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It’s still Pokemon

It’s still all Pokemon here. Although we have managed to fit in a few other things over the last couple of days!

Sunday was Pokemon, in Sutton in the morning for some shopping and pokegyms/pokestop spinning and then in the afternoon we went for a walk around Nonsuch Park to see what Pokemon we could find. It has been good for Pokemon in the past but not so much at the moment. We did catch 2 or 3 new Gen 2 ‘mons each but it was mostly boring basic Gen 1 stuff. We had a really nice walk round though.. we went to the woody side and the kids had a great time running and jumping though mud and over logs. They really are happier when out and about in woodland 🙂

On Monday we had an early start for the Recorder lesson. Unlike last time when the kids didn’t get ready in time to park at Morden Hall Park and walk over, this week we managed it and had a lovely walk through the park. The weather has been so nice over the last few days its great to not need a big thick winter coat suddenly. We caught some Pokemon (I got the Wobbaffet that ran from me on Saturday) and took in the sights and sounds of the lovely morning.

The Recorder lesson went well and the kids are really playing well. After the lesson we stayed and chatted/played for a while, then walked back through Morden Hall Park, collecting more Pokemon and battling gyms, towards Morden and a trip to Lidl for treats before heading home.

In the afternoon Ben did a Reading Eggs lesson and then we went for a quick walk through Sutton High Street to spin pokestops again!

Today has included a library trip and more Pokemon at Morden Hall Park. We went to the library this morning to return old books and get new ones. Jasmine also did some research on Egypt for a Brownie Thinking Day task and she typed up a few bullet points on the computer while we were there. We emailed it to me to print at home. There was Pokemon on the way there and back!

This afternoon we met friends at Morden Hall Park for Pokemon and running/playing/general getting muddy play!

And this evening Jasmine had Brownies, where she read out her facts on Egypt. She was very happy with herself 🙂


In rain and (sun)shine…

This week has been good. We’ve been just the right amount of busy I think. On Tuesday we spent the morning at home and I managed to get some Maths done with all three kids. We used Khan Acadamy after a conversation a few days ago reminded me how much the kids enjoyed it. Thomas did basic multiplication, Jasmine did some 2 digit addition and Ben did some early maths addition. They all really enjoyed it so I will have to remember to use it more.

In the afternoon we met up with some HE friends at Banstead Woods for a woodland/Bluebell walk. It had been raining in the morning and the forecast wasn’t great for the afternoon but we were really lucky and the rain held off for the whole time we were there. The kids had a great time with their friends and we saw lots of Roman Snails.


On Wednesday we had the usual two friends over in the morning and Forest School in the afternoon. As we arrived at Forest School at 1pm the weather took a dramatic turn for the worst and it absolutely threw it down! Even Gordon and I had to shelter for about 15 minutes before running back to the car as we would have got soaked! When we collected the kids two hours later they were dripping wet through to their underwear, despite all wearing full waterproofs! They weren’t bothered though!

On Thursday morning Jasmine and I went to the hairdressers for our hair cut. In the afternoon we went to HE Group where the kids made a simple record player from paper and a pin, made playdough soap, did some painting and played with their friends.

In the evening I took Thomas to Cubs and he joined in every activity again 🙂 He did have one moment during some “fitness” training (basically, football training) where is wasn’t happy because he didn’t score a goal, but other than that he did great!

Yesterday we started the day with a trip to the library. I was mostly aiming to renew all our books rather than get more as we are on holiday next week but Thomas reminded me that he had read a couple of his so we took them back to swap. We ended up taking out about 6 new books for him and Jasmine to read! He can’t get enough books at the moment, now he is confidently reading short chapter books.. I think he is averaging two or three a week at the moment! After the library we went to a local playground to meet a friend. Jasmine and Ben played on the equipment and did some bug hunting while Thomas sat and read one of his new library books!


Yesterday afternoon Thomas had his swimming lesson. Despite spending most of the morning saying he didn’t want to go again he took my pep talk (about swimming being an important life skill) to the letter and swam several whole lengths on his back with no float 🙂 He was so excited and you could see his confidence soar! Now we’ve just got to tackle swimming on his front!


Finishing April, starting May

May? Is anyone else wondering where January, February, March and April have gone?! I really can’t believe it is May already!

Back to last week though, when it was still April. On Thursday we started the day with some maths.. individual table time still works better so I did one after the other. Thomas wasn’t keen at first so he just worked through the Star Wars workbook. Its pretty easy for him but he enjoys it and the pages he did revised the 3 and 4 times table, and counting in 50s and 100s. Jasmine is keen on measuring at the moment so I found some worksheets for her. We also did the 3 times table and I think she has finally cracked it 🙂 Ben also did his Star Wars workbook, pages on place value and more than/less than.

