Child development leaps and bounds

A month of huge child developmental leaps - Bubbablue and me

When you have a baby or toddler, the development leaps and the amount they learn is huge each month. Then once they’re older, at school, those milestones slow down. Or rather, they don’t slow down, but they’re more gradual, and there’s fewer large obvious milestones for them to complete. Learning to ride a bike – tick, age 4 Starting school – tick, age 4 ¾ Losing the first tooth – tick, age 5 (tooth 8 now wobbly a year later!)… Continue Reading “Child development leaps and bounds”

Living Arrows – reflective play

Living Arrows 2017 week 20 - mirror reflections

N had numerous strange things that he’s taken ownership of over the years. This compact mirror from a cracker has been floating around the kitchen for a while, and the other day he was playing around with it. He spotted I had the camera out and wanted to see if I could get a photo of me reflected in the mirror. It was a bit blurry, but I was more excited to see outdoors through the window reflected in his eye.… Continue Reading “Living Arrows – reflective play”

School Days – VIP and fractions

speedy maths homework

Unbelievably soon it seems, but we’re counting down to half term.  This week’s been fairly quiet at school, probably helped by it being SATs week for the year 6s so the rest of the school has probably been shushed quite a lot. Lack of imagination I’ve always said I’m not a creative person. At primary school I remember we had to write our own books, and I basically plagiarised much of one of my own favourite stories at home then… Continue Reading “School Days – VIP and fractions”

My Sunday Photo – Strictly show

My Sunday Photo - beauty and the beast Strictly Banbury costumes and dancers

This weekend has been the local Strictly show, with local ‘heroes’ and ‘pros’ from the local ballroom dance school.  This year 2 of my friends were taking part – they both danced nicely, but for the matinee I was at they didn’t make the final stage. There were some lovely dancers – some I couldn’t tell who was the pro, others were definitely not dancers!  I’d love to take part in something like this, maybe if I lose my weight,… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – Strictly show”

Project 365 2017 week 19 – Strictly Banbury

vintage cars in town

We’re onto week 19 of Project 365, and I’ve taken hardly any photos of N this week. Oops. Thankfully weird single photo choice of food and flowers have come to the rescue.  I’ve not been taking my millions of photos, but on quiet days have chosen to take specific photos for Project 365. On Sunday I sat down with this little chocolate crunch ‘donut’ from Costa I’d grabbed as a treat. It was time to read my National Trust booklet… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 19 – Strictly Banbury”

This boy says no to Disney films

I am partial to watching the occasional Disney films.  Back in our 6th form we used to watch Beauty and the Beast quite frequently – it was one of 5 videos we had in our girls house.  And the classics are classics for a reason. (*post contains affiliate links) But N will not watch them.  There’s no love for Disney movies when it comes to N. Well, I tell a lie, he’ll watch Jungle Book.  But that is the only… Continue Reading “This boy says no to Disney films”

Exploring dinosaurs at Dinosaur Adventure Norfolk

Day trip to dinosaur adventure norfolk - Bubbablue and me

So many children love dinosaurs, but I think N is a bit ambivalent to them.  Sometimes he comes out with interesting facts (mostly gleaned from Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures on cbeebies), the rest of the time he’s scared of them or doesn’t care.  So I wasn’t sure what he’d make of Dinosaur Adventure.  It turned out he loved it and model animatronic dinosaurs are no longer something to be scared off.  Whoop! As it wasn’t Norfolk school holidays Dinosaur Adventure was… Continue Reading “Exploring dinosaurs at Dinosaur Adventure Norfolk”

Learning basic maths in Key Stage 1 – maths printables

Key stage 1 maths and printables - Bubbablue and me

N does enjoy school, although he would prefer to be at ‘farming school’ with his dad. Reading and writing are the areas he has to work at more although he is coming round to it. He’s a much more practical learner, so maths is much more his thing with the more experimental and practical learning they do. I’m really pleased he’s found something at school that he finds quite easy, so hopefully once things get harder in year 2 he’ll… Continue Reading “Learning basic maths in Key Stage 1 – maths printables”

Thursford – organs and steam engines

Thursford Collection steam engines and organs - Bubbablue and me

Sometimes we visit some really random places.  Many of those that I’ve remembered since my own childhood, and the Thursford  was one of these. On a rainy day on our Norfolk holiday, we decided to change plans from the beach and head indoors.  The Thursford popped up as an alternative and N seemed keen to check out the steam engines. I always think hanging around until 10am for places to open is a pain when we’re ready to leave hotels… Continue Reading “Thursford – organs and steam engines”