oral language and conversational exchanges, positive attachments and higher self-esteem…which all lead to building a stronger foundation for academic success when they enter school.
If you have an infant under the age of 28 months, and are interested in taking part in Danielle’s research, check out the Baby Steps to Literacy website and contact her by email or Twitter.