Just keep swimming….just keep swimming….
Hm. Trying hard to find something positive about today.
Well, Maddy went into her new class without a backward glance, for which i am proud of her and pleased that she is so comfortable with it, if slightly bereft. For some reason the whole taxi thing went tits up anyway, so its a good job i was ready to take her, but i was glad i did.
That left the remaining three of us feeling a bit weird really. Its a massively different dynamic to last year; its all day for a start and of course Ammi isn’t asleep for it. She especially was most upset and just kept asking “where Maddy gone?” all day. And then behaved horribly. She didn’t want to join Fran and i in anything and tantrumed constantly, got out 100 piece jigsaws and sprinkled them, said “no” a lot and even when i read to them she jumped, barged, stropped or disrupted. So all in all it wasn’t ideal. Obviously its something we are going to have to work on, but it virtually seems pointless when a new baby will change everything again in a few weeks anyway. So we put CBBC on and watched a few school programmes while we recovered ourselves.
Fran and i DID manage a few bit of this and that together – a Letterland “puzzle” book which involved her picking the right word out of several to match a picture, which she liked, some time and money stuff. Then (stand by for a dee-da-dee-dah moment) she DEMANDED that we do some writing, so we did and i tried to help her get some better letter formation going. We only tried “p” and “a” and then she had a tantrum. (Sigh, you see i TOLD you it was a dee-da-dee-dah moment) So i got bored and stopped, but she recovered and we tried again with a strange system where i drew spaced out vertical lines for her and she used them as a guide for getting “a”s to be fairly well formed. She did manage a fairly creditable number of p’s but the whole write on the line thing seems to be a complete source of mystery to her. I dunno, its deeply boring to me, Max and i both have weird writing, i don’t know why i expect this to be easy, or for her to be neat. But if she must do it, she must i guess. We said we’d have another go tomorrow. I kept Ammi plastered to my side during this, with drawing and a bit of train track building, but all in all it didn’t last very long and wasn’t particularly fulfilling. Fran was pleased, she earned 5 20ps, so i suppose that makes it alright.
The (less than truly successful) story telling was a story about a bee and his life in a hive. Bit of a weird (and terribly Empire morals) story but Fran quite liked it. It made her ask about hives/bees/honey so we found a website and learned a bit. We all felt quite inspired actually, so maybe we’ll do more.
And after that, i snoozed on the sofa and Fran and Ammi played with ponies. And that was as good as it got. I missed Maddy :~( She on the other hand, had a great time.
Oh, the dance class person just rang; there is a class on Thursday lunch i can take them all to, so we might do that and once i am there we can look at a more advanced class for the big two. She said she’d do me a discount for a job lot! Lol…