In the afternoon we went to HE Group. Jasmine did French but Thomas was being very disruptive so I had to take him out. I think it is because we haven’t done the work at home recently so he is going into the class unprepared. I need to fix that because when we put the work in he does enjoy it. Hopefully I haven’t left it too late to turn it around.

The science activity was ink printing, which Ben and Jasmine enjoyed. Other than that, the kids played with their friends.

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Thomas had Cubs in the evening. I am still staying with him but this week he joined in every activity, even the games! He did really well 🙂 And he is, finally, getting Invested next week! The leaders all told me how pleased they are that he is finally joining it. I know it will take a while still but he is enjoying it and, really, that is all that matters!

On Friday morning we went to the library to change books over, then over to the new larger toy shop in Sutton to feel Lego Minifigure bags for the figures the kids wanted! After lunch Thomas had his swimming lesson. He did great for the first 10 minutes but then a small group of school children came into his lane, which seemed to throw him a bit. He spent the next 10 minutes refusing to do anything his teacher asked him. Finally his teacher (who is great!) got him back and the final 10 minutes were pretty good again, although were mostly on Thomas’ terms. We’ve agreed that next week they’ll work on a “one for Thomas, one for James” (teacher) philosophy to try and get Thomas to do some swimming on his front as well as his back (which he prefers)

Yesterday we went to the Morden Hall Park May Fair. Its a tradition for us as we’ve been for the last four years I think! We did all the usual things but this year Jasmine and Thomas got to go on the petrol Quad bikes rather than the electric jeeps – they were so happy! And we all had a go at some target shooting at the Reach the Core stand with a longbow, crossbow and a ballister.

z 2 z 3 z 4Today has been a quieter day spent mostly at home. We did nip out into town for a bit of shopping after lunch but other than that it has been a Lego and garden kind of day. Gordon cut the grass for the first time this year. I did my first workout of Couch25k week 8.. 28 minutes of running. How can just 3 minutes extra seem so much harder?!

Bank Holiday tomorrow and we have no plans. I’m thinking bluebells .. maybe? I’ll let you know what we decided in a day or two!

Good days and car shopping

Goodness, I’ve managed another week without blogging. Mind you, we haven’t done anything particularly exciting this week so it won’t take long to catch up this time. And having just checked for photos (I can always tell what sort of a week we’ve had by the number of photos I’ve taken) I haven’t taken any since Monday!

Tuesday morning began with handwriting and English. I worked with one child at a time and I think this does work better than all three together, although it can be tricky when one not currently working decides they need something. None of the three are very good at sharing my time and, even though they are usually really good at entertaining themselves, as soon as I start working with one the other two can suddenly become much more demanding. But not all the time. Sometimes they play upstairs and I don’t see them. But this week they all needed to be downstairs checking what each other was doing.

We got the work done though, and I still found it easier than all three at the table at once.

In the afternoon Thomas had his swimming lesson. After a really good week last week, this week his teacher tried something else new and Thomas struggled with it. He wanted him to “dolphin” swim and poor Thomas tried but couldn’t manage it easily and then gave up. And he then gave up for the rest of the lesson. He was “too tired” or his goggles “didn’t feel right”. His teacher really tried to stay positive but I know how hard it is and I found myself sitting watching and getting really frustrated! I think I am going to suggest saving any new skill to the second half of the lesson going forward so we get at least half of the lesson with maximum effort!

In the evening Jasmine went to Brownies.

On Wednesday we had the extra two children here in the morning. All five played with Lego upstairs and I didn’t see them until rumbling tummies started just after 11am! Luckily I do lunch early on a Wednesday to ensure we have time to eat without rushing to get to Forest School for 1pm.

At Forest School they all made bows and arrows. Back at home later on and the children spent a long time (not) tidying their bedrooms.

Thursday turned out to be a really good day. I had a text from a friend in the morning asking if we were free and she came round with her children. It was lovely to see them all.. we see them most weeks at HE Group but haven’t had a playdate for a while and the kids loved it.

At midday we all set off for HE Group. J&T had French and then they all played with various friends for the rest of the session. Jasmine and two of her friends made “potion” in a blocked drain and she told me afterwards that she’d had “the best day ever”!

