The recurring conundrum of colour
I can’t remember exactly how we got on to this tonight, but Fran and i were discussing this tonight. How pigments all mixed together makes black but all light colours mixed make white and how you can split white with prisms to see the colours separately again. Oh yes, i do now – it was becasue the moon was shining through a thin cloud and consequently fuzzy so we were talknig about blurring the outline the light made with water vapour. Fran “got” the pigments but discussing white as a “non colour” was very difficult. She grapsed “well its not nothing cos that would be clear” but if its not a colour, what do we call it? And frankly – i don’t know! I’m not sure the arguments have ever really convinced me! Light we talked about in terms of rainbows – it was enjoyable – i wonder if i can find some experiments to do? Joyce, wasn’t it you and Hannah who did this topic a while back? Got any decent links?
Apart from that it was a very busy day. I had a bit of a lie in, not asleep but just dozy and warm in bed and all the girls played really happily in the big bedroom. It sounded such a nice game. Then we read a LOAD of books, a beautiful one by Sally Morgan called Pet Problem but i can’t find it on Amazon – such a shame – it was one that really jumped out at me as a good starting point for an idea i have (or a few of us have had rather). And then an Easter book illustrated by Jan Piet… oh the Polish sounding woman! It was the actual bible text and was a bit much for the girls so i “edited” it a bit – but it was Moo’s choice from the library this week so we had to “do” it! its been a HUGE story week – we also read “Can’t you sleep, Little Bear” and Fran requested the Dsiney Ladybird book of The Hunchback of Notredame which i have to admit i feel profoundly uncomfortable reading to her, but she often asks for. Alice has now seen off Pig and Pepper and has met the Cheshire Cat. That girl talks to strangers way too much….
Moo went off and Fran and i looked at a great book by DK – Incredible Earth i think it was – another library book. I think we may have to get it – it was lots on volcanos, earthquakes, glaciers, limestone etc – i was fascinated. Then we did a few pages of the stamp album and found LAOS and HUNGARY on our maps. (I confess to having no idea where LAOS was!!!!! but Fran was delighted it was next to Vietnam!) We finished off with a clock face exercise from the 10 minute test books.
After that it was off to Speech therapy and Fran was amazing; came up with an ENORMOUS list of “P” words which the ST wrote down for her and pronounced all of them really well. She can even do “Poppy” now if she thinks! Much harder were the ones with “p” at the end so our next task is to find some of them and practise them – might also make the list into reading cards to play with. We got the giggles over “pencil” because her brain, which is now remembering to replace her “cuh” sound she used to make for “p” was trying to put a “p” into the middle of pencil too!!!
Then we got Moo and trundled off to return our library books, only to discover we had forgotten the cards! ARGH! Anyway, got them returned and the girls chose a huge pile to have put by for them, then we dashed home, bathed Fran to de tangle her hair (she was INSIDE her duvet this morning!) and picked up the books on the way to Rainbows. She seems to love that, i am so pleased its worked for her. While i was there i met a friend who runs ColourStrings classes and have agreed they can all go to one mixed session on a Thursday from next week. Am hoping that will work well for Moo and Ammi particularly. There is an NCT toddler group immediately after it in the same building we might try out. I don’t suppose it will bother Fran to go to it.
Was very chuffed to sneak up on the car after taking Fran into Rainbows and see Moo and Scruff playing some very cute game together and laughing uproariously! They are such sweeties :~) Have also been most impressed this week by several “books of writing” Moo has made, all squiggles but she can write her name without copying it – i had no idea she could do that!!!!! She has also brought home painting for almost the first time ever, paint and mess being an anethema to her generally. She is growing up so fast and is really ready for more input. I need to work out worknig her into the day i think. On the other hand, the bed time Alice reading has settled her much better than recently and she goes straight off to sleep again now.
Have been mulling over the possibilities of how i will approach getting this babe out when and if the time comes and am very surprised by how much i have changed. I don’t know whether is resignation or maturity but somehow the process seems to matter much less this time than the idea of the end result being alive and well. Maybe the very near miss with death over Scruff’s birth had am ore profound effect on me than i really took on board at the time.