Just checking in to say I'm still here and we're all fine but have just been busy enjoying life. All my writing energy is focused on finishing the book and the rest of the time is spent enjoying family life: cooking, eating out (eg Wahaca in Covent Garden), galleries, museums, parks, the garden, family, friends. The usual really.
I'm also helping Little Planet learn to read her letters and simple words. She's only just turned 3 but she was expressing interest in reading so I thought Why not? I was reading by the time I was 4 so as she is showing interest I should help her. I'm using a system called Progressive Phonics which has free downloadable resources; I'm also using a phonics app called Pocket Phonics on the iPad which she really loves. We're really lucky because her childminders are supporting us in this and are reinforcing the phonics when she's with them during the week. The key thing is keeping it fun for her and not making it something she has to do. That's why the app is particularly good as she sees it as a game.
Anyway, hope you are all enjoying the summer. More soon.