One of the things that I am most thankful that our choice to home educates allows, is the freedom to take the mornings as they come. My friends around me know that my children are typical ‘Burns’ children and seem to have inherited my own father (and Uncles!) love of getting up at an early hour. It is a rare day that one of them isn’t up by 06:30 am. Thankfully, H seems to be more of a Doyle and certainly has his father’s love of his bed so at least one of them sleeps in a little.
I’ve always been more productive in the morning so I must admit that it does suit me for the children to be up and ready in the morning; I always think I function better first thing, and I certainly can get more done with D and E when they’re up early. When they were toddlers it wasn’t uncommon for us to be in the park or feeding the ducks by 8am.
I’ve noticed over the last few months that there has been a real switch with D in the morning, Em and H still want to eat the minute they’re up, but most mornings Daniel will take himself off to the sofa, grab a book and wrap himself up in a blanket. He would happily sit there much of the day I think! I often have to prompt him to get breakfast and even then his appetite is often just some toast or a small bowl of cereal.
I do so very much enjoy these starts and Daniel preferring to have a quieter, start means I get to spend a little extra time with H (when he is up!). We will often play a game or two before we head to get ready for the day. I notice the book pile next to Daniel increasing day by day, and he’s taken to enjoying chapter books much more.
There are a few classics that he returns to time and time again – Charlie and The Chocolate Factory being a prime example but there are others that I see him returning to or series that he enjoys reading too,
A couple of popular chapter book series is the Star Friends ones and the Shine Academy ones. The Star Friends one are quite sweet with a whole world of magic in them and I think there are around 6/7 books so far in this series. It’s not the sort of book I would have read as a child, and probably as a result wouldn’t have chosen for Daniel and Emma. I’ve never really been into fantasy type stories. I’m grateful that Daniel has the confidence to choose and read his own things and these magical worlds are ones he loves to inhabit through these books. I think we have a few of these now and he really does enjoy them, and I know Emma is keen to get to reading these soon.
The Shine Academy books are the sort of books I would have enjoyed reading as a child – all the drama of a school and childhood friendships. Some of the storyline is a bit sophisticated for Em at the moment, but she enjoys me reading it aloud and Daniel likes reading this series a lot. I think we have three of these books and he is forever flipping from one to the other.
I hope the slow mornings continue into the autumn, and I’m optimistic that as H will be a little older then we can all enjoy sharing a story together in the morning. Emma is progressing well with her reading and I hope that we’ll be able to take it in turns to read together at least one morning a week.
I’m thankful that I can let the children take their mornings as they please, and that we are working only to our own schedule. There’s so many wonderful books to share, and we have The Hideaway Deer, Little Lion Rescue and Little Dolphin Rescue to read next.
Do you share chapter books together, and if so are there any favourites that you have?