27 March 2015

A family walk: Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge wetland centre

So last week Theo's little friend turned four and we decided to take a day out from nursery to celebrate together. It's rare that we get full days together other than in the holidays, and it's sometimes it's good to take advantage of the week days in school time. Before long that will be us, confined to visiting places on school holidays and battling the crowds. I'm going to miss these days. 

Anyway, we decided to travel to Slimbridge in the slightly chilly sunshine for a day exploring the wetland centre. We bought food for the birds and spent a good while just watching the swans and birds as they swam and dove in the water. It's a tranquil place which seems to enforce a sort of calmness, if only for a short while. When that calmness wore off we headed to the welly boot land and let the boys explore the streams and bridges, pleading with them not to get too wet! 

We listened (rather animatedly!) to a talk on otters, watched the flamingos, found a tree stump in the shape of a four (rather aptly for our fourth birthday trip!) and played in the playground all before calling it a day as the sun started to dip and heading back to Bristol for pizza.

I think the boys both had a great day in the fresh air listening and watching the birds fly over head. As did we. 

Slimbridge wetland centre
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Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
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Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
Slimbridge wetland centre
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Slimbridge wetland centre

25 March 2015

Montessori at home: Days of the week and simple addition

montessori at home days of the week

So it's been a very long while since I've posted one of these, so today I'm going to do two! 

Ever since we bought Theo some days of the weeks pants and socks he's been obsessed with asking what day it is and trying to figure out the order so I thought it would be a good idea to practice with him. He's getting really good at recognising letters to and learning to read and sound them out so this was a pretty good exercise in phonics and reading too. It's a pretty simple game, and could obviously just be used as a matching game with the colours for younger children too. 

I just asked him to find the matching stick and then we sounded out the letters and talked about what came next! 

montessori at home days of the week
montessori at home days of the week
montessori at home days of the week

Theo's also very into counting. He loves counting everything, from people to paving slabs to food to toys etc. We showed him how to add two values together by using objets to count and then add them altogether so I thought I'd try it with marbles and different figures written on the cards. He picked two values at random and then counted out each separate value into a bowl and then we added them together at the end. When we found our answer we searched for the correct number card. 

montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition
montessori at home counting and addition

23 March 2015

St.Fagans part two

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Seeing as the warm spring weather has gone into hiding once more I thought I'd post these in an attempt to coax it back out. Please come back, we really did enjoy the time spent frolicking over logs and through the forest, eating picnics and feeling the warm sun on our cheeks.

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