Story Time

This week Becca has taken time off work to care for her children.  Next week the boys start summer school and Gina starts summer camp.  The boys have been diagnosed as autistic so the county pays for summer school for both of them but this week Becca has to stay home from work to take care of them.  So today she brought them all here for story hour.  The twins have not been inside my house for almost two years.  They turn 4 Sept.2 so you see they don’t really remember my house.  Neither boy can talk well or communicate with other people well so we knew it would be a challenge but did want to try it.  I was sitting at the table on the front deck area when they came so I could tell them just what we were going to do and what I expected from them.  Rules were NO screaming, no touching things unless told to and to stay right with Becca or myself.  Then we went in— I first took them into each room and told them what we would do in that room.  The story room was first, then the party room (dinning room), then they saw my work room, the bathroom (if they needed it) and my bedroom.  Then we went back to the story room.  Becca and I were to sit in a chair and they were to sit on the rug.  I introduced them to the dolls that would tell their story today.  The Three Little Kittens.  I gave the mother cat to Becca and each kid got a little kitten.  I dropped  their mittens on the floor before giving the kitten to a child since the first verse is that the kittens lost their mittens and had to find them.  They liked that,  and that got the whole story off to a good start. IMG_0170

Here we are getting set to start the story.   I think the thing they like the best was when they had to hang the mittens on the line to pretend to dry them.  They loved the story and the game and then asked for another.  Gina wanted  The Little Red Hen and since the first one went so well I tried another.IMG_0171-2


The second one went well but not as good as the first as the boys could not understand it as well.  Gina like it better as she knew the story and knew what was coming next.  They all loved the animals and just wanted to play with them.  So then we stopped for our party.  We had ice cream with strawberry jam and peanut butter cookies.  That was enjoyed by all.  Then I brought out the big box of toys that I had when Gina was coming over after school.  This box has all different toys in plastic bags, soldiers, knights, cars, old McDonald toys, farm animal and so forth.  They did well with those.  Each took a bag of toys and when they wanted to change they picked up the first lot before opening the new bag.  Norman got me pictures of the whole hour but these are the only two he managed to save.  We are still learning how to work the iPad.  Then to transfer the pictures to my Mac so I can put them on Word Press is a whole new task for us which is not easy for us old folk.  Anyways, it was a long hour but fun.  It went very well for the first time.  They know what they want for the next time.  Again it will be two stories and one of them is a book of Dick and Jane where they make a boat.  Gina remembered doing that and found the boat she made.  The boys want to make one too.  I told her we could do that IF she would read to story.  She agreed and Norman agreed to cut out two more boats for them to paint next time they come.  I think he had better make three boats as Gina will want to paint another if she reads the story to them.  I know she can read it but I have asked her before to read it but she would not!  If she reads the book she can paint a boat too otherwise she will have to watch the boys paint!

I have had a great day now I hope you have a great day also.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Story Time

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Those pigs you made were the cutest pigs I have ever seen! I am glad you had a good afternoon with the three children. Our five children always were welcome at both their grandparents’ homes and all have many happy memories just like these little ones are probably still enjoying. They are probably discussing their next visit with you!

    • Thank you, Rosemary. I just got two new books of patterns and have found crochet patterns for many of the old fairytales. The Three little pigs is one of them so I may do those also. They aren’t like real pigs but more like story book pigs. I got it for The Three Billy Goats Gruff but I am sure I will want to make all of them. Today We went to Save-A-Lot, a store just down the street from us. They have their own butcher and the best meat in town. This week they have the bone in pork loins on sale for $1.47 a pound so I got the whole loin, 28 pounds and the butcher cut it just the way I like it. I got two roasts at the two ends and one inch thick chops with the rest of it and OH, they are so good. We will share this with Patty. Most of the pork chops are already in the freezer.

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