In the evening Thomas went to Cubs and I stayed with him. J&B stayed at a friends house. He did really well this week and joined in everything except the game 🙂

And today we went to the library this morning then drove to Newbury to look at a car this afternoon. Our current car isn’t quite what we wanted and so despite only owning it for 8 months we are getting rid of it and going for another one. Luckily, after the really long drive, we liked the car, shook hands on the deal and will be picking it up next week 🙂

After our long afternoon we decided on dinner in Pizza Hut this evening.


Oh, one last thing though.. I have also signed us all up for our local Sports Relief Mile on Sunday. If you fancy sponsoring us our page is below and all money is very gratefully received 🙂 Thank you 🙂


Another catch up

It has been a busy week! I haven’t blogged since Tuesday but we have done far too much for me to fit into one post so I will just summarise as best I can.

Wednesday and Thursday were regular days.. Playing with friends on Wednesday morning and then Forest School in the afternoon, maths in the morning on Thursday and HE Group in the afternoon. Maths for Thomas and Jasmine was a recap on everything we’ve done over recent weeks.. Thomas now knows his 3x table, doubles and halves to double 12/half 24 (actually he can probably work out more but these are stored facts now). Jasmine still needs a bit of help but she is getting there. I started the 4x table with Thomas and he saw the pattern instantly. I took six to HE Group .. they all enjoyed it and played with their friends, and the only hard part was collecting all six together at the end to leave!

On Thursday evening Thomas went to Cubs. He wore his uniform for the first time.. but then refused to take his coat off. Steps forward, steps back. I’m trying to work out a plan of action. He seems to enjoy it and is happy to go every week but still won’t really join in. I spoke to one of the leaders about him being invested and she said he won’t until he joins in more. I need to email them and explain why I think they need to be a bit relaxed about their “rules”. The steps forward need to be recognised or his confidence will suffer.

Friday was filled with activity. We went to the library in the morning and changed some books over. I got more books on ADHD to read. They are definitely helping me understand why two of my children behave the way they do. I’m pretty sure both Thomas and Jasmine would get a diagnosis if I persued one. I also got a book about being worried, hoping this will help Thomas understand his feelings a bit better.

After the library we went to RHS Wisley. It is the last weekend of the Butterflies in the Glasshouse event and Gordon was keen to go, as he was working when we went in January. We arrived at lunch time and discovered that, being the last weekend, it was very busy! The cafe was packed so we took the opportunity to see the butterflies first. It doesn’t mstter how many times we go and see them, they never fail to thrill as we watch them flying around. They are so beautiful. I was disappointed to realise that I’d left my camera at home, so only had my phone for photos. I managed to get a couple of OK ones though.


After lunch ( we did finally find a table in the cafe!) we went for a walk around the grounds. We walked over to the Pinetum and up to the bird hide. We didn’t see any birds from the hide but on the walk we saw a few, including a Thrush. It was nice to get out for a few hours and enjoy the sunshine, even if it was a bit cold! The kids enjoyed the fresh air and we had a great game of hide and seek around the trees.


On Saturday Gordon and I went into London as a late wedding anniversary trip. Our anniversary was last weekend but he was working, so my mum came to stay this weekend so we could go out. We’d spent a few hours on Friday debating what to do and almost given up hope of finding something suitable as the forecast was for a very cold, very wet day. but at the last minute I remembered about the cable cars in Greenwich, so we did that. I’ve wanted to go on the cable cars since they opened in 2012! We combined it with a Clipper boat trip down the Thames and had a lovely day out. The kids enjoyed a day with Grandma too, although other than going shopping to buy pizza for dinner I don’t think they got up to much.


And today we went to Headley Heath for a walk, but I’ve written enough already so I’ll write about that tomorrow.


Library, Lego and Geocaching

Tuesday was another busy but great half term day. In the morning I took the kids to the library while Gordon started work on the new storage in Jasmine and Thomas’ bedroom. He is building an Ikea storage solution to our Lego problem (in that we have far too much of it!). We didn’t stay too long at the library because it was very busy, but we managed to get a couple of new books each.

In the afternoon we met up with friends in Nonsuch Park and the kids did some Geocaching. We set them off to find the two that Gordon and I managed to find last week. Thomas was in charge of the phone and navigated to both really well. He loves this, and because we had already found them once before the kids knew they would get the satisfaction of success (rather than searching for ages and not finding anything.. they are like me with that and get easily fed up!) Once we’d reached each cache we gave them a few clues (hotter, colder.. that sort of thing) and they found both caches completely by themselves 🙂 The second one had a couple of little toys in it so we took them and put some back in. Unfortunately we didn’t have a pen between us so they couldn’t write on the log, but I don’t think they were too bothered about that!

1 2After we’d found the second cache it was time for us all to go home, but there was just time to clamber up a log, relax on a tree and splash in a muddy puddle as we made our way back to the car park!


