Thursday, February 9, 2017

Back to school

 Yesterday was the first day back at school for 2017 for my children. Poppy started grade three and Rory and Alexis started Prep, which means they are now full time school students.

Alexis was so excited, she has been wearing her new school shoes around the house for the last few weeks, and could finally wear her school dress (in Kinder they wear shorts) which made her feel so grown up.

Rory was excited to see his friends again, see what puzzles would be in his classroom and couldn't wait to get out on the playground at recess.

When we walked in they both ran to an activity and settled in quickly, it helps knowing you are starting in a new class with a sibling, and it sounds like they shared most of the day together, sitting on the mat together to eat lunch and recess, and being partners through out the day, but I'm sure that wont last long.

They were quiet happy to chat to their new teacher Mrs Trotman who was very friendly and nice. 

Poppy was also excited to start the school year (above is her Prep photo), she was looking forward to having her own 'tub' and desk, unlike other years. She had been telling me about her new teacher Mr Talbot and said she had seen him around and that he looked friendly and she was looking forward to having a male teacher this year.

When we went into her class on she was happy to see a few friends had already arrived, and she got to work sorting out her books and checking out her tub space and new desk. She was excited to show her friends her new haircut and talk about the holidays.

Everyone sounded like they had a great first day back at school, and the twins were so tired after just one day, it will be interesting to see how they go at the end of next week, after going every day!

Did anyone at your place start school this week?


Monday, February 6, 2017

Lilydale falls

 We have just two days left until the children go back to school. This will be the first year of full time school for the twins, and Poppy will be in grade three. I have enjoyed our summer holidays together, and am dreading them coming to an end. So today I bundled my big school kids up and we headed out on an adventure to Lilydale falls, about 20 minutes drive from where we live.

We have been here before, but not since the twins could remember, it was lovely to not be rushed, and enjoy the time looking at all the details the forest has to offer.

It's always lovely and cool among the fern trees with spots of warm sun peeping through warming us up as we went.

Rory couldn't understand how he was covered in buzzies, as he insisted he didn't walk into any prickly bushes. The girls thought it was hilarious.

The bottom of the two falls, is lovely to walk around, there were some other children there having their lunch and my three enjoyed rock hopping and collecting bits and pieces.

We then headed to the falls at the top, up some easy stairs and along another easy path.

This part of the falls would be perfect for swimming in on a hot day, and there were some bike riders here having a swim and washing their clothes.

We set the camera timer for a selfie, because I'm trying harder to get in the picture a bit more, so later the children can see I was there on these fun days too!

Poppy then found a little track that lead us to an old railway bridge, which they all thought was very interesting.

After our walk we had our lunch among the gums and the children had a play.

The perfect way to spend our last summer holiday days together.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Back to school - Free Printables

 In eight sleeps, Summer school holidays will be over and my three will be heading back to school. I'm always quiet organised with the preparations, new school bags, lunch boxes sorted, the freezer has plenty of baked goods ready to go in lunches, new socks, shoes and fresh uniforms all ready for the start of the school year.

But this year, with the twins starting full time school (Prep) I have been trying to prepare them mentally as well, setting aside a short amount of time each day to get their brains working ready for a big year of learning.

Alexis loves doing work sheets, spelling, writing letters, reading, counting, and solving problems.

Rory loves it when he gets stuck into something, but takes a little convincing when I suggest we do some worksheets together.

It's not long before he is happily counting, writing and reading.

When doing work sheets together, I concentrate on them holding the pencil correctly, using the scissors safety, working through the questions in their brain or out loud instead of just guessing, and taking pride in their neat work.

I always add a few 'fun' work sheets and always praise their work, even if it is wrong I say "great try" or "I love how I could see you working out the sum in your mind".

In the end it doesn't really matter if they get the work sheets right or wrong, as long as they have a go and try their best.

They are both excited to start Prep in a few days and I feel happy in knowing they are prepared for what's to come this year.

I have added a few work sheets if you'd like to print them for your little ones.

Happy Learning! xx