Sunday, 19 October 2014

And So It Begins

Small bite-sized chunks.
A little each day.
He'll do what he can.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Finding a Balance

The Boy Child has just begun his two-week long half-term holiday.
During that time I would like him to write in his Holiday Diary every day and to read aloud most days.
School would like him to write up that Science experiment, copy out and learn a verse of the poem For the Fallen by Lawrence Binyon, think up and write out 10 spelling sentences, consolidate his knowledge about King Midas, begin an Art Journal, complete a 6 page personalised for him Holiday Homework booklet, read daily, learn 10 spellings and consolidate his knowledge of the 2 and 3 times tables.
I'm thinking it's way too much.
What say you?

Friday, 17 October 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Little Things

I was in The Boy Child's room earlier and saw something on the bed.
The Brainy One has a dinner/meet up/thing this evening and would be leaving the house round about the time The Boy Child came home from school.
So he took the time to leave a note.
He's a good man.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out

Always a favourite place to stop and browse.

Zoom In | Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more here.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Rocket Science?

The Boy Child came home with Science homework.
Music to The Brainy One's ears.
"Write up the experiment (maximum of 6 lines) and draw a diagram."
There was no real clue in The Boy Child's Science exercise book as to what the experiment might have been on.  
Twenty minutes of Q and A later and we had a rough idea.
 With The Boy Child dictating of sorts, The Brainy One wrote up the method in rough and I drew (ha!) the diagram. 
We both enjoyed it.
The Boy Child not so much.


Monday, 13 October 2014

Me on Monday

It's been a:
Hello Autumn,
woolly sock wearing,
pumpkin muffin* making,
hot tea drinking and muffin eating, 
Facetiming with mum,
and winter non-school shoes buying
kind of Monday.
This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the

* the pumpkin muffin recipe came from Deb and although I had to hunt down some of the ingredients, they were worth making.  They are delicious!  

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Christmas Comes Early?

The children in The Boy Child's class are participating in Operation Christmas Child this year.  My mum has filled a shoebox for years, always for a boy and always age appropriate to the age of her grandsons.  My sister used to buy stuff for a homeless teenage boy when she lived in Scotland.
As well as filling our shoebox with suitable new toys, hat and gloves and a few wrapped sweets, The Boy Child is donating a set of Lego from his vast collection.  We're also adding a tag with The Boy Child's photo on and a few facts about him.
When I mentioned that he might like to include something that he hadn't played with for a while, he said, "Momma, there are children in the world who don't have anything at all."
These shoeboxes become gifts of unconditional love and what can be more precious than that?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Charm Offensive | Things He Says #605

"What's been the best thing about today?" I asked him.
 Bearing in mind that it was a typical Saturday for us.
 Buses, buses and more buses.
 Clever art installations in Covent Garden Piazza.
 Trendy boot buying for me.
Favourite pastime of book browsing.
His reply?
"Being with you, Momma."


Friday, 10 October 2014

The Things He Says #602

"Momma, did you buy hot chocolate today?
 It's the weather for a nice hot drink after school."
"I forgot.  Shall we go to the supermarket now?"
"Yes!" {small pause} "I love you very much, Momma.  You're a fine woman!"