Each week the school encourages every Reception pupil to choose a book from the school library, to take it home and read it with her parents, and which the child then tells the other kids about during story time. Today Angharad chose "Topsy & Tim: The Little White Rabbit". This is 'bloggable' because it is is Angharad's first ever choice.
We think this is a good routine as it reinforces our existing practice - each night Nik reads Angharad a story from a book Angharad chooses. We've done this for most of Angharad's life. After the story, Nik tucks Angharad in, puts out the light and says "Mammy loves you and Daddy loves you, Taid and Nanna and Grand-dad love you...[continuing through named relatives and friends]; Your name is Angharad, which means 'much loved', we hope you will always know that; good night, I'm giving you a kiss and then I'll sing 'Twinkle, Twinkle little star' ." Then Nikki sings it three times and leaves the room. Well, tonight, Angharad signed to Nik, after Nik finished speaking but before she got to Twinkle, Twinkle, that "James is my friend" and that "I love James". James is a little boy in her class whom she first met last week. Nice!