The term has been wizzing by with so many long hot days and lovely light evenings to play out in.
Ted has enjoyed being really active this term. Utilising his flexi school days to gain confidence on his bike, and really enjoy being out of doors in the garden or out and about along the coast.
This is Ted”s sunflower grown in class.
Ted has really grown in confidence and physicality during this term. And the flxi school days we spend together seem to allow him space to expand into his newfound sense of self knowing & confidence.
He has learnt to trust in his own capabilities. Wih a burgeoning sense of confidence & independence he has learnt to swim, exploring the boundaries of what he is comfortable with. Stepping to the edge of his comfort zone and trusting . It has been wonderful to watch. And to have dedicated 1/1 time each week, seperate from busy family life has been invaluable.
The sun is shining and the blossom is coming out on all our fruit trees. The garden is alive with insects and birds. There are lots of queen bumblebees coming out of hibernation, drinking up the nectar from the first flowers.
Ted has discovered we have lots of frogs spawn in our pond. So we have made a project to record them each week and learning about the frog life cycle.
Here they are about a week old.
We had fun reading this great book ‘Tadpoles Promise’
And Ted drew the first three stages of a tadpoles life.
I found a guide on keeping frogs which we enjoyed looking at and reading all about what stage our tadpoles are at.
They have grown so much in a week. And are now just hatching out of their eggs and are developing little gills. Ted has been enjoying observing them closely through his magnifying lense.
And also looking at how it changes the way other things look too!
Today we joined seals class on their visit to Norton Church to look inside.
Ted loves this church as we go there often on our walks with Lola our dog. we usually like to sit in amongst the grave stones in a sunny spot. And this often sparks very interesting conversations about life and death and ceremony and bureiel.
We’ve never been inside so it was fun to do that. Though Ted found some of the Vicars talk of drinking Christ’s blood and eating his bones a bit confusing!
But we did enjoy the architecture and the beautiful hushed space. And on our way home picked this lovely bunch of wild flowers. Forget me not & comfry.
This afternoon we had a lovely time reading together under our Apple tree in the garden
Some how I’ve managed to delete a whole half term of blog posts, so I’m going to write one for each month.
Ted and I have been loving our flexi school days together this winter. We’ve had so much fun drawing , writing , making up games, and doing lots of imaginative play dressing up, singing and learning g new exercises together.
This is an amazing transformer Ted designed for a drawing competition in a magazine.
Ted loves all his animal books and is starting to really enjoy sounding out the names of all the creatures.
We’ve been working on learning to tie shoe laces too 🙂
And making lots of delicious food together. Ted prepared this lunch for us, tomato & cucumber salad and avocado dip. He is learning to use the kitchen safely. Yummy yum !
Ted loves to dance, run, bike and to move his body! We do lots of different things to get our daily exercise!
We try to do some observational drawing each week.
And make time for lots of fun imaginative play. Exploring the world from different perspectives
Working on hand eye coordination with crafts and games. Here’s Ted making a dream catcher downtown bedroom.
Off we skipped to Mighty Oakes parent and child group in the woods at Swanton Novers.
Everyone seemed a bit sleepy today. Maybe because we are nearing the midwinter solstice & the days are darkening. In our house everyone is finding it harder and harder to get up in the mornings! We’re like a den is sleepy bears!
Ted ran through the woods searching out fairy houses. We found an old tree stump covered in bright green moss and tiny fungi.
The boys explored the stream where they’ve been building a dam. They broke the dam and whooped as the water rushed through pulling sticks and leaves along with it.
There was a big tree which was being logged. On his own accord Ted began to count the growth rings. There were over 40! ” This tree us older than you mum”! we had a yummy home made snack of bread rolls, jam, fruit and seeds. We then enjoyed this week’s craft activity; twiddling willow into beautiful little hoops. Ted loved the way the willow bent round on itself.Back at home we made a delicious salad for lunch.
Ted enjoyed playing with clay again. Making a Wild Dog & a Crocodile.
I taught him how to join the clay so it stuck together fast and wouldn’t come apart when dry. We are going to ask our friend Kate to fire them for us.
We had a really fun day today, and revisited some things we learnt in recent weeks.