James & The Giant Peach

Who doesn’t like Roald Dahl? I guess that there are some that might dislike his writings, but they don’t exist in in our house, thankfully. His writings are fantastical in nature & honestly in this new & still rather dystopian reality, a welcome distraction. The world needs magic & what better place to find it than books.

Today, I decided to start our Roald Dahl journey with the kids, starting with James & The Giant Peach, as part of our home schooling, a way to insert some fun into our literacy studies. Kidlet1 is very adept at reading & doesn’t go far without a book in their hands & whilst Kidlet2 is following in their older siblings footsteps, reading to them both is a great method to teach them to pay attention & retain information, without putting undue pressure on Kidlet2 to read faster than they are comfortable with, inadvertently.

I had intended to drag the reading out all week, but instead the kids kept begging me to continue, “Please keep reading the next chapter, Mummy”, so I did, I read all 39 chapters & now it’s done. I know I could’ve told the kids, no, let’s save it for later, but they were so keen to know what happened that I couldn’t do it. To be so engrossed in a story, that you NEED to know what happens & cannot fathom the idea of stopping, is a wonderful experience.

We broke up the reading of course with a few breaks for food & a little time to run around outside for a “recess break” etc, but we also stopped every so often at different stages of the story to predict what might happen next, which was fun. We looked up locations & information mentioned in the book, like how a grasshopper makes noise, the popularity of ladybugs (called ladybirds, in the story) with gardeners and other real life facts contained within the pages. We did some maths with the shoes the centipede wore and more. Then there were the worksheets that we did as well. Speaking of worksheets, we still have a few more to do, some of which I admit I copied by hand after doing a search online (& then copied for the kids to write in the answers) & others that I printed such as this one, which was free. We’re going to continue to work on the ones left tomorrow.

Pretty sure we won’t be dragging out this activity for a week, but maybe I’ll just make use of the “extra time” to do something else after we do all the activity sheets I have. I do have a small pile of sheets, but given the kids interest, I’m pretty sure we can cover it all in a day & best to do it all before we move onto a new book. ?

Final note about our home schooling journey so far

I have to admit that sometimes I find myself wondering that IF the kids do return to the public school system in the future, will they get a little bored? I’m almost certain they will look on it as a holiday at the moment. With only the two of them, there’s less time to muck around, than you might have in a classroom with a few more students. Today, was very successful, but also a very LONG day. I ended up doing supervised school work from 9-5 (with short breaks between, as mentioned) & whilst we covered a lot, I think the kids needed to run off more energy than they did. It’s a tough balance though, I want to foster the idea that if they want to extend our learning together, they can do so as needed, after all, learning should be fun

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