My favourite childhood book #teacher5aday #memorymarch

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“Childhood and memories in general are priceless. Yes there will be some bad memories but also some memorable ones! That’s life & we have to keep going and stay positive! This month, lets reminisce and share together.”

I was really lucky to have parents and extended family who liked me to have or read books from an early age. One grandparent bought me non fiction every christmas and while my dad preferred engineering and tinkering to reading he introduced me to Scottish comic strips such as The Broons and Oor Wullie. As I grew older we spent an hour or so every Thursday after school in a tiny portacabin library near my primary school where I developed my love of Usborne programming books.

As far as I can remember, my first book was one from a very popular series:

And while I thought I couldn’t remember which one a quick Google search unearthed the cover – instant time-warp!!

The books were written by Jayne Fisher who was only nine when she first created The Garden Gang series. I think I was three or four years old when I got this book and have very fond memories of it. The pictures in the book were originally drawn with felt pen and I wished I was as half as good at art as she was. A little Internet research told me she did indeed become an artist.

I don’t have my copy any more as we passed it on our old toys and games to our neighbours during house moves and clear outs. I remember it being a well read and loved copy with a cracked spine.

Strangely enough we were given the Simon Swede and Avril Apricot book by a friend a year or so ago and now my kids both love the series too.

My first job #teacher5aday #memorymarch


A photo taken this morning enroute to my current job

This post is part of a series linked to the #memorymarch initiative created by Ritesh Patel for #teacher5aday. Please visit his blog post for more details and join in if you can!

“Childhood and memories in general are priceless. Yes there will be some bad memories but also some memorable ones! That’s life & we have to keep going and stay positive! This month, lets reminisce and share together.”

My first job was, like many others my age, a paper round at age 14. The pay was terrible for the work (if I remember correctly £4.25 a week PLUS a free video from the limited selection in the village shop) however I really enjoyed it. The round itself was easy enough – about 70 houses – which took about 90 minutes by foot and a bit quicker by bike. I remember the weather being generally nice which is strange for North East Scotland so I’ve probably blocked out the months of rain and howling wind.

What I really enjoyed about the job was the thinking time. The process of delivering the papers to the houses quickly became second nature and I just daydreamed my way around it. Much like today I came up with ways to link my learning together (although I probably didn’t actually realise I was doing this), whatever it was at the time. I now know that reflection of my students is one of the most important parts of the learning process. There has to be gaps to reflect both inside and outside of school.

I think that this kind of job is now pretty much obsolete with the increase in digital news consumption and the loss of local village shops to larger supermarkets however I do think that thinking time and reflection remains as important as ever. Italians have the right idea here, with aperitivo time every day where they sit, chat, read and think. It helps that there is often sunshine of course but, speaking as an 18 month resident of Milan, there is a lot more rain, fog and chill than most people realise!

That said, it is beautiful today…