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We were supposed to make these lanterns last week to celebrate martinmas, but due to unforseen circumstances, english club had to be cancelled – however we used the lesson to talk about November, and its darkness, and all the festivals of light which happen to occur doing this time.
We started off by reading this poem…

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…before discussing it, and the lack of life in November. We then talked about the jack-o-lanterns used at Halloween, originally made to ward off evil spirits, and we talked about the historical reason behind Bonfire Night in England, the meaning of Diwali, and finally the story of Martinmas.
Then, using this diagram….

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…which came from this lovely book….

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..,we measured, cut and designed…

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….our lanterns…..

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Leon, whose school schedule has unfortunately changed, so he arrives a little late to english club, is still working on his – and he has put so much work in to his mathematical design so far – I must make sure he finishes it! :)

There’s a famous swedish children’s song called ‘Bj√∂rnen Sover’ – ‘the bear sleeps’…

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Today we sang the song, and pretended to be bears sleeping in our dens, before decorating and making our own dens…..

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There was lots of sleeping going on…

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…and some munching of berries in the den too…

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;)
We read books about animals in winter…

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…did puzzles with woodland animals in….

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…and pictures with woodland stickers…

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…and we played with woodland animals in the ‘tree house’…

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…it was a ‘bear-y’ nice morning…

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We decided to have a simple birthday tea for Teddy’s birthday, with just a few close friends.
The theme was ‘woodland’ and we started with a brown table runner, with bears paw prints…

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We used slices of cut wood (usually used in the play room) as plates…

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..paper straws, ‘bug’ print napkins, and some wooden confetti of ladybirds and toadstools…

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The food was woodland themed, with wild berries…

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…’logs’….

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…’sticks’…and ‘flowers’…

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…toadstools….

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…and a ‘forest’ cake…..

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We thought it looked just lovely ! :)

Ted Turns Four!

Yesterday Teddy turned four…

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It seems strange that my last child of four, out of the toddler years, is growing up so quickly….
…Ted. An eccentric ‘performer’, who loves to sing, and to tell stories, to dress up and to make you dinner in his kitchen. A ‘forever happy’ child!

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He had a lovely relaxing day at home playing with his new gifts, a day topped off with a birthday meal of cheesy ‘cars’ pasta and a ‘fish’ birthday cake entirely baked and designed by Maya…

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…and ending with our family film night, cheesy snacks and juice included.

Happy 4th Birthday Ted! We’re looking forward to what you’re going to surprise the world with! ;)

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It’s been a busy week of ‘things that have to be done’ but despite this I managed to have a glimpse of loveliness yesterday as Maya and Ted skipped to the dentist…. :)

Home…

I arrived home on Wednesday evening…the snow arrived the next day….

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:)

I’m leaving our cosy house for a few days…

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…to visit a very sick, and very close relative.
I considered taking the oldest two, who are very close to him, but somehow it didn’t seem appropriate, so I’m leaving the children with their dad, away from all of them for the first time since Leon was just two years old.

I wonder how it will be?

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