Puppets

I just realised today how much Maya likes making puppets, and how many she has made lately…

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From left to right…. sewed bear hand puppet, small monster stick puppet, man spoon puppet, Charlie & Lola toilet roll puppets.

My favourite is by far the spoon puppet – he just has so much character!!! 

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Maya’s new pre-school…

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Here is Maya in her new preschool. Her teacher’s name is Leon. She goes to preschool from 2pm until 6.30pm, with a break for dinner. Her teacher is very good – gentle and patient, but I worry at times that he may overwork her! Today at her new preschool, she has learnt a number of letters, has done a page of writing including words, drawn a picture, had a gymnastics class, and learnt all about Thailand…..

Having read both kids a factual book about Thailand (we are going there in 2 days), Leon has now got Maya to draw a Thai flag, make Thai money, draw the shape of Thailand, and draw a Thai house on stilts over water (which the kids thought was very exciting!).

Leon has been very enthusiastic about teaching Maya, and she has responded well – though I wonder if her wrist will be aching tomorrow morning?!!!

Maya’s constructions…

Lately Maya has become very interested, and imaginative, in making constructions. Most of these are dens, but not always. Yesterday she used every single seat and arm rest of our two sofas to make an indoor climbing area for herself and Alfie…

 

Climb up the steps and down the ramp...

Climb up the steps and down the ramp...

 

And today, she made a “house boat” from chairs and blankets, and proceeded to go fishing, and then sell her fish from her boat to any lucky passers by!

 

Trying hard to get a catch!

Trying hard to get a catch!

A few things…

In the last few days we have…

1) Welcomed William into the world –

1 week and 1 day old!

1 week and 1 day old!

– no, not another of mine, but instead the first child of one of the eldest cousin’s, Josefine.

2) Have visited “Drottningholm” – the palace of the present Swedish king, queen, prince and princesses! They still live in parts of the palace now, and we went on a children’s tour of certain rooms where the children could learn a little about the royal family and the castle history. The kids loved it, especially Leon who was very impressed by the gold, the chandeliers and the beautiful tapestries and paintings – plus amused by the soldiers guarding the palace outside!

3) Leon has attended the after school play centre for one afternoon, and enjoyed the ice slide with friends, and making bracelets with one of his teachers.

4) We have been thinking of taking Maya out of preschool on account of her hardly ever wanting to go, seeming happier at home, and learning more at home. She is presently sledging down by the lake with Farmor (granny) laden with sandwiches and hot chocolate, instead of being at “dagis”!

5) Maya has decided to become Pippi Longstocking when she grows up, because she’s “kind of like a princess.”..!

And here is just a lovely photo of Maya and Alfie having fun in one of the (many) dens that Maya insists on building throughout the house….!

Den #365...

Den #365...

Favourite part of the day…

As a family we often discuss what each of our favourite parts of the day were. 

Today this was mine….

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I was making dinner, and the kids all came into the kitchen, Maya armed with a basket of books, Leon with a plan to “help” cook and make his famous dish “cheese and apple pie – with a touch of marmite”.

We all busied ourselves quietly and happily, and it was so very peaceful!!!

(And the pie was surprisingly good…!)

Homeschooling

We met up with our homeschooling friends. They are the only homeschoolers we have met in Sweden who we have anything vaguely in common with (despite belonging to a Swedish homeschool website of contacts). They have two girls, aged 9 and 5, both whom Leon and Maya get on with very well.

This sparked R and I to have a conversation regarding homeschooling in the future. We both agree that we would love to homeschool in the near future, and that our kids would thrive from it. Tonight we spoke of possible plans to move back to California, partly for our friends and partly for the homeschooling. Of course the decision is not a light one – we have our fantastic house (playroom!!!), cats (sad for the kids…), and mostly our relatives, to consider. Plus Leon and Maya are certainly beginning to feel more settled and make friends.

The move could be any time between 6 and 18 months, and it is not definate, but something for us to consider….

Art

We have been to the National Museum in Stockholm, where Leon and Maya took part in the children’s art tour. It involved looking at and discussing four paintings on the theme “Real or not?”, looking at how paintings can “trick the eye”. 

The children then went to the workshop to do their own version of a painting which “tricks the eye”. Am not sure many of the children really understood however, and rainbows became an overall theme….. !!!

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And today we were busy making Valentines cards. Maya made one for Callum – which she then gave to Pappa. Leon made one for “big Maia”, which he has now hidden in order to give to me on the 14th Feb.  True love!

 

Maya makes a card for Callum

Maya makes a card for Callum

 

Leon makes a card for "big Maia"

Leon makes a card for "big Maia"

Did I see the sun shine???

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It is truly amazing how much a sunny day can make a difference!!!

Maya, Alfie and I went on a wonderful walk along the marshlands of the local lake, to the local park.

Maya and "brown baby"

Maya and "brown baby"

And off she goes!

And off she goes!

"CRUNCHING" the ice!

"CRUNCHING" the ice!

Down the slide with "brown baby"

Down the slide with "brown baby"

Alfie enjoyed the sun so much he almost fell asleep in the swing!!!!

Alfie snoozing in the sun!

Alfie snoozing in the sun!