What a Difference a Day (or two) Makes

Friday was so lovely, sunny and warm that we decided to have our family drawing time out in the garden and sketch a few of the spring flowers. Can’t show you any pictures though as the scanner is playing up for some reason.


“Emily’s Tulip and Grape Hyacinth”

Much fun was also had when not one, but two snails were discovered and both Emily and Isaac spent a long time observing them and fetching cans full of water to keep the snails happy!

We also checked on the tadpoles and they seem to be doing great…

The first part of Saturday was also spent in the garden but the weather soon changed from sunny to rainy, not to mention bitingly cold! Still we did manage to get some seeds sown (to raise indoors) and tidy up the remaining parts of the garden that were crying out for attention.

This morning Isaac dragged me out of bed hideously early to take him to the toilet. When we got in the bathroom he squealed “it’s snowing!” and it was, not only that but it had settled.

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This was the first time in over a year that we had had snow to play out in, so of course we had to make the most of it.

Volcanoes

It’s like waiting for a bus round here, nothing for ages then two posts at once!

We are coming to the end of our volcano project now. We used the In the Hands of a Child volcano project pack which worked out ok, though I think it was designed with older children in mind. Emily wanted me to blog the ubiquitous “exploding volcano” experiment but the video she made is too long to YouTube so here’s a picture instead

I’ll post some pics of her lapbook when it’s all put together. Meanwhile you can have a look at her “Water Cycle” one that i was also supposed to blog weeks ago, (tut tut).

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More Picture Heavy Lazy Blogging!

We went to London on Friday to catch the Dino Jaws exhibition at the NHM before it closed. Emily has been wanting to go ever since she saw it on Blue Peter. It was really good – just the right amount of information for her not to get overwhelmed or bored and she really liked the interactive bits. We were hoping to look around the dinosaur galleries once we’d finished but it was unbelievably busy. I think Night at the Museum had a lot to do with it. The queue snaked its way all around the main hall! So we did a quick scoot around the human biology gallery before going on to the Earth galleries as E wanted to see all about volcanoes.

Touching real Dino Poo!

Afterwards we went to somewhere else E has been desperate to visit the Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground. It was of course EXTREMELY busy due to the lovely weather but they still had fun and I have promised them (rather rashly) we will return during school hours. Not sure how I will cope with Isaac on my own. When Emily was little she always stayed close by but Isaac will just wander off anywhere. It makes trips out quite exhausting because you have to watch him constantly.

Saturday was spend in the garden doing more digging. Emily wanted her bike out to try riding without stabilisers. She has barely ridden this bike (our fault) and she hasn’t been on it at all for the past year, as it has been shut up in the shed under piles of stuff while we were having the extension built, so we weren’t too optimistic. However she amazed us and herself ,after a couple of wobbly starts and tumbles, riding by herself!

Sunday started off with an Egg hunt in the garden. We were very lazy this year and just hid them instead of doing clues. Emily didn’t seem to mind and all Isaac cared about was the chocolate! I also made them these …


From Hillary’s free pattern. I had intended to make it last year but never got around to it.

I already know what I am doing next year – this loveliness from Mollychicken.

Right must go and get more gardening done while the sun shines :o)

This week started off really well but fell off a bit towards the end due to lack of planning on my part. I’m really exhaused – due to too many late bedtimes and Isaac who (still hasn’t weaned – did i mention I found him trying to nurse off Wendy the other week?!?) continues to pester me throughout the night.

Emily has been reading more and more over the past few months and her confidence in what she is actually capable of is increasing. She picked up the set of Farmyard Tales books the other day and decided to try and read one to Isaac. She surprised herself by finding it quite an easy read! She was so thrilled she could read a book she’d never looked at before i think.

Mick found an old Ikea inflatable chair in the loft the other night. He brought it down to put in the playroom and E is delighted with it. She says she feels like she is in one of the squashy armchairs in the Gryffindor common room! So yesterday I found her sat there with a huge pile of books – obviously a budding Hermione in the making :oD

Following on from finding the frogspawn in the pond the other week i dug out the “Parts of an Amphibian” and “parts of a Tadpole” Here is E after completing then – looking very pleased with herself!

I also got out the cloud nomenclature cards, to tie in with project work, and although she found it tricky she completed them getting only a couple in the wrong places.


