Category Archives: Family

Knitting to pass the pandemic

So apart from rehabilitating after knee surgery, and then a pandemic, I’ve rediscovered knitting. It brings a certain calmness to me, and brings me very much to the centre of my thoughts.

I found this really interesting article from The Cut by Madeleine Aggeler on Knitting to Keep My Hands Busy. I may not be an expert knitter, but like Madeleine I gain a lot from the simple crafting. I connect to all the folk in my ancestors who knitted, and those who will come after who will also knit to create for themselves and their families.

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Where have I been?

So I injured my knee quite badly at the beginning of November last year.  Then I had to undergo surgery, then rehab, and in between all of this, we decided to sell our beloved old house, I got a second job, my child started secondary school, we bought and moved into a new home…..

I swear to the Universe, that I will never again try and pack all of the above into four and half months. It was stressful, painful and sometimes full of insane laughter, but we got through it. Though just as I’m now getting back onto two feet – down from a silver walking frame, and now a single crutch, the world is shrinking again.

I hope that you and yours remain safe and healthy.

Take care and I will try and pop in again to say hullo soon.

Readers, in Spite of School by Donalyn Miller

A great post on Readers, in Spite of School by Donalyn Miller

Children in the machine: Lewis Hine’s photography and child labour reform

This great post from Europena shows some startling photographs of Children at work in the US.

Diversity in Children’s Books in 2018

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Link to JPG & PDF files: Diversity in Children’s Books 2018 – Dropbox Folder
Full citation: Huyck, David and Sarah Park Dahlen. (2019 June 19). Diversity in Children’s Books 2018. sarahpark.com blog. Created in consultation with Edith Campbell, Molly Beth Griffin, K. T. Horning, Debbie Reese, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and Madeline Tyner, with statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison: http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/pcstats.asp. Retrieved from https://readingspark.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/picture-this-diversity-in-childrens-books-2018-infographic/.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s “Learning to Read”

Very soon the Yankee teachers
   Came down and set up school;
But, oh! how the Rebs did hate it,—
   It was agin’ their rule.
Our masters always tried to hide
   Book learning from our eyes;
Knowledge did’nt agree with slavery—
   ’Twould make us all too wise.
But some of us would try to steal
   A little from the book.
And put the words together,
   And learn by hook or crook.
I remember Uncle Caldwell,
   Who took pot liquor fat
And greased the pages of his book,
   And hid it in his hat.
And had his master ever seen
   The leaves upon his head,
He’d have thought them greasy papers,
   But nothing to be read.
And there was Mr. Turner’s Ben,
   Who heard the children spell,
And picked the words right up by heart,
   And learned to read ’em well.
Well, the Northern folks kept sending
   The Yankee teachers down;
And they stood right up and helped us,
   Though Rebs did sneer and frown.
And I longed to read my Bible,
   For precious words it said;
But when I begun to learn it,
   Folks just shook their heads,
And said there is no use trying,
   Oh! Chloe, you’re too late;
But as I was rising sixty,
   I had no time to wait.
So I got a pair of glasses,
   And straight to work I went,
And never stopped till I could read
   The hymns and Testament.
Then I got a little cabin
   A place to call my own—
And I felt independent
   As the queen upon her throne.
A lesson plan for this poem can be found here.

Engaging teens with reading

 

The National Library of New Zealand has an amazing array of tools that you can use to engage teens with reading. Please explore their website here, if you’re an Educator, Librarian, Parent or interested in helping our next generations become literate.

Reading is a Forever Thing by Brooks Spencer

photo of man and child reading book during daytime

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This post on Reading is a Forever Thing by Brooks Spencer, again lists way we can engage and re engage readers to reading.

Recycle, Reuse, and Imagine!

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In a world that seems to use plastics and abandon them to future generations, this post on how to recycle and reuse everyday items was a balm to my fretful mind.

Censorship Leaves us in the Dark

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For tools and great resources go to Banned Books Week.

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