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”

Project 365 28017 week 48

playing with santa and elf ha

Only a few weeks of 2017 left for Project 365.  This is my 4th year of doing it, and while I love it, I feel like I’m getting a bit bored. It’s also a rush getting it done at weekends, when for the past 2 years I’ve been saying I’ll cut down on blog posts each week.  So I’ll have to see how I feel into next year. Here’s week 48. On Sunday, we went to Waddesdon Manor to check… Continue Reading “Project 365 28017 week 48”

A Waddesdon Manor Christmas with Enchanted Menagerie artwork

Waddesdon Manor Christmas tips - Bubbablue and me

I do love a Christmas display and I seem to be winning N around. When I told him I’d booked a Waddesdon Manor Christmas visit again, he wasn’t keen. But I suggested we’d revisit our timings, going later in the day, so he’d have some time beforehand and we’d hopefully be able to see the light display at the end of the day as well.  I was keen to see what the art installation was as well – this year… Continue Reading “A Waddesdon Manor Christmas with Enchanted Menagerie artwork”

Fun alternative advent calendar ideas with Scholastic

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Advent is such an exciting time of year for children. The bubbling anticipation of Christmas, the countdown and wishes that are made.  And children love the tradition of a daily advent calendar. In our house we do our own version of a chocolate advent calendar.  We have a fabric calendar with pockets and drop in a chocolate coin and a Christmassy activity on a bit of paper.  You can check out my advent calendar activity suggestions and printable if you’re… Continue Reading “Fun alternative advent calendar ideas with Scholastic”

Living Arrows 2017 week 48 – rocking horse

Living ARrows 2017 week 48 rocking horse

One lazy early morning for me.  The sun streaming in from the wrong direction. And N still insisting on riding the rocking horse. It’s the one that my uncle Geoff (well, step Grandad) all those years ago got out of a skip, repainted. Then my mum repainted in readiness for N being older enoguh. And now he’s really getting a bit big for it, but I don’t want to throw it away.

School days – teachers’ gifts and VIP

clay hedgehog

It’s been another quiet school week this time.  N was pleased to get his Star of the week certificate from last week.  But there weren’t any trips or sports events this week.  It seemed to be full of lots of nativity performance practice. VIP It’s another week, and N was pleased to get VIP again. This time it was for English. I’m not sure what, but N seems to be picking up on his literacy side of things.  I think… Continue Reading “School days – teachers’ gifts and VIP”

My Sunday Photo – chrysanthemum

MY Sunday Photo - purple chrysanthemum

I’m really enjoying my flower photography course at the moment.  It’s a lesson each week and means I have an excuse to get out my equipment and set up each weekend to catch the light. This one was macro week.  The exposure was just taken down to darken the background, but otherwise unedited. I shall take the RAW images and edit them properly over the next few days. It’s certainly a learning curve – much of it about checking for… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – chrysanthemum”

Project 365 2017 week 47

sprocker nose

Last week’s Project 365 is a little delayed, but I decided I’d rather add it later than double up this week.  So here’s week 47 of Project 365. On Sunday, I headed up to London to meet up with 2 of my old school friends. We try and meet up a few times a year, but this was a first in London. And without the children too.  We walked along South Bank, went to the Press Photographers awards exhibition at… Continue Reading “Project 365 2017 week 47”

How to help kids get the most out of handwriting practice

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*Sponsored post With a school age child, everything education is important to me. I loved school and found it fairly easy, so I want N to love it too. He’s a fan of any subject that’s black or white, logical and straightforward. So maths, science and grammar, rather than the more creative subjects like English – story writing. On the literacy side, the one lesson he really enjoys at school is handwriting practice. Learning handwriting has certainly changed since I… Continue Reading “How to help kids get the most out of handwriting practice”