BBC Radio London #COVID-19

Jumma prayer was cancelled, here’s our message to the muslims…

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We can do this πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻

I’m now feeling the pressure of trying to work from home and make sure my kids are learning and don’t feel neglected at the same time, so this is a motivation post.

I feel like a daily walk is imperative to keep me sane and we play games on the walk to keep it interesting- walking around the same neighbourhood day after day is getting a little bit repetitive to be honest. So we play traffic lights, copy cat, Simon says or ‘I’ spy to distract the little ones especially. The older ones have enjoyed having time to go out on their bikes and just get some fresh air in their lungs without the usual pressures of the daily grind.

For the older ones I read over this list of ‘family friendly – would you rather’ questions shared by a fellow blogger head over there to check out her other ideas to entertain the kids – because for this post on my blog- I’m focusing on YOU.

I’m not used to working from home and I needed to think of ways you can switch from work mode to home mode without the benefit of a commute to unwind and get into mummy mode. I am enjoying the fact that I am available for the little ones during my breaks but I had to find a quiet place in the house to work from that also has a good wifi signal so I’ve ended up switching from my daughters bedroom or the kitchen whilst the kids are still asleep upstairs.

Young blonde woman meditating in the park

For my first tip on relaxation -Coffee is my life line – we bought a Nespresso machine (Click here for UK link) a few years ago and I enjoy a good cup of Latte in the mornings to really get me into work mode. Not to mention save you money and times when you do have a commute!

For my second tip – I’m sure most of you have noticed this blog has finally woken up after lying dormant for two years, which brings me to the next point, I have found sharing ideas and resources online brings me a peace of mind that I never thought it would, knowing that parents out there are being helped with my advice and tips; its a lovely feeling and your comments and messages are really motivating me to write more. so I would advise you all to find yourself a little hobby even if it’s just writing in a journal to just unwind and relax after a super busy day. A friend of mine spends time knitting and has started to teach her daughters, I can’t wait to see what they make and I think I’m going to spend more time on arts and crafts on the weekends.

For my third tip I just want to say try to ‘live in the moment’ I often notice things during the day that I want to include in my blog but I don’t end up taking pictures of just because I know picking up the camera will ruin the moment. For example this morning little H picked up the book M read to her last night ‘Milly Molly Mandy’ and was pretending to read it herself including the funny accent for “Muv’ver” and “Far’ver.” My 5 yo was making his own animations from one of the apps I recommended in an earlier post -Toontastic; He had a lot of fun making funny voices and it started the older kids off into drama land too.

For my fourth reminder I’d like to say embrace the outdoors even a few minutes of sunshine a day can do wonders for your mental health and well being. If like me most of your work is now through a computer don’t underestimate the power of a good stretch – Youtube is full of videos of how to stretch and maybe even begin Yoga or Tai Chi to really harmonise your mind, Body and Soul.

And finally I want to say don’t worry whether you’re doing it right or not; everyone has different circumstances and we learn from our experiences – all of us are in this together and we will survive. Take a break each day when all the kids are in bed to think and reflect and maybe even prep some activities for the next day so the little ones aren’t always in control – sometimes you are!

Hope you enjoyed this post it didn’t have a lot of tips for the kids but I hope it made you put yourself first and really be mindful of the time that you need so that you can accomplish everything you set out to do everyday and more…

For our English learners #COVID-19

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Shared from a Homeschooler:

Since many kids are or will be home from school,  today i’m sharing an awesome list of ideas from a parent who homeschools. Keep the children busy and their minds active so they don’t fall behind at school but be sure to mix it up with lots of board games, library books (and Kindle), tinkering/up-cycling with household junk, (look out for our up-cycled garden swing coming up at the end of this week!)

Here’s some more online resources to help with kids at home – my suggestion would be to focus on one link from each list and work through it with your children, allowing them to be a bit more autonomous in choosing what they want to study (For example ask them -Science or Maths?) will bring out a sense of ownership and they will want to do well. I used this web 2.0 app earlier and my son challenged me to a game – I had to beat his score – which meant that he had to then beat mine! https://www.timestables.com/speed-test/

MORE WEBSITES

BrainPop- http://www.brainpop.com

Curiosity Stream- https://curiositystream.com/collections/

Tynker- https://www.tynker.com/

Outschool- https://outschool.com/ (love learning also offers this service – contact us if you’re interested)

iReady-http://i-readycentral.com/familycenter/what-is-i-ready/

Beast Academy (Math) – https://beastacademy.com/online

Khan Academy- https://www.khanacademy.org/

Creative Bug- https://www.creativebug.com/ – Andvia media is a new channel dedicated to painting and art… its mesmerising: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDctfCBlBMFmVfl0pUnZikA

