A peaceful moment in time…

Today when I was busy trying to cook a fish pie, while simultaneously pack our suitcases for England, I looked up and saw three lovely children in a line, all busy with different bits and bobs!

IMG_0999Leon had his last morning in school today, and early tomorrow morning we are off to England for nearly 3 weeks. I will try to continue to blog as much as I can….

Technology

Leon has been busy constructing some kind of carousel/ drop & fall machine from K-NEX…

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Right now, other than chess and numbers, construction is one of Leon’s greatest loves! Usually it is with lego, but this K-NEX was a great hit!

Maya’s books

Lately Maya has really got into writing small books. The story lines are pretty much the same, though the animal involved changes, but they’re pretty fantastic to me!

A selection of books...

A selection of books...

Can you read the story?

Can you read the story?

Yes, right now she insists on putting full stops between every word!

Marbles

Yesterday Leon and Maya had some friends to play, so I managed to have lots of alone time with Alfie. He currently enjoys “bubbles” (marbles) very much. The game is to have some in a tray, roll them about a bit, then take them out one by one, and shout “borta!” (gone!) when the tray is empty. And then start all over again.

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After watching this for a while, and the kids were all playing happily, I decided to phone my mum. Alfie did not take long to pick up on this, and grabbed the second phone…

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Diggers

Out on (another!) rainy day walk this morning (yes, it’s gone down to 9 degrees C !), we were lucky enough to see some diggers in action, smoothing out mud and spreading gravel to make a new path. Well, Alfie  – who absolutely LOVES diggers, was so excited!

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And predictably, out came the diggers when we got home!

“Petals”

The unplugged project is run by a mother (homeschooler!), who has chosen to bring up her children without television and video games, and who sets out a weekly project for others to take part in via the internet. The project is usually just a word, and is open-ended, can be done with children or just by adults, and can be as big or small as you like.

This weeks project word was “petals”.

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After reading the book “Planting a rainbow”, we decided to look for as many petals that we could find which were colours of the rainbow. We brought them inside, examined their shape and colour, and tried to find the exact matching colour crayon – and then drew them.

A basic idea – but “petals” none the less!

Rain

“Rain rain go away, come again another day….”

Inevitably the warm weather has moved on, and we have rain!

The first rain however, always reminds me of my dear friend Fiona in California, whom would always knock on my door with welly-booted children clad in shiny wet raincoats, on their return from a “rain walk”. I needed no more inspiration than this today…. thank you Fiona!

Oh the fun we can have in the rain!

Oh the fun we can have in the rain!

Splashing in the puddles...

Splashing in the puddles...

... but the gutter puddles are always the best!

... but the gutter puddles are always the best!

Checking out the drains.... where does all that water go?

Checking out the drains.... where does all that water go?

Hiding undercover...

Hiding undercover...

What?! Even our front steps are wet?!?

What?! Even our front steps are wet?!?

Unfortunately however, no sightings of any snails!