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Three children *** One big, grey dog *** Two parents *** Country loving *** Cottage dwelling in the South-West of the UK. That’s us!

We’ve been blogging since January 2010.

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“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”

 

Life

Thank you….

  • Julia No hand holding at school or kisses at the playground, but they love me to knit them stuff. Fingers crossed that doesn't change. The hoodie... 19 Sep
  • Jo - Mother of Teenagers I am constantly aghast at your crafting skills. I so wish I could match them. Love the colour and if he is happy to wear... 19 Sep
  • Jeannie Gray I get SO excited when the kids ask me to knit for them. The hoodie looks fantastic & doesn't have that homemade vibe at all.... 19 Sep
  • Craft Mother I really like Kent. It seems a bit forgotten about, other than the coast line and crossing to the continent. A bit sad to see... 19 Sep
  • Craft Mother So true. Just need to look. I'm fascinated by the history left behind in clues. Especially the ones so easily overlooked. 19 Sep
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Time to smile

"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Debs Random Writings

encouraging children to love to learn

Investigating map contour lines – Education Craft

I love maps. I love opening them out on the table like a cloth. Leaning forward and scanning every inch in detail. I can quite easily lose time pouring over a map. Reading the names and studying the lay of the land. Each teasingly hint at long forgotten stories. The most tantalizing ones duly noted to be explored on foot one day.

You need to be able to read a map to fully appreciate it. Continue reading

Sharing. Good idea.

It may be school holidays….

painting marble game blueTake one cereal box, a choice of paints and a bag of marbles, and what do you get?

playing marble game2

Answer: A morning of fun.

playing marble game

Also a great way to practise some adding up too. Learning should always be this fun, don’t you think?

(Each arch had a number: 5, 10, 15. Marble goes through and the number is added to total.)

flapjacks

Off in the kitchen, Eldest made flapjacks.

bean bursting out of bag

Next on to botany.

(Does this remind anyone else of a flamingo?)

Moon bean is ready for potting up.

(Wondering if it may be a mistake to name a plant? Especially one that other creatures like to munch.)

bean roots

We’ve watched the beans split. We’ve discussed why the roots might develop before the stem. Now it’s time to rescue this plant from its confines.

open up bean bag

I’m sure there was almost an audible sigh from that bean, as the bag was split open.

bean planted in pot

Good luck, little runner bean.

(Best tip I ever received from a successful female boss was to wear red nail varnish if you want to garden at the weekends and still look presentable at work the next day. BL is embracing this notion early.)

lego

Next up. Lego. What can I say about Lego that hasn’t already been said? Engineering, design, creative thinking and more. Undoubtedly, another worthy learning activity during the holiday.

chocolate cake

 Meanwhile, in the kitchen Eldest made cake. All by herself.

School may be out, but long live learning!

By the end of the day, I felt like I had achieved nothing. Dispiriting. Then I looked back at the photos on my camera and realised that I had helped others achieve. And that, I believe, is an achievement on its very own.

 

 

 

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