Willy Wonka Tea Party

 

Both the girls love Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so they girls were ecstatic when I suggested it for the theme of Bubble’s 6th birthday party. They made me a list of all the sweets from the book that they wanted at the party and I did my best to fulfil the order.

We had everlasting gobstoppers, square sweets that look round, snozzberries, golden eggs, hair toffee and even chocolate river milk and fizzy lifting drinks!

The cake turned out pretty well too and was based on the infamous chocolate room inside Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, complete with chocolate river.

Party planning was all the easier this year too now that big sister is old enough and capable enough to outsource lots of the crafting to. She took care of all the food labels and door signs with her beautiful handwriting and attention to detail. I think they turned out really well.

Best of all Bubbles seemed to enjoy herself. She ate way too many sweets, drank way too much chocolate milk and had a lot of fun playing with her cousins.

What was the last party you went to?

{December Gratitudes}

For family traditions and a life on the move.
For hard work and dedication and a life full of learning.
For growing girls and first performances.
For winter sun and a world of make believe.
For home made birthdays and 6 years of life.
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For 6 sweet years and the blessing of babies.

These are some of the inserts from our gratitude journal during December, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

Bubbles Turns Six!

I love Jumpey and Bear, mammoths and all things Stone Age, learning about history, exploring nature, bears and dalmatians, ballet and poetry, dressing up like a princess, books and baking, drinking hot chocolate, painting and scooting, collecting conkers and shells, being noisy, laughing raucously, sending and receiving postcards, using lots of stickers, movie snuggles with Daddy, giving kisses, sharing my chocolates and read alouds with Mummy.

My favourite toys are my bear called Bear, toy animals, wooden train set and dressing up clothes.

My favourite books are The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, the All-of-a-Kind Family series, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

My favourite movies are Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians and Arthur Christmas.

My favourite foods are roast potatoes, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes and chips, chocolate brownies, chocolate milkshake, chocolate ice-cream and chocolate! (Quiche, pizza and yoghurt too).

When I grow up I want to be an archaeologist.

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For more posts about our sweet Bubbles, click {HERE}.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{Wild Challenge} Trees, Leaves & Seeds

Autumn seemed like the perfect time to tick off the Trees, Leaves & Seeds activity from the RSPB Wild Challenge as hunting for autumn leaves and seeds is a family favourite which we do every year.

We kicked things off in early autumn by collecting conkers and as the season progressed we found acorns, beech nuts, chestnuts and sycamore seeds too. All of which got recorded in their nature journals and put on display in our home.

We also collected leaves, identified them with our tree guides and then got crafty with them!

And then to finish things off we each picked out a tree in the park to return to and study throughout the year so as to record the seasonal changes.

Here is the photo evidence:

Have you been enjoying all the autumn leaves and seeds?

{November Gratitudes}

For rosy cheeks and happy babes.

For cosy cardis and a carpet of leaves.

For family traditions and firsts for the Boy.

For autumn glory and the magic of fairies.

For quality time and my favourite boys.

For the “Hundred Acre Wood” and the joy of an autumn staycations.

For the glorious ginkgo and my gorgeous wee babes.

These are some of the inserts from our gratitude journal during November, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Wild Challenge} Wild Camp Out!

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The girls completed another experience nature activity as part of their RSPB Wild Challenge. We actually did this one back in the summer, I’m just slow getting up on the blog!

We decided to have a wild camp out in our very own back garden, setting up camp in the afternoon, enjoying a barbecue together in the evening, followed by s’mores and a few camp fire stories as the sun set and then a spot of bat watching.

It was a real hit!

Unfortunately the girls missed the one and only bat I saw before having to go to sleep as they were quickly fading, but we promised to take them on another bat (and owl) hunt on another night.

Here is the photo evidence:

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When was the last time you went camping?

Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 7 year old, 5 year old and baby!)

