Hello and how are we all doing in this crazy and unfathomable time!?
I hope you are coping well with isolation and social distancing and everything in between! It has been a long time since I have been to my little corner of the internet and I suppose it has been two fold - 1. I ran out of time. Or I suppose I was always running out of time every single day. Between teaching, toddlers and brain injuries there wasn't much room for my creative outlet to live on! and 2. I didn't feel I had anything of importance or worthwhile to share.
And then came COVID-19 and I have slightly more time (questionable with the aforementioned toddler!) and I think* I may have a few things worth adding to the internet. The first is a printable book review you can do with your children! I did this in school with my year two class but it is quite open ended and you can write as much as you want! Adults can even try it too!
I have been trying to get on with school work while also trying to entertain Reggie which has been very difficult. When he has screen time I was trying to get work done on the laptop next to him but he was having absolutely none of it! He wanted to tap the keys and swipe the screen (ipad generation!) and it proved impossible to do anything while he was around. I apparently am not even allowed to have a bath without him scratching at the door and shouting: 'Mummy, are you toilet?' Then shouting over to Will: 'Daddy, mummy wee wee!'. And if I should take longer than five minutes in the bath, the tears Reggie produces could fill another tub entirely!
I know there are so many parents out there struggling with the same thing and you just have to find a balance that works and you can survive together. My saviour in all of this has been reading. Instead of having to watch Titipo, or whatever new show involving dinosaurs or trains (or both - dinosaur train - the weirdest program ever!) Reggie and I have found a silent acceptance - I read and he watches and the best thing of all is sometimes my book is way more interesting than the screen! Reggie has started taking books from my TBR pile and has been seen sitting on our bed with an open P D James! Not wholly appropriate but a good start!
So I thought I could share my book review template and you can print it off and share with your children as a way of encouraging conversation about reading witch is definitely just as important as reading itself! It's just a simple format and asks questions which hopefully enable children to tap into how they felt about the book and which characters they maybe do or don't identify with. Also you can edit it as you like, perhaps make it into a film review? Anyway, I hope this is helpful and above everything I hope you are staying well and healthy. Plus if you are a key worker - thank you!