Label: Nathanael

Week in Review 4.12.17

After a very quite year on the blog I thought I would jump back into my ramblings by sharing a week in review. Perhaps this could be more of a regular thing as I share family highlights, things we have been up to and any plans coming up! I got this idea from one of my favourite You Tubers years ago she would her week and I think its such a great idea to look back on in years to come.

We have currently been loving our Shepherd on the Search, during the advent season our shepherd begins to search for baby Jesus, and so each day ends up somewhere new in our home. Nathanael has loved searching for his shepherd and it has provided a great opportunity to focus our attention of what the Christmas season is all about.

Shepherd on a search

Nathanael loves to walk to school and I am happy to oblige him providing it is dry so Judah doesn’t get too wet and cold. I enjoy the opportunity walking with him brings, our house is about 15 minute walk and we can get into some great conversations rather than in the car where I am concentrating and can’t see him. This week on our walk he declared that he wants to be a teacher. We will see what the future brings and no doubt he will change his mind a thousand times before he has to choose something, I thought I would share it to document the moment.

As Winter closes in around us with dark days and cold nights Luke and I have set to watching a bit more TV than we usually do. We usually don’t watch things in “real time” apart from Strictly and The Apprentice, and usually end up watching a box set or something like that.
I was thrilled to discover Dawson’s Creek complete seasons are on Channel 4 and have taken to watching them. Joey and Pacey forever in my opinion! I am sure Luke would be quite happy to avoid it all but I have been enjoying it.

This past weekend we went to a Christmas Market with the grandparents at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. We had a lot of fun looking at all the stalls despite the freezing cold temperatures. Nathanael however clearly did not mind the cold and took off to find the outdoor play area and had a great time on the slides and adventure course.

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Nathanael Learns–Poundland Haul

Over the past year I have discovered a new found love for PoundLand, don’t get me wrong there are things I would chose to purchase elsewhere but for some items PoundLand is great.

One of the main items I love buying at PoundLand are educational or craft type items that I can use with Nathanael, like any toddler he is learning to be gentle with things but his excitement at discovering something new can get the better of him.
The joy of PoundLand is should Nate damage anything I don’t grieve over it breaking or prevent him from exploring because I am trying to save the item.
Here are a few things I picked up recently

Poundland haul

These Wall Charts can start from £3.99 per item in most stores and I got 4 for that price.
I purchased an ABC chart – this is great for matching items up that are on the chart with the letter.
The My Body Chart is great to use with Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Nate has been singing along to this for a while and can say head and nose already. (although nose is nee which sounds a lot like knee)
Farm Animals is perfect for using with Nate’s book “Oh Dear” book, for a while now he has known that a cow goes moo and a sheep goes baa so we will see if we can encourage him to learn some more animal sounds.
Finally I thought the Transporting Vehicles Wall Chart would be good to match some toys up with that we already have in our home.

Also on our shopping trip I spotted the Alphabet and Number Stencils which will be great to help Nathanael learn his letter and numbers, there are so many things we can do with them and I am sure he will enjoy painting and colouring with them.

Now when you spot some travel sized packet raisins with your toddler you can’t help but grabbing a pack, again great value and a little treat for being good while we were in a boring shop!

Do you shop at PoundLand? What are some of your favourite purchases? Let me know in the comments below!

Nathanael Reads June Edition

It’s time for another browse on Nathanael’s book table! If you are new to the blog every month I like to share some of the books that Nathanael has been enjoying, this is not an exhaustive list as we would be here all day but just a few random selections I have made. I know on all of my posts with Nathanael they are memory keepers for me when he grows up!

Nathanael Reads 7

It’s Potty Time! By Tracey Corderoy and Caroline Pedler
That’s Not My Puppy Written by Fiona Watt and Illustrated Rachel Wells
Lost Sheep Written by Juliet David and Illustrated by Hannah Wood
Mike the Knight Dragons on the Loose
Mike the Knight and the Great Gallop