Flowers and Journals and Spring, Tra La

5th April 2018
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games began yesterday (4th April) and if you've been following along you will want to check out our Commonwealth Games activities with the kids. 
Spring has been slow to arrive this year in the UK, but we hold out hope! Quite a few of our new activities this week feature flowers or butterflies to cheer us up, and we've added a fun collection of spring games to keep everyone amused. We've also been learning about Benjamin Franklin - what an amazing man  - and setting up a new role play collection. 
Finally, Shelly gives us some fun ideas for using our printable alphabets in this week's guest post.
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Explore our latest role play printables - Betty's Bakery!
Our latest role play printables - Betty's Bakery!
How about starting a journalling habit with our regular journal pages ...
Start a journalling habit with our regular journal pages ...
... or breaking out these fun journalling pages for special occasions!
... and break out these fun pages for special occasions!
Have some fun with these new spring games
Have some fun with these new spring games
We've added these new bold and beautiful butterfly colouring pages - perfect for displays
New bold and beautiful butterfly colouring pages - perfect for displays
Here are some lovely flower quotes for these lovely colouring quote pages and cards. These might be my favourite yet!
Lovely flower quotes for these lovely colouring quote pages and cards
And we've been topping up our spring maths worksheets with flower counting, times tables and dice game!
And we've been topping up our spring maths worksheets with flower counting, times tables and dice game!
And we've added these new flower-themed times tables posters to brighten your day, with a self-checking option
And we've added these new flower-themed times tables posters to brighten your day, with a self-checking option
This week we've been learning about the remarkable Benjamin Franklin
This week we've been learning about the remarkable Benjamin Franklin
This Week's Guest Post
This week Shelly shares some ideas for using our Printable Alphabets.
Guest Post - Fun Alphabet Printouts
Have You Seen?
Have you seen our Commonwealth Games activities? We've got all the sports and all the countries - that's lots to learn and lots of fun to be had while you are enjoying the Games in Australia.
Have you seen our Commonwealth Games printables?
The Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin ...
I have collected quotes for many years, and found that some of the most quotable are from our "famous person of the week", Benjamin Franklin. So many of his words resonate well with children. My particular favourite is the last quote in this collection - very useful advice!
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

Well done is better than well said.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

Honesty is the best policy.

From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.

There was never a good war, or a bad peace.

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone.

Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.

Mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

A place for everything, everything in its place.

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

Lost time is never found again.

You may delay, but time will not.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

When in doubt, don't.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. Benjamin Franklin
Coming Up Soon ...

4th April - 15th April: Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast Australia

14th April: Vaisakhi

21st April: The Queen's Birthday (actual)

22nd April: Earth Day

23rd April: Shakespeare Day / Shakespeare's Birthday

23rd April: St George's Day

25th April: Anzac Day

28th April: Arbor Day (date varies by country and US state)

5th May: Children's Day (Japan)

7th - 11th May: Teacher Appreciation Week (US)

7th May: Teacher Appreciation Day (US)

7th to 11th May (tbc): Sun Awareness Week

10th May: Vesak

13th May: Mother's Day (US)

19th May: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding

8th June: World Oceans Day

14th June - 15th July: FIFA World Cup

17th June: Father's Day

14th June: Eid al-Fitr

1st July: Canada Day

4th July: Fourth of July




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