I grew up on Enid Blyton and Ruskin Bond’s books. These are the earliest books I remember loving, once I started reading independently as a child. Imagine my joy then, when Penguin India sent me Bond’s latest book to review!
The story itself is an autobiographical memoir of Bond’s life at school through the year 1947. He loves reading, playing football or hockey, eating jalebis, sneaking out of school and having fun with his gang of friends. The Fearsome Four belong to different religions and have distinct personalities. But as Bond puts it, “Adults seem to think it important, but at thirteen, friendship and loyalty seemed to matter more.”
The boys have the usual school challenges- studies, sports, food, new girl in an all boy’s school, sneaking out and getting caught, bonding over spankings, etc. But the boys also encounter partition, choices. separation, death and hope.
Both V and I, love books. Period. And my dream home involves a huge bookshelf lining a wall of the living room. Because, why would one want to do anything other than flaunt their books, right? Wrong! We have been doing book rotation with V’s collection and it has made a world of difference to us. Rotating books is basically keeping only a part of the books on display or for use, and changing them every so often. Let me take you through it.
Why Book Rotation?
Does not overwhelm the child I hate going to the supermarket simply because my list would say oil- but the oil aisle would have twenty different brands with different quantities. It irritates me to check all the ingredients and prices, make calculations in my head, and finally make a choice. Think about how much it would be for a child to choose one book out of a hundred.… Click to read the rest
I almost started writing about our lessons at the zoo. But today I wind up the Blogchatter A2Z challenge, something I never thought I could get through halfway. The theme was child-led study units that started with questions V asked. For this last post, I’m going to summarize the world of good it has done me, as a parent.
Lessons in letting go of control
Although I taught in a mainstream school with differentiated instruction, we did have a set curriculum that helped me plan my lessons. Early learning is however a different ballgame altogether. I’ve had to learn to let go of the desire to plan every moment and let her take charge of her learning. I only have to facilitate connections in her brain from the environment.
Appreciating the little miracles
I think as adults, we just stop noticing the spirals in the way the fern leaves curl, goats licking their kids, the wonderful symmetry of leaves and animals, the colour of skies, etc.… Click to read the rest