Buying books

An audio book of ‘Little House in the Big Woods’ arrived this morning so we had a very peaceful breakfast with it playing. We all enjoyed it and Justine was relieved to have someone else read it for her! I’m slowly getting to know the stories (my education having been lacking in that respect) and am really enjoying them too.

This morning the first thing we did was to head over to the Central Library booksale. I wanted to make sure we got there as early as possible. It started at 9:30 (why can’t they make these things later!) and I was there within a few minutes of the start. Justine and the children followed shortly after, having found a parking space after dropping me off. Thankfully most of the Rugby scrum when I got there was around some adult non-fiction books, which I would have liked to be able to sift through, but it gave me time to look through the children’s stuff instead. We found a good number of books to fill the plastic bag we had bought for £2.50 and 6 classical CDs for a fiver too.

Boys reading at the library

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After the booksale we went to Central Park so the boys could ride their bikes and dig in the sandpit.

Of course, what happens when we buy books is that the boys want to have them read. So we spent the afternoon going between reading and doing various bits of cleaning that have resulted from the work that has been going on in the house. (Update – the shop room now has most of its ceiling and walls ready for the plasterer and the shop front itself is only waiting for them to put in the glass for the window above the door.)

Lots of very interesting books from the library booksale. I was hoping for more children’s non-fiction, but there wasn’t much good stuff there. Quite often this kind of thing can look like the kind of books that we were made to copy out of when we were at school! The library seems to have a stock of children’s books that were written, designed and printed in places like India and East Africa. These are very interesting to read to the boys as the stories are good and the illustrations are quite Indian and African!

At some point today I sat down with the boys and explained about Earthquakes. We had a look at pictures and video on the BBC news site. I reminded them of the trip to the Natural History museum that showed what an earthquake is, but said that the one in Folkestone wasn’t as bad as they one in the Museum!

Justine made nice soup for tea from our home grown spinach.

I found JJ on the kitchen table carefully cutting up pieces of red pepper yesterday!

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We have had a pleasant week. We’ve been twice to Ferry Meadows to meet up with friends, spent an afternoon at the farm (in the children’s play barn they now have a life-size plastic hollow cow with rubber teats, the cow gets filled up with water and the children can milk it – very odd)! Then today we’ve been to Activity World with Muddle Puddle. Getting out is definitely easier now that the littlest is a bit bigger and she really is being an exceptionally easy baby. (Today at AW she sat on my lap and smiled and cooed at people and then closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.)

bugs

A sickness bug hit the household last week, and we’re slowly recovering. Littlest and I have avoided it – the others have had it with varying degrees of severity. Bee has been hardest hit, and is still very wobbly. So not much to report, except for a huge amount of washing of bedding every day ….

bugs

A sickness bug hit the household last week, and we’re slowly recovering. Littlest and I have avoided it – the others have had it with varying degrees of severity. Bee has been hardest hit, and is still very wobbly. So not much to report, except for a huge amount of washing of bedding every day ….

Yesterday we went up to the farm for the afternoon. This morning I had a visit from someone who is looking into home educating, and this afternoon, just as I was wondering if I should take the children sandal shopping, another friend turned up with her children to play. She is one of my favourite friends because she just turns up, instead of booking an “appointment” ,which saves me the stress of feeling I need to tidy up and be ready. We were in a muddle when she arrived – the dishwasher had broken and the boys had spent the morning cutting up paper and scattering it over the kitchen floor – and by the end of the afternoon the sand from the sand pit was evenly distributed from the bathroom, through the kitchen, across the patio ,and into the playhouse. I think a good play was had!

After finishing ‘The Last Little Cat’, I decided to try “The adventures of the Little Wooden Horse’ by Ursula Moray Williams. It’s one of those books I used to cry through every time I read it, but having had a quick look at it again yesterday it didn’t seem quiet as traumatic as I remembered it. We read the first four chapters today taking a chapter at a time and then going to do something else before doing another chapter. This way gives Bee more opportunity to mull over what we have read and wonder what might be coming next than if we read all the chapters in one go.

In between our chapters the boys made rock cakes, felt tip stained class window pictures, made jigsaw puzzles and played letter lotto.

After a few weeks respite JJ has got back to puzzles, in the mean time he has learnt to say his “P”‘s so now they are puzzles rather than nuzzles (and the postman brings post instead of the toastman bringing toast, which I rather miss). As before he is very focussed and intent and is spending hours each day on them. One evening last week I was reading an alphabet book to him and went through asking him what each letter was. He knew 16 or them, which I guess he must have picked up from Bee and Mip. I think he is fairly sure of his number up to 10. He has also developed a habit of twizzling his hair at the back of his head and has now knotted it up so much that we are going to have to cut the twizzle out.