Just by chance we discovered a little light exploration, with the combination of a lamp, a mirror, and a few sensory ‘toys’….
On Monday we joined one of our older scout leaders with a mission – to make 30 boat shapes for the younger scout group….we got to work…
So while the little ones stayed home with pappa, I took the big ones to London….
The day ended with a curry on London’s famous Brick Lane, with a wonder around the vintage markets.
Day 3 ; A visit to mormor and Patu, where the kids were treated to a shopping trip, hot chocolate in a café, ice-cream and lunch – (while I had a funeral to attend)…
Maya took the above photos. London Zoo is one of the world’s oldest and famous zoos, working directly with environmental issues such as saving habitats, and breeding programmes which help save rare animal species.
Day 5 ; An easy day as we were leaving for Sweden. Just a traditional english pub lunch…
This trip to England was lovely, but with a tint of sadness, staying with a good friend who has recently found she has breast cancer, as well as myself attending the funeral of the father of one of my best childhood friends.
We made the most of it however, and are now home in Sweden. ✈️🌍
Last weekend I took Alfie and Ted to see a theatre production of ‘Pettson and Findus’, who, if you don’t know, are some of Sweden’s most famous story characters – old man Pettson, a bit of an inventor and a lover of nature, and his curious cat Findus, and their adventures, written by Sven Nordqvist.
The theatre production turned out to be more of a musical – but none the less, loved by the kids…
..now just to wait and see what happens!
I can recommend the ‘Pettson and Findus’ books highly. Several have been translated into english, including the above one about nature facts and crafts around the year. 😊👍🌿🌼
When we lived in California, the celebration of Chinese New Year was rife and wouldn’t go unseen, so naturally we touched on the celebration – and we usually continue to do so today….
I set up a discovery table. A globe where we found out where China was, a Chinese New Year dragon puppet, a toy panda, an abacus, some noodles, some tea, a book about China, and two classic books with stories based in China.
Our pancake day is always a mixture of pancakes and semla nowadays , being a ‘Swenglish’ family…
We started with the reading of one of our favourite traditional tales….
…a little like the ‘Gingerbread Man’, where everyone wants to eat him, and run after him to try to catch him, until eventually a clever pig outwits him and eats him all up. The kids love this one!
Followed by the watching of ‘The pancake cake’ with our present favourite story characters ‘Pettson and Findus’ – we don’t have the book, so the televised version had to suffice….
Later, Alfie tried his hand at a little sight reading on pancakes (flip the pancake over when you can read the word) – and I’m happy to say he got every word without a problem! Not bad for a second language! This idea came via ‘Nurture Store’.
We ended the day with Ted helping with the making of pancakes…
It’s been a week of Valentines here, starting with the making and decorating of heart shape cookies in English Club….
..this wonderful story, also for Ted, about a baby who is just loved SO much. Alfie loved this when he was smaller, especially when the baby’s cousin loved him so much he wanted to fight him! ;) It seemed Ted shared this love of the book, and asked me to read it many times! Excellent!
This one, for Alfie’s age and older, a humorous story about the facts of love. What is love? How does it feel? Who can love? What can you love? Is love a good or a bad feeling? Brilliant! And yes, there is an english translation!
I thought I had bought small decorative hearts (I found these in a garden shop), but it turned out they were made of chocolate – and it didn’t take Alfie long to find out! So now we just have the paper hearts left!
Finally, we had a Valentines waffle breakfast..
This week we’ve been looking at the antarctic…
Alfie can now point out both the arctic and the antarctic on the map, and give basic differences – thanks be to David Attenborough and ‘Frozen Planet’, but also to his world sticker book…
..which includes a website (with english translation) ‘polarforskningsportalen.se’ about recent research and expeditions to both the north and south pole, including blogs by researchers, and some very interesting photographs… 👍😊