Discovery Education https://www.discoveryeducation.com/


YouTube Channels

Brainiac – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQPKOYjy8W3ouIz8CGWW3ow

Crash Course Kids- https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids/featured

Science Channel- https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/

SciShow Kids- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRFIPG2u1DxKLNuE3y2SjHA

National  Geographic Kids- https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Free School- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCebMFnw6WxozGmqGekJHOJg

Geography Focus- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8HYERScBt-e0kV0fpe0asg

TheBrainScoop- https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop

SciShow- https://www.youtube.com/user/scishow

Kids Learning Tube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7EFWpvc1wYuUwrtZ_BLi9A

Geeek Gurl Diaries- https://www.youtube.com/user/GeekGurlDiaries

Science Max- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1OHoETxoYa3Uvyc3hh8g0A

SoulPancake https://www.youtube.com/user/soulpancake


*Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
*Pretend to travel the world..Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
*This is the awesome free curriculum that we use. Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here!
https://allinonehomeschool.com/
*List of thinking games by grade: https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/


**More awesome free learning websites that we like to use**
https://www.starfall.com/h/
https://www.abcya.com/
https://www.funbrain.com/
https://www.splashlearn.com/
https://www.storylineonline.net/
https://pbskids.org/
https://www.highlightskids.com/
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
https://www.coolmath4kids.com/
http://www.mathgametime.com/
https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/
http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/
https://www.switchzoo.com/
https://www.seussville.com/
https://www.turtlediary.com/
https://www.e-learningforkids.org/

Please feel free to share this with anyone who you think may benefit from this

Cooking with the kids – no mummy blog is complete without some kitchen FUN!

The last couple of days we’ve been busy in the kitchen as well as doing our normal schoolwork and household chores.. (pictures to come- in true mum style its after midnight and my phone is dead- no battery  πŸ€­)

I love cooking and try to pass the love on to my kids right now most of them love cooking and I find it interesting how my eldest enjoys cooking mains, the next one enjoys making desserts and i’m sure my eldest son can chop a salad for England! Its amazing seeing how their personalities slot in so well together. So without further ado here’s a few of the desserts we’ve made in the last week please do try them and comment on how can you make them even better -for example we’ve tried Rice Krispies with melted marshmallows on top too  πŸ‘Œ πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ  

Rice krispie treats

I’m sure everyone’s made Rice Krispie treats many many times so here’s a reminder for some of you and a yummy recipe for those of you who haven’t yet come across this tasty treat…

  1. Melt the chocolate
  2. Coat the Rice Krispies
  3. Spoon into cake cases
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30mins
  5. Enjoy!
Nothing looks yummier than a bowl of melted chocolate

BAnoFFEE

We also made some yummy Banoffee – shout out to my friends Sadaf and Mishal who introduced me to this slice of heaven on Earth. Also a good way to use up overripe bananas without making banana bread (-you’re welcome!)

  1. Smash up digestive biscuits, mix with some melted butter
  2. Open a can of ready made Nestle caramel and warm it up slightly in the microwave
  3. cut up some bananas
  4. Place a layer of biscuits at the bottom, a layer of bananas and then a layer of caramel
  5. Refrigerate for at least 15-20 mins
  6. Add a layer of whipped cream just before you serve it – Enjoy!

Apple CRUMBLE

  1. Crumble together approx 3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  2. Peel and chop 4 medium sized apples (granny smith or pink lady are really good for this)
  3. Melt some butter in a pan and add the apples
  4. Then place the apples at the bottom of a baking dish
  5. Cover with the Crumble mixture (from step one)
  6. Bake for 40mins on 180 Celsius
  7. Enjoy with a side of ice cream or custard whichever you prefer

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🎭🧩πŸ₯ Get out their old toys πŸŽ­πŸ§©πŸ₯

I’m sure we all have toys the children have stopped playing with and maybe even just don’t have time to play with – get them out!!

We’ve had a lot of fun this afternoon with ‘TapTap Art’ the cork-board was broken so maybe that’s why it was relegated to the top shelf waiting for me to replace it. I know I can easily grab a new cork board and even normal pins work too, the S (5yrs) and H (3yrs) enjoyed making different pictures and the older kids got involved too! Reminding us of fun times when they were younger.

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We also found a frisbee which literally gave us about an hour of fun, I was about to take pictures- for this blog, but I was living ‘in the moment’ as my sister always tells me to do… and I kept thinking I’ll do it in a minute. When all of a sudden Z (10yo) managed to throw it on the roof of the garage πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ so yeah -pics to come!

