a week in pictures
Children, Family, Fitness, Friends, Learning, Work

10 Things Home Learning has Taught Me

Its been said thousands of times by, well, pretty much everyone. 2020 hasn't quite been what anyone could have expected at the start of the year. I'm not going to get absorbed by the ins and outs and the politics of how we've ended up in such an awful mess. The 17 weeks we spent… Continue reading 10 Things Home Learning has Taught Me

a week in pictures
Children, Crafts, Food, Health, Learning, Work

Staying home, staying safe – week 6

This is a little diary of our sixth week in social isolation, home learning, and with both himself and me working from home. I'm going to try writing this differently this week, just talking about the highlights and low lights. A full diary takes a lot of writing and I can't imagine anyone's really interested… Continue reading Staying home, staying safe – week 6

Night Sky box
Children, Crafts, Review, Science, STEM

Review: Science Museum Create a Night Sky

Large boy received a projector creation kit for his birthday, it's a Science Museum kit and you can get it on Amazon: Create a Night Sky. He's in the process of going from Beavers to Cubs and they've been doing lots about planets and stars over the last few weeks. With Storm Ciara blowing around… Continue reading Review: Science Museum Create a Night Sky

bronze chief scouts award

Effort rewarded

Large boy has been in Beavers for almost two years. Honestly, it's had a great effect on him. He's gained huge self confidence from being involved in activities away from parents and away from school. As a result, he's more confident with his class mates (especially good after he had some bumps on the road… Continue reading Effort rewarded

oil and coloured water in jars
Children, Science, STEM

STEM: science with Beavers – part 2

After my first STEM session with Beavers (see STEM: science with Beavers) a couple of weeks ago it's time for part 2. Just the one activity this time, we talked about experimental methodology a bit more and then investigated what happens when you add water to oil, try to mix them and then did some… Continue reading STEM: science with Beavers – part 2

acids and bases, pH paper measurements
Children, Science

STEM: science with Beavers

I'm a ex-chemist so science is very near to my heart. I joined the STEM ambassador scheme through work and got my DBS check completed this summer. I was also a Brownie, Guide and Young Leader in my school days. Large boy joined Beavers about 18 months ago and is coming to the end of… Continue reading STEM: science with Beavers