The Story Behind Sister

January 31, 2011

As I look forward to welcoming Rosamund Lupton to our book club this evening, Sister is very much on my mind.  Here Rosamund tells of how the story began…

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Holocaust Memorial Day

January 27, 2011

Light the virtual candle here.  Some things we wish we didn’t have to teach our children, but at the same time it would be wrong not to…

…says The Artist at every mealtime these days!  She has a new and very enthusiastic interest in planets, asteroids and meteorites.  I need to refresh my memory and these sites are helping…

Bill Nye is Excecutive Director of The Planetary Society…the American professor has a long biography and his many achievements include bringing science to prime time TV in America with his show Bill Nye The Science Guy.  The site is full of brilliant science info at every level…check out the one page printable experiments under ‘For Kids and Teachers’ here, we had fun with Twisting Tornado and Baseball Moon.

Science With Me believe that positive experiences with science at an early age will build scientific confidence that lasts a lifetime {‘hear, hear’ says The Headmaster!}.  Science With Me is packed with loads of great resources for young children and best of all it offers bite size science for busy parents.

Meanwhile, Google are searching the world for talented young scientists…

Learning to Play

January 13, 2011

Having a super creative child, I am very conscious of the many arty and crafty opportunities The Artist will want to explore…and on occasion (when I am feeling less precious about my beloved camera) I let her have a turn.  Like me The Artist loves taking photographs and quite often the results make me smile…

{actually this photo is very appropriate, check out the real thing}

Have a look at these great learning tools, they all have one brilliant thing in common; linking learning with fun…

Mr Thorne is making a name for himself within the Early Years phonics world and children get a kick out of his quirkiness too.

Bloxorz is a huge hit at the Headmaster’s House…find loads more cool maths games for all ages here.

I discovered Mathletics on a recent visit to Edge Grove School…encourage your school to join Mathletics now!

The Pattern Pod

January 9, 2011

On a recent visit to London’s Science Museum, The Artist and The Composer both really enjoyed the hands on exhibits…especially the Pattern Pod and the Launch Pad.

We probably only discovered a tiny percentage of what’s on offer at the museum, but what we did see really captured the children’s attention.  Many of the exhibits were rather sophisticated for my two youngsters (and myself if I am being totally honest…it’s really rather embarrassing not being able to explain some of the children’s rather more searching science questions, especially within earshot of other parents!).

Christmas Past

January 4, 2011

I boxed up the last of our decorations this morning.   We have all thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of Christmas at the Headmaster’s House but we are definitely ready for all things new that 2011 may bring…including the all important school holidays!  The ferry tickets are booked and we will head over to France in some months time, having something exciting to look forward to will help keep those January blues at bay.

Whilst packing away the decorations, I was reminded of a Christmas we spent in Brittany with dear friends a few years ago…I had packed a few bits and bobs to make the house feel festive even taking my twinkly star lights along too.  It was a glorious time, beautifully mild weather, good company and all the delightful cuisine France has to offer.  The bay will be filled busy with boats, kayaks and bathers by the time we see it next.

Here are a few things I plan to do for next Christmas!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2011

Are you ready for 2011?  After all the celebrations and festivities of the past couple weeks now is the time to make plans. A favourite activity of mine is making up a new diary…filling in birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, school term dates, to do lists, and dare I say New Year’s resolutions. I plan to hit the sales this week to find a lovely new diary, then I shall spend a very happy evening filling it with plenty of important dates and tasks for 2011.

As always we intend to begin the year being frugal at the Headmaster’s House…and so I shall attempt to create a homemade year planner to help me through 2011.  Wish me luck fitting 12 months and more than 30 birthdays on to an A3 sheet of paper! {more details to come once I have a finished design}

A few simple designs for 2011…

This one by Crispin Finn (design duo who produce everything in red, white and blue) is super stylish and so well designed…my choice for our 2010 planner.  It hung on the study wall and was a delight to look at, so much more attractive than your typical office planner.

A good spot for freebie printables including calendars, Sheepdog Design offer this simple design for 2011.

A smart and functional design for 2011…$25 at this Etsy shop.