Our daily walk

Hi everyone,

Its Carly again!

I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely sunshine we have had the last couple of days.

This is Millie. Millie is the same age as some of our boys and girls, she is 3 years old.

Millie is a very affectionate, loving dog, she is very playful and has lots of energy. Millie needs lots of exercise to help her to grow strong bones and keep her healthy.

Millie and I have been going out for long walks in our local park and in the local area, she likes to collect sticks on our walks and I enjoy seeing all the different colours of flowers that have been growing during spring.

We have been making the most of the nice weather to get our daily exercise.

 

I hope you are all safe and well, remember to keep in touch through our twitter. We would love to hear from  you all !

Science fun!

Hi everyone! Sarah-Jane here.. I hope you are all well and keeping safe.
As we have been grateful to have such nice weather over the weekend, I decided to get my lay z spa set up.
However, the setting up is the difficult part and it actually ended up turning into a bit of a science experiment, (this is a really useful tip if you have one of these at home!)

As you all know, most swimming pools have a chemical called chlorine in it to clean the water of any bacteria and germs. However, in order to be able to use the water in the spa, we had to test to see if it was safe. This is called testing the PH of the water.

I had to improvise as I didn’t have any PH paper to test my water, so I used to magic of google to find an alternative and this is what it gave me…

First, you cut up or grate your red cabbage and place it into a clear glass bowl. Then boil about 2 cups of distilled water in a separate pot and pour the boiled water over the cabbage(adult). Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon and leave the cabbage in the water for around half an hour..

A chemical reaction will then happen causing the cabbage to turn the water to a purplish red colour. Then you strain the liquid. This will be used as what you call a “pH indicator solution”

Pour a small amount of the water you are testing into a separate clear plastic or glass container, put a few drops of your purplish solution into the water you are testing.

The water colour will change and either give you an acidic, a neutral or a basic alkaline measurement. Our water stayed purple, meaning it was alkali so was not safe to use in our lay z spa.

To ensure that our experiment wasn’t affected by anything, we added vinegar to our purple solution which changed to pink/red, meaning it was acidic. This confirmed that our experiment worked! Yay!

This is a really fun experiment to do and can be done to test any type of water or liquid such as vinegar, fizzy juice, soapy water and milk, not just if you have a hot tub in your garden! The children will enjoy watching the colours changing and being able to match it on the pH colour chart.

There are some more experiments that can be done using the red cabbage indicator..

www.sciencekiddo.com

www.littlebinsforlittlehands.com

www.homeschoolden.com

Have fun everyone and be sure to share your discoveries with us on our Cart Mill twitter!

Miss you all and hope to see you real soon, Stay safe!! xx

It’s Ok To Have A Blue Day

Hello Everybody!

Helen here, hope you are all well and have been out enjoying the sunshine on your daily walks and in your gardens. ☀

Today I thought I’d start by sharing one of my favourite stories with you called Lucy’s Blue Day by Christopher Duke. Lucy is a very special little girl who has magical hair which changes colour depending on how she is feeling. When she is happy, it turns purple, when she is angry, it turns red! This charming story is the tale of when Lucy wakes up and her hair is blue and she doesn’t understand  why! She soon learns that what she is feeling is sadness and that some days, it’s okay to feel sad.

You can find the link to Lucy”s story below

Managing our emotions is hard, whether your four or forty four! Teaching our children to recognise and manage their emotions and feelings is such an important job for us as teachers and parents.  There is no one way to help children understand their feelings, but it does take regular interactions to guide our children through the following stages of their emotional development:

  • Recognising emotions and feelings in themselves and others.
  • Recognising some physical and emotional responses they have to certain feelings.
  • Learning to share their emotions verbally.
  • Learning to deal with their overwhelming emotions in a safe way.
  • Learning to treat others with kindness and empathy.

During these challenging times I thought it might be helpful to share some ideas on how to support our children with some of the feelings they may find themselves overwhelmed with just now.

One strategy  to help reduce stress and worry is using yoga. I found these lovely yoga ideas for children  from the childhood101 website and have posted them below:

Another technique I find helpful when I’m feeling worried or stressed is using breathing techniques. Below I have included an example and the link to some other child friendly ones:

https://childhood101.com/download/28744/

Finally I found this lovely story read by Alistair Bryce-Clegg called Silly Billy written by Anthony Browne. It tells the story of a little boy called Billy who worries about absolutely everything until one day his Gran helps him to make some worry dolls…. At the end of the story, Alistair shares how you and your child can make your own worry dolls.

https://abcdoes.com/abc-does-a-blog/2020/03/31/abc-does-a-story-silly-billy-by-anthony-browne/

I hope you all have a lovely day, stay safe, and remember just like Lucy, it’s ok to have a blue day.

Preaching out to our loved ones to share how we are feeling and talking through our problems will help us feel better.

