The kids have been reasonably pleased with the whole “Night Mail” thing and have done some great work on it. I’ve not done photos yet but Maddy has done an amazing snippet of poem to fit into it:-
“And though the country is very vast,
she’ll never get lost, she’ll keep going fast.
She’ll follow the tracks until she finds,
Her station by the railway line.”
She’s also done a great picture in pencil, which pushed her boundaries a lot as I made her really keep on at it until it was a picture, not just a thought of a picture and learned a big chunk of the poem too.
Fran has done a display card with pictures she researched and labels. She’s really working at her handwriting at the moment as she isn’t pleased with it – and it is now really coming on. her poster included various things, including postal orders which fascinate her for some reason “It’s like Paypal but without the internet” as one child said last week!) It also has people sorting post on a train and various things; we might pop up to Nene Valley as they have a post carriage there.
Yesterday one our suppliers came over; he grew up here and is now a real friend. He told them all about the trains coming with post and from the boats in his childhood and told of of several places to visit. I love hearing about Peterborough from his memories.
Fran has a couple of other things to do on this; I do try not to labour the point, but she is getting to an age now where ‘presenting’ some work is useful, trying out different styles etc and this is a good opportunity to research and display her findings.
What did catch them was stamps; Fran dug out an old stamp collection to decorate her poster and got intrigued. All of them spent the morning sorting and exploring them, putting them in albums and finding out about places and reasons for different names and scripts and so on. Stamps, I say geekily, really are fabulous.
Maddy, who is diligent and hard working, was with me, patiently working on a comprehension about Simon Weston. Lots to discuss there. I think, I say tentatively, her spelling confidence is improving. Simon Weston was slightly, if not much, easier than ‘allotment ed’ with Fran yesterday where I was severely questioned on the death of OBL and 9/11. *wheesh*
Josie sounded out and read 10 cvc words to me perfectly. I think she may be getting it 🙂
And then, after lunch, we had visitors from Making It Up.
It struck me, rather between the eyes, that I didn’t mark the 2nd this month. I may still write letters to Freddie at times, but I think the time for making his birth date each month is over.