Thursday, 21 May 2009

things we've done over the last week

We found two snails in the tadpole tank, they must have been on the plants we put in they have been seperated and have their very own tanks now (a mayonaise jar)

We took out every encyclopedia yesterday to read about crocdiles and Euan mentioned that their webby bits are just like our webby bits. He is since obsessed with webby bits and checks every animal for them

we turned some of their artwork into little mosters.

rescued a blackbird out of the jaws of Rodney

found slowworms and read up on them

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played dinosaurs as loud as we could

bought Euans birthday present and managed to sneak it inside without him noticing (you can see it here)

did a test to see what foods in the kitchen would pop like popcorn (only popcorn)

found out Thomas can open the big heavy drawer in the kitchen
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and he likes cocoapowder

hung up a photoframe that I got as a gift last xmas

brought the spinningwheel back down in the hopes the twins will treat it gently (they have so far!!)

played lots with cars and dinosaurs

knitted tiny rabbits and teddybears

recieved a swapparcel
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and opened it
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watched the WB carnival parade in the rain

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put money in the buckets
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saw a rainbow on the way home

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made a tree

played scary insect

bought a dino book

chewed gum (and swallowed some!)

played in the park

craweled backwards down a hill

I haven't finished sorting trough all the photos so I've still got to add some....

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Euan painting

Here Euan is panting fairy drawers. he used so much paint one of the drawers is still drying.....

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

second slowworm

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the second sloworm this year. James had number 3 on sunday (together with a screaming frog!) and I found number 4 yesterday

First slowworm

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first slowworm brought in by Rodmey


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still no legs Euan is getting impatient

Euan and seeds

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Euan looking at seeds he ot from the BE GOOD TO BEES campaign

A pirate without treasure is like a monkey without a spatula

This is Euan's favourite song at the moment the guy has some pretty funny lyrics. This song has also been a great example of how kids learn naturally about stuff
Its lead to us looking up the northern star talking about constelations the difference between the sun the moon and stars. what a pirate is we looked up the nsmes for different parts of the ship. why a ship floats and how a sail works. So really quite a lot of questions came out of this short video
James likes this one best though:

He spent all weekend singing it lol!

Babies are sleeping and Euan is cutting a yello piece of paper into tiny tiny pieces, why? I have no idea. Probably because he can!
I'm of to flickr now to blog some pictures :)

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

wednesday day is marketday

Euan calls it wednesday day market day. WE have 2 markets the normal one every wednesday (it has been like that for a looooongs time) and once a month on a saturday the farmersmarket. Euan loves this market because he allways leaves with pocketsfull of fuit from the marketlady as he calls her :)
Today was no exception a bunch of grapes some satsumas and an apple he was a very happy chappy.
Before we left Willow took a dive outside, he now has a very fat lip, lips bleed, a lot and I had to go change before we could go out. WE also had our horse eat our dinosaurs, the bunny had Euans knex instructions for breakfast the chickens where chasing rodney who folishly thought he could take them. Kiwigirl got herself stuck on the roof (again!!) and by the time we left it was only 8.30! WE do our shopping for the entire week so by the time we're back home its almast 11. They boys will run around the garden for awhile normally with their lunch on the outside table which they will take a bite from every once in awhile. They 12 o'clock everybody goes for a rest whilct Euan doesn't nap anymore (and hasnt since he was 20 months old!) he still settles down with a bunch of books and has some quiet time with me. Then there is more running around and at the same time EUan will fire 1001 questions at me (why can I see the moon mummy, what is chocolate made of, why are bananas yellow not green, what are peppers made of, haw many sands are in the sandpit (he meant sandgrain lol!) why is that earth round and that one flat (pointing at the globe and the wallmap) is it summer yet?).

They have just finished their paint experiment in which Euan figured out that yes you can have too much paint. So he's cleaning it all of the table so we can have dinner soon.

Wearing daddies fancy shoes

Saturday, 2 May 2009

The Childrens encyclopdia

This is the bargain I picked up from the charityshop.


