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Maxi’s Foundation Stage Graduation

Thursday was Maxi’s last day at school in Reception before he goes up to year one in September. This year has been a amazing one for my little man, one that I hope will give him a great foundation to all the years of learning he has to come.  The biggest part of this year has been his wonderful teacher Mrs Sayer and her two wonderful teaching assistants (Mrs Holmes and Mrs Jackson) Mrs Sayer has a wonderful way with the children and they all adore her, she brings learning to life through play and is the perfect Reception teacher (which is why I was overjoyed to find out Mini is more »


Childrens Craft Showcase – Gifts for the Teacher

The end of the school year is very nearly upon us here in England, so I have started to think about teacher appreciation gifts for MaxiMads wonderful Reception teacher and her assistance and for Mini’s Preschool Teacher. I am a firm believer in child made is best, I don’t want my gifts to be expensive, just used and made with love. So I have a selection of things that we have made previously for people that would make great gifts to say thank you to a teacher.   Handpainted Cups This is what Maxi made for his teachers last year and will be doing again for his current teacher.  Click on the more »


Saturday Story Workshop

Maxi was lucky enough to be invited to a special storytelling workshop which as held at a local school on Friday.  He had a funtastic time and we were invited to take him back for a morning of fun and activities on the Saturday.  So we decided that Maxi and I would go and MadDad and Mini could go and have some one on one time at Football Tots together. What a treat I was in for: The event was run by a local school (one of the smallest in the area) for a number of the local schools and was specially designed for Reception children (4 and 5) year olds. more »


Halcyon days – An afternoon event at the school

MadDad and I spent a wonderful afternoon at Maxi’s school last Wednesday.  We had been invited for a coffee, cake and fun with the children. I had forgotten my camera, so I took these images with the histomatic application on the iPhone – yes I know old hat by now, but I am a late adopter! We spent a brilliant 1 and half hours listening to all the children in the year singing songs and playing games. The weather was perfect, not too sunny, but warm. The teaching staff had all been very busy baking and the cakes were delicious. But the best part for us was just watching Maxi have more »


Nature or Nurture

I have clever children, there I have said it.  I have got rid of the elephant in the room.  They are very bright and intelligent (gifted and talented they call them at school, but that term just doesn’t sit well with me, as all children are talented in someway).  But before I go on about their amazing abilities, let me tell you a story: I use to feel inferior as a mum, both the boys were late walkers and never even crawled.  I used to compare maxi to his peers in my NCT antenatal group when we lived in Berkshire.  I used to come home and cry and feel inferior as more »


That Back to School Feeling 7

The boys have returned to school and Preschool today.  In the two child free hours I get, I was planning to take down the decdorations that are outside, but this is what the conservatory looked like at lunchtime today!! I also failed to get to the bank to get the cash for MaxiMads dinner money and as he went to school in his shoes he wasn’t allowed to play out in the snow – hmm I think that I kind of failed at being a great mummy this morning! I was going to bring the Bin in once I got the boys home from school and bunkered down for the evening, more »


No Cards, Just Cookies 12

I know that I am not alone in this as The Dotterel at Bringing Up Charlie blogged about it too.  I HATE CHRISTMAS CARDS. Yep, I shouted.  It possibly stems from the fact I am a Christmas baby and I would rather have my measly few birthday cards up instead of Christmas cards. This issue with cards has grown year on year, especially as I have to write most of them. It was fine when I worked, I would send out an e-mail saying Merry Christmas and that we wouldn’t be sending out cards, but donating to the NSPCC instead.  MadDad still does this with his work colleagues now. But it more »


Woops a Daisy Angel 12

MaxiMad’s Nativity play was held yesterday afternoon and MadDad made a mad dash down the A1M in order to get back for it. Now MaxiMads year (reception or FS2) is a very big year with excess of 70 children in it and 3 classes, so I can not imagine what work has gone in to this by teachers, Teaching Assistants and the children.  We were not asked to provide costumes, so I was very excited to arrive and see what was going to happen and what everyone was wearing. Maxi wouldnt tell me or MadDad anything about it at all, as it was a secret, he wouldnt even practice his words more »


An Apple for the Teacher, well a necklace 3

MaxiMad gets a weekend homework project each week, nothing hard, just a little something.  It has been to learn his address, draw his favorite hobby, write to 20 and last week it was to draw some number and colour patterns.  He gets his project on a Thursday and it is returned on a Tuesday, so this evening we got back from the park and checked out his book.  The comment from last weeks work was that his teacher liked his colour pattern and would love a necklace like that.  Well MaxiMad decided a necklace she should have (she wont make that mistake twice!!). I have lots of beads for the boys, more »


A Very Proud Mummy 6

If any one would like to ask me what I want for my children it would be for them to be happy and balance individuals. Well MadDad and I spent the evening at the minimads school talking to the boys teachers and I have come away a very happy bunny. We were told we should be proud of our children as they are balanced, happy and well mannered children.  MiniMad is in the Preschool and you will remember that it was terrible getting him settled, but it seems all in the distant past.  His key worker, who is the head of nursery informed us he was a real joy.  A very more »


The whole is greater than the sum of the two parts 2

The above statement seems to fit MaxiMad very well at the moment.  In his project book today there was a note to me and MadDad about his mathematical skills from his teacher, which reads ” we have started using the addition and equals signs to record MaxiMads calculations.  MaxiMad has excellent mental skills and can confidently explain his methods.  Children is FS2 (reception) are not expected to write down number sentences but we are using laminated cards and magnetic numbers and signs for recording” As MaxiMad is our first child, I have no benchmark as to what is average for a four year old to know or do, but it seems more »


The Mad Family 2

MaxiMad had to learn his address last week as homework, which was great as he knew all bat the postcode already!! This was for his excursion this week to the sorting office to learn how letters are posted.  He was asked to draw a picture of his family and this is what he did. His teacher then filled in the address and they franked their letters and when to a post box and posted them.  A friendly postman then collected their letters and the children started walking to the sorting office to see the next stage of the journey. The above postcard arrived in the post the following day and I more »


Polygons – oh no its the dreaded maths 1

I was going to post today of my great counselling session and my coming to terms with my post surgery body and all that, but I cant. “Why” I hear you ask, well my four year old has entered the magical, mythical and ah so dreaded world of mathematics. We always knew that he was that way inclined, but up to now I have been able to keep up and MadDad has always been on hand, but today all that changed. I went to collect him from school to take home to the park and then for a friend to take him to swimming lesson, when his teacher pulled me to one more »


Accepting Change and Trying to Embrace it 1

I am trying really hard to be accepting of MaxiMad starting school, but even though I know it is the right thing for him, it doesn’t stop it being hard to leave him at the doorway. I am so thankful that he is enjoying it, in fact he was in his uniform at 6am this morning when he came and woke MadDad.  He runs into his classroom shouting “Bye Mum” and that is the last I see of him a blur in Red, which is great. He regales me with tales of what he has done, read What Time is it Mr Wolf and then played the game, happy that he more »


I must be strange 9

I am sat this morning reading though all the blogs that I love and wondering if I am from a different planet. Everyone is posting about having free time now that the children are back to school and I am feeling decidedly different. I am very apprehensive about school starting next week, which is why I haven’t blogged about any of the preparations, as it makes it all the more real. MaxiMad will be starting Reception on Monday 8.40am to 3pm and I am bereft for so many reasons I love spending time with my childrenI love the joy and innocence that each day with them bringsI am worried that school more »