“Look through the windows” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

Poem ~ “Look Through The Windows”

As I republish this poem in the UK, it’s the time of year that many, many young people are starting school, on whatever level.  And as you read this poem, I believe that the words speak for themselves…

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Once upon a time someone took a brick,

Some cement and a trowel and then bit by bit…

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They stacked one brick, then two, then three bricks then four,

On top of each other and then took some more…

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They built some more walls until

there were four,

Added a roof, some windows, a lockable door…

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The building was ready, but who had the key?

They looked at each other saying, “not you or me!”

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“How do you get in?” they wondered aloud,

And looked at the building standing tall and proud…

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Then someone came along with a book and a pen,

Opened the door and said, “Let’s get started then!”…

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And then there followed a sight to behold,

More people walked through the door, I am told…

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It was a doorway to learning, a place to strive,

To do your best, be your best from the age of ’bout five…

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The adults were people, teaching what they knew,

Mr Price, Mrs Hoy, to name one or two…

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They had a yearning to teach all that they knew,

Mr Hunt, Mrs Croxford, the school grew and grew…

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Mrs Hucker, Mr Salton, the school was still growing

With a thirst for knowledge and appetite for knowing…

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Mrs Duckmanton, Mrs Molesworth and others no doubt,

My memory’s foggy, who have I missed out?

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Friendships were cemented, the knowledge was too,

Now the digger’s in the playground and the rubble is too…

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The skyline is changing, it’s a moment in time,

“Do not enter – demolition site” reads the sign…

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Now we look back but ahead to the future,

As the school welcomed a new Head called Miss Luter…

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And through the years we’ve seen staff come and go,

The school moved to a new site “as we learn then we grow”…

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It’s seen so much learning, this building half crumbled

“The end of an era” the old school has mumbled…

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But look through the windows not yet broken and see

Happy memories belonging to you and to me…

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

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Somewhere to learn, to grow, to play ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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In a recent Wonderful World of Writing post, I shared how our little girl uses her ‘Imagination Station’ and here’s a short poem about how it came to be…

Somewhere to learn, to grow, to play…

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Once upon a time you were a little bear

Born 3 weeks early, you were tiny with no hair,

You slept in your cot through the night, give or take

And rarely did you stir, not a noise did you make…

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The cot was your cousins’

And has a tale or two to tell,

Many a time between you all it’s

Heard the ‘odd’ scream or yell!

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Lost dummies, stuffed teddies

Wedged ‘tween mattress and frame,

I’d nudge your Daddy, “Your turn!”

Or at least that was my aim…

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Fast forward a few years

And now you’ve started school,

“I know!”, I shrilled with a brainwave,

And went to fetch the rule…

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With measurements to hand,

We got some wood chopped and changed,

Then spread a layer of blackboard paint

And when dry we re-arranged…

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Your playpen came down,

Your baby toys given away,

Your cot transformed into a desk,

Somewhere to learn, to grow, to play…

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By Carol Cameleon

Originally published under MummyBearsBlog but with a brand new school term on the horizon, I thought it would be nice to look back at how much our little girl has grown physically and mentally.  Her desk is truly a place ‘to learn, to grow, to play…’

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The Imagination Station ~ #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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This week, the last in our little bear’s Reception year at ‘big’ school, I’m not penning a poem (like I did last week).  Instead, I’m handing the spotlight over to our little bear (aged 5) and her imagination station!

Hubby and I are passionate about reading to our little bear.  She has a desk that will grow with her as she goes through the various stages of development in literacy at school.  When I was blogging as Mummy Bear, I wrote this poem about changing her cot into a desk.  And she uses this desk daily.  At this stage of her life, she uses it for colouring, writing, sticking, crafting ~ being creative.  As she goes through school, I’m sure it will be used for more ‘focussed’ activities…

As the end of Reception approached, we began to sit at it (me/hubby teetering on the edge of a little chair!) while doing her homework.  This meant that it needed a good tidy up but it has also put her in the homework mindset.

Her desk gives her ready access to all things creative, ready access to all things that fuel a 5 year old’s imagination and this is what she came up with.

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As I was pottering around, she asked me how to spell the odd word.  But really, the majority of this is her own work.  And that’s what makes me oh-so-very-proud 🙂

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Goodbye Reception, Year 1 here I come! ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Goodbye Reception, Year 1 here I come!

Just like the hungry caterpillar,

You’ve fed me, you’ve taught me, you’ve watched me grow bigger…

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Now I’m ready to come out of my cocoon,

It’s time to spread my wings, time to bloom…

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I’ve grown into a beautiful butterfly,

I’m off to year 1 now, time for ‘goodbye’!…

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An ode to Our Little Bear’s teacher, teaching assistants and all the amazing staff who were involved in her vital first year at ‘big’ school.  I do not know where the last academic year has gone…  good job I didn’t blink 😉 

By Carol Cameleon 2015

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Blue Planet Tales interactive stories app for children ~ giveaway

Hello and welcome to an interactive giveaway!  Yes, you can win 1 of 20 promo codes to use at Blue Planet Tales app store on ‘The Secret of the Pyramid’.  How exciting is that?!