Love Helen xx

P.S The author  who wrote Lucy’s Blue Day has written s story specifically all about our current situation called Lucy’s in Lockdown. Here is a link to the story below :

 

 

 

 

 

Fiona and the Beanstalk

Hello everyone, hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine!
I have loved reading our blogs this week and seeing what my friends from Cart Mill have been doing, what a lovely surprise to see Camembear too! I thought I would finish this week by showing you what has been happening to the seeds I planted a few weeks ago.
Althought it’s been lovely and sunny outside, it’s still a little cold and windy, so my seeds have been keeping cozy and warm on the windowsills around my house. Seeds need lots of looking after when they are beginning to grow, so I’ve been making sure to check on them everyday. Just like us, seeds also need water to keep them healthy, so I’ve been giving them a little everyday.


As you can see, lots of my seeds have started to grow! Their shoots are reaching out of the soil and it looks like they’re trying to touch the sunshine! Some of the seeds are growing so big that they need a little more space, just like we do when we’re growing big and strong. I very carefully took the strongest plants and moved them to a bigger pot which will help them spread their roots and grow bigger and stronger. I made sure to tuck them in safely with a little more soil and gave them a drink of water as they must be thirsty with all that growing!

Can you see the long bits at the bottom of the plant that looks like string? These are called the roots. The plant uses it’s roots to pick up all the water and food it needs from the soil to help it grow. We have to be very careful not to break the roots or our plants wouldn’t be able to have anything to eat or drink and wouldn’t grow.

My lovely flowers are starting to grow too! I can’t wait to see what colours they are!

I’ve saved my favourite for last, my beanstalks! Just look how big and strong they have grown! If you look carefully, you can see the big strong roots growing down the side which means the beanstalks have had lots of food and drink which have helped make them so tall and strong.

I wonder if my beanstalk will grow any magic beans just like Jack had? I hope there isn’t a giant at the top! I haven’t found a hen yet, thankfully, but I have been eating lots of golden chocolate eggs!
Spring is my favourite time of year and although this year is full of uncertainty, it’s lovely to see new life and colour growing all around us and it’s definitely bringing my family a little hope and happiness.

Missing you all and hoping our Cart Mill family can help Val and I plant our vegetables and flowers and bring some happiness back to our Cart Mill garden soon. Take care and stay safe.

Love Fiona xx

Bonjour, ça va?

Bonjour! Camembear came to visit me today, he was hoping to see all his Cart Mill friends and find out how they were all feeling.
We are all very good at saying hello – bonjour and goodbye – au revoir but in the video below, Camembear and I talk about how we are. Ça va? How are you? Are you ça va bien 😁 comme ci comme ca 😐 or ça va mal ☹️?
Watch the clip and see if you can tell Camembear how you are feeling. Remember to sing along with our songs!
Au revoir les amis 🇫🇷 xx

Play dough Play

Who doesn’t love a bit of playdough play? It’s squishy, it’s squashy but most of all it’s fun!

During these challenging times playdough can be the  perfect play experience to calm your child from noisy play into quiet time,

Here are some other ways that playdough exploration can develop your child’s learning……

  • Develops Fine Motor Control- Before they learn to write, children need to develop their finger muscles, strength  and control. During playdough play, children will mould, flatten , squish pinch, break and roll the playdough, all the while developing finger muscles they need to help them hold a pencil correctly.
  • Develops vocabulary-As your child creates and explores with the playdough, they will form new ideas and concepts. Through  this process they will learn new words such as squeeze, roll, flatten etc as well as words describing what they are doing.
  • Encourages Creativity –Playdough is a blank canvas waiting to be moulded into  a unique  creation by your child. Exploring playdough will encourage your child’s creativity as they mould and create from an image they hold mentally into a masterpiece.
  • Numeracy Skills-Following a playdough recipe where your child will measure out the correct amount of ingredients is the perfect opportunity for them to develop their counting and measuring skills.

Playdough is very easy to make! Below I have included a link for some easy non cook playdough.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe

Changing the texture or adding different smells to can enhance the sensory experience for your child. Here are some ideas…

Adding some herbs and spices

https://craftulate.com/homemade-herb-and-spice-play-dough/

Adding some shaving foam and corn starch to make some foam dough

http://earlylearning.momtrusted.com/2013/05/foam-dough-shaving-cream-corn-starch/

Our children at Cart Mill love when we add different resources to their playdough to explore with. Here are some ‘playdough invitations’ to play…..

Adding different household objects to imprint into the playdough is a great way to explore pattern and texture.

 

Adding some nature to explore. Flowers have the added bonus of making your playdough smell nice!

Getting creative by adding marker pens….

As always please keep in mind any allergies your child has when  making additions to your playdough fun.

Please share with us any fun playdough experiences you have done via our twitter page.