On Choosing Alternative ‘Preschool’…

We chose to keep Ted out of a traditional preschool. In Sweden it is illegal to homeschool, and there are so very few children at home to play with, and meet in the daytimes, so we took an ‘alternative’ route…

Ted was lucky enough to get a place in ‘kyrkan’s barntimmar’ – which translated, means ‘the church children’s hour’. At a local church, eleven children between 3 – 5 years old meet for three mornings a week, for 2.5 hours each time, with two wonderful educated ladies, in a well resourced and organised classroom – with beautiful toys of all sorts, a ‘kuddrum’ (soft play room), a painting room, and their own cloakroom with their own pegs and cupboards.

In many parts of the world people would have to pay a lot of money for this kind of ‘preschool’ – and we pay nothing. Maya went to a similar group, but in a different church – but sadly it closed down the following year. Most of these church ‘preschool’ groups have closed down due to lack of children, the simple reason being that most children are now in full-time daycare at state/private preschools, and very few parents choose to stay at home after the child is 1 year old. Despite the popularity of these state/private preschools, they are oversubscribed, overcrowded, children are often known to come in with colds and viruses, personnel are tired and underpaid, and ‘daycare’ sometimes takes the place of ‘quality early childhood education’. Swedish early childhood education was once one of the best in the world – but sadly I think those days have gone. ๐Ÿ˜”

So, despite the frowns, and the questions of “when is he going to start?”, I am happy that we have been lucky enough to find our ‘kyrkans barntimmar’ and I’m happy we made the choice to be ‘different’…

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…and today the parents and younger siblings were invited to take part in Easter crafts…

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….something we all really enjoyed. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Papier-Mรขche Easter Eggs ; English Club

We started our papier-mรขche Easter eggs in English club last week, and finished them last night…

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I love them! Though Maya still has to finish hers today (she paints carefully and with such precision that it tends to take a longer time for her to complete things ๐Ÿ˜Š).
With an Easter egg hunt (clues to be read and understood in English) at the end, it felt like a successful two weeks.. ๐Ÿ‘

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๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘Œ

A Morning Of Storytelling And Coffee Filter Easter Eggs!

On Sunday Ted got unwell with a stomach bug, so yesterday we stayed at home, and had a bit of a ‘story telling’ morning…
I started with drawing a basket of eggs on the chalkboard…

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…and asked him what they were. “Eggs for Easter” came the reply, and then we talked about what Easter was and how and why we celebrate it.
Ted went to get some eggs from our chickens then…

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Very rarely does he drop an egg, but this time he dropped not one but two. There was lots of explanation then, about how one egg smashed and all the ‘slimey’ stuff came out, and so he left it there – and how the other egg had a crack in it now. We talked about the colour of the eggs, the size of the eggs, and that the outside was called a shell. Then we cracked them open…

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..and talked about the yellow being called the ‘yolk’ and how if our hens had a cockerel, the yellow could have been a chick.
Then I asked him how he would like to eat his egg, and the answer was scrambled – and so we made scrambled eggs..

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After lunch we read simple counting poems about rabbits and lambs (Ted’s recently been interested in ‘amounts’ and using his fingers to count).
After some fantastic art work, using dampened egg shaped coffee filter and watered down food colouring…

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..which look beautiful on the window of our nature shelf…

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..we finally finished with a story I told about the arrival of Spring…

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..which Ted then decided to retell (using, bizarrely, a packet of wet cat food as a prop!!!)…

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A lovely morning with a lovely boy! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

‘Pitter Patter’ Painting!

We don’t get a huge amount of rain in Sweden, so when we do, it’s sometimes nice to ‘use’ it in an activity!
We tried ‘pitter patter’ painting…

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…put them outside in the rain on a makeshift table…

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..left them in the rain for a few hours, and brought them inside again…

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Simple, interesting, fun! ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽจ

Beautiful Daffodils

We’ve really been enjoying the daffodils on the table…

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..and Ted’s really been enjoying looking through this book..

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..and has been insisting on making these crรฉpe paper daffodils…

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The project was way too tricky for Ted, but fun for me to do..

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..and later I got Ted to help make a more simpler version, which he was very happy with ;)

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Gorgeous! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜˜