My Facebook feed is full of photos of little four year olds, dressed smartly in their brand new uniforms. Two of Tabitha’s cousins have started school this week, along with lots of other friends and acquaintances who are the same age. So we decided to do a little “not back to school” photo shoot of our own.
It was my birthday on Saturday. We went to our church anniversary service in the afternoon and then went for an evening walk at Isley Marsh nature reserve along the estuary. We saw lots of birds, bats and a harvest mouse.
Monday afternoon was spent at the allotment. We picked three punnets of strawberries and the children ate two! I discovered botrytis (grey mould) spreading rapidly through some of the plants, so I removed as many infected berries as I could find. Runner beans were harvested, carrots were thinned and Dad planted some brassicas. Aaron and Tabitha tried to catch grasshoppers and carried out a scientific experiment with the carrot thinnings.
On Tuesday we played our new board game, Junior Alpha Animals. You have to name animals from A-Z and older players can roll a dice to specify land, air or sea animals. There are also some action cards with instructions to act like an animal or make animal noises. Tabitha needed quite a lot of help but I think this game could soon become a family favourite!
The afternoon found us back at the allotment. It was hot and I was tired, so I harvested a few beetroot and then sat down to watch the children play an energetic game of football.
Today has been a quieter day. Aaron has done LOADS of Komodo maths (I will post more about that soon), played Minecraft and we even remembered to do handwriting for the third day in a row! Tabitha is really into writing at the moment, she’s been copying the upper case alphabet over and over again. This afternoon she drew a mummy cat and kitten and used her Leappad to find out how to write cat.
So that’s our “not back to school” week so far. Tomorrow we’re looking forward to having friends round.