Burlap Bunny

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Have you heard the news? Spring has arrived! The new flowers are beginning to bloom, the weather is warming up and the bunnies have come out to play. But wait, where has the Bunny’s tail gone? We better help her out and make the fluffiest, cuddliest tail we can. Ready? Let’s hop to it!

~ Toucan Box

Toucan Box Theme: Burlap Bunny.

Little Yum-Yum went to work with the Bunny’s tail with the yarn and stencil provided. He needed assistance to use scissors and to tie a knot to keep it all together, but did a good job. Of course, he had to strike a pose before we could move on.

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Using a stencil, black paint and a sponge, Max created the shape of the Bunny, by applying the paint to the fabric, dabbing it on. When done, it was left to dry.

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Once dry, Max attached the tail he had made earlier, by using a plastic needle to sew it on, and used green glitter glue for the grass.

I managed to find some space on a wall for it. It’s fantastic!

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Other activities included:

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Flower Power,

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Draw a Bunny,

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Butterfly Brothers and Counting Sheep.

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Also Springscape,

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Patchwork Farming and Tall Tails,

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and last but not least, Hatching Chick.

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Kumon

Kumon

Recently, I signed Little Yum-Yum up to Kumon for extra maths and English lessons.

Don’t get me wrong; he’s not behind for his age, but I did this because I don’t like the teachings in mainstream schools. I guess where I perhaps went wrong was enrolling Max into a private preschool. There, he excelled and I was extremely happy with his developments. However, private school fees are so much higher than that of preschool, so it is unfortunate that my budget could not cover such an expense.

Since starting mainstream school in September last year, I feel his full potential is not being acknowledged.  I feel he is somewhat being kept back. For example, he knew how to spell a number of words by the time he left preschool. His teachers and myself worked hard with him to ensure this was the case. The word ‘this’ was spelt as normal. Yet, a few months ago, when I randomly asked him to spell it, he sounded it instead “ter-hur-ie-sss”. I thought “What in the world is this?!”. Anyway, I asked him again, and he did the same thing. When I asked him to say the letters, he couldn’t remember what they were. This is because the children are being taught how to read and spell using phonics. In my opinion, it is a dumb decision, and I think parents should be able to choose how their children are taught, because I had to re-teach him all over again.

When I brought up this issue at Parents Evening, I was was brushed off. Being me, I continued with what I had to say, and the teacher finally caved in telling me that Maximus “can cope with both, so it’s OK to learn phonics as well as the old fashioned way”. When did it get to the point a complete stranger could and can tell you how to raise your child and what to say to you child? What is this phonics nonsense?

So this, as well as other reasons are why I enrolled Max onto Kumon. He is not allowed to use phonics, a calculator, or Google (lol). He must work everything out using just one powerful tool; his brain.

I’m open for discussions on this. Please, let me know your thoughts.

Jack and the Beanstalk

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Jack Pott and his mum
had a poor life, not much fun.
Food was scarce for those two
and their cow called Little Moo.

A fun  retelling of the story Jack and the Beanstalk. Share the story and learning activities with your child to encourage their reading and reinforce their learning of phonics. ~ Nick Page, Author

My review:

Another great story retold in a fun, rhyming way. Key sounds are highlighted in red to help children identify them. Not quite a bedtime story like the original, but certainly helpful and in line with what children are learning in school.

School Photos

And they’re in!

Actually, I’ve had them for about a month, but had lots of catching up to do. I opted for black & white as well as colour.

My little boy is not so little any more  – that is according to him!

Racing Jellyfish

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Take a deep breath! We’re taking a plunge into the ocean, in the search for some incredible underwater creatures. Pop your jellyfish on a window to display and then race your new underwater friends! Which one do you think will win?

~ Toucan Box

Toucan Box Theme: Racing Jellyfish.

Little Yum-Yum was delighted to start creating again with his backlog of Toucan Box’s.

In this box was material to make a couple of jellyfishes from card, dot stickers, ribbons and a straw.

After much cutting, sticking and threading, the finished products turned out great! Max insisted on posing with them.

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Other activities included,

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The Great Jellyfish Race,

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Fill In The Ocean,

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Colour It In,

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Seaweed Maze and Odd Fish Out.

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There was also a recipe for Crab Puffs.

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Lastly, there were Deep Blue Sea and Fish Aquarium activities.