Anyway hope I’ve convinced you to get out their old toys and remind yourselves and the kids how fun they are! let me know how it goes in the comments- happy kiddos = happy mama 😊 πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

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WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS GO ONLINE!

I, like most of you, am worried about how I’m going to be able to entertain the kids during this time and ensure they don’t get into trouble while I’m at work (or busy with house chores-although to be fair I get them involved in house work as much as possible) (I bought a safe this morning to hide all their electronics in!)

I’ve listed a few of the websites that are offering free trials until May for homeschoolers and teachers alike. I know that some parents may feel overwhelmed with the number of websites out there; each website has its pros and cons and some are better than others so I’ve selected a few to focus on this week and will be adding to this list periodically. If you’d like a tutorial on how these websites work please follow my YouTube channel, I post videos each evening, look forward to seeing you there!

  • purple-mash Embed computing and digital skills across the curriculum for KS1 and KS2
  • teachyourmonstertoread – teaches children, the alphabet, phonics and how to read
  • ageoflearning -ABC mouse – reading app
  • classdojo -motivation tool and you can create a story of the day
  • curriki – Library of free and open teaching and learning resources, we offer educator-vetted, openly licensed, online educational materials
  • deck.toys -for the educators that want to create a online lesson with different elements
  • deltamath -Maths tutorials and examples
  • discoveryeducation -online research resource and puzzle maker
  • learnworlds -specialist support for dyslexia
  • edpuzzle – embed questions within a video to check learning is taking place
  • elementari -write interactive stories
  • flipgrid -using videos to enhance learning
  • khanacademy – video tutorials
  • inthinking -classroom materials
  • kognity -interactive textbooks
  • Nearpod – create and deliver interactive lessons
  • Schoology – Create folders online and set work for your children they can do independently
  • Quizziz – Find interactive quizzes on virtually any topic for your children

Thanks for reading – post your favourites in the comments below!

Corona Virus Pandemic

Everyone is talking about the current world problem – The dreaded Corona Virus, I’m sure you’ve all heard about the crazy shoppers who are taking all the toilet rolls off the supermarkets shelves like there’s no tomorrow!

There is some sense in buying some essential shopping items – in case you need to isolate yourselves for a few days if you experience the common symptoms such as cough, cold, flu accompanied with fever. Better to be safe than sorry… the one thing to take away from this post amongst the myriad of advice out there is…

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
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“And then what happened?”

A really nice way of getting your children to start telling imaginative stories is to simply ask them- ‘and then what happened?,’ other phrases to use are ‘where were you?,’ ‘who else was there?’ and so on…

Last night S told me a story about the time he was saving me from the tooth fairy who was stealing all my teeth; the tale was elaborate and became more exaggerated with all my extra questions

My 5 year old

Use family pictures of outings and scenery to prompt the conversation, in my experience young children love hearing about themselves and seeing themselves in situations they may not remember very well… they always insert themselves into scenes that were taken before they were born as well!

Have fun, talk to the kids! Enjoy the conversation and the subsequent journey your imagination goes on. An added bonus is that my children now prompt each other and I’ve noticed the older children use the same tricks to converse with the younger ones… once the stories have started they’ll develop them into more and more intricate scenarios -here’s a storyboard my 5 yo S made his sister M (15) as he was explaining his dinosaur story the other day:

You can even make food from different countries, find props from around the house, dim the lighting or sit with candles, just try to ignite their thought process and imagination; Have fun with it, let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Eat only ONE COLOUR of FOOD ALL DAY #CHALLENGE

Write 3-5 different colours on pieces of paper and then pick one colour each, You have to only eat food of your chosen colour for 24hours…

inspired by the current YouTube challenge

It was not easy!!

We chose the colours at night and then ate breakfast according to our colours jam on toast; orange; cereal and scrambled egg on toast (Yellow was the best colour here!)

We then headed to the supermarket

It was fun choosing all the food and deciding what each other was allowed M was very flexible with us (So we would be flexible with her later she said!) S and A enjoyed grabbing a lot of chocolate as they got Brown and granddad managed to pick up pears and avocado for his greens. We got home all excited and made our lunches.

Orange – Noodles and a fried egg

After lunch Red decided that he wanted to make watermelon juice; Green and Pink got to have some too; but after that Orange (me) decided I had to have coffee so we slowly started to get ‘out’ – most of us failed when the chocolate came out for Brown!! so eventually the next morning Brown was crowned the winner… Play it with your kids and let us know how it went in the comments

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