Blimey – worn out already.
I can well see me being too tired to blog tonight (blog should have a new home in 24hours or so as well!) so i thought i would do it now.
Well – i am really pleased i did that brain dump – its focused my mind quite a lot – not least because i looked at that maths curriculum , thought “oooh – i could print that out” and then thought maybe i should use a few of the ones we have first! Lol!
Anyway, last night Fran ,Moo and i read some more Alice – they ask every night and can always remember where we got to – i try to do a bit of CM anrration there and get them to tell me it back – and they can. I’m really pleased that i am doing it and hope to get through a few of my “Big read” books this way over the coming year! Lol!!!! We can definitely do Pooh and Wind in the Willows that way and probably some others too. We aren’t reading a whole chapter each night as they get fidgety but we are gradually doing longer sections.
Today – firstly i did my household drudge routine and sorted the washing mountain so i can now see my floor again…. then we all came downstairs and played. My friend called which was lovely but it was quite a painful conversation in someways. Her eldest, who has a cleft, sounds like she has a pretty hard time in school and really wants to stay at home. I find that gradually a gulf of understanding is growing between me and some of my friends who “do school”. I completely understand they think my choice of HE is as profoundly “wrong” – but it saddens me because i don’t feel i can express my honest view about it anymore. Its not right for me to try to persuade people – unless they are already wavering and need courage but it is painful. I owe some of my sanity to the colleague of my mums who told her in no uncertain terms she had to get into my school and DEAL with the bullying i was suffering and its kind of painful to feel that i shouldn’t really perform that role for another child. Not least because i DON’T have any experience of schooling my children so how can i really make any sort of sensible input really. T – i can’t imagine you would ever read this – but if you do – i really would love to be a useful help and support about it without our different choices being relevant :~)
Anyway, eventually saw Moo off and then Fran and i started decorating the dolls house. We painted it all out in watered down paint and picked curtains and carpets for it all. Everything has come from the scrap store and it should really look quite nice when its done, as well as being free. The tester pots were all from there and the samplers of fabrics make excellent curtains and carpets. Tomorrow we are going to put those in, after making patterns for the carpets by measuring the walls etc and cutting it out using those. We haven’t done the attic yet but that can be done last – and hopefully when we move we are going to make a garden to sit it on.
After that we sat down with a Peter and Jane book and got most of the way through it – lots of new words too, which she did really well with including sounding out some words and getting them. Then we used another load of little bits of card from the scrap store, wrote the new words on them and then played with 9 at a time; we turned them face down and upturned them one at a time – if she knew it it stayed up, if she didn’t we learned it then turned it down again. Once all 9 were up, she picked 3 she knew well, discarded them and added 3 new ones to them.
We did that till the bead delivery arrive which she helped me unpack (its an excellent 10 times table practise!) and then we got Moo. Everyone is now eating breakfast in front of Cbeebies which has had a return to favour!