Can you make your learning more colourful? :: Play Planner

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A challenge and a heads up

I have a little challenge for you this week. Can you make your learning more colourful?

I’m finding the simple addition of colour really makes a difference to our learning. I have a very visual learner, so for her, making our spelling as colourful as possible is really helping. And my other daughter is mad for colouring in, so bringing a pot of colourful pencils into our maths lesson had her diving in enthusiastically to learn all about shapes. We’re working on the same learning objectives, but that dash of colour makes a big difference.

Want to try it this week? How could you add some colour to the play or learning you have planned for the week? Give it a try and see if makes a difference for you. And I would love to see a photograph of what you try. Come and share your idea on our Facebook page, or on Instagram, and tag me (@cathynurturestore) so I can come and say hello.

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Oh, and a quick heads up – there’s a Joyous June Sale on the way! From June 1 – 7 stop by the NurtureStore shop as some of our most popular resources will be half price!

Hope you have a great week with your kids. Don’t forget to share your colour challenge photos with me. Cathy

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This week’s big challenge :: Play Planner

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What’s challenging you this week?

My biggest challenge this week is guarding my little baby cucumber and courgette seedlings from those huge, greedy snails. That one in the photo was having a snooze right on the side of the pot in my greenhouse, passing the time away until it got dark and it could sneak out and start eating.

My younger daughter’s challenge this week has been tidying her bedroom, which took her an awful long time, but she was very pleased with herself once it was done. And my older daughter’s challenge has been working out how to make the dragon mask she’s dreamed up. Lots of trial and error, testing materials, and liberal amounts of paper mache, and she’s on the way to working it out.

What about you? What’s been challenging you and your children this week? Email me back and let me know – I’d love to hear from you.

Hope you have a great week this coming week – Cathy
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What are your children interested in at the moment? This week I’ve been watching my daughter run her Weather Project: there’s a weather station in garden, weather forecasting maps on the wall, and videos being recorded of her daily weather broadcasts. (There’s a snippet on Instagram If you’d like to see!)

It’s fantastic when you see your child diving into a project and pulling together lots of learning and skills, isn’t it? Those days when they’re alive with interest, ideas, and making and doing. This burst of activity often seems to follow a run of days when things seem a bit slow, they’re don’t appear to be doing all that much, things are just ticking over. We tend to get to a tipping point, and then she’s off again, full of her own plans and ideas, pencils drawing, scissors snipping, cardboard boxes transforming.

What are your children mad about this week? I’d love to hear from you  – you can leave a comment if you’re reading this online, or reply back if you’re reading by email. I’m curious to know what things your children love.

Hope you have a great week – Cathy
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Which of these would best suit your family?

let us add joyful colour to our livesAdd some joyful colour to your life this summer!

Have you ever done an online Summer Camp with your children? We did the Journal Jam Lab last year and absolutely loved it. I really liked having the gentle structure of a daily prompt to get us started, and I loved how the camp connected me and my girls in a family activity that I enjoyed as much as they did. I found it a really affordable way to fill our summer with something fun to do each day.

I’ve gathered my pick of the online summer camps I really like the look of this year. They offer a great selection of topics, so I hope you’ll find an idea that’s just right for your family. Click through to take a look at them and let me know which one is just right for your family.

Hope you have a great week with your kids – Cathy

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My girls found some cool things this week! {Play Planner}

The Garden Classroom: creative ways to use the garden to inspire learning

We found an iridescent blue beetle in our garden this week, and discovered a ‘queen’ spider who has made her castle in a hole between the bricks in our wall. I’m not sure I would have noticed either without little gardeners there with me to, to slow things down and take proper notice of the marvels occurring around us.

What did your children do this week that made you smile? Will you email me back and let me know, or leave a comment if you’re reading this on the website? I really love to hear from you and get to know a little bit about you and your family. Send me a quick note!

Hope you have a great week with your kids, Cathy
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