It's been a bit busy here, which has meant not writing much. But we started (Advent – and it begins!) and we've survived arguments about the donkey (Advent – warfare around the stable) to get to... Day 7 - Joseph Some days are tight on time. Some days it would definitely be easier to simply… Continue reading Advent – the visit from Noah
Who would have expected that three children and one stable could cause so much argument! Shouts of "it's not just yours" and complete melt downs about who has the donkey in their hand. The irony of the fallouts in the midst of trying to teach them something of the Gospel is completely lost on them,… Continue reading Advent – warfare around the stable
I put the advent calendar together a few days before the start of December, and then spent every morning between then and the start of advent going "no, it's not time to start the advent calendar yet". You could say they were a bit excited on Sunday morning... If you've missed it, this is our… Continue reading Advent – and it begins!
We're approaching the end of our first half term. Everyone is tired. We've had our first parents evening and received glowing reports of how they've both just dived into it all. They seem to have a reasonable measure of their true abilities and are looking at ways to work them at that level. The eldest… Continue reading Surviving our first half term!
Tuesday I arrived to the primary germ factory to be greeted with Huggy Bear. Oh what a joyful thought went through my head. For those not aware of the wonders of the germ factory teddy bear you get the bear and a diary. The bear must accompany you through your day and the diary is… Continue reading The (mis)adventures of huggy bear
So back when starting to teach the eldest to read I wrote Foniks I think it's safe to say that we've not exactly had an improved relationship with this system since then. Just before the older two finished at the germ factory we had a parents evening and letters home about how they'd been teaching… Continue reading Foniks take two
Key Facts: Junction: off the A345, near Salisbury Rough time to destination: N/A Cost: Adults are £6, children under 5 are free Age of travellers: nearly 5 years, 3 1/2 years, 18 months At the risk of upsetting enthusiasts, this is basically lots of planes that children can go in and press buttons to their hearts… Continue reading Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
Key Facts: Location: Centre of Salisbury, near the cathedral Age of travellers: nearly 5 years, 3 1/2 years, 18 months Cost: £8 adults, under 5's free (and English Heritage members get in half price) As you might expect from the name, it is a museum about the history of Salisbury and the surrounding area. There… Continue reading Salisbury Museum
Key Facts Location: centre of Salisbury Time: N/A Who: nearly 5 years, 3 1/2 years, 18 months Cost: £15 family (strictly speaking this was a donation and not compulsary) The cathedral, cloisters and chapter house each have their own features and reasons to explore, not least the Magna Carta in the chapter house! It is… Continue reading Salisbury Cathedral & Magna Carta
Key Facts: Junction: B3073 off the A31 (Dorset) Rough time to destination from junction: 10 minutes Age of travellers: 90 years, nearly 5 years, 3 1/2 years, 18 months Cost: £6.50 adult, £5.50 child, free under 3 and a family ticket (2+2 or 1+3) is £20 We specifically picked this as a place to take… Continue reading Wimborne Model Village