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?

Free Nelson Mandela
May 28, 2013

freenelsonSon: Once, at school, our topic was about Mandela.

Mum: Nelson Mandela?

Son: Yes, Nelson Mandela – have you seen him? Did you know – he was in prison?

Mum: No I haven’t seen him and yes, I knew he was in prison.

Son: And, remember – he was kept in there for about 17 years.

Mum: Do you know what for?

Son: No… Life! For his life. Actually, I know – they threw him in prison because they thought he was trying to overtake the government. When it was the first day that we were learning about Nelson Mandela, they showed us a picture on our whiteboard – not the packet whiteboard, the big whiteboard on the wall when you come in. Miss W. showed us a picture and told us with our talking partners to tell each other what it might be. Harvey did a silly one – he said “I think he’s a football manager!”
Remember that Nelson Mandela was the first black government?

Mum: Was he?

Son: Yeah – haven’t you read about it in the news?

Mum: Ah yes, he was made President of South Africa when he got out of prison. I also read that he won the Nobel Peace prize – did you know about that?

Son: Yes! Do you remember, when he was in prison, people were holding signs that said “Free Nelson Mandela!”?

Mum: Yes, because the people didn’t think he had done anything wrong, did they?

Son: Yes. What does “Free Nelson Mandela” mean?

Mum: It means “let him go” – they wanted him to be set free so he could leave the prison.

Abracadabra
April 3, 2013

abracadabraD: Mum, did you know that a long, long time ago, the Plough pub used to be a school?

Me: Did it? No I didn’t know that. Did you learn that at school?

D: Yes. It was a very long time ago: Before G-G was born; before Jimmy was born; and before even Meggie was born. There was only ONE pub in Stony Stratford and the Government – he decided that the school should be turned into a pub.

Me: Is the Government a man then?

D: I can’t remember – I THINK I heard Mrs VR say he was a man… Is he a man?

Me: The Government is a group of people – so men AND women.

D: Oh. Well the Government all lined up then, and they turned it into a pub.

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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