Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tot School # 1

I have been reading Carissa's Tot School posts over at 1+1+1=1 for some time now and have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. Along with many of the other mums that have joined her in Tot School.

So now that I officially have a tot, hehehe she says tounge in cheek as he isn't walking and is only just barely 12 months old, but he scrapes in and what the heck you're never too young for a bit of "Tot School".

Now before I hear anyone cringing and commenting on 'schooling' my tot, you can rest assured that this is really just a play on words and is a fun way for me to share some of what C1 gets up to in his week. At this stage none (well next to none anyway) of our Tot School is planned, his Tot School is all 'life school' in general. He is such a busy little beaver and learns so much each and every day.

It is also a great way to see what other tots are getting up to by clicking the link at the end of each of my Tot School posts it will take you over to Carissa's blog, where Tot School is hosted. Here you will find links to blogs aplenty with their very own versions of Tot School.

My Tot School posts will only ever be able to show a small fraction of what C1 achieves in a week. If I photographed everything I'd always be seeing him through my camera lense and not really enjoying being with him and my batteries would always be running flat and I'd be spending every night on this computer just editing the images to share with you all!!! So whilst I try take lots of pictures they will only ever be a snippet of what he has been doing over that past week.

So in saying all of that, here is my very first Tot School post.

Tot School

~ C1 is currently 12 months ~
C1 has recently found that being outside is much more fun than being inside. All the wide open spaces are so appealing and if he crawls really quickly than maybe mum won't be able to catch him. This was a morning at the park, he had a glorious time just investigating.

His current focus is anything that he can put inside another thing so when he found one of sisters play rings and a pencil on the floor he was captivated for well over 15 minutes. I am totally amazed at his attention span. It seems that when he is hard at 'work' nothing can take his attention away.

He turned the pencil every which way to get the ring on the end and was a proud as punch each and every time he achieved what he set out to.

Our home school network had an art gallery workshop and in the workshop room they have an area filled with bean bags. C1 was happy there for nearly an hour, whilst the big kids created. He hid, played, rolled, jumped on and fell off bean bag after bean bag.

He also found that he can actually get inside the drawers in the kitchen this week. No longer is he content with just opening them and pulling everything out, he now sits in them and rummages like he truly is looking for that special cup, plate or whatever it is he's looking for!


He's loved balls from a very young age (as most babies do) but he now is really starting to gain some control. Picking it up, throwing and rolling and inspecting the earth I might add.....now where was the Pacific Ocean again mum!!!



And what a great way to celebrate our first Tot School by celebrating his 1st Birthday. We had a big bash this time around, lots of family and friends. Clowns, Ponies and of course the cake and gifts.

So that's our very first Tot School, hope you enjoyed sharing C1's week with him.
Don't forget to have a look at all of the other Tot School posts over at Carissa's blog.

Happy 1st Birthday Little CBub

Our little baby turned 1 this week, what a bittersweet moment for us. He is just growing up ever so fast.

If you want to see everything he got up to for his birthday you'll need to vist our family blog.



Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Winter Dam Building and some Mud People

Yes yes it is the middle of winter of here in Oz but why would that stop some very fun water play. To be honest I have absolutely no idea how this one got started. I went out to find K5's warm winter clothes lying on the floor and went outside only to find her in her swimmers.

Ok it is a glorious winter day but certainly not the best time of year to be out and about in your swimmers, at least B7 kept his clothes on hehehe

They had together spent a considerable amount of time making a dam system that was being filled by a very large red slipper slide 'ahem' I mean waterfall and our water tank. They had 2 dams with a causeway and I mustn't forget their little plasticine friends that were there looking on. Which is what I had thought they were doing, creating plasticine creatures. Obviously they finished those and decided to take them outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather ;-)


After I took a few photo's and strolled back inside I did wander how long it would take my little dam builders to realise that they call the season of winter 'cold' for a reason. It was only about 5 minutes when I had two teeth chattering, wet and muddy dam builders knocking on my door looking for a towel and a warm bath, I think they figured it out!

After helping Dad in the garden B & K came across (or maybe they wet it I am not too sure) some 'just wet enough' dirt to make these super cute mud people. They sat on our front porch for a few days welcoming any guests that arrived, until they really dried out and fell off their little ledges and broke into a million pieces, poor little mud people :(


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Modified Art

Our Home School Network had their regular monthly Art Gallery Workshop this morning.

The main exhibition featured works by Paul Coporn, titled, "Modified". It was quite hilarious really, every day objects that have been modified in some way.


After our guided tour and a chance to chat about the exhibition and the artists work the children set about creating their own modified art works.

B7 modified a motorcycle using charcoals. He totally enjoyed this activity and I was thinking that it could be a fun one to do with images of animals and oil pastels or water colours.

K5 modified a bucket with the addition of a 'funny face'.

Tallest Ice Creams In The World


Our Home School Network held a class today with an Art Teacher (she will be coming along once a month).

Today's class had Colour as its focus, using both Water Colours and Oil Pastels, the kids had to design and colour Tallest Ice Creams In The World.

Don't they look fabulous. A simple but very effective activity and a great way to explore colour and discuss the colour wheel. I think K5's won the award for the tallest though she filled her entire page with scoops of ice cream!












Oh, here's a quick shot from dance today as well.




Thursday, July 9, 2009

Happy 5th Birthday K

Our little K turned 5 today, if you'd like to see what she got up to for her birthday you'll have to jump over to our Family Blog.




Monday, July 6, 2009

MeMe's & Linky's I Sometimes Join In With

Oh how I'd love to participate in this cool link ups each and every week but I simply don't have the time to do that.

I do love each of them for various reasons and try to link up if I have something relevant to share.

ANYTIME LINK UPS 











No Time For Flashcards Link and Learn

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Science Sunday










Tot School










Classified: Mom

MONDAY LINK UPS










5 a day books











TUESDAY LINK UPS



abc button




THURSDAY LINK UPS

FRIDAY LINK UPS

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preschool corner




Shibley Smiles




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