… the tv people being here, it made me wonder what exactly would i say was MY fantasy education for my children? Is it what they are getting? No, probably not. Are they getting the fantasy childhood i would like for them? Not quite… maybe not that far off though, most of what i would improve would be location, somewhere more exciting to live and a mummy not scared of flying so they could visit more places, i suppose that woukd have to include more funds!
What do i wish they were getting? Hmmm.. more languages, although that would come later certainly, more time per child but where do you get that? Not in school but not at home either unless you don’t have the siblings that i wanted for them anyway. More opportunity to explore anything and everything, more art, more reading… i don’t know. There are lots of things i feel like we could be doing better but its great to know we have YEARS to add those things in and do them. One of the great things about HE is certainly that its organic enough to grow slowly, you can change on a whim or in a day. Something i’ve liked since the summer is that i have imposed a structure on myself that means i feel more able to do things fairly consistantly without them being particularly aware that i am keeping an eye on such things. Its definitely in my game plan to add in more science and more art next year in much the way i’ve added the CM reading this year.
But if someone offered me the opportunity to create a fantasy from scratch what would i change? Not a lot. I wish i had been better at keeping the montessori thing going; children trained to actually hang up coats and wash faces properly would be nice. Slightly less lunatic guessing at reading might be cool but hey, there is time. Would they be the same children if i had done it differently so far? Dunno. Actually, if i could change anything right now this second, it would be a piano and a piano enabled mummy in the house. Parents nearby would be good too, they are most certainly an important influence on my girls and i’d love to live closer to them.
Max took the big two swimming again today. I so want them to feel more confident for Centerparcs and it seems to be working. They all had a nice time. Must keep it going, i’ve been horribly lax about swimming. Ammi and i sat and did Reader Rabbit and lots of stories too and then when she took herself off to play babies i managed to do some mini beads for a card design i want to put on BM. Ammi is just So chuffed to have her own game…
We’ve eaten together twice today, something we are making a huge effort to do and i am pleased with the table manners thing, Fran and Maddy really improved. And i have a shed load of work to do tonight but Josie is starving – again – so looks like it won’t be happening. Sigh.
Next week i am going to organise more reptilian stuff and i am declaring a Webland week to try and get a bit more use out of that! Its my first full week with the kids this week. Gulp. By the way, if anyone wants to visit, i’m ready for you, so long as you don’t want to stay the night as we are somewhat unpredictable at nights just at the moment! But daytrippers we can do!