Monday, 6 May 2013

Bank Holiday Fun

I don’t normally blog about our weekends because at the moment we don’t do much “work” as I am usually studying myself.  But this weekend I was out and about a little bit as we had cousins visiting.

On Saturday we completed the teddy bear trail ourselves.  It was such a lovely sunny morning and really good fun looking for all of the teddies.  LG surprised me with her takeaway skills as she could update us on the number of teddies left to find.  A very nice way to spend our morning.

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And while we were out Daddy was doing this:

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We have grass!

On Sunday we had a very lovely trip to Wallington Hall.  It wasn’t the warmest day but we still had fun!

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Picnic, icecream, den building, play park, football, rounders, alpacas…

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Glorious weekend.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Cleaning up

Today ended up being a bit of a hotch potch.  The children all slept in so LG didn’t go to playgroup in the end as it took so long to wake up and get ready.  We are expecting visitors this weekend so I needed to give the house a bit of a tidy.  The three children all chipped in for an hour and tidied their playroom – and I must admit they actually did a great job with very little complaining.  I know!  No complaining!

As a reward I let the boys walk to the shop to buy three sherbet dipdabs – one for each of them.  LB1 impressed me a great deal with his maths ability.  He worked out the cost of three sherbet dipdabs and a bottle of diet coke for me.  It would come to £2.75 so I gave him £3.00 just to be sure and said he could keep the change to put in his jar of pennies.

He returned from the shop with a can of coke for me.  It wasn’t until later that I realised that was 54p less and he had pocketed the difference!  That boy will go far ;-)

While I was tidying the kitchen we started reading and talking about Greek Myths.  The conversation had started yesterday when I reminded the of the story of Echo and Narcissus after seeing some Narcissus while we were out.  This reminded me that we had a few books at home on Greek Myths so we got the out and started reading some of the stories together.  Unfortunately the story of Orpheus and Eurydice had LG in tears but we enjoyed some of the others.  We then compared them to some of the stories in the bible and talked about where these stories came from and why people would have tried to explain the world around them in this way.  It was particularly interesting to compare the story of Pandora with that of Eve.  It was a really good afternoons discussion of what was quite a difficult comcept and we will be doing more work next week on Ancient Greece to follow it up.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Art @ Hatton

First thing this morning we had to put our teddy outside.  What do you think?  Doesn’t he look good?  He has to stay outside until Sunday 12th May and if you’d like to take part in the teddy bear trail you can download a map here.

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Today was a beautiful day.  At lunchtime we headed to the Hatton gallery for our art session where we made “Art books”.  These were simple books made and decorated on a theme.  As usual the children really enjoyed their time:

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Then after art at the Hatton we went to see Nanny and Grandpa.  It was such a nice afternoon we took a walk to see if the frogspawn had hatched – so many tadpoles!

Here are our art books:

LG

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LB2

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LB1

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Apologies I think I have a smudgy lens!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Sunshine

It was another lovely day today (I know – summer is here I think!) so after we had taken LG to playgroup I put a table and chairs outside and let the boys work out there while I did a few jobs.  They worked really hard on their maths.  Then because the weather was so nice we stopped off at the park after picking up LG from playgroup.

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Well it would be rude not to!

We took sandwiches with us and headed straight to Enjoy-a-ball from the park.  LG played with her friend while I marked the boys’ maths books then we raced away as quickly as possible to make sure we could get to ballet on time.  A slight change of plan this week meant we were collecting a friend of LGs outside school and taking her to ballet with us.  Unbelievably the sun was still shining when we came out of ballet (the snow storms seem so long ago now) so we went to the park again on the way home.

LB1 and LB2 decided to walk home from the park on their own while I dropped the LGs friend off at home.  It was a bit nerve wracking for Daddy and I wondering if they would be sensible and walk all that way together carefully and without fighting… but we shouldn’t have worried.  They were excellent and very proud of their independence :)