Saturday, 17 November 2007
Counted to ten in Swahili
Counted to ten in French
Counted to five in Spanish
Recited 'Ring a Ring a Roses' in Italian
Not bad for a 4 year old! :)
Thursday, 15 November 2007
Starting with the image of a Pilgrim the girls painted while I told the story of the Pilgrims travelling on The Mayflower to America. They were intrigued about which picture I would give them next according to the development of the story. Lucia was SO happy when I told her about the Wampanoag Tribe coming to help the Pilgrims after their first terrible winter. She was all smiles and exclaimed "oh that's really kind!".
We discussed the First Thanksgiving and I have now given myself the wonderful task of throwing a Thanksgiving Party next week - the girls are excited so I have no escape!
I spent a fun evening colouring these in (sometimes it is nice for the girls to not have to colour all their work in) and gave Ced the wonderful task of cutting out each piece which he dutifully did :) The girls were not sure how the final picture would look but had fun gluing the hands and baby and feet and feathers on etc.
I created a booklet for the children to look through including a map of the Oregon Trail and pictures of families travelling across America in the Gold Rush. We discussed what we would take with us, how cattle were used for pulling the wagons, how most people walked on foot beside the wagon train and how a fire was needed for breakfast. The girls enjoyed the idea of singing and dancing and telling stories around the fire in the evening before sleeping either under the stars or under or inside the wagon.
We discussed building a simple wooden house on reaching our destination and then how many men went to the rivers to pan for gold.
Here the children are panning for gold (gold paper I had screwed up into balls and hidden amongst the stones). For every five gold nuggets they found I gave them some play money.
Monday, 12 November 2007
We've been busy over the past few days since the girls recovered from their 'poorliness'. Papa took Elodie and Lucia to a Craft Fair at Woburn Safari Park for the afternoon on Saturday and then bowling and watching snowboarding on Sunday while I took Dominique to a party for a friend of hers that turned 2!
Elodie lost her third tooth yesterday and looks ultra-cute as this time it is a top one!