Playing with Cars – Ordinary Moments 18 #4

Henry loves cars. More precisely vehicles of any description. As soon as he discovered the world of vehicles he has pretty much lived and breathed them. Yes, he has other toys, all different types but he is always drawn to the car box. Its got to the point I don’t even put the lid back on the box.

He has invented a couple of games he plays with the cars, crashing cars off the edge of the toy box (thanks YouTube), he may get the road mat out, but that’s getting quite rare. There is one game he plays which he will do every single day and that’s parking spaces. He just wants to park the cars in spaces. He does this in free play and sometimes we have to draw him out a car park if he asks, we currently have 2 different versions of a car park in use at the moment.

We have added letters to the parking spaces at the minute to help with his phonics and recognising the letters. We tell him which letter to park in and he goes and parks his car. That’s just giving him an added bonus of learning in there too, which all helps with everything I mentioned in my previous post School Preparation for a 4 year old.

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School Preparation for a 4 year old.

 

If you didn’t know already Henry turns 4 in March so he will be starting school in September. If I let him turn 4, I may make him stay 3 forever, that’s allowed, right?

Anyway with that slowly creeping up we have been trying to give him a little head start as best we can in time for school. It’s a difficult age to do too much, they have the attention span of a goldfish, and with my child in particular he has to be in a cooperative mood or there is absolutely no point in even trying. That being said, we have found a couple of ways to try to help him out.

In playgroup he has started to get some homework, he may bring the mascot home for the weekend and we take some photos of what he has been doing with it, or he will get a phonics reading book that we do together.

Heres what we are doing at home to help him out.

Firstly we got some wall charts from Poundland. So, yes some of my walls look like a nursery. This is a background activity, in the sense of, these charts are always in his view, he can look at them if he wants to and if he wants to ask questions or play with them he can. The ones in most use are the upper and lower case alphabet, map of the UK in his bedroom and a wall calendar. img_0931

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Friday play date – Ordinary Moments 18 #3

On Friday we had a playdate with my sister and a friend, we decided on soft play. There is one nearer to us that we have been to quite often so we opted for a different one, one we haven’t been to for a very long time. We used to meet up here when ‘Mummy club‘ first started, so I have a little soft spot for this one. We got there just as it opened so it wasn’t too busy to start with.

When we go to these types of places Henry tends to like an adult to go around with him so that he can get his bearings, he’s always a little unsure about his own abilities. He was always a little slower with his physical development in comparison to the other boys, he made up for that by  developing his speech quicker. After someone had gone around with him, and once his friend arrived he was fairly comfortable  going around it on his own.

While they were both doing this we took the opportunity to take the babies into the baby area, which was just underneath part of the bigger section. Every so often Henry came above us on his way round and it was so lovely to see him enjoying the freedom of going around with his friend.

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Bucket list 2018

We have now started to plan where we would like to take the children over the next year, and attempting to see where we can fit those things in. Sort of a bucket list. Some we have visited and really loved, so it’s a must to go back. I thought I would share some of the places we are aiming to go, have a read you might find something of interest;

American Speedfest, at Brands Hatch, we went here last year a little bit on the whim, I had heard they showcased the Disney Pixar Cars there the year previously and Henry loves them so we thought we would try it. Unfortunately they didn’t have them last year but they did have the Dinoco Car from the movie. As a day out goes it was amazing, way better than we expected. I’ve not ever had an interest in motor sport but hearing all the Nascar racers start their engines and rev, was quite phenomenal. The noise, I’ve never heard anything like it. It was Fantastic, we are already trying to sort tickets. YES!

Audley end railway, a wonderful place, and we have been several times. it really is one of those places that has an element of magic about it, its the type of atmosphere you need to experience for yourself. Its turned out to be one of my favourite places to visit as a family, I look forward to it every year.

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Sunday swimming – Ordinary Moments 18 #2

I’m linking up again for another week of Ordinary Moments with Donna at What the Redhead said. Go and take a look at her blog for some other Ordinary Moments.

Henry has been doing swimming lessons every Sunday morning since he was two and a half. It’s just a half hour lesson but I think it’s really important for him to feel comfortable in the water as I am not the most natural or comfortable swimmer myself.

The swimming pool we go to (part of the First Strokes swim schools) runs all level of classes on a weekend and when Henry started his initial lessons it was something that was a great opportunity for Henry and Chris to do together. With me working part-time I had plenty of opportunities to do activities with Henry but Chris didn’t have anything they could do together. It seemed to cover all boxes of allowing them the bonding time, and being a practical thing for them to do together.

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The first level (entry-level) was a parent and child class with basic swimming, floatation techniques, singing and games. Henry took to these lessons very quickly and he really enjoyed the one on one time with Chris. In the early days most of these lessons I missed as I was always working on Sunday morning.  Continue reading

A Change Afoot – Back To Work

As I sit down to write this I’m all too aware of how this topic is making me feel. I always imagined when I had children I would be able to stay at home with them while they were young, maybe even longer. When I had to go back to work after Henry was born, it was tough, I hated leaving him. After all he was my responsibility and I didn’t like the feeling that I was ‘dumping‘ him on someone else. I wanted to have a baby so I should be the one to take care of him. Honestly for Henry I don’t think he noticed much, he was more than happy going to his grandparents for a few hours. Even though that was the case, it never stopped me feeling guilty about it.

Admittedly once you get back into some sort of routine with work, it does become a little easier, it becomes normal. But that feeling I had of ‘dumping him’ never really faded.

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Indoor Picnic – Ordinary Moments 18 #1

Whilst reading some other family blogs notably ‘Little ladies big world’, and ‘What the redhead said’ I came across a series called ‘Ordinary Moments’. On further reading it really struck a chord with me, what a fantastic idea! I want in. It sounds like something I could really get stuck into doing.

In years to come it will be the ‘ordinary moments’ of life that fade into distant memory, the ones we so desperately want to cling onto in later years, yet barely remember them for what they are. Moments that are so ‘ordinary‘ they are almost not worthy enough of being saved in your memory, (this comes mostly from someone who cannot even remember what happened last month) they are just normal everyday parts of life. We all want to remember the important moments, family holidays, important milestones of life, but what about the everyday? This is what has intrigued me so much. An opportunity to record and therefore save those little things, (and sometimes bigger moments too) to look back on properly in years to come. The chance to have a series that will reignite a long forgotten memory, a feeling that we lived through, just an opportunity to remember.

So here we go then, my very first ‘ordinary moments’ post

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