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    Don’t Say Boo To A Goose

    I’ve been keen for several months to get back into the flow so when I read Boo to A Goose – Mem Fox this week, the collage illustration of the goose just begged to be created and thus we spontaneously dived in to enjoy a new Book and Activity. I’m embarrassed to admit how long it’s been since we’ve enjoyed doing A Book and Activity, apparently it’s been nearly two years, I’m telling myself there’s a slight possibility we have done one but not recorded it here, although I suspect nearly two years is accurate. A quick google search and we knew what materials were needed; paper plates and feathers and…

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    A Fishy Activity

    It’s been many months since we enjoyed A Book and Activity, but when Bass asked for a craft activity I was inspired. Searching through Pinterest for inspiration I spied this Rainbow Fish Craft, a template supplied, paint and celery sticks, that I could quickly organise. A quick look through our picture books revealed, The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister, though a few years ago I read Elizabeth Esther’s thoughts about redistribution and this book and I’ve been aware and uncomfortable with the author’s intent since. (Can’t find the post but EE has a satirical video which I haven’t yet watched) After reading I asked Bass, “What did you think of the book?”…

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    Leaping into Literature

    Next week our holidays draw to a close and we begin the final term of the year.  As I contemplated what direction I wished our studies to take in the next 10 week block I knew I needed to be realistic, we have three indisputable factors that create a major impact.  I am now in my final trimester with baby due two days before term ends (and babies have their own timetables), Advent begins in December bringing its own rhythm, and it is spring/summer which means extreme heat, distraction and pleas for more swimming time!! Yet I am determined that we conclude the year well, stretching abilities and learning deeply…

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    Pobblebonks

    After reading Pobblebonk by Gary Fleming this week we suddenly were inspired to create A Book & Activity craft, I love spontaneity:) A quick search through Pinterest revealed a frog puppet and we were set. Recently I had added a few craft supplies to our grocery shop including paper plates and bags in preparation for many crafts. I admit the legs should have been thinner but the children didn’t care. Bass is now old enough to join in, he was so happy with his frog. Jelly Bean was the first to finish:) Jack Jack loves crafts of any kind, so pleased we made the time.

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    The Littlest Girl Was Madeline

    We’ve been rather occupied with learning to read of late so when the children asked for ‘a book and activity‘, I was happy to oblige but had to do a last minute scramble.  Amongst a whole slew of books I read one morning were a few Madeline books, we enjoyed Madeline, Madeline’s Rescue and Madeline and the Bad Hat.  So Madeline was naturally our theme. Surprisingly Madeline crafts were hard to find, I did find an awesome hat craft but alas didn’t have the materials needed.  We considered making a paper Paris, or colouring, we decided to make Madeline toilet roll dolls. They soon had created these beauties, and all were happy.…

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    A Week With Mem Fox

    This  week during our Book & Activity time we focused on our collection of Mem Fox titles. Mem Fox’s books do not naturally attract me but as I’ve shared  previously, watching our children, particularly our emerging readers engage with her books has helped me develop a new appreciation of her writing. The first day we read Where is the Green Sheep?, Arabella the Smallest Girl in the World and The Magic Hat.  Making a ‘Magic Hat’ was a huge hit! The attention to detail and creativity was wonderful to watch, the children were so enthused!  Our Book & Activity time has become a treasured time each day (or rather every second day).   On our second day we read Shoes from Grandpa, Harriet You’ll…

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    Inspired by Our Koala Sighting

    Inspired by our koala sighting this week our ‘A Book & Activity’ was all about koalas.  Our readings included; Koala Lou by Mem Fox, Kolo the bush Koala(OOP) and Two-Thumbs the Koala by Leslie Rees.(OOP) The first day we made toilet paper roll Koalas. Next we enjoyed making origami koalas. On the third day we made movable koalas. Everybody enjoyed joining in once again and my enthusiasm continues to grow:) well it does about ‘a book & activity,’ I confess we didn’t manage all our more formal academics, so obviously I’m still a ‘work in progress’.

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    Nurturing My Lost Enthusiasm

    Home educating a wide age spread can be a challenge and sometimes there are casualties, for months a while now, one of our casualties have been our little ones, blush.  I had plans but they consisted of.. “I’ll read two picture books a day and…”  but we weren’t achieving much. For years I used to over plan, investing hours which seemed wasted as our plans always changed.  In an effort to change this situation I became more relaxed and let my planning go, we had a broad structure but not finer details.  However I’ve come the the realisation that planning created & fed  my enthusiasm so it wasn’t wasted, it just…