We’re big fans of Julia Donaldson here at View From A Daddy and this week we have tied in our love of her quirky tales with a week of holidays.
For her birthday the Little Lady received The Singing Mermaid written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks. The fun of this story tells of a young mermaid who thinks that there’s more to the life than the ocean and is drawn away to the circus by old Sam Sly. It doesn’t take long for her to realise that she’s been duped and she laments her life with the cockles and mussels. The Little Lady loves the lyrical rhymes of this story and quickly learnt it word for word. We read it most nights as one our bedtime stories but what has made this even more fun is listening to the word patterns as we have it on CD too. The easy rhyming patterns of many of Donaldson’s stories mean that for new readers, they are easier to learn by rote. Now, I’m not Dickensian in my approach to learning but repeating sound patterns helps children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, whether in a formal learning setting or not, acquire the sound patterns of new and interesting words. I’m reliably informed by Mrs View From A Daddy, that this will help our little learner recognise word patterns when she begins to spell out words.
In the meantime, before the structure of school begins, we are having lots of fun almost singing the story, adding our own accents, talking about the consequences of making decisions against advice and about how people can be friendly and kind when someone needs help.
Reading doesn’t just have to be about word and letter spotting, it can be about exploring the world around us. The length of Donaldson’s stories are just right too for our three year old and with the superb illustrations that are often glittered the act of reading is sensory for us too. By now, you’ll know we love reading but we also love singing a tale or two too!
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