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World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018

We had a lovely time today celebrating World Down’s Syndrome Day wearing our odd socks.The children took part in learning experiences which all involved socks in some way!

It was good to welcome families to our coffee morning, where home baking was in abundance and was delicious.

Down’s Syndrome Scotland is the only Scottish charity focused solely on the needs of people with Down’s Syndrome and their families all the way through life. It is important to us in our centre, that all children, whether they are a child with Down’s Syndrome or other disablities are given opportunities to participate, and immerse themselves in a shared, enabling environment of friendship, acceptance and respect for everyone .

Thank you to all who took part and made a donation today. We will let you know the total amount raised soon.

The children came dressed in odd socks as this was the theme of the day.  It reinforced the image of the chromosomes as they look just like our socks.

Special thanks to all who sent in home baking, it was much appreciated.

We were sorting socks and measuring them too.

We have been talking today about how we are different but the same as we celebrated World Down’s Syndrome Day 2018.

The day can be summed up beautifully by the late Stephen Hawkings.


Now.. watch this video and prepare to be inspired….

Australia Day

Today we celebrated Australia Day…

Tommy’s mummy Ellie, wanted to tell the family centre staff and children about her life back in Australia and some traditions and activities that are important to Australian culture.

The children made traditional dot art pictures; they listened to the story “there was an old lady who swallowed a mozzy” and another story about a “possum”. In the snack area the children baked traditional Australian Anzac Biscuits…Yummy!!

Some children used the computer to look up all the wonderful creatures and animals that live in Australia. The especially liked the Kangaroo’s and the Koala’s.

Holiday fun

Arran and his Gran also came along to collect the lovely Hamper they had won in the raffle. Yipee!!

We also enjoyed a lovely visit to Bonnyton House where we sang some Christmas songs to the Ladies and Gentlemen who were there today. They loved Jingle Bells and Rudolph. The best fun was when they all laughed because Santa got stuck up the chimney.

In the afternoon when it became dark Lewis and Stephanie collected the torches and went outside to look for bats.

Not the flying kind!!

Four sleeps until Santa comes…


Christmas time

Today the children were getting prepared for Christmas. Some boys and girls were writing Christmas cards, others were making their list, and checking it twice…just in case they forgot something wonderful.

Gia and Calum chose the gifts they would like by looking through some catalogues.  They cut out the pictures and pasted them onto a Santa letter…a great idea.

Ben copied words that were scribed for him to write his letter to Santa, as did Sophie.

After all that hard work the children listened to a story “My letter to Santa”

Button’s Big Adventure

Lizzie Finnigan, a local author and a parent here at Cart Mill Family Centre visited us today to share her new book ‘Button’s Big Adventure’..

The interactive story telling session was enjoyed by all staff, children and other visiting parents.

Lizzie talked to the children about the front cover and the pictures inside the book. The children very quickly were able to share what they thought the story would be about. Ash said the story was about a little button that went on a big adventure.

The story is filled with word patterns and the children really enjoyed joining in and repeating the pattern.

“I went twirling and whirling up and down and round before I was found…”

The children recalled some of the story and Lewis remembered the kite and the girl with the daffodil coat. The children enjoyed the discussion about their favourite parts in the book; most children chose the mermaid. To finish off Lizzie demonstrated a dance to go with the repeated pattern of words in the story.  The children copied the dance while listening to the story.

The children then chose a yellow button to add to the picture of their favourite part that they got to decorate.



We love Bookbug!

Zoe, our Bookbug leader, was so excited to see the real Bookbug here in our centre this morning and so were the children.

Bookbug popped in to our family session to see the babies and toddlers and of course the grown ups.

Then it was time for an outdoor Bookbug extravaganza!

The children went on a Bookbug Hunt and found the hidden images.

Then Bookbug went on a visit to the toddler room whilst the older children received their certificates. It was an amazing day!

Thank you Bookbug!


Play Scotland

I have organised an event to celebrate National Play Day which is traditionally held on the first Wednesday of August each year . This year it is on Wednesday 2nd August. It is the annual celebration of the Child’s Right to Play and a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of Play. On Playday and throughout the summer, thousands of children and young people in communities will get out and play at hundreds of locally organised Playday events across the UK.

The event is open to all familes, please come and join us if you can.

click here for more information



World of music

This week the children have been exploring the music and dance from all around the world. They are beginning to understand that music is important to people and that different countries enjoy different sounds.

They used the drama resources to dress up in green when dancing was on the big screen and practiced some dance moves. Mhairi and Orla talked about the different clothes the dancers wore, and the different musical sounds. Orla mentioned that she could hear fiddles in the Irish music, and Mhairi shared that Scottish music has the sound of bagpipes.

Kaile, Lily and Amber practiced their Spanish flamenco dancing. They liked to stamp their feet and clap their hands really fast.

We also listened to Spanish music and the children made pictures of Spanish guitars. It was fun when the paintbrush tickled the children’s feet.