Living Arrows 2017 week 12 – library visit

Living Arrows 2017 week 12 - library choices

We used to go to the library regularly, but haven’t been since last summer.  With N getting reading books from school and refusing to read his books at home himself, a library visit seems a lot of effort if I need to have him with me. But this weekend N had requested to visit the library and get some books out. We dug out his library card, paid an extortionate £1.50 for the nearest car park (no free parking in… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 12 – library visit”

School days – after school clubs

creating his own little book

This week’s school days has been uneventful.  It’s strange because it’s been calmer but N has been much more tired than normal. Add to that a horrible dry cough that comes and goes in the evenings and night, and it’s probably all impacting him and making him tired.  The one thing he’s really excited about is the his school trip in a few weeks.  We’re on countdown. After School clubs Luckily N’s school do lots of lunch time clubs, so… Continue Reading “School days – after school clubs”

School Days – World Book Day and pancakes

pancake race ready

Another week, another end of February and that meant a busy week at school with not only pancake day and World Book Day.  N has mixed views on both although anything involving food is going to win with him. Onto this week’s School Days goings on. World Book Day N loves books, he loves stories (as long as someone else is telling them to him), and he likes the activities they have around World Book Day. But dressing up doesn’t… Continue Reading “School Days – World Book Day and pancakes”

School Days – fair awards and star of the week

making up stories for homework

We’ve only had one week back at school since half term, but it’s felt like we’ve been back forever. I think we got the better deal for the weather compared with those off this week, but now it’s getting lighter in the mornings and evenings. Soon Spring will be here. Here’s this week’s School Days. Fair awards and star of the week N is just like me – fair and just. Everything should follow the rules and reward the people… Continue Reading “School Days – fair awards and star of the week”

School Days linky – Robinson Crusoe and spellings

reading books the two bears

Wow, we’re into half term already.  I know many of you aren’t yet, so the #SchoolDays linky will be open for a couple of weeks to capture everyone’s ends of term.  Hopefully those who’re off this week have some nice things planned. This last week of term whizzed by and I think N was surprised by it as well. VIP again Yes, N was VIP again. I think it might have been due to good focused work, but N wasn’t… Continue Reading “School Days linky – Robinson Crusoe and spellings”

How to get your child to talk about their day

Grinning and ready to chat about school

I love having a chatty son. N loves to talk (I wonder where he gets that from), although he does pick his moments. Sometimes he’ll be quiet and focused, other times he’ll witter on about nothing. Sometimes I tune it out (naughty mummy) although he does usually notice and pulls me up on it. But there’s always one thing that parents want to know about and not all children are forthcoming about sharing. Their school day (or their day at… Continue Reading “How to get your child to talk about their day”

Living Arrows 2017 week 6 – writing practice

writing practice

N enjoys school but the one thing he’s not keen on is writing. So I was happy to see him getting excited about being close to completing his reward chart writing row – he only needed 6 stickers.  So one evening he wrote all 4 of his birthday thank you letters. Then not satisfied that he still had 2 stickers to get, he decided to write about dinosaurs. Three sentences later, I had a piece of paper with information about… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 6 – writing practice”

School Days – VIPs and junk modelling

working out his maths

This week’s School Days post is a little low on insight this week. Damn that N was ill on Sunday and therefore couldn’t be back at school until Tuesday. VIP x2 N was awarded VIP 2 days on the trot this week.  We think for focusing and working hard, but I’m not convinced N was quite sure.  He was very pleased with himself and was quite gutted that he didn’t get it again on Friday.  Although more annoyed that on… Continue Reading “School Days – VIPs and junk modelling”

Making maths fun with Fundels games

Playing number games with Cartamundi Fundels plus a review - Bubbablue and me

I’ve mentioned before how N is just getting into games and I’m a big fan of anything educational.  When Cartamundi asked me to review a couple of their newly launched Fundels games, I thought it was a great opportunity to broaden N’s game options.  And help enforce his maths at the same time. Cartamundi are specialists in playing cards and card games, and Fundels have been launched to bring a fun and effective way of learning into the world of card… Continue Reading “Making maths fun with Fundels games”

School Days – football conversion and PDSA

working out maths and money - Bubbablue and me

It’s been a bit of a ‘nothing’ week for School Days. Just another week and N hasn’t been forthcoming with his commentary on his days.  The biggest thing was going as a 6 year old. He didn’t want to be 6 and go to school.  Thankfully Monday came and went with no problems. VIP N came home with his first VIP sticker in ages. His house team are lagging behind the other 3 teams, so I think they need a… Continue Reading “School Days – football conversion and PDSA”