Wednesday was a much quieter day, spent mostly at home. We spent quite a lot of the morning sorting through Lego. Now the new storage is mostly built it is time to start filling it! The kids have decided that they want the Lego sorted by colour so we started on the huge box we have and separated out a few colours to fill the available boxes. We realised early on that we already don’t have enough boxes so we’ll need another trip to Ikea, but we’ve managed to start on black, grey, white, red, yellow, green and blue! Its a mammoth task but by the end of the day we’d made good headway.

After an hour or so of Lego sorting Jasmine did half an hours art with Gordon and I worked with Thomas on a history “show and tell” thing for our HE Group. It isn’t until next week but I didn’t want to leave it until the last minute as I think he’ll need to prepare well in advance. The suggestion is that the kids pick a famous historical figure and find out about him/her. Thomas has chosen Samuel Pepys, to fit in with our topic on the Great Fire of London. At the library on Tuesday I found a book on Pepys, so we used this as a starting point and Thomas (with help from me) typed up what he wants to tell the group. It made me think that I should get them typing much more.. I think it will really help their spelling and grammar. Something to think about anyway.

In the afternoon we had a quick trip into town, just to get out of the house and get some fresh air. I used the excuse that we needed to go to Asda and buy garlic bread for dinner! I knew they wouldn’t say no to garlic bread! When we got back home I did more Lego sorting and the kids helped a bit but then decided to watch TV instead. Its still all about Pokemon. I really must do some research on the trading cards and get some bought.. they all really love it and are remembering so much about all the different Pokemon it is amazing!




Pokemon, more Pokemon and starting Cubs

Wednesday and Thursday continued as Monday and Tuesday had been.. days full of activities. Wednesday saw five children here for most of the day because as well as having the extra two in the morning they came back after Forest School and stayed for dinner.

In the morning the kids all played some board games before Gordon took two children to the local Chinese supermarket to get some food for dinner. While they were gone the other three played with playmobil. After Forest School all five played with Lego and Playmobil for the rest of the afternoon.

On Thursday we started with Maths and French for Jasmine and Thomas. In the afternoon we went to HE Group where the big two did French and all three watched the science, and they played with their friends.

in the evening Thomas went to his first Cubs group. I was a bit nervous whether he would like it or not because he still isn’t hugely confident in groups. He knew one other boy so they went in together and, despite initially saying he wanted me to stay, he settled in quickly and was happy for me to leave. And when I collected him 90 minutes later he told me he had really enjoyed it and is happy to go again 🙂 He didn’t join in the game they had played and one of the leaders told me he had been quite shy at first, but as soon as the activity began (they made bird feeders from plastic bottles and wooden spoons) he was much happier and chatted away.  I really hope he continues enjoying it because I think being part of the group could be really good for him.

Today has been altogether different and, after the non-stop week we’ve had so far, I for one needed to take things much easier! We had a pretty lazy morning in the house. The kids played Lego and watched some TV (Pokemon). After lunch we went to the library to swap some books. We’ve come back with three Pokemon books this time, as well as science books, a Beast Quest Early Reader (Thomas), Dr Seuss and a book on reptiles (Jasmine) and some FunnyBones books and a book about fire engines (Ben). I also picked up Gangsta Granny on CD… we are really enjoying David Walliams at the moment. We also needed to do some shopping and I bought the kids a Lego Minifigure each from the new series.

The rest of the day was spent watching TV – Dragons Defenders of Berk on DVD and more Pokemon.


Rainy Days

It has been rather wet here for the last couple of days! Now I know it was forecast, but what I hadn’t realised was just how much rain would fall! Particularly yesterday, when I think we got a whole years worth in about an hour 😉

Yesterday therefore was an indoor day. Saying that, I did actually get out for a walk in the morning before the rain really started, but the kids didn’t go out at all. There was some Lego play, and cars seem to be the toy of choice at the moment too. Everyone did some reading; Jasmine read Slug (library book) to me and Thomas read From Egg to Spider (also from the library). I also read Slug and Yertle the Turtle to Ben. This completes the six books they all have to read for the Library Summer Reading Challenge.

In the afternoon I did a typical rainy day activity .. browse Twinkl and print off loads of worksheets and activities! There is just something about a cold, wet day that encourages me to do that! I also spent a good hour or more laminating both fact and challenge cards for the kids chosen mini geography project of The UK and Maps. As I was laminating, Thomas was reading them and doing the challenges!

