Two weeks ago I had the privilege to help out with the Oxfordshire Children's Read-a-thon. An amazing event aimed at re-enthusing children about reading. In preparation for the event and talking to the inspirational Anne Wattam, whose brainchild the whole event was, I kept on being confronted by shocking literacy figures. The current system to teach children to read at … [Read more...] about Learning to read
Cold air is heavier than warm air. Most of us know this...but did you know cold air drives a windmill faster than warm air? Apparently the light breeze we had yesterday wouldn't have moved the sails of the St Anna windmill in the summer. Instead we had a beautifully spinning windmill. We learnt this and other facts thanks to two lovely volunteers, who took 3 hours out of their … [Read more...] about Lessons from a windmill visit
. After a 2 week holiday my 4 year old went back to school yesterday. As it’s a day another mum picks her up, I was shocked to see her come home in a completely different uniform, than what I sent her away in the morning. She also left her water bottle and her lunch box at school, only bringing home her fruit box. This got me thinking: Are we expecting too much … [Read more...] about School- Too much responsibility too early?
- We are a multilingual family, not even bilingual, but trilingual. This means we usually have three languages flying around in the house at any one time- English, Hungarian and Dutch. My mother tongue is Hungarian, Oh-so-lovely-Daddy is Dutch and neither of us speaks the other’s language, so we speak English. We met, married and started a family in England, so it all sort … [Read more...] about How many languages do your children speak?
- Turning off the garden tap I had to jump... because a little green frog jumped out from just beside my hand. I resisted the urge to scream (thinking of having to set a positive example), then quickly summoned the Littlins. They were over joyed that by the sight. Little Man, as always, wanted to pick it up. He will pick up anything- spiders, bugs, worms, you name it! He … [Read more...] about What lurks in the garden