Something like the new cough mixture advert…
… what it sounds like round here – all three girls are coughing, spluttering and snotty and in Scruffs case also being sick regularly. Dh is sighing gustily over a bunged up nose and no doubt as soon as they all recover i will be hit by a life threatening chest infection/septic throat/gawd knows what! Happy days!
So what have we been up to? Well the lack of blogging is due to several very late nights doing the craft kits which are now all making their way to the enveloping and addressing department(A different department!! rofl! I WISH!) One company kindly let me wait an extra week for my box (ggrrrrr) which has delayed me a few days but its all sorted now. During the day the girls have played a lot, had lots of stories and watched tv, no one has been up to much really. They all look a bit poorly :~( Moo has been going to nursery, she swam with them one day and has been doing christmas stuff too. Seems happy again now thank goodness. Pud has been playing on a wizard of oz cd a lot and really enjoys it, although its perhaps a bit easy for her but Moo is really working hard at it. Scruff has mastered “banana” (a-nanana) and “down” today along with lengthing “milk” to an intelligible “i want milk” – neither of the other two did this at all – its really lovely to finally experience the normal “talking learning curve.” Speaking of speech, Pud worked SO hard at speech therapy this week, is really relaxed about it and enjoys it. We agreed tentatively that i would work on building a sound card library at home to mirror work done there. This will be fine as we do a lot of learning by making our own cards anyway and she enjoys it. If i put words and clip art on it might build some reading skills too.
Suggestions for 4-5 letter words using a variety of two letter starts starting with “f” this week please readers… frog, fish, feet, fence… um…
Moo startled me considerably today by pointing to the back of a coach and saying “thats got the number 100 on it” – i have no idea HOW she knows that cos they certainly wouldn’t be teaching her that at nursery and i don’t think i have – Pud said she did and as she has spent ages working on counting to 100 this last little while, it could be. This week she spotted that she can in fact now count to 999 and also finally sussed saying “eightY” rather than “eighTEEN” and all the other equivalents – she knew them written down fine but struggled on pronouncing them. As year one would only expect her minimum requirement to be counting to 20, i think she has done okay there :~)
Puds definitely gone into consolidation mode now (self imposed revision for 5 year olds!) which is a major gear shift. Lots of questions coming out about things we have covered but less new enquiry, lots of drawing and writing, looking at familiar books etc. I think now is probably the time to move into a bit of gentle xmassy stuff and give sealife a break! Today she drew me Jesus on the cross (she seems to have an extraordinary interest in Jesus considering how little family time is allotted to Christianity *like none basically*) We discussed where Jesus was buried and i gave her a brief explanation of the resurrection and why this meant he didn’t have a grave as such. Later i heard her telling it all back to Daddy and as is so often the fascinating case, more was coming out than i had put in; a case of small brains being very capable of assimilating and gathering what has gone in over time without the need for adult intervention i would say!
Last night Pud also made her promise at Rainbows and was very proud of herself. I was really pleased to see her right in there with all the kids, playing, clearly with friends and being very much “friended” by one other girl. She seemed really happy. I was quite intrigued by one thing. It was really noticeable that when they all were asked to sit in a circle, all the other kids wriggled and fidgetted frantically the whole time, whispered giggled and got repeatedly asked for their attention. Whereas Pud who NO-ONE could regard as a still child (rofl!) and who was certainly not overawed by the occasion, was sat perfectly still and waiting to be told what came next. What happens to make small girls like that be so extraordinarily fidgetty? Is a day in classrooms and under authority just so much of a strain that at the age of 5-7 they already can’t cope with that anywhere else? Maybe it was just co-incidence – but it did seem odd.
Today we went off to our HE group and had a great time. Pud took her poi and shared them really well, they all played loads, Moo had a BALL painting her salt dough from last week, they did a paper pulp craft and iced the christmas cake. I really do like our HE local groups – its a big buzz. What is deeply weird though is that i signed up a list of the under 6’s in the group for something and in just 10 kids, both our eldest two had a name double on the list – that does NOT happen often! Its not often the “aka Puds” outweigh the *insert fairly well used girls name of choice* of this world! ;~) I was also highly amused by my kids individualising a craft for the second week running – one mum had organised two friezes to be made on stripes of paper – last week was hand print angels, all virtually identical apart from Puds who did her wings the other way up to EVERYONE elses! and this week Moo who decided in a row of identical snowmen that she was going to do a baby snowman – and did!!!! I suspect we may have added a *patience personified* line to Kaths face :~) Apologies Kath!
Oh yes.. yesterday we took our first ever trip to a scrap store… words fail me – free junk! Weyhey! Girls were really good and well behaved and chose a bag full each of quite good stuff really – as we left Pud whispered “You didn’t pay mummy” Bless!