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?

Day 21: So many books, so little time!
January 21, 2014

As the paper sponsorship form didn’t make it home, and we’ve only got a few days left, I thought the following post could contribute to the Post-a-Healthy-Picture 30 day challenge!

Dylan’s doing a sponsored read with his school next week – all donations, however small, gratefully received. As the link is generic to all, please do leave a personalised message on the donation page, on this blog post, or on the iWantMarbles Facebook page – or all 3; he’ll be reading them!
https://mydonate.bt.com/events/russellstreetschool/110712

Without knowing what activities they’ll be getting up to with school, our goal for outside of school is at least 2 per day (1 at our lovely childminder’s and 1 at home). Will keep you posted!

— message from the Parents Association—

“We Love Reading” Sponsored Read 2014
A topical fundraiser to help raise money for the school library, the school will be holding a Sponsored Read during the week 27th-31st January. All children from the Nursery Class to Year 2 will be invited to join in what we hope will be a fun, exciting, educationally-relevant fundraiser for the school whilst fostering the love of books! It will be the same week as the Stony Words festival and we’re hoping some local Professional Storytellers will be joining us to add to the fun.

During the Sponsored Read, the children will be asked to read stories by themselves, with the help of an adult, or have stories read to them both in school and at home – everything counts, the main aim is to really focus on reading and listening to stories…as many as possible! From building self-esteem, communication skills, imagination, increasing attention span, and learning about the world, the benefits of reading (especially with parents/carers) is well documented so we hope everyone will be able to take part.

The children will be given a Reading Log at the start of the Sponsored Read in which to note down the books they’ve read, or had read to them, and all children that take part will receive a certificate at the end.

An interesting article about the benefits of reading for kids: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/30/5-benefits-of-reading-for-kids_n_4018741.html

Pledge your support here: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/russellstreetschool/110712

This is Day 21 of a Post-a-Healthy-Picture 30 day challenge.

Tiresome tales
June 21, 2013

tiresometales[Watching children’s TV]

That was really funny mum – Ryan the Lion was just telling a really boring story about putting the bins out and when he’d finished Kay said, “That was different.” Then Ryan said “Do you want me to tell you the story about when I watched some paint dry?” And Alex said, “Let’s watch some Driver Dan.” Then Ryan said, “I’ll take that as a yes!” And he carried on telling the story anyway!

Fairy Liaison Officer
February 18, 2013

fairyliaisonD: Mum. Did you know – you can’t be a fairy.

Me: Why can’t I?

D: Because you’re too big – you have to be smaller than me to be a fairy.

Me: Oh – that’s a shame. I wanted to be a fairy.

D: Well, you might be able to be one – you need to talk to Auntie Vicky. She knows them. She told me the stories from when she was a little kid:
One day, Auntie Vicky didn’t know where the gravestone was – with her friend – every single day, so she wrote a letter to the fairies and the dog took the letter to the fairies and the fairies got the lawn mower out and mowed the grass and so Auntie Vicky and her friend followed the path and went straight to the grave – it was a really small grave. And you know how grass takes an extraORDINARILY long time to grow?

Me: Yes.

D: Well, the next day, it had all grown back – straight away!
Also, when she was little, she really wanted her toys to come to life, so she drawed hearts, coloured them in, and cut them out and put them in her toys. And in the middle of the night, when she was still a kid, she woke up, creeped down the stairs without her mother noticing, and all the toys had come to life, they could speak, they could move about – and she realized, it must have been the fairies that did this!
So, that’s why you have to ask Auntie Vicky about being a fairy.
So mum, one day, can I put paper hearts in all my toys?

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