Holiday Learning

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Education comes in all sorts of guises and is not necessarily undertaken in the classroom.

It has been school holidays here for the past two weeks and our granddaughters came to visit for a couple of days.  As always, they enjoy activities which they do not have access to at home.

The citrus trees still had plenty of fruit so they picked 2 buckets full of oranges and then it was time to squeeze them.

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They both had plenty of opportunity to hone their skills and Olivia was also able to cut the oranges.

The weather has been very dry recently and last week was particularly hot so watering the garden was essential.  There is not a lot growing at the moment but plenty of water has ensured that the young bean plants survived the heat.

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It is difficult to think of anything that is more important to learn than nurturing, picking and preparing your own food.  I find it very gratifying to be able to share these skills with the girls and encourage their interest.

 

 

Another Series Gone

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When I began the ‘Sew My Stash Sunday’ series I was really confident that I would do some sewing every week and always have something to share.  Unfortunately, that has not been the case and some weeks I just end up beating myself up (metaphorically speaking) because I have not met my goal.

So, I have decided to put this series to bed for the moment and I will post on a Sunday if I have done any sewing in the previous week and have something to share.

The last week has been a bit topsy turvy as I spent a couple of days in Brisbane.  My mother had a specialist medical appointment and Izz had a night in hospital to have her tonsils and adenoids removed.  I spent the time with Miss O and attended a school music concert in which she was singing in the Junior Choir.  Here is a photo I took of her in the obligatory black trousers and white shirt.

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005I did not manage to get a photo but they all had vests to wear as well which were provided by the school.  The back was plain black and the front was black with multi-coloured musical notes and symbols.  They all looked very smart in them.

The coming week is going to be similar as once again I will be away from home for a couple of days.

On Sundays I usually try to get myself organised for the week ahead and today it was even more imperative.  I have made sure that we both have enough clothes for work and underwear clean and ready.  Meals are planned for the week.  Lunches are semi-prepared.

Do you use some of your time on Sundays to prepare for the week ahead?

I’m So Proud

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Today I want to share a story that my daughter told me.  The words, “I’m so proud of her” were what she said at the end of the story.

Miss O, now 6, has just started Year 1 at school after having completed Prep last year.  She is a bright little girl whom we all love dearly but she is very shy.

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Talking has not been her forte and when she was at daycare there were times when the staff would bribe her to talk!  Social interactions were a real challenge so we were all concerned as to how she would cope at school.  She was lucky to have a brilliant and supportive Prep teacher who gently encouraged her.

As well as being at school Miss O goes to before and after school care and it was feedback from one of the co-ordinators that swelled her mother’s heart.  Miss O is not only settled and comfortable in her environment but she has taken a couple of the new Prep students under her wing and is teaching them a particular card game at after school care.

It may seem a small thing but it such an achievement for her.  I wonder if it is a bit of a case of ‘been there, done that’ and she knows how it feels and therefore has a real empathy for others who are feeling out of their depth?

We are all so proud of her.

Holiday Fun

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No organising happening here today as we are too busy having fun.  Miss O and Izz are staying for a couple of nights as it is school holidays here.

It has been a full day which included picking strawberries at a local farm as well as buying some fruit and vegetables and getting hair cut.  That was just this morning!

Then it was time for lunch.

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A platter which included freshly picked carrots and avocadoes plus some cracker biscuits.  A cup of water and some strawberries rounded off a healthy lunch.

The weather has been really quite hot the past few days but even though it was much cooler today it was still warm enough to play in the pool.

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Climbing ‘mountains’, hide and seek and racing around the yard used up some excess energy.

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And taking a moment to smell the roses AKA cannas.

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