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Foggy Bottoms

Nothing to do with Foggy Bottoms actually, but that said, it is very foggy outside today!

Been a little while – quite deliberately – because the stomach flu has continued to ravage our house and learning of a quasi-formal kind has been a hit and miss affair.  Still, we plough on and hope for the best!

We’ve been delving into the literature suggestions from Oak Meadow Grade 3 curriculum; first stop, Pippi Longstocking, our only hesitation being that she may be seen as someone to emulate but that has not been the case, Mr. D. thinks she is extremely silly (even if he would love to play with her).  Currently, Mr. D. is playing with friends a few doors away.  He doesn’t always get along with them (two sisters) even though he is proud to boast they are his friends, but this last 60 minutes has been quiet so I am assuming that all is going well.  It is a Pro-D day (teacher meeting day) here in the district so no school (what did they do when I was a kid, I wonder?).  Miss E. is at her After-School carers for the day – something she loves – and it gives the children separate time, which is so necessary.

Lucky for us, Planet Kids has a huge sale underway and we visited on Saturday morning in pursuit of a birthday present for another child.  Whilst there, we scanned the teacher’s resource consignment section and came away with amazing bargains, including a small study on Pippi Longstocking.  So far this morning, so good.  Mr. D. made a “book cover” drawing of Pippi, complete with fry pan and tossed pancake; we’ve delved into what questions we would ask her if we were new in her neighbourhood; the question of realistic vs. fantasy books and the difference between a lie and an exaggeration.  This afternoon we are making a DAS air-dry clay model, which will then be painted, of Pippi.  Mr. D. has asked if we can make Pippi clothes and we’ve decided we will have a small exercise in sewing.  Yet to decide on hair but probably some bright wool that can be braided and then gummed to stick out!  I’ll also download Jamie Oliver’s show “Jamie does…. Stockholm” so that we can see a little Sweden and learn about Scandinavian foods – different to the ones we eat in this partially Danish household.

To have a break from all things Pippi (do you say Pip-E or PeePee, like my husband?), Dad took Mr. D. to the beach at the end of the road.  During previous visits, Mr. D. has been excited about what he calls his Pirate Fort – today I charged them with the mission of building more of it and taking some photos; they only stopped because they ran out of driftwood today.

Now if only the fog would clear – it is actually a sunny day behind all that fog.

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Perfect Planet

You didn’t know we live on two different planets, did you?  No.  Thought not.

This is not an advertisement.  At least it isn’t a paid advertisement.  Not an advertorial, gladitorial, or any other sort of ‘push’.

It is a recognition of brilliant service.

Which Planet is that?  Planet Kids, of course.

Now those of you who aren’t in the Comox Valley… well… you miss out.  Your bad.  Two stores, both here.  Wonderful stores.  Exciting stores.  Kids stores that kids feel welcome in.  Aladdin’s caverns of childish wonder.  Well.  OK, it is a store  A toy store.  But why the whole blog post?

Well – apart from the wonderful toys – Planet Kids also has:  teacher resources, teacher tools, French teaching resources, Special Needs equipment and information/books, hands on stuff, imaginative stuff, science stuff (and how), dress-up stuff, and some mighty wonderful staff.  Plus the divine Ms. Pam, owner/operator/Pied Piper of Comox.

There have been several good toy stores in our area – we’re blessed that way – and I miss the ladies at the Avon boutique very much – they were nice and I could pick up a gift for a child there and know the odds were such that it would be unique.

But then there is the store that carries great goods, inflated prices, and glare sternly at you, whilst delivering a lecture, that “their toilet is not for the children to use”.  As a mother to children with special needs – children that haven’t always been good at timing their bathroom breaks – this always irked me.  I was a regular enough customer that they remembered my name but I still got the “we’d rather you didn’t” talk about the toilet for the kids.

In contrast, Ms. Pam not only says “Yes” she or one of her staff will often accompany the kid, standing nearby for reassurance, while the parents are busy.  How cool is she?  I mean, really, she understands not just kids but parents, too.

Anywhoodle, I love our Planet Kids.  My kids love our Planet Kids.  Planet Kids loves our community and always volunteers/helps wherever and whenever possible.  Long live Planet Kids and Ms. Pam (and her gorgeous family)!!

(no, no, truly, it is okay Ms. Pam, no, don’t send me a little something, truly, I accept nothing on this blog, no, no-one will think you paid me, no, no, no, this was from my heart, not my wallet).

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