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routine rhythm & ritual

31.8.15 0 comments
While some of my little ones are more comfortable than others,  it's not easy for little ones to be away from home.
Children learn about the world through what we, the adults do with them throughout the day. Developing rituals, maintaining rhythms and routines has become second-nature for us, and I couldn't be happier. 
I have seen the kids choose open-ended activities, as well as master skills at an advanced rate - amazing! I chalk it all up to establishing a great system of ritual and routine.

Routine is essential. It includes things like diaper changes, eating :), ...some of the mundane tasks of the day. 

Rhythm is essential too. It is through rhythm that the children know what to expect (napping, eating, playing), and when - even the young ones.

Rituals are chosen activities and practices that give sense to the meaning of belonging...identity. 
they are doing the blender dance...
Our routines -moments of care and communication are always evolving as the children grow. Our daily rhythm provides fun and learning; but it is some of our rituals that make for interesting stories.

We have 2 rituals that the kids find amusing, and that THEY created.

If you come by my house at certain times of the day you might be horrified to hear kids screaming at the top of their lungs.
With less than a minute to decide if you should call the Police, or kick the door down and rescue them, you become confused - is that laughter or screams of horror. Could it be both.

Actually, it is both. You might be relieved to know this, or you might be just so traumatized for the initial shock of what sounds like torture behind close doors that you pass out anyway.

So what's going on? Well, it appears the trusty vacuum cleaner has gone a bit mad, or Salma is quite mischievous in torturing young children with her cleaning device(?) Once again it could be a combination of both.
If you take a peek, you will find kids scrambling left and right from crazy energy that cannot be contained. The vacuum dragon is going after their feet and toes, and they better run- and run fast before he catches up. Sometimes we keep our game going 5-10 minutes, but we don't really keep track of time - we just go with it.

...then it's all quiet.
EXCEPT
I might "forget" that I need to do a bit more cleaning in one area or that the dragom will only be happy when/if we count down from 10. They are delightfully surprised when this happens. 
Sometimes we have tears when the game is done - you know how it is. After all doesn't every kid goes to daycare to get chased by the residential vacuum cleaner...?


The second ritual that the kids have, is that the minute I mention smoothie, they know that the blender will be turned on. The blender dance ensues...fun times, ladies and gentlemen. You have no idea what you are missing.

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Foods with loads of Vitamin C

30.8.15 0 comments
The cold weather is around the corner. While I am not a fortune-teller, I can see it already - coughing, sneezing, snotty noses...sick kids!
I am trying to get as prepared as possible, and hope that it's not as bad as I anticipate - let's all hope , shall we?

I have continued with our smoothies at home - this won't change. I am also in the process of updating my smoothie list here on the blog.
That being said, I want to plan our smoothie days carefully, so that we are all getting a lot of vitamin C. This will also apply to soup day...

I did some research and found the best fruits & veggies with high levels of vitamin C: (in no particular order & listing ones I am likely to use).

Fruits & Veggies & some Herbs
kale
red bell peppers
green bell peppers
oranges
kiwis
broccoli
grapefruit
fresh thyme
papaya
strawberries
cauliflower
brussels sprouts
pineapple
mangoes
fresh peppermint
blackcurrant
guava (tropical)
fresh parsley
cantaloupe

Ground/Dried spices & herbs
ground cloves
dried basil
saffron
dried rosemary
ground turmeric

So look for some most of these fruit, vegetables and herbs in your child's smoothies. And if you have never visited the recipes page, please do here, as I will not update each child's daily report with ingredients.

Weekending August 10-14 & in the garden

18.8.15 0 comments
We are officially on vacay until the end of August. 
Much to share, but not much to say - how could that be?
Our last week before vacation was VERY hectic - like massively crazy. 
Many of the kids got sick, so the days were up and down.
We didn't get to have our dino dig/party, but we will do it, or some variation of it in September.

Our time in the garden was used for cleaning up. I wish I got a pic of the damage from the hail storm.
Most of our plants died, and it was not a pretty sight. Honestly, vacation could not come at a better time.
In addition to my daycare days being up and down, I had a headache for 3 days straight and could hardly think about getting out of bed.  

Life happens!

Let's see what we got up to...










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Weekending August 3 - 7

9.8.15 0 comments
It was one of those weeks. You know THOSE weeks.
We'd just gotten a new fridge, when our dishwasher decided to take a vacation. 
We had illnesses, and not so great moods from the little ones...

I am taking as few photos as possible, because I have over 21 daycare folders to sort through. Of course, knowing me, half of them are of flowers and insects, not to mention food - will see.
I'm supposed to be planning our last event of the year, but honestly, I am beat. 

I sanitized and re-sanitized all of the daycare toys plus  more, but I probably missed something. I've figured that no amount of planning will ever be enough in real life. For example, while I try to separate daycare toys (that everyone plays with), from some of Big boy and Z bear's toys due to the risk of spreading illnesses, a LEGO piece will always get thrown into the mix. It's life!

So a lack of exciting photos + not much action last week = not very much of anything for blog content.

1/ MM's nature table contribution
2/ show & tell
3/ play
4/ there's a deep conversation going on here...
5/ we watched a hail storm from our window
6/ first reading of our August book of the month
7/ I don't have words for this one...cooking princess/fairy?





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MM's nature table contribution

5.8.15 0 comments
MM came with a great piece for our table. It is very different from our other contributions, wouldn't you agree? No doubt that there was much discussion about this piece...
Thanks MM; we love it.
Did you see the other contributions?
Look here, here , here & don't forget here too.


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