10 glorious volumes
full of everything you ever wanted to know. They where edited by Arthur Mee and the last set was published in 1964.
Instead of watching a movie last night James and I spend the evening surrounded by these books, flicking trough the pages trying to date them. None of the books had a date in them, and being the geeks we are we had to know the year of the books.
We managed to narrow it down to the end of 1923 and the beginning of 1924.

The thing about these that makes them so cool is the way they have been laid out. Instead of the normal from a-z index its has 19 groups:

group 1 Earth and its neighbours
group 2 Men and Women
group 3 Stories
group 4 Animal life
group 5 History
group 6 familira things
group 7 wonder
group 8 art
group 9 ourselves
group 10 plant life
group 11 countries
group 12 picture atlas
group 13 poetry and nursery rhymes
group 14 power
group 15 literature
group 16 ideas
group 17 the bible
group 18 things to make and do
group 19 school lesssons

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This makes it a far more interactive encyclopedia than the normal ones. Combined with the lovely photos and drawings it is much better than the childrens encyclopedia set we allready own.
Euan loves flicking trough books and these will be great for us to read together!

Friday, 1 May 2009

a day in our life..

Today I picked up a bargain in one of the charityshops on the Highstreet (more on that in another post) whilst loading up the pushchair with all 10 books (like that thing isn't heavy enough!) a lady paying for her things comented on how nice it was a kid was buying books and would spend less time in front of the telly. the conversation went something like this
lady: So nice to see him buying books and spending less time watching telly
Me: o we don't have one
Lady: confused you what??
me: we don't have a telly
lady: o
lady: but they still get loads of it in school and such
me: o we don't do that
lady: (now really confused) what you don't do school?
me: no'p
lady: (looking at the charityshop lady for help) but but...
charityshop lady chimed in: I did that with my kids until they went to a steinerschool
lady: but what do you do then?
me: we homeeducate
lady: is that legal?
me biting my tongue whilst nodding

Now really if it wasn't legal would I just tell a stranger that we HE? would I be out and about with my nearly 5 year old in a town where every kid goes to school practically before they are born? I have to say I was not expecting charityshop lady to have he'ed her kids and certainly didn't think she was the steinerschool type! just shows that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover (I do though I refuse to read some of James's horrbile covered books ust because of the cover...)

After a few minutes (its difficult packing 10 bulky books into a pushchair) the lady asked me "but what do you do? how do you know what he is learning"
Quite a lot of people ask this, which I find odd. I mean I am with my kids pretty much 24/7, and we obviously interact a lot in that time and trough this interaction I know what they know sometimes they know more than i thought but on the whole I know what they know and what they don't know.
Now if Euan went to school he would be in a class of 30-35 kids and one teacher and maybe one assistant how on earth can 2 people know what 30 students know or don't know? Sure they can do tests but do they know if a student truly understands what has been thought?

after this bit of fun we went on to sainsbury's to pick up some babywipes which I forgot on wednesday. Euan got the list (6 packs of babywipes and a bag of compost) he had to count the packs and put them in the basket and he got to pay at the checkout (he paid the charityshop lady too!). We got home and he spend the next 2 hours (naptime) looking trough his new books.
We spend and hour in the park during which I thought him to make daisychains and he told me what plants and trees are in the park. we got home and they tried out all the toys on the slide to see what toy would go fastest and furthest.
We also planted more seeds this morning and transplanted some seedlings.
All in all we do a lot during a day and you know what they enjoy every minute of it. they are free to be who they are and are not forced to do silly tests, sit still for hours on end and spend most of their time away from their family.

Its hard work but I wouldn't change it for the world!

Now on the not owning a telly front, we finally canceled our tv license a couple of months ago and the threats have started the demands and the horrible letters misleading you into thinking they have power where they do not! It is quite horrible how they treat people and the lies they tell you. Want to know more about BBC and their interesting bullying tactics? go to letters from TV licensing also check out this guys link section.


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