• My Diary

    Je peux parler francais, vraiment!

    Work was great today, and I am so impressed with the children that I work with. They are all 7 to 8-year-olds and many come from different countries. The class stayed in during break-time because it was raining heavily outside. They usually get to choose a game to play or do some colouring for the 15 minutes before the next morning lesson begins. I can’t quite remember how the conversation started, but one of the children said something in French to his friend. I understood what he said. I said something back in French and he said to me in return, “Miss, do you speak French?” I answered with “Oui,…

  • Stuff I Like

    Hand Grenade Sketch

    I want to share this 2-minute piece of ultimate funniness with you this morning. Sometimes, when I share a piece of music or a small clip I tend to feel a little guilty, mainly because it consists of a small post and not a long drawn out one…but I do feel comfortable with the fact that I do write posts of thought and length. So with this in mind…..Oh for goodness sake I’m waffling again… I’ll just start from the beginning, but you do get my drift. I want to share this post with you today because it has given myself and the boys days of laughter upon the initial…

  • Random

    7 Lessons I’ve Learned in my Career

      I’ve been a supply Teaching Assistant in primary schools, for the past 12 years, and since I qualified in this profession, I’ve been learning new things about different schools and educating children on a weekly basis. I am a mother of two children, who are now teenagers;  nevertheless, to actually work with children and staff within a school has really opened my eyes to the challenges teachers face, and the needs that some children require and deserve.       I am going to list the 7 lessons I’ve learned since I began working in the Education Sector.   1 …Of course as a parent, I have taken my…

  • Words

    A Children’s Treasury of Milligan/Book Review

    Firstly, I want to mention that I love Spike Milligan. He was a comedian, musician, poet, playwright, actor and writer. A man of many talents. He was the co-creator, writer and main cast member of the popular ‘Goon Show’, where he played the characters of Eccles and Minnie Bannister. He was also a serious writer, and wrote a seven-volume autobiographical account of the time he spent serving in the second world war, beginning with ‘Adolf Hitler, my part in his downfall.’ He is considered, besides being one of the funniest men of all time, a genius of literary nonsense. His famous poem, ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’, was voted the…

  • Stuff I Like

    Aerial Ballet

    I watched a lovely clip this week on breakfast TV. It is a phenomenon of nature involving hundreds, even thousands of birds in an aerial display, in this case starring Starlings in Cumbria. It is called a ‘Murmuration’, a 15th century word; but it’s not known why the word was used or where it comes from.  According to the article, the birds will perform these aerial  displays for about a month during February at dusk, and many people meet in the area to record these Starlings. How do they know which way to turn in synchronism? Why do they do it?  Why that area? There are no answers to any…