Living Arrows #6

Living Arrows is a lovely photo series hosted by Donna over at What The Redhead Said which is all about celebrating childhood. As the poet Khalil Gibran wrote:

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

I’m enjoying taking lots of photos of the children, and it is only when I look back over them that I notice the little things that I didn’t see at the time. The determination, or resilience or absolute joy that can be fleeting moments, but oh so precious.

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This week Little Sir was delighted when he was able to bring Ben the Bear home from school.  Having never worked in Reception, I was a little confused about what we were expected to do, but thankfully he came with quite detailed instructions (and a REALLY large bag of clothes!!).  Little Sir loved taking Ben out and about as we don’t normally allow the children to take toys out with us, but watching him engage so beautifully has definitely made me rethink this rule! He particularly loved sharing his lunch with Ben and helping him to read the menu!

My second photo is a little different as it doesn’t have Little Miss in it, but it is probably the piece of work that we are most proud of. When Little Miss came home, she was very much an emergent writer, and couldn’t form any of her letters correctly (aged 5). So in a year and a bit, we have worked so hard on her handwriting, and this weekend she was able to start writing in cursive.  I am so incredibly proud of her hard work and her resilience!  Onwards and upwards towards Year 3!


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  1. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    February 8, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Aww, that’s such a cute photo with Ben the Bear! I hope he chose something yummy for his lunch. I’m a softy and I do let toys come with us on meals out – Max ‘shared’ his ice cream with his little giraffe (bizarrely named Monkey!?) the other day, and it was so sweet watching him pretend to spoon it into his mouth! That handwriting is really impressive too – they learn so quickly these days, I wasn’t doing cursive until I was in year 3/4 I’m sure. #livingarrows

    • cherrynewby
      February 8, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      It was so cute! I don’t really know what made us decide that the kids couldn’t take a toy out with them – it just appeared as one of our rules – but since having Ben the Bear come to stay we have definitely changed that – he absolutely loved having Ben with him at lunch and I loved watching him!! 🙂 x

  2. February 10, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Little Miss’ writing is fantastic – you must be so proud! We didn’t have a clue about the class bear either but the children love having him come to stay x

    • cherrynewby
      February 11, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Thanks so much – we are really chuffed with it! The bear was a real shock but actually little man adored having him here so that made me smile all weekend! x

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