Isaac is like a little parrot copying everything i say and everything his sister does. He is getting really into drawing at the moment…unfortunately he’s not fussy what he does it on :o(

I decided to get the maxi HAMA beads out and try him with those but he mainly just liked tipping them on the floor. E had fun with them though making some colourful creations.

This week started off really well but fell off a bit towards the end due to lack of planning on my part. I’m really exhaused – due to too many late bedtimes and Isaac who (still hasn’t weaned – did i mention I found him trying to nurse off Wendy the other week?!?) continues to pester me throughout the night.

Emily has been reading more and more over the past few months and her confidence in what she is actually capable of is increasing. She picked up the set of Farmyard Tales books the other day and decided to try and read one to Isaac. She surprised herself by finding it quite an easy read! She was so thrilled she could read a book she’d never looked at before i think.

Mick found an old Ikea inflatable chair in the loft the other night. He brought it down to put in the playroom and E is delighted with it. She says she feels like she is in one of the squashy armchairs in the Gryffindor common room! So yesterday I found her sat there with a huge pile of books – obviously a budding Hermione in the making :oD

Following on from finding the frogspawn in the pond the other week i dug out the “Parts of an Amphibian” and “parts of a Tadpole” Here is E after completing then – looking very pleased with herself!

I also got out the cloud nomenclature cards, to tie in with project work, and although she found it tricky she completed them getting only a couple in the wrong places.


Isaac is like a little parrot copying everything i say and everything his sister does. He is getting really into drawing at the moment…unfortunately he’s not fussy what he does it on :o(

I decided to get the maxi HAMA beads out and try him with those but he mainly just liked tipping them on the floor. E had fun with them though making some colourful creations.

This week started off really well but fell off a bit towards the end due to lack of planning on my part. I’m really exhaused – due to too many late bedtimes and Isaac who (still hasn’t weaned – did i mention I found him trying to nurse off Wendy the other week?!?) continues to pester me throughout the night.

Emily has been reading more and more over the past few months and her confidence in what she is actually capable of is increasing. She picked up the set of Farmyard Tales books the other day and decided to try and read one to Isaac. She surprised herself by finding it quite an easy read! She was so thrilled she could read a book she’d never looked at before i think.

Mick found an old Ikea inflatable chair in the loft the other night. He brought it down to put in the playroom and E is delighted with it. She says she feels like she is in one of the squashy armchairs in the Gryffindor common room! So yesterday I found her sat there with a huge pile of books – obviously a budding Hermione in the making :oD

Following on from finding the frogspawn in the pond the other week i dug out the “Parts of an Amphibian” and “parts of a Tadpole” Here is E after completing then – looking very pleased with herself!

I also got out the cloud nomenclature cards, to tie in with project work, and although she found it tricky she completed them getting only a couple in the wrong places.


Isaac is like a little parrot copying everything i say and everything his sister does. He is getting really into drawing at the moment…unfortunately he’s not fussy what he does it on :o(

I decided to get the maxi HAMA beads out and try him with those but he mainly just liked tipping them on the floor. E had fun with them though making some colourful creations.

This week started off really well but fell off a bit towards the end due to lack of planning on my part. I’m really exhaused – due to too many late bedtimes and Isaac who (still hasn’t weaned – did i mention I found him trying to nurse off Wendy the other week?!?) continues to pester me throughout the night.

Emily has been reading more and more over the past few months and her confidence in what she is actually capable of is increasing. She picked up the set of Farmyard Tales books the other day and decided to try and read one to Isaac. She surprised herself by finding it quite an easy read! She was so thrilled she could read a book she’d never looked at before i think.

Mick found an old Ikea inflatable chair in the loft the other night. He brought it down to put in the playroom and E is delighted with it. She says she feels like she is in one of the squashy armchairs in the Gryffindor common room! So yesterday I found her sat there with a huge pile of books – obviously a budding Hermione in the making :oD

Following on from finding the frogspawn in the pond the other week i dug out the “Parts of an Amphibian” and “parts of a Tadpole” Here is E after completing then – looking very pleased with herself!

I also got out the cloud nomenclature cards, to tie in with project work, and although she found it tricky she completed them getting only a couple in the wrong places.


Isaac is like a little parrot copying everything i say and everything his sister does. He is getting really into drawing at the moment…unfortunately he’s not fussy what he does it on :o(

I decided to get the maxi HAMA beads out and try him with those but he mainly just liked tipping them on the floor. E had fun with them though making some colourful creations.