Kings, Queens & Great British Stories
June 7, 2015

 D: Did you know, we’re going to have a king next? Why do we even need a king and a queen?

Me: Some people like the fact that our country has a king or a queen – it gives us a rich history of true stories.

D: But they’re just normal humans like us, so why should they be a king and queen? Why should they be rulers?

Me: In our country, the monarchy passes the power to the government so that rules are more fair and it’s not just down to the king or queen.

D: And what does Mr Government do?

Me: The government is made up of lots of politicians.

D: I know. But what do they do?

Me: Well, it depends on who has been voted in by the people, but basically they argue with each other lots to decide on what’s best for the country and make lots of rules.

D: But why do we need them to make rules? Why can’t we just do what we want?

Me: Ah, you’re talking about anarchy! If you could do what you wanted what would you do?

D: I’d have a story CD every night until I didn’t want them any more. 

Me: It’s not the government who says you can’t have a story CD every night – it’s me, as your parent.

D: Well I don’t think you should make rules either. I like story CDs! Can I have one tonight?

Exploring cultures: Canada?
July 12, 2013

placeunknownEXPLORING CULTURES: CANADA?
It’s that place with all mountains and stick men. There are forests and mountains and a lake and a river.
There’s a dog, down at the bottom. That’s the sun and those swirly shapes are just decorations. The people are holding spears. Where’s that country?

Mum: It looks sandy, is it somewhere with a desert?

Boy: No – I don’t know why we had to do it sandy.

Mum: Is it Canada?

Boy: Yes! And that’s a deer, not a dog.
Age 5

Exploring cultures: Russia
July 9, 2013

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EXPLORING CULTURES: RUSSIA
They’re Russian dolls!
Age 5

Exploring cultures: India
July 8, 2013

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EXPLORING CULTURES: INDIA
It’s an Indian hand with pictures all over!
Age 5

Taking treasure abroad
May 17, 2013

takingtreasureSon: The sky doesn’t look very good outside.

Mum: Yes – sunny but cloudy.

Son: Sun and rain always makes a rainbow! And there’s treasure at the end of rainbows. Have you ever seen the treasure mum? Have you got a picture?

Mum: No I haven’t.

Son: Yeah, the rainbow always moves – it goes away before you get to it to find the treasure. Some people at my school say , if you get too close to a rainbow, it moves to a different country!

Making the rules up
October 8, 2012

D: Who was that woman at the front door?

Me: She wanted me to vote for her.

D: What’s ‘vote’?

Me: It when you choose one thing instead of another.

D: What did she want you to choose?

Me: There’s a group of people in this country who make the rules, and she wanted me to choose her, so that she could help to make the rules.

D: Oh. Are you going to choose her?

Me: I don’t know. We could make our own rules – I think we’d be good at that. What do you think?

D: I don’t think I’d be very good at that – remember that sometimes I get naughty? But I’ll try and be good.

 

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