Today started off much nicer weather wise and we even saw the sun try to make an appearance. We took the opportunity to go to the library to get the final stickers and medal for the Reading Challenge, return some books and borrow more. I was determined not to get too many as we are going away in two weeks but, surprise surprise, we came home with many more than taken back! All the kids chose several factual books each but I managed to encourage them to get a couple of story ones too. Jasmine has found a series of early reader animal fact books that she really enjoys. She found five today and we just had to borrow them all! She has read at least two already! I just love how much it is boosting her confidence 🙂 Thomas chose a book on coral reefs, an electricity and magnetism book, one on space machines and one called Creatures of the Deep. He also got a Scout and Ace comic style story from a collection he has enjoyed before, and a football story book (I’ll be interested to see if he actually reads that one!). Ben’s choice today was books on Reptiles, a couple of Dr Seuss ones and two Thomas the Tank Engine stories. I also chose three books on the seaside and rock pools – well, we are going on holiday to the coast!

This afternoon we had a last minute visit from some friends. The bigger ones did some playing and some crafting and the little two played with trains. After they had gone home we made English Muffin pizza for dinner, which the kids thoroughly enjoyed – both making and eating!


Library Trip and Life Cycle Learning

Who else had rain (lots of rain?) today? We were supposed to be meeting up with our HE group at a local park as the hut we normally meet in is unavailable for a couple of weeks, but after discussion on Facebook it was agreed that it was too wet to be enjoyable so most people, us included, decided not to go.

But it turned out all right as we went round to a friends house instead and the kids got to play while I got to chat 🙂

Yesterday afternoon we went to the library again, this time for the Lego session, but we also returned 4 books and borrowed 5 more.. not too bad I didn’t think! Thomas also read a Pokemon book while we were there. and the boys both had a quick game on the computer.


Both yesterday morning and this morning we’ve been doing “work” at the table. The kids have been really keen on the Life Cycle topic and yesterday we did a couple more simple life cycle diagrams and also worked on symmetry (linking in to butterflies!), while today I used the Schofield & Sims KS2 Animals and Plants workbook and did the plant reproduction section with Jasmine and Thomas. I have to admit I am re-learning all this as well so am finding it as interesting as they are 🙂

I have also printed out some worksheets from Twinkl but was struggling to find anything on the site that explained the parts of a flower well, so even I would struggle to answer some of the questions on their worksheets! The Schofield & Sims workbook, and an Usborne book we got from the library, have explained it really well and in a way we all understand so now we’ve done that first I will use the Twinkl sheets as revision in a few days.

While Jasmine and Thomas were doing their work, Ben went on Reading Eggs. He hasn’t done any reading for months now but he has definitely picked up a lot recently and is much better at letters and sounds now so I tried him on the Map 1 quiz (he has completed all the Map 1 lessons twice but last time we were doing it, it didn’t seem to be clicking with him). Well, today I was right in that he has come on in leaps and bounds recently and he got 15 out of 15! He did really well with the reading parts of the quiz too and didn’t once use the “I can’t read” excuse 😉

Finally, our ultrasonic detector (bat detector) finally arrived today. We ordered it about 10 days ago so it has taken its time but we finally got to try it out late this afternoon. While we couldn’t test it on any bats (!) we took it in the garden and listened to some bees and flies, caterpillars walking and leaves rustling. It was fascinating and I can’t wait to test it out on our next night walk!


The right amount of busy

We’ve had two really nice days yesterday and today. We’ve done enough to keep us busy without being too busy, and had time to take it easy and relax at home as well.

Yesterday morning we went to the local playground for an hours fresh air. The kids took their scooters and we had a great time. Despite being a dry and warm day (although not sunny) we were the only people in the playground, which was really nice!

PlaygroundBack at home in the afternoon and the kids played Lego and trains and we watched some TV.

Today was much the same really but we swapped the playground for a trip to the library. We returned most of the books we got two weeks ago, but kept the Beast Quest and Ninjago ones as Thomas isn’t ready to be parted from them yet! The kids all got their first stickers for completing the first part of the Summer Reading Challenge (2 books each) and we chose some new books to bring home.

I really tried to limit the choices as we had walked to the library so I had to carry the books home, but we managed to come out with twenty-one books! Thomas got books on the great fire of London and the gunpowder plot, another Beast Quest book, a Lego Chima book and a Batman story book, Jasmine chose a book on slugs and a couple of Dr Seuss books and Ben got a couple of dinosaur books, a Thomas the Tank Engine story book and a Kipper book. I also picked up a few books on life cycles to go with our project, and a children’s atlas of the British Isles as we will be looking at that in a week or so. It was a tough walk home with all that weight!