After a quiet day, mostly at home, just me and Boy Lacer, me eating as much raw garlic as I feasibly can (ok only two cloves, one last night (on brushetta) and one at lunch time (on pasta), in an effort in my cold drug free existence, to knock my cold on my head and it’s seems to be working, more garlic tonight, vampires beware) and Boy Lacer (not avoiding my garlic breath) spending most of the day trying to sit on or failing that, very very near me, because he could, as there was no big sister in the way. We then went to pick up Girl Lacer from school, the weather actually more summery than it had been all summer and she came out *drum roll* with a full book bag, her first books to bring home that are for her to actually read, instead of us to read (there was one ‘sharing’ book for child and parents to read together though). It surprised me, I thought they’d do the whole a, b, c stuff first, you know, ‘the cat sat on the mat’. All they’ve seemed to do in class so far is build things out of junk. I did think her lessons had suddenly jumped up about six years today when she came out with a picture that to me looked like a scientific diagram showing one of those little hangy things you hang Newton weights on and a complex series of lines and arrows to the side, the Newton weight thingy turned out to be a chocolate bar hanging up, not sure what the lines and arrows were. Anyway, so she has a couple of books to read, simple stuff, one on dressing up with sentences like ‘I am a clown’ and a handy picture of a clown to show that the word is clown and the other one was about growing a seed which was a bit harder. She did ok with them but she was more recognising the words from repetition and from the pictures, she was trying to be a bit too verbose to, instead of ‘a big flower’, it was (and this was very obviously her guessing from the picture) ‘a very tall sunflower’. Oh well! She did enjoy it and the purpose of the dressing up book was ‘I am a ‘ and the seed book was to teach ‘big’ and ‘little’. Boy Lacer was cute to, when all this going on, he was trying to read it to, pointing at the words and going ‘I am a clown’ for the ‘I am a pirate’.