Blast from the past!
Well, the children’s past anyway – rather more my every day but there you go!!!!
When i got up this morning i got instantly bombarded with a load of children in highly creative mood – they had already covered sheets and sheets of paper with monster drawings and had really cottoned on to the idea of doing the “Africa” project – Fran was desperate for Hama beads nad wanted to do drawings, poems, maps – you name it she was up for it. It was lovely to hear.
Actually, we didn’t get further than Hama because we all had such a nice time but we talked and planned lots while we were going along. I think we covered Meercats and Ostrichs and Lion gender and types of monkey and alsorts. I think the most fabulous bit of it was the incredible concentration and effort they put in and the lovely part was all sitting down together and enjoying something happily without a small person trashing anything. Ammi did her own two, but tipped it away once she had finished it.
Hopefully this will show the pics up okay- first time i have used Fireworks for photos, so bear with me if it goes wrong!
Three happy little girls getting on with things (and looking dangerously like a Chalet School illustration in all those frocks and hats now i look at it! lol!)
The top?four are Maddy’s – she copied the butterfly from a pattern with very little help, made the flowers up from her head and adapted the giraffe from another pattern. These are almost her first ever Hama’s – didn’t she do well!!!
The middle three are Fran’s. She just had some help around the manes but otherwise did them herself.
The monkey menagerie is mine and so is the camel – i was just playing while i communed with my daughters, but i had lots of fun!!!
The whole thing has inspired me to set up a competition page on BM, so watch this space ;~)
My book people order arrived today (safely!!) and had two great art books in it from Usborne – i’m very inspired to try lots of new stuff.
Suddenly at tea time Fran got a temperature and i got a sore throat; Ammi was hot last night but fine today so i am hoping its a passing germ and nothing worse. Fran, Maddy and i cuddled up and read a couple of Aesop’s Fables from the new book (much nicer than printouts!) and then i read her “Hill of Fire” which is about the Volcano that started from nothing in a Mexican field. It was one of our new Sonlight books but we read about it around Easter when we were doing Volcano’s and it really captured Fran. Its a reasonably simple Grade 2ish (American) reader and Fran has fallen asleep trying to read it. She was very pleased at one page she could manage all of.
Maddy has just come down to tell me about a rather amazing lego house she has just built. If the photos work i’ll add one of it.