Wednesday, 30 November 2016

School time..

O i love doing home school..we have a good time and totally enjoy our days.
I download a lot of work from Teacherspayteachers.com..they have all sorts of freebies to print out.
I normally see what they have and if its what i need i will spend an afternoon printing and planning our weeks worth of lessons.
Another great website is Maths salamander.com..the math sheets and explanations are that good even i get it.
This week Fern has been doing a Novel study on Molly's Pilgrim



It contains everything she has learnt so far and more that she hasn't.
These are just amazing for her as she really has to apply herself to it..its not just the story but the fact she has to search,explain and finally give her own opinion on the book and plot line.
Describe the characters and in her words give her observations of these characters.
I can't recommend these sites enough.

Iris can read and write to a good standard but is so full of energy she bounces around a lot..so i always feel i am telling her to sit down or come back. Bless her.

I find the more bright and colourful the things we do the more she pays attention to it..the scrabble tiles i bought from Ebay..we use them quite a bit for spellings and begginning blends and endings..

I have to say that i think the girls favourite afternoons are craft ones.
 Iris made glitter tree's and also a forest of rainbow tree's.



 Fern made little bobble hats for tree decorations..aren't they good. She has a few more to do but they will all be different colours.,,she spent a while doing them but once she got the hang of it away she went.

sara

Old books..beautiful books.

Hello all how are you today?
Chilly isn't it?
Lovely to see the garden all white with crispy frost in the mornings..gone by lunch time only to come creeping back later on.
So grateful to be in a warm house and all cosy.
I read Katies recycle blog yesterday to be delighted to find she has found a copy of this book below..only 50p as well bargain.
I have a copy of this book and the another too..the one above..The Three Golliwogs..i bought both online and only a few pounds for both..they are gorgeous books and so politically incorrect they are bound to be banned sooner or later.
I also have a copy of Uncle Tom's Cabin..
Mine is from the 1940's and published by Fredrick Warne & Co.
It could be worth a fortune but i wouldn't part with it .
I have lots of old books and i have been over the years collecting Vintage Ladybird books as well as Enid Blyton,Beatrix Potter and Cicely Mary Barker..i adore books and think i would have to be totally not in my right mind to get rid of them.
I love the smell of the old books,musty i know, but the best thing is going to a book shop and i mean an antique shop to be welcomed by that smell.
My prize possession is a copy of The Three Elizabeths..i hunted high and low for this book only to be met with huge prices and crappy copies..i can remember being about 9 or 10 and reading this book at my grans..i fell in love with it and unfortunately it went missing when my gran passed away.
My daughters then boyfriend now husband found a copy for me a few years ago for a christmas gift.




I think having books is the best thing you can do for yourself and children..not only can you disappear into a whole new world,they help your imagination,fill you with information and also help with spelling and literacy skills and they are cheap or free if you use the library .

We have a reading list and i order books by the arm load from the local library
Ferns is full of Micheal Morpurgo at the moment and Iris loves Russell Hoban..i am so lucky that my passion for books has been passed along to all my children who read daily..no matter how busy they get they always find time to grab half an hour to read.
I find reading relaxing and i also look forward to bath time..i get to read whilst i double dose on relaxation in a bubble bath.
I know i got my passion and love for books from my gran..she would go to the library every week with her wicker basket and fill it up..then every afternoon for an hour we would read..i was over the moon when she let me pick my own books for the first time..i literally devoured them and couldn't wait to go back for more.
I encouraged my husband to read but he wasn't interested..thankfully a friend of his lent him a David Gemmell book about 20 years ago..since then he has been an avid reader and now appreciates what i see in them.
Sometimes our house is totally silent..no tv,no radio just the occassional sound of someone turning a page.
Perfect afternoon.
sara

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Happy birthday babe..

We all love you lots..have a great day..
xxxxx

Monday, 28 November 2016

I defy anyone not to smile at this adorable baby girl..


This has just had us all giggling away..isn't she adorable..
A nice thing to see when there is so much bad in the world..

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Happy Birthday !!!

Happy birthday to Fern.
11 years old today.
The lovely little bundle that came into our lives and has grown to be a beautiful,gentle,brave,generous young lady before our eyes.
We hope that you enjoy your day my little Fernling.
Enjoy your French Coconut Tart.
p.s don't read too late
love you always
mummy,daddy and Iris

Friday, 25 November 2016

Our local little library

Hello again..
Our local library is attached to the school Fern went to..it is in the Surestart Centre there.
It used to be quite big once upon a time..then all the cuts started and it disappeared so to speak.
We loved going there as you can make yourself a cuppa and drinks for the girls in the big communal kitchen and it was a lovely way to spend time ..a little tots area with toys for them to play with a dedicated library staff who were wonderful and would talk and help out with just about anything..lovely ladies and gent.
When all the cuts started it seemed to shrink,then the staff disappeared one by one until it was a desolate place and not well cared for.
I have to say we stopped going..i would order the books i wanted via the online service then pop to the Sure Start reception to collect them.The absolutely wonderful lady who runs that reception is Josie..a font of information and infinite patience as well. Always so happy to see you and the most capable woman who can man 3 phones,a printer and computer all in one go..plus see that your books are ready for you.
We had to go pick some up this week and whilst waiting for them a lady came over and introduced herself as the new library volunteer and she had just received a brand new copy of a book and she wondered if Fern would like it..she was doubly pleased as Fern said yes and it was her first book loan since she had re-started the library..she is so passionate about it and the books she has ,it was so refreshing to meet her.She lifted our spirits even more when we went and had a look at what she had done..it looks small but neatly spaced out and a sofa with chairs to sit..a little area for little people.



All of the books Iris selected with help from the lady..She adores the Biff,Chip and Kipper series..this one has been read numerous times and is so easy for her but she gets it everytime she can.

This was her very first loan out to Fern..

She helped Iris find some good books and then Fern as well..she told me she has a print out of reading lists for all ages and will print me a copy if i would like and also asked Fern to do a written book review of the book she borrowed..Fern was amazed and said she would..then she asked Iris to do her a picture of happy,sad or bad for her books she borrowed..this woman i think will revitalise the little library..her energy and love for the books is evident and brilliant to see.
She did ask why the girls were not at school and Iris explained they were Home Schooled she clapped her hands and said Marvellous..i will find you any books you need..that is the best offer i have ever had from anyone with help to Home School.
She was surprised at the girls reading levels and also Ferns latest Book Review of Molly's Pilgrim..she could not believe we had a copy of it and had never heard of anyone else reading it.
So on the way home we decided that we are going back to library at least once a week and spend some time there again..it will be lovely to just go and sit again and peruse the shelves for any books we may like.
So we are very happy to have our little library back..and a new library lady as well.
sara

Black Friday..

Hello all.
I was watching scenes of absolute chaos earlier in America..what the heck?
Fighting over things and pushing people out the way to get a bargain..is it really a bargain though if you get hurt or trampled or shot as the case maybe.
My son is working today and is on the afternoon shift thankfully..he says its been getting busier all week and the warehouse at the back is chocka block with items..thing is some of the items are not that much of a bargain really..but he is on til gone 6 tonight..surely there won't be anything left by then.
I haven't been online shopping today as i honestly don't need anything bargain or not..i know i am lucky to be able to say that..
I was so glad to see that a certain supermarket hasn't done any Black Friday sales..it was busy when hubby went but not that horrific he had to fight through the crowds..
Have you been online or been to the sales themselves?
sara