Timetable for 2017

In the last couple of years there hasn’t been a fixed timetable as for our English usage. There used to be a daily/weekly routine when E. was little but now life has become a little more spontaneous … or shall I say chaotic?

There are 3 fixed activities for the week and these are the following:

  • Helen Doron English class with L.
  • Mums’ English Club with both kids
  • E.’s nanny’s visit

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What you see above is the plan, however, several times it is overwritten by illnesses, emergencies or simple laziness. I’m trying hard to include 1-2 hours of active playtime with Baby L., but if I want to be perfectly honest sometimes we go 2-3 days without any English. It makes me sad and worried about her English language development.

I was planning to take E. for a Saturday drama class that is in English but we’ve been ill quite a lot or we had to make up for the lost time at the weekend so I decided to postpone this activity for September.

My hope is to find another nanny for Baby L. as our Canadian nanny only comes to play with E.

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E. (15 months) in the zoo with our nanny, A.

I clearly remember the time when E. was as little as Baby L. now and A., our British nanny at that time came to play baby games with her. Such a vivid and lovely memory. I’d like L. to experience the same.

I was checking sitters.hu and also contacted 3 of them but I haven’t received any replies yet. Still hopeful.

So that’s all about our English activities for the year.

Carnival fan decor

Apart from the garlands we made for decorating our flat for the carnival season, E. and I made this really large and spectacular window fan decor.

E. is in the phase of folding. She isn’t interested in folding her clothes (what a pity!) but paper. I thought we should do something with this folding. Well, our window fan decor turned out pretty well.

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E. chose 7-8 different coloured paper (A4) and we folded them starting at the short side. When we were finished with all 8 sheets, we started to staple them at the bottom to make a fan. Then we stapled them together on their sides.   Actually, E. stapled them very carefully (under my close supervision).

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After stapling the sides together, we realised 7 was enough. I put a string on the top of it and hang it in the window.

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To be honest after a day I found a middle too scruffy (the staples were visible and there were holes between the sheets so I cut out a circle and glued it in the middle.

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Pretty and easy, eh?

How do you decorate your home during the carnival season?

Carnival decorations – garlands

February has come and we are preparing for the carnival (“Farsang” in Hungarian). Although E. keeps telling me it’s not carnival but one of her water friends’ birthday party decorations, I guess we can call these simple paper decor carnival decorations as well.

What you need is

  • coloured paper
  • scissors
  • glue (stick)

Ring garland:

Cut strips of paper. Make a ring (glue the two ends together) and make the next ring so it goes through the first. 20170201_1346401

Continue until you’ll get a long garland:

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Square garland:

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Again cut strips of coloured paper (I used A/4 sized paper but the longer the better). Glue two different colour strips together so they form an L shape. Then all you need to do is fold the strips on top of each other. If you run out of paper strips you can glue on some more.

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We made both creations in 2 languages as we were working on them for several days. In English we revised the shapes, like rectangle, square and circle and colours. We also used vocabulary like glue, fold, cut, join, hang and decorate just to mention a few.

I’ll come back with a fan kind of decor. The stapler was in great use when we made it. Stay tuned.

Laundry basket baby toy

Wow! I’ve just found some old photos in which E was making a toy for Baby Sis out of some ribbons, the laundry basket and some other toys. Kids’ creativity knows not bounds.

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As there are some  birthdays in October and November to celebrate ribbons are out of the box and I can hardly put them away until the end of December. E. took some of them and started to tie them on the laundry basket which was laid sideways. She put some toys in and baby Sis was more than pleased.

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After having lost interest in the hanging ribbons L. started to use the basket as baby walker.

She was getting familiar with word like hanging, ribbons, in, out, pull, push.
I was so happy and grateful for this activity. First of all, the kids play together, second, I didn’t have to do anything to entertain them, third, they practised their English.