Category: Reading

On our bookshelf…Childhood Classics

I like to keep a well stocked bookshelf for the children full of fun, quality, colourful books for the children to enjoy. Amongst our favourites are these two books which I remember fondly from my childhood.

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Childhood Classics

Both books are by the wonderful Janet and Allan Ahlberg with the most beautiful illustrations. The first is Each Peach Pear Plum and the other is Peepo. Opening the pages of these transports me back to my own childhood and I love having the opportunity to read them to a whole new generation.

See which other books we enjoy reading –

Chinese New Year

Today, Tuesday 5th February, Chinese New Year begins.

This year is the year of the pig.

In nurseries and schools up and down the country today, children will be celebrating and learning about Chinese New Year in lots of fun and exciting ways. With just two little ones aged just 16 and 19 months however, we kept it simple with this fab Peppa Pig Chinese New Year book. Because, if there’s one thing all my mindees love it’s Peppa Pig!

Only half of pre-school children being read to daily

I came across this story today in The Guardian which states that only half of pre-school children are being read to daily.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/21/only-half-of-pre-school-children-being-read-to-daily-study-finds

It is such a shame that this is the case but I completely see why. Working parents work long days. I am a Mum of just one and don’t have a long commute either side of my day which affords me quality time to spend with my son reading, which, quite frankly, if I worked elsewhere I would be pushed to get given his 7pm bedtime.

Although I know my mindees all have literary rich environments at home, it reinforces the need for us as early years carers to ensure all children in our care, whatever their age, have access to age appropriate reading material.

Our village pre-school is excellent at reading to the children and fostering a love of books  in children too.

Do you find time to read to your pre-schooler?