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Tot-school | Week 25 | Letter ZJuly 14, 2018

This past week’s tot-school
…was lost in life

It’s been many moons since we worked our way through the alphabet and I’ve always felt regret that letter Z didn’t reach the site, this therefore is a post long long overdue and yet with the pack mostly made I dusted it out and added a few extras for those of you still going through the first, or second pass of phonics.

Letter Z is one letter I didn’t particularly cherish teaching. The sound is usually one of the last that children learn and it’s so infrequently used in words that it’s not a particularly helpful knowledge block early on. I honed in on the obvious Zebra as my main feature but I managed to find a few other words to supplement it.

The pack I’ve made is available for download at the end of the post.

This weeks read more questions:

From this we moved to themes as we had a second child in the morning who spoke a different language. slowly the practice of totschool became less frequent.

I write this as Adam is now three and three quarters and has just started with two or 3 letter words. Decoding is a skill he showed little interest in and so we just concentrated on letter and other preschool skills.

Yes, I plan on making a lot more resources and while those plans are still fluid I’d like them to be able to supplement and build on what is here.


Summer Reading 4July 11, 2018

We are blessed to spend Sundays with Baba, at her house on the outskirts of the city. This year, as I’ve nurtured my love of reading I’ve taken to packing a tablet in the bag and this weekend as the electricity failed and the kids played I found myself swiftly ticking off another book for the summer reading challenge. In some ways this book was kind of a cheat addition to the challenge. I’d started the year delving into books about mission and motherhood, third culture kids and bilingual families. Amongst the books I’d read was “A-41: Essays on life and ministry abroad” by the Trotter duo. In there was the blog series that lead me to Timothy Sanford’s “I Have To Be Perfect”: (And Other Parsonage Heresies). I devoured them both and when this April I saw another book by Elizabeth trotter had been released I knew it must go into my reading list somehow.

Summer Reading 2+3July 3, 2018

Summer Reading 2+3Summer Reading 2+3

I was scrolling through the reading challenge list and it inspired me to look a bit wider and perhaps read things I’d not have looked at before. As my budget is only £10 I decided that this was a perfect time to go scrolling on the kindle unlimited list and hope something catches my eye. It also inspired me to go down my very long wish-list and see if there were books on it that I could bag. Category 6 is graphic novel and I’ll admit I’ve never read one, plus the challenge of finding something over 100 years old for Category 8 called me.