Ever wondered what a homeschool day may look like? Well here is one of ours. No two days in the week ever look exactly the same but there is a general rhythm and flow to our days which you can check out {HERE}. You can also view our previous Day in the Life post from 2019 {HERE}.


5:50 – Baby Boy woke way too early today, but not as early as the previous day so progress! After spending over an hour keeping him quiet in the bedroom we got up at 7am, our usual time to start the day.

7:15 – I headed downstairs and got my workout done whilst the Husby got both Buzz and himself ready for the day. The girls also dressed before breakfast today, which isn’t always the case and then headed downstairs to colour at the table whilst they waited for breakfast.

8:00 – The Husby took care of breakfast today whilst I got myself showered and dressed and then gave Buzz some milk.

8:20 – The Husby then left for work whilst I ate breakfast and tackled chores with the girls. Laundry for Blossom and dishes for Bubbles.

8:45 – I settled Buzz in his cot for his morning nap and then the girls and I sat down for table time. Once Blossom was set up on a piece of work about Jewish festivals I sat down with 5 year old Bubbles to work on some phonics. After this Bubbles did some colouring whilst I helped Blossom with today’s maths lesson – multiplication.

9:25 – Buzz woke from his morning nap as we were finishing up at the table. The girls quickly cleared everything away whilst I got him changed and ready to head out and run some errands.

9:45 – We popped to a couple of shops to gather supplies for lunch and craft projects and Buzz even got to travel sat upright in the trolley for the first time!

10:45 – We were home within the hour and the girls busied themselves with a game whilst I fed their baby brother.

11:00 – We then moved onto our morning basket whilst all snuggled up on the sofa.

Today we covered:

  • Devotions

We read the next chapter in “The Lion Read & Know Bible“, read a biography from one of our devotionals, recorded some gratitudes in our gratitude journal and then said some prayers together.

  • Art Enrichment

Next up was our art enrichment slot and I started with our daily poem from “I Am the Seed“. I then read a poem by our current poet, T.S. Eliot.

  • Main Lesson

Today our main lesson was PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education). We’re learning about the diversity of people within Britain and are currently learning about Judaism, hence Blossom’s earlier piece of work. We watched a few festival clips from Jumping Jerusalem and I read a chapter from our current read aloud, “Ella of All-of-a Kind Family“. This is the last book in the series about a Jewish family living in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. We really enjoy them.

12:00 – I changed and settled Buzz for his lunch time nap and then the girls and I had lunch.

12:45 – Buzz stirred early from his nap resulting in me spending 20 minutes resettling him so he wouldn’t be grumpy for the rest of the afternoon! During this time the girls busied themselves with colouring at the table.

13:10 – I try but don’t always succeed at having a quiet reading time after lunch, but today we managed to do it and I read some more from our current chapter book. There was then a fall out over the wobbel board which resulted in one daughter having a quiet colouring time in the dining room whilst the other had a quiet cuddle time with mummy.

14:30 – I woke Baby Boy from his nap and changed and fed him once again!

15:00 – We worked on a craft project to go towards the girls’ Rainbow badges, decoupaging some milk cartons with left over fabric scraps and turning them into little flower pots to give away. The pots actually turned out pretty well so we were all rather pleased!

15:45 – The girls were now free to play which involved yet more colouring, some time in the garden and playing with toys in the lounge as well as a snack time.

16:45 – The Husby returned from work and we got caught up with chatting, so much so that I was late for Baby Boy’s nap!

17:10 – After a failed attempt to settle an overtired Buzz in his cot for his afternoon cat nap he ended up snoozing on me for 20 minutes.

18:00 – Next up was dinner followed by audio books and sing alongs for the girls, our favourite before bed wind down, which often entertains Baby Boy too.

19:30 – Bedtime for all the kiddos. The Husby tackled the girls and I saw to the Boy.

20:30 – The Husby and I finally got to sit down together for a couple of hours before milk duties called again!


So that’s what our homeschool rhythm looks like in practice right now.

What does your homeschool day look like?