One-to-One is a book with several sections in it.
Here are a few of them:
- Play: My father writes
about the importance of play, and recommends the best toys for
- Art: He here discusses
which materials are
the best for oil-painting, watercolours, charcoal, sketching, and
modelling, plus tips about doing all these subjects with young
children (all very good advice which one seldom reads!).
- Writing: When and how to
teach children to write. There are pages of letters to copy, to give
your child beautiful handwriting. This is how I learnt to write, so I can tell you from
experience how good it is. My
handwriting used to win prizes and the calligraphy I do now is thanks
to the way I learnt to write.
- Reading: In this section
there is a lot on how to teach a child to read, as well as many pages
of recommended books to read to children, from toddlers to
eleven-year-olds! They are all the books Bethan, Samuel and I really
enjoyed when we were little.
- Mathematics: This section
was in danger of taking over the book, and the fifty pages it now
covers is small compared with what it could have been! In it are the
clearest instructions I have ever read for how to add, subtract,
multiply, and divide, as well as enough advice, encouragement, and
good sense about maths to reassure any parent!
There are also instructions for games at the end - battleships, card games, dice games,
dominoes etc. to make sure your maths lessons will be good fun!
- Gardening: How to grow
flowers, vegetables, herbs, tropical plants and citrus plants with
your children. Everything from an onion to a passion fruit vine,
all of which is written from sound personal experience. This
section ends with how to encourage wildlife in your garden and how to
make a bird table.
- Cooking: This is a big
section full of all our favourite recipes which are simple enough for
a young child to do. World cuisines, including: Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, as well
as how to make bread, buns, soups, biscuits, scones, and cakes - all
with very clear instructions and pictures for nearly all of them.
- Crafts: So many young
children love to do crafts - I know I was one of them. The
trouble is most crafts are too tricky for little fingers and the
easier ones can end up looking ugly. This section is full of all
the simple crafts that not only work but look beautiful at the
end. Greetings cards, wrapping paper, jack-o'-lanterns, pompoms,
simple embroideries, a woven pencil case, how to knit and some
knitting patterns, cross stitch, candle making, papier mâché, and
more!! If your children like crafts they will find plenty to do
- Additional Subjects: Discussed
here is music, languages, science, history, and geography. For
most of these subjects it is suggested you wait a little while, unless
the child has a real drive to do them. Our other book,
Unqualified Education, discusses them in great detail.
The book is 318 pages long with as many illustrations, and it has
cartoon strips running along the bottom of many of the pages. As you
can tell, it is jam-packed and there is no wasted space. It is one
of the fullest books I have ever seen and at £12.50 is very cheap!
It is always impossible to know what a book is like before one buys it
online but it might reassure you to know that we get a lot of our sales
this way and people always seem highly satisfied with the product.
One thing they often say is "I just wish I had known about it
sooner" which is one of the reasons I am putting this page on the
Jamboree. I believe this book could help many families all across
the world and that if more people knew about it, it could mean the happier
childhoods of more children.