Conflict

Conflict is upon us. Leon has discovered the concept of war, and is apparently now in training to be a knight. Maya is of course in training to be a princess, but should some wicked suitor come to the castle, she also needs to train in battle if Leon is not there to protect her. 

The kids have spent much of the weekend “in training” with sword fights, and games of aiming skill (such as roll a ball at a pile of cans to knock them down), and thus winning various “medals”. The top prize to be won is a crown (for women), and a tiarra (for men). Though Maya disagreed with this saying that the crown was too big for her head, and thus they both settled for a tiarra as the top prize.

Leon has not only become aware of the concept of war, but of the difference of men and women’s roles in war. He has been asking questions about whether women can fight in a war, and if they can fight as well as men, etc. A few weeks ago we were learning about “Chinese New Year” through a variety of activities (making dragons, reading about the Great Wall, learning about the New Year animals, eating at a Chinese restaurant, etc), and among these activities we also watched a film called “Mulan” (Disney). A brief summary is that it is about a girl who disguises herself as a male warrior to fight in the Chinese war, in order to protect her old father. It is probably the first film Leon has seen about conflict involving people, and although a little scary in parts, I felt it was quite good (as long as explanations were available!). 

And so from this stems one of Leon’s latest interests….

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Knights

Knights seem to have taken over the day…

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Leon and Maya played for hours downstairs with these tiny metal knights, having various battles. Also nice to see the odd mummy involved…..!

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Later the kids helped us to clean downstairs. Both enjoyed mopping and sweeping the floor, and became characters in a castle, because apparantely “people do a lot of cleaning in castles”…

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A classic comment from Leon today! He has a cat bag…

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…and while cleaning up, I realised it had some money in it. “Leon you’d better put this money somewhere safe” I said. He promptly replied “That’s not my money, it’s for the poor”.  Too much Robin Hood – or just a very charitable boy?!

Another week goes by…!

Sun setting down by the lake.

Sun setting down by the lake.

R has been away this week in Oslo, but we were lucky to have Farmor (Swedish granny!) to come and stay for a couple of days. The kids enjoyed playing some board games with her, and we all went down to the lake to enjoy the ice!!!

Farmor showing Leon the ice-skater's leg movements....

Farmor showing Leon the ice-skater's leg movements....

...but as usual Leon would rather learn alone!!!

...but as usual Leon would rather learn alone!!!

Maya would prefer Farmor to do the work!

Maya would prefer Farmor to do the work!

Having a fantastic time on an "ice slide"!

Having a fantastic time on an "ice slide"!

Lately Leon has been having a great time with his friend Lukas from school. Here they are discussing the pros and cons of being a playmobil pirate in our play-room.

"It was THIS big!"

"It was THIS big!"

While Maya delights in Alfie’s ability to put a marble in the marble run she has built!

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On going to the shops, Maya saw all the heart shaped consumerism (!), and realised it must soon be “Laventines” Day!!!! So we all did some baking….

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It snowed heavily on Friday, and little Leon from across the road was not at preschool. Maya and I decided to take advantage of this, skip gymnastics, and have some snow fun!

Lets colour the snow!

Lets colour the snow!

Maya decided we should colour the snow, so we filled up some spray bottles with water and food colouring! Maya and Leon (little!) had fun experimenting with mixing the colours – and were very disappointed when they attempted to make a multi-coloured ice sculpture by mixing every colour, and it turned out black! Of course the yellow snow does look a little dubious…..!!! We also learned that this type of wet and slushy snow is NOT good for making snowmen!!!

And a few more photos showing the kids “hard at work”!

Maya writing a birthday card - just look at those lovely letters!

Maya writing a birthday card - just look at those lovely letters!

Leon practicing the "piano" - and Alfie taking his lead...

Leon practicing the "piano" - and Alfie taking his lead...

....but much easier with Alfie on the lap!

....but much easier with Alfie on the lap!

Maya making a banana smoothie

Maya making a banana smoothie

Alfie just looking gorgeous in brown!

Alfie just looking gorgeous in brown!

A pleasant day..

The path down to the lake near our house..

The path down to the lake near our house..

Last night Leon could not sleep for fear of snake bites and jellyfish stings, having seen an informative poster somewhere!!! He fell asleep just before 11pm, and I was not cruel enough to send him to school – so another day at home he had!!

Last week at school they learnt about the clock – o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. As Leon missed this, I decided to do this with him at home…

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You can see Maya busy looking at a book at the end of the table.

Meanwhile, Alfie  had some breakfast ideas…..

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Later we made some clay pots (while Alfie slept)…

 

The artist Leon

The artist Leon

The artist Maya

The artist Maya

 

The artists Leon and Maya

The artists Leon and Maya

 

And then went outside….

 

Maya explaining about how she did her ice experiment...

Maya explaining about how she did her ice experiment...

 

....and here's one I made earlier!

....and here's one I made earlier!

 

 

 

Leon trying out his skis...

Leon trying out his skis...

 

...and succeeding!

...and succeeding!

 

Snow baby!

Snow baby!

 Later “little Leon” dropped in for a play with Maya, while Leon practised his tunes on the “piano”, and designed a “patchwork blanket” on the computer!

Did we cover all the curriculum areas???!!!!

Skansen

 

Icicles at Skansen!

Icicles at Skansen!

Today we went to Skansen !

Maya’s highlight was….

 

...riding on a pony!

riding on a pony! She absolutely loves horses, and is desperate to start riding lessons! This little pony was called Alfons, and is 11 years old!

Leon’s highlight was, as usual, the coloured glass outside the glass-blowers’ house.

 

Now which pieces should I choose?

Now which pieces should I choose?

For Maya it was exhausting to have to choose!!!

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When we got home Leon decided to leave his glass in a bowl of hot water for a year. When asked why, he replied that he wanted the glass to become smooth like glass that has been washed in the sea. We all said we would help to take part in shaking the bowl daily for a year, for a “sea-like” effect!

I wonder how long that will last???!!!