Ice Breaking, Planners and ABCs...

23rd August 2018
Summer isn't quite over yet in the UK, but there is a definite feeling of "back to school" creeping up on us, with all the anticipation and excitement and planning (and last minute dashes to buy stationery and lunch boxes) that brings. 
You'll find activities below that are perfect for the start of a new school year, as well as an extraordinary woman for our "Famous Person of the Week" and two new countries for our Commonwealth tour. And Shelly treats us to some clever paper chain ideas in this week's guest post. 
Home educators - don't forget to check out our Not Back to School​​​​​​​ picnic activities, and have a look at our new planners and schedules below.


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What's New?
New ice breaker printables, designed to get children chatting and finding things in common.
New ice breaker printables
Adding to our All About Me topic with these fun new printables mainly for older kids
Adding to our All About Me topic
An animal calendar for the school year 2018 -2019
Our latest sorting activities - with an autumn theme.
Our latest sorting activities - with an autumn theme.
New alphabet "learn the letter" worksheets
We have three new sets of these "I Can Write Letters" worksheets. We've deliberately kept them simple, to focus on the handwriting practice.
We have three new sets of these "I Can Write Letters" worksheets.
Track the weather with these colourful new weather display printables
Track the weather with these colourful new weather display printables
New home education planners and schedules - 15 variations of each to choose from, for however you like to plan!
New home education planners and schedules
What happened to Amelia Earhart? Find  out about this pioneering woman and make up your own mind...
Famous Person of the Week - Amelia Earhart
This week we travel around the world to two more Commonwealth countries, Belize...
Learning about Belize
... and Botswana
... and Botswana
New Commonwealth flower colouring pages for Belize and Botswana
New national flower colouring pages for Belize and Botswana
Have You Seen?
Have you seen our daily record sheets?
Have you seen our daily record sheets?
... and these gorgeous minibeast bookmarks?
Have you seen our gorgeous minibeast bookmarks?
This Week's Guest Post
Shelly shares some clever ideas for using paper chains - using some of our vocab printables and bookmarks!
Guest Post - Paper Chain Ideas
Something A Little Different ...
Last weeks riddles were popular - so here are some more. Answers below.
​​​​​​​1. I'm easy to get into but hard to get out of. What am I?
2. What is full of holes but can still hold water?
3. I can go up a chimney down, but not down a chimney up. What am I?
4. What is brown and sticky?
5. It takes ten men ten hours to build a wall. How long does it take five men to build the same wall?
6. What is the best way to stop your hat falling off your head?
7. Two is a company and three is a crowd. What is 4 and 5?
8. How many letters are there in the alphabet? 
9. What heavy seven letter word can you take two away from and be left with eight?
10. If you have three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what do you have?
Activity Village - Keeping Kids Busy
1.   Trouble
2.   A sponge
3.   An umbrella
4.   A stick
5.   No time - the wall was already built
6.   Don't put it on your head!
7.   9
8.   11. There are 11 letters in "the alphabet"
9.   Weights
10. Unusually large hands!
Coming Up Soon ...

​​​​​​​August / September: Back to School

​​​​​​​August / September: Not Back to School​​​​​​​

21st - 25th August: Eid al-Adha

2nd September- Father's Day (Australia and New Zealand)

9th September: Grandparent's Day (US)

13th September: Roald Dahl Day

19th September: Talk Like A Pirate Day

21st September: Peace Day

September / October - Harvest Festival

4th October: World Animal Day

7th October: Grandparent's Day (UK)

8th October: Canadian Thanksgiving

8th October: Columbus Day

8th - 14th October: National Libraries Week (UK)

31st October: Halloween


​​​​​​​Spring . . Summer . . Autumn . . Winter
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All the best until next time!
Lindsay Small​​​​​​​

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