Monday, 27 December 2010

Christmas Books

When I started writing this blog, I did not think I would be sitting down to write a post about the books that we've been reading with the boys just a few months down the line.  Charlie has always had an interest in looking at books but it has always been on his terms and on his own.  Well we have reached a point where he enjoys looking at some books with us and is asking for them to be read again and again by signing please.  James is not quite so keen but will sit through the whole book and listen which is a great step forward too!  I will admit that I don't play by traditional rules here though - if sitting on the table means that Charlie will look at the book, he sits on the table!  A little unorthodox but I have learnt with my 2 that if they don't want to do something they won't and its better to take an activity to them in their way than making them conform to a strict idea of what is deemed polite and acceptable behaviour.  This is one of the great advantages of educating them at home.

 The book we are reading here is called 'Father Christmas Needs a Wee!'  Its basically a counting book, but I think the rhyming aspect of the text and the simple pictures of familiar items are what appeals to the boys.

Some other Christmas books that we have also enjoyed are the Christmas series of the Usbourne touchy-feely books and a sing-a-long Jingle Bells book with an interactive button to play the tune.

Conclusion? Again...its got to be the right books - musical/rhyming, the right type of pictures, cause and effect, and sensory feely books all appeal at the moment......and of course we are over the moon by all this!!

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