Birds and the bees talks with 6 year olds

Talking to kids about sex education - Bubbablue and me

Talking about the birds and the bees to our children.  Always one of the topics that is sprung on us before we’re ready or prepared for it.  Nowadays children are so much more savvy compared to when we were children. Added to that, they learn about sex education in schools much younger,  so I want to be the one to tell N rather than waiting for him to find out from school. I remember my mum giving me a ‘how… Continue Reading “Birds and the bees talks with 6 year olds”

Reading levels and book bands in Key Stage 1

how to understand reading levels and book bands in primary school - Bubbablue and me

When children start school the one thing that is the most confusing (other than where do all those lost jumpers and water bottles go?) is reading. Not the learning to read because phonics system makes sense.  But reading schemes, book bands and reading levels. Back in the 70s and 80s when I was learning to read it was easy to understand. Everyone seemed to do Roger Red Hat, Billy Blue Hat etc, and then whizzed on to whatever books were… Continue Reading “Reading levels and book bands in Key Stage 1”

School Days – sports day and multi-skills

hula hoop race - Bubbablue and me

It’s been a busy week at school this week.  It’s felt like they’re really winding down to summer with sports day and sports week this week. Multiskills morning N’s been talking about the year 1 multiskills mornings for a couple of weeks. Mostly because it was a morning out, with a coach journey to another school.  When it came to it though, I didn’t hear much about it, other than the bus driver on the way forgot to pick up… Continue Reading “School Days – sports day and multi-skills”

Summer fun bucket list for kids and families

Summer of fun family bucket list - Bubbablue and me

Summer holidays are a bit of a mish mash for us, what with work and harvest.  The OH never informs me in advance of his plans so knowing when he can have N with him at work and when I need to sort out holiday club is always a mystery.  I think this year I may have 3 weeks of holidays off work, and potentially a couple of days of flexi-leave if I can manage the days I’m working well. … Continue Reading “Summer fun bucket list for kids and families”

Teacher’s pet or super keen kids

Teachers pets and eager to please - Bubbablue and me

Considering I didn’t ever really think I’d want to have children, I think we’ve had a pretty easy ride of it so far.  Making the decision to try for a baby was a good one and it’s worked out well.  Easy pregnancy, easy ‘labour’ (most calm unplanned c section ever), easy baby and so far, not too much trouble since then. While N has been a pretty easy going child so far, he does have selective hearing, never does the… Continue Reading “Teacher’s pet or super keen kids”

School Days – phonics screening test

watching television

Another week, another school days post. And unbelievably we’re racing towards the end of the school year with only 5 weeks to go. This week was a tad stressful for me because I’d been asked to come in to speak to the head, but had no clue what for. So I’d had 5 days of stewing about it.  It turned out to just be questioning if I had any issues after a bit of a moan had got back to… Continue Reading “School Days – phonics screening test”

School days – Learner of the week

Thoughtful boy

The first week back after half term and it’s been full pelt. N’s been staying up later than normal so we’ve had less school based conversations before bed. He’s mostly had a lot of questions about the older children’s school trip where they’ve been away for the week. Learner of the week and VIP As usual, the reason for N’s VIP sticker this week was a bit of a mystery.  He was awarded it by the PGCE teacher in his… Continue Reading “School days – Learner of the week”

Ultimate tips to encourage imagination for kids to write

Encourage imagination in kids for writing - Bubbablue and me (1)

When I was a child I always struggled with my lack of imagination. I read lots but if I was tasked with writing a poem or story and I would find it really hard. I’d clam up and not know how to start.  My teachers never really helped with how to improve. I just always thought I had no imagination. But now N says the same thing that I used to feel.  He’s got the actual writing part sorted he… Continue Reading “Ultimate tips to encourage imagination for kids to write”

School Days – half term run up

after school brushing and sweeping up outside

It feels like we’ve only just had the Easter holidays, but we’re already broken up for half term. Only another 6 ish weeks and it’ll be the summer holidays, and we’ll be off camping again.  Only another few weeks for N to be in year 1! Supply teachers This week N’s class 2 teacher was on a course for a couple of days, so they had a supply teacher in. According to N, Mrs W was very strict but nice… Continue Reading “School Days – half term run up”

School days – reading, singing and forgetting names

My Sunday Photo - shooting arrows

This week’s School Days post is a day later than normal thanks to a killer headache yesterday which wiped me out for the day.  Last week was one of those school weeks where plenty was good, but there were also a few irritations. I’ve found as the year’s gone by my annoyances have increased, mostly to do with N still being stuck down with Class 1 and them still not having been moved up.  Now I’ve pretty much given up… Continue Reading “School days – reading, singing and forgetting names”