Thursday, 23 October 2014

Every school should have tea time

 Every day we are on campus we head to the teachers tea time at 10.25. And gone are the days of being able to share a snack with Lily, she now thinks she is big enough to eat an entire snack by herself, and drink out of big cups. The snack she usually manages, the drink may or may not get drunk before it is spilt outside!
 Lily at the start of tea time before all the teachers arrive. 
 We get to have 'tea' with all our teacher friends and eat home made snacks every morning. Seriously this is a tradition that should be embraced everywhere! 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

cereal choices

While I can't say I miss the extensive choice of cereal in the massive supermarkets in the UK, this is the entire cereal selection in our local supermarket. Can you see the red box of corn flakes? That was the ONLY box of non-sugary cereal in the whole store. So we bought that and something making claim to being like chocolate flakes. I won't get started on how much cereal costs here, either....oh and Lily is sitting in the trolley drawing on my shopping list, and herself, thanks to one of the shop assistants thinking she would like a pen to play don't get that in Tesco!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Learning comes alive: juggling and junk models

Nathan the juggler came to visit Bingham today and told stories through juggling. Each class then has a session of learning to juggle and walk on stilts etc with him later in the day. The highlight was seeing him juggle with fire at tea-break!

Josh's class have been building junk models which Lily and I found on display outside their classroom this morning. This big creature was built by Josh and his friends and one of the smaller ones below was built by Josh and his friend Biruk.

Learning comes alive: reading day

For reading day Tom got to dress as his favourite book character. No surprises that he dressed as Percy Jackson as he has just re-read that series of books recently. I'm not sure if the grumpy face was part of it.

They had an author come and visit and work with them on how to develop their own story writing. And later they spent a lesson reading with Josh's class. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall during that lesson to see how the boys did reading to each other!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The rains are finally over

At least I hope that the rain has finished, it does seem to have and so I have cleaned off the picnic bench and started hanging the washing in the garden again in celebration :-)

Oh and we now have a tortoise - can you see him too? 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Learning comes alive week

 While the big kids are all off on trips around Ethiopia, the smaller kids are still at school having learning comes alive week. Each day has a different theme, yesterday was art, today is sport. Lily and I went out to watch Josh and share the fun. Above he is trying to catch the hula hoops with his body that his team mates throw at him. 

Monday, 6 October 2014

colour run = fun fundraising

 Never heard of a colour run? Well let us show you what it is all about....our teachers ran around the school, using some of the play equipment as obstacles...
 ...while children threw water balloons and coloured paint at them. Brilliant. Really brilliant. And we got the kids to pay for the water balloons and paint and so raised money for two local projects supported by the school :-)
Tommy with Brad (our Director) and Malcolm (our Elementary Principal) celebrating the end of the race!