So, who are Blue Planet Tales? Well, they’ve created an educational app for tablets with stories based in history and real life events for 3-9 year olds. With 17 stories to choose from, including ‘The Secret of the Pyramid’, it may be difficult to choose just 1!  But with the affordable prices, your choice is that much easier.

The range includes the following titles and as you can see, there is something there for children of all ages:

-The Extinction of the Dinosaurs

-The Boy Who Wanted to be a King (about the footballer Leo Messi’s life)

-The Secret of the Pyramid

-Davy Crockett

-The Bird Migration

-Laika the Little Astronaut Dog

-The Race to the South Pole

-The Discovery of America

With ‘The Secret of the Pyramid’ I found that I learnt a thing or 2, along with Our Little Bear.

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The interactive questions peppered throughout the story were a little difficult for our bear at 5 years old and she needed prompting (and it tested my grey matter!) but she still engaged with the stories.  The score-keeper on the home-page is a nice touch and is good for ‘keeping tabs’ on your progress.

Another good feature is the ‘category’ drop down menu on the homepage, enabling you to browse stories by genre.

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I can see this interactive library being an app that we dip in and out of with our little bear on rainy days.  It’s a great little tool to explore topics that we wouldn’t perhaps have considered without the app.

You can find Blue Planet Tales at: Twitter, Facebook, Google +, You Tube and also take a lot at their website
Go and say hello! 🙂
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The benefits of reading with our children ~ May #PaperyPeep

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On one of our most recent visits to the library, I had a chat with the librarian who knows our faces very well.  We go regularly, in between work, school and general life.

We used to go several times a week when I first returned to work after maternity leave.  Back then, I had 3 clear days off and we had more time to ‘play’ with.  As a result, our little bear absolutely loves our library and it’s been really lovely to see her go from the ‘book bus’ reading corner which contains board books, to chapter books like the Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows (which she’s reading in this post).

On this visit, the librarian asked if I wouldn’t mind completing a short survey because they were looking to reduce the manned hours there.  Understandably, the librarian was very concerned, from her own personal (and financial) viewpoint but also for that of the community.

While Our Little Bear was at pre-school I remember one of their information posters which outlined the benefits of reading to and with children.  I was very pleased that we were already doing the suggested activities (and more) for the suggested amount of time.  We’ve been very fortunate that our little bear has a passion for books and has thrived in her reading at school.  She recently went up to stage 4 in the Biff, Chip and Kipper Oxford Reading Tree series.  (Proud Mummy-and-Daddy Moment!)  And read the whole book from beginning to end with no help – no mean feat with 24 pages at 5 years old, in my opinion…

Her love of reading has shown in her writing and spelling, too.  Just this week, she has got 40 out of 40 in a spelling test on high frequency words (also known as ‘tricky’ words).  You can see why I argue that literacy in our children is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle – the reading’s connected to the spelling to the writing…

With that in mind, it’s a real shame that part of the library ‘experience’ is likely to be affected by taking away that ‘stamping’ of the library book due to more self-service…

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Do you visit your library regularly?  Have you seen the benefits of reading to your little ones?

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When no news is good news

Our Little Bear was asking her Daddy what he was watching on the ipad.  He was watching the news and said, “It’s not really for children, let’s watch something else.”

And she did.

She watched a sugar-coated episode of Sofia the First.

But it got me to thinking abut child-friendly news.  I enjoyed watching programmes like Newsround when I was younger.  For the benefit of the International readers and the younger (!) readers, this was a great programme presented by John Craven in a very simplistic way that made it very easy to understand and digest.  Our Dad used to like watching it with us too.  I think it took the jargon out for adults too!

This was on at 5pm or thereabouts – always just before we had our tea.  I loved it.  Granted, I was a fair bit older than Our Little Bear, who is currently 5.

Yes, the news is usually full of depressing stuff BUT it’s important to keep astride of world events, I think.  Even from a fairly young age.

But what are the best ways of introducing a young child to the news, without tainting their innocence?

Any suggestions?

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Down on the farm ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

Down on the farm …

What is this in my Pop’s hand?

It’s a little black seed that he plants in the land.

“How does it grow?” I ask my Pop,

He tells me how he looks after his crops.

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I wonder aloud, “Do you plant with a spade?”

He tells me how his crops are made:

In bygone years tools were pulled by a horse,

Now we have tractors to take the force.

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Our little bear at five years old

Is taking it in, and learning tenfold,

Like the sun and rain helps the crops to grow,

She’s growing from Pop telling all that he knows.

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Down on the farm, you can see that she thrives,

What a special time to have when you’re five.

She explores with her cousins, and a grown-up too,

With the farm at her feet, there’s so much to do.

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Today she’s dressed up, she’s been a Princess all day!

But usual attire is for outdoor play.

Good job we remembered her Frozen wellies,

For trudging through soil and farmyard smellies!

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No matter, it washes, who cares about dirt?

With soil in her nails, mud on her skirt,

She’s having a ball, she’s free, she’s alive!

Memories to last for the rest of her life… 🙂

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By Carol Cameleon 2015

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