School Days – owl day

owl babies homework

This week’s school days was more eventful than normal. The last week before half term, and it feels like they’ve only just gone back after Christmas. Here’s this week. Sick day It’s not often N has a day off sick. This was his second day this year, which is a lot for him. On Sunday he came down with a horrible cold, which continued into Monday. So he had the day off (being bored – at least he does find… Continue Reading “School Days – owl day”

School Days – times tables tests

reading book comic book

With only a week to go until half term, all the extra parent invite events are kicking off again. Each term the penultimate week is the church service, then the last day of term is always open morning and then target assembly where they get certificates if they’ve reached the level. It’s always a lot of parental asks to attend everything. This week I totally forgot about church until the day before which meant it was too late to work… Continue Reading “School Days – times tables tests”

School days – house tokens and dance

enjoying a 100 piece tower of london jigsaw puzzle

Last week was a quiet school week.  Not a lot going on, just more of the same.  I’m not getting that many exciting conversations about school anymore. Although we still have our bedtime chat about what each of us have done that day, N’s version is a list of lesson times…register, assembly, English, break, maths, lunch, lunchbreak etc. Boring and limited detail unless he all of a sudden remembers something strange or that he believes was wrong. Here’s this week’s… Continue Reading “School days – house tokens and dance”

School days – parents evening and NSPCC talk

calculator and maths worksheet

What with last weekend being a birthday weekend, I totally forgot to share school days for that week.  There was quite a bit going on last week, although N seemed relaxed about it all. Parents evening I always hope there’s no surprises at parents evening and again there wasn’t.  With the school doing an open morning each half term for parents to go in, look at books and have a quick chat with the teacher, you tend to know how… Continue Reading “School days – parents evening and NSPCC talk”

School days – class dog and giraffes

Monty the class dog

This week was the first full week back at school.  N took it all in his stride. He doesn’t seem (at home at least), to really have ups and downs at the start or end of terms. He just gets on with it, and we would rarely know any different.  Onto this week’s School Days. Handwriting N’s handwriting is still hit and miss. Sometimes it’s really neat, others it’s wild ,and sometimes he writes it so small noone is going… Continue Reading “School days – class dog and giraffes”

Top reading tips to encourage children to read

tips on encouraging kids to read (2 boys reading) - Bubbablue and me

Reading ability is such a key skill for children to enable them to progress well at school, it’s no wonder many parents worry about how their children are doing.  I previously shared a comparison of the different reading levels and schemes.  But if your child doesn’t want to read (home or school books, or anything), it can be worrying.  There are things you can do to help encourage their reading. In our house we’ve gone through ups and downs with… Continue Reading “Top reading tips to encourage children to read”

What makes a happy day for a working school mum

happy times for working school mums - Bubbablue and me

Making the move from mum to school mum (or dad to school dad if you’re the one doing the bulk of the school organisation/admin load) can be a big step. I find there’s big satisfaction when it goes to plan and N gets to school on time, with everything he needs, and nothing is missing by the time he’s home again. But add in being a working mum to the mix as well, and the logistics can get even more… Continue Reading “What makes a happy day for a working school mum”

School Days – snow day and nativity

Living Arrows 2017 week 51 - child in nativity

We’re really into the run down to Christmas now, with only 2 (party) days to go.  This week just gone did have some disruptions to the planning thanks to the heavy snow we had. Here’s this week’s School Days. Snow day For the first time since N’s been at school there was a school closure thanks to snow.  The school were planning to open until Sunday evening when it was heard on the village e-news that a tree was down… Continue Reading “School Days – snow day and nativity”

School days – Christmas run up and maths tests

getting ready for school

The excitement of Christmas is at school at the moment. They’ve started their ‘# sleeps til Christmas’ countdown which N loves, and there’s been lots of Christmassy things going on, not just the nativity play rehearsals.  The nativity is due on Tuesday, but given the snow we’ve had all of Sunday, I’m expecting school to be closed tomorrow – and unless there’s a thaw and rain to get rid of the snow, the nativity play and school might struggle on… Continue Reading “School days – Christmas run up and maths tests”

School days – nativity props and carol service

concentrationat play

It’s been another quiet week for School Days.  N’s school rotate round sports coaches coming in, forest school, and music or dance activities, and this week was a changeover week. Carol Service This week was the Christmas carol service. For the first time I had to miss most of it because my car had gone to have a check and it wasn’t back in time. I usually manage school events by either using my flexi time if they’re early in… Continue Reading “School days – nativity props and carol service”