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CVC Word Activity Sheets

Rabbit is making very rapid progress with her reading and writing at the moment, as she is suddenly much more interested.  I’m glad I held my nerve and didn’t put any pressure on, even though she is grasping it about a year later than the boys did.  It is lovely to watch her getting excited about it – learning at your own pace is so much more fun!

cvc word activity 1

I printed off some CVC word activity sheets from twinkl, knowing that they would be very easy for her.  I wanted to try out this type of activity with her, without it being too challenging, and it was perfect.  She did all the sheets in one day and really enjoyed them, so we’ll be back to look for more tricky ones soon.

cvc word activity

cvc word activity 2

We’ve also been making and playing a compound word game using more lovely twinkl resources – blog post to follow when I manage to take some pictures of the children playing it!

We were given a free subscription to twinkl premium for the purpose of reviewing this and other resources.

Rabbit’s birthday interview

Rabbit is five.  This is her birthday interview.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

A knight or a goodie pirate

What’s your favourite colour?


What’s your favourite book?

That’s not my dolly…

What are your favourite toys?

Toy food, especially chocolate cake

What is your favourite food?

Chocolate cake

What is your favourite thing to wear?

Pink clothes

What do you like doing with mummy?

Making things

What do you like doing with daddy?


What makes you happy?

Ice lollies

Tell me a joke

Why did the banana go to the doctor’s?  Because he wasn’t peeling well.

Birthday parties

Today, while the boys were at this birthday party, Rabbit was at home with me because she was sick last night.  She was very disappointed as she had been looking forward to going, and even said that she could wear a scarf over her mouth “so that I don’t blow any germs out.”  She didn’t make any fuss when they went though, and was very good about it.  I did my best to make it up to her and we made a birthday party for her dolls and toys.

Then we added some real food and invited daddy.  I think she was happy!

Play dough creations

It’s been a busy few weeks and I haven’t been blogging much, but it’s time to get back to normal.  I will post something about our holidays another day, but for now I am too tired.  So I thought I would just share some pictures of today’s play dough creations.  Monkey, Rabbit and Tiddler were happily occupied for a long time, and they insisted on photographs being taken, so here they are.

Monkey and Rabbit’s Thomas scene

Tiddler’s creation

Monkey’s Pizza, Spaghetti and a Strawberry

Rabbit’s Ice Creams

Ballet is fun for boys

Ever since my two biggest boys were small, I have wanted to give them, among other learning opportunities, the chance to try ballet.  I’m not sure why it felt so important, but it has long since troubled me that we steer our children down narrow paths according to gender, with little room for diversity.  The polarisation of girls and boys, pinks and blues, seems summed up by our choice (many of us) to send our sons to football on a Saturday and our daughters to ballet.  I really don’t mind if my boys decide they love football best and my little girl chooses ballet, but what kind of a choice is it if they don’t get to try out both?

Having held this opinion for the best part of 8 years did not, however, lead to any swift and decisive action on my part.  When Owl was about 2 I vaguely enquired about some ballet lessons I saw advertised, but the time and location weren’t convenient and nothing came of it.  When he was 5 he started football, and nearly two years later Monkey joined him in the same class.  Some months ago, we discovered another football class nearby that takes children from age 3 up so Rabbit was able to join.  She has nearly always been the only girl there but it hasn’t bothered her.  She has a lot of fun and thinks that wearing football kit is cool (an accolade she only ever awards to boy clothes.  “Girl clothes aren’t cool mummy, they are pretty.”  I haven’t managed to persuade her that the two needn’t be mutually exclusive!)  So far so good, but still no ballet…

Then earlier this year I found out about a free trial ballet lesson at a dance school very near us, aimed at children aged 3 to 6.  I signed Monkey and Rabbit up for it and established that it was okay for Owl to join in for the trial although he is too old for the classes.  We went along and it was an excellent lesson.  Even Tiddler joined in and all four children loved it.  I signed the two eligible children up for a term of lessons on Saturday afternoons ( 3 hours after football so plenty of time for getting changed and cleaned up!)  Owl was disappointed that he couldn’t join in but he goes to choir at the same time so at least he has something else fun to do.  I also told him I would try to find out about ballet classes for his age, although so far I haven’t succeeded (cue overload of parental guilt…)

Still, I was really happy that two of the children were able to try ballet.  So, we went along for the first lesson, which was okay but Monkey was upset that he was the only boy, and even Rabbit felt left out as all the other children were dressed in pretty pink ballerina outfits.  A quick flurry of bidding on ebay soon sorted that one out, but that only added to Monkey’s sense of isolation.  He started to protest about going to the lessons, but I asked him to keep trying, reminding him how much he had enjoyed the trial.  I’m sure some would say I shouldn’t have pushed him but my parenting instinct was telling me to keep it going if possible.  It was hard though, hearing him tell me that “Ballet is for girls” and watching him get upset about going.

A few weeks in I was beginning to think that we should give it up after all, but we talked about how real ballets have men in them and they have special clothes and shoes for dancing and Monkey started to get interested.  Another ebay session later and he now has black ballet shoes which arrived today.  I don’t know if they have magical properties, or if it is coincidence, but this afternoon when I asked him to get ready for ballet he handed me a note, said brusquely “Read. This. Information!” and ran out of the room.  This is the note.

It was a priceless parenting moment!  So if you are a parent of boys and wondering if they should have a go at ballet (or your girls want to do football), I hope this post will encourage you that it is worth a try.

Postscript:  this morning Rabbit and Tiddler went to a trial session of Dramabuds and they both enjoyed it.  So for the rest of this term they will doing that on a Saturday morning, which means no more football for Rabbit.  I think that’s okay, but I hope she will rejoin the boys next term, which might mean taking her to a midweek drama lesson if she wants to continue.   And that will lead to more childcare headaches… it is so much more difficult to do activities in the week unless they are suitable for all four children, but there are only so many things one can cram into a Saturday.

Just one more thing: should it worry me that Rabbit was only interested in ballet clothes if they were pink?  Perhaps that’s for another post…


Yesterday I wrote a post about Tiddler, the book which inspired the nickname of our smallest one.  After much discussion with the three older children, I have chosen a nickname for each of them, and I thought it would be fun to link them to some of our favourite children’s books as well.

Rabbit is our four-year old and our only girl.  There are no shortage of children’s books with rabbit in the title, but The Velveteen Rabbit is one I particularly like.  When I was thinking about writing this post, I realised that I hadn’t read it to any of the children for quite a while and when I showed it to my daughter she didn’t recognise it!  This is possibly the downside of having a houseful of books – we have so many that special ones can sometimes disappear for a while.  In fact, it’s gone missing again in the last two days…

The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic children’s book, written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson.  It is the story of a toy rabbit who becomes real through the love of a small boy.  “Real isn’t how you are made…It’s a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real.”  Beautifully written and illustrated, it is as relevant to children today as when it was first published in 1922.  It is an ideal bedtime story for little ones, and also an enjoyable read for older children.  Now I just need to find my copy…