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Growing Peas in a Glass

Seed Germination Experiment

Today is the fourth science session of our virtual summer camp. If you missed the introduction I recommend you go back and read it as it includes some general tips for all our science sessions. Today we are going to start an experiment that will take a few days. It requires a little patience, but is […] Read more…

Little Scientist Kit

A Basic Kit for Little Scientists

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer camp so far. There’s no new summer camp tutorial today, as I’ve factored in Wednesdays as a bit of a buffer for myself, but in light of our first science session tomorrow, I wanted to share a couple of tips on how to make your little […] Read more…

Raising Butterflies with Insect Lore

Raising Butterflies

30 Days Wild kicked off in the UK this week. It’s an annual initiative by the National Trusts to get people appreciate, enjoying and engaging with nature more. Obviously we’re still a bit limited on what we can do right now, but one of my favourite things that we did with the boys last year […] Read more…

home learning resources

Our Favourite Home Learning Resources

I don’t know about you, but I have found the switch to home learning a huge adjustment. After the novelty of coming home with their learning packs has worn off, it’s a lot harder to motivate the boys. It’s also tricky with them being four years apart (they’re in P1 and P5) as their tasks […] Read more…

A Visit from St Nicholas

At this time of year, there are saints galore being celebrated in German tradition: first St Martin, then St Barbara, and today on the 6th December we are celebrating St Nicholas. There are many legends surrounding St Nicholas, who lived in the 3rd to 4th century AD and was Bishop of Myra in what is […] Read more…

Branches for St Barbara’s Day

Today I wanted to tell you a bit more about one of the traditions I mentioned in my recent post on ‘How to Celebrate Christmas Like a German‘. At this time of year, we’ve just finished mourning the passing of the colourful Autumn foliage, and are starting to deck our houses out in winter greenery […] Read more…

How to celebrate Christmas Like a German

Earlier this week, I was chatting with someone about how we celebrate Christmas in Germany, and they were surprised at how much it differed in some ways from Christmas in the UK. My lucky boys of course get to grow up with the best of both worlds, but for those of you not in the […] Read more…

How to Celebrate St Martin’s Day

In German culture, between Hallowe’en and Advent/ Christmas, we have another celebration to look forward to – the wonderful festival of St Martin, which falls on 11th November. Although it’s practically unheard of in Scotland and the UK, we still celebrate this with the boys every year, so I thought I’d tell you a bit […] Read more…

What to Pack in a ‘Schultüte’ (Vol.2)

Exactly one week to go! I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly and my youngest will be off to school so soon! As I’ve mentioned before, this milestone is celebrated big time in German tradition. We’ll be having a little party for him this weekend, with friends and family, and yesterday I shared a […] Read more…

School Shoes Sorted with Maddie & Mark’s [AD]

We’re half way through our Summer holidays already, and preparations have started for the new school year. This August, I’ll have not one, but two school kids to kit out – my eldest is going in to P5 and my youngest is very excited to be starting in P1. Today we went shopping for uniforms, […] Read more…

Gift Guide for Kids Starting School

I can’t believe that my youngest will be starting school in just four weeks! In Germany, this was a very big deal. When Oskar started school in Berlin three years ago, they had a big enrolment ceremony on the Saturday before their first proper day. The older classes put on a show with singing and […] Read more…

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