We cannot believe that a whole week has gone by since our last blog. We hope that you have stepped straight back into your school work again with lots of energy. The Easter break is always nice but it is great to get back to school, allbeit in a slightly different way to normal. Some schools are managing to hold group lessons so that you can enjoy learning with your class, it is fun to see your friend’s faces while you learn.
Don’t forget to take a look at our regular features: ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ talks about making your family walk fun by getting to know your birds and ‘Cooks Corner’ shows you how to make No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerio Snack Bars. When we made our snack bars we used the ingredients that we love and that we had in the kitchen cupboard. Alternate the ingredients to suit the tastes your family love. Do send us some photographs of your handywork in the kitchen.
This weeks special feature looks at the new Gruffalo book explaining Corona Virus. Hopefully this will answer some of the questions that are important to you.
Thanks for joining us and have fun! Sam
‘Gruffalo help with understanding the Corona Virus’
The Gruffalo has been very busy writing a new book to help us all understand what Corona Virus is. We have read the new book and think that the pictures are fantastic. You can download the book to read for free, just click on the link below.
The book covers all of the questions that you may have about the Corona Virus, like;
What is the coronavirus? • How do you catch the coronavirus? • What happens if you catch the coronavirus? • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus? • Is there a cure for the coronavirus? • Why are some places we normally go to closed? • What can I do to help? • What’s going to happen next?
Katie Jayne’s Interesting Fact:
Our team of dedicated and qualified teachers can run group online lessons with your child’s friends so that learning is still fun and interactive. And you can share the cost…..
Thought of the Week
If you are following ‘Cooks Corner’ and have made some snack bars for your family why not send us some pictures for us to use in our blog next time, and if you have neighbours who live alone, why not make an extra couple of bars and drop them off on their doorstep to cheer up their day!
1/4 cup creamy unsalted butter,
1/4 cup honey,
1/4 cup light brown sugar,
1 tablespoon vanilla extract,
3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios (or similar; plain Cheerios may be substituted for a less sweet bar),
1 cup raisins,
1 cup honeyroasted peanuts,
1 cup chopped almonds, 1/2 cup chocolate-covered sunflower seeds,
optional pinch of sea salt for sprinkling.
1. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, honey, brown sugar, and heat on high power for 1 minute to melt.
3. Stop to stir. Mixture will be on the granular side, this is okay.
4. Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stop to stir
5. Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stop to stir. On this third and final burst, mixture will become quite bubbly and foamy; ask an older family member to help you here and use caution when removing the bowl from the microwave, because this is boiling hot caramel and can cause burns.
6. Stir in the vanilla using caution because mixture could bubble up.
7. Stir in the cereal.
8. Stir in the optional raisins (or nuts).
9. Turn mixture out into prepared pan, packing it down firmly with a spatula and smoothing the top.
10. Optionally, sprinkle evenly with sunflower seeds and salt (the salt cuts some of the sweetness and I recommend it!)
11. Cover pan with a sheet of foil (to prevent fridge smells), and place pan in fridge to set up for at least 2 to 3 hours, or overnight, or until bars are completely set before lifting out with foil overhang, slicing, and serving.
12. Bars will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I recommend storing them in the fridge rather than room temp because they soften and get loose.
Weekly Walk on the Wild Side…
Every week we will be adding another way to make your family walk more exciting, helping to educate you and your family about the nature around us.
Before your walk this week visit the RSPB website to see what type of birds you might see on your walk. Draw a few birds on a piece of paper and name them underneath. When you are out walking take some time to look up in the sky and in the trees to see what birds you can identify. If you spy a bird that you do not recognise click on the link below so that you can identify the bird.
You can also continue bird watching in your own back garden or from your window. You could get together with your brother, sister or older relatives to make a small bird hide in your garden so that you can sit in amongst nature and watch the birds come and go without disturbing them. We decided that we would build two hides in our garden. The first hide was made from a small sun tent we usually use when we go to the beach. This worked well and it was nice and warm! Our second bird hide was made from some recently cut tree branches, a little more chilly but great fun to build. We have seen Greenfinches, Robins, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds, a Red Spotted Woodpecker, a Barn Owl, Pigeons, Crows and a really big Crane. One evening we decided to sit next to our bird hides with a cup of piping hot chocolate to see if we could see any bats flying above, we counted four!
We shall definitely be using our bird hides each week. Tell us all about your Bird Walk,ask your parents to email us and perhaps we can include your Bird Walk news in our next blog!
We may not be able to travel at the moment but we can virtually tour parts of the world. Why not learn more about Africa by clicking on the link above.
Music is such an important part of our lives. Why not sign up for this 3-month offer for free guitar, bass and ukulele lessons. Keep up your practice whilst in lockdown and see how much you improve.
There are some wonderul websites helping children with their maths schoolwork and none better than ‘The Math Factor’. You can log in yourself and make learning fun, pick your topic and off you go!
Learn and practice using apostrophes. Click on the link above to watch two videos to help you understand possession.
Send us the most interesting thing you learnt!
Staff at Katie Jayne Tutors have tested the links attached; they were all working at the time of writing.