My children have spent the day in Happy Land and i do mean ALL day! We bought our couple of Tesco crates worth of it (most of which we’ve had since we only had Frances) and they just spent the entire day playing on the floor while Max and i worked, tidied, etc etc. It was lovely listening to them; i particularly enjoy this classy form of game play manipulation they used “Maddy, then the Queen did this” – talking in the past about something which has not yet happened. As the day wore on, Maddy got increasingly good at both doing and evading this tactic but it really made me laugh to hear it. Amelie played mostly on her own but her imagination is so advanced compared with (or is it compared to?) the others at that age. She was deeply in her own little world while the other two rely far more on games from stories or films they know. Not that there is anything wrong with that, its very much how i played but its interesting to see how different she is.
Fran, maddy and i did their work boxes again. Maddy is blowing me away really, her letter formation is beautiful. She makes me laugh because if i try to show her something she will say, “Well, i think i’d like to do it they way i want” (she uses “well” constantly atm, much like Elijah’s “okaaaaay” last year!) but if the JP book then shows her a different way, she’ll do it. I persuaded her to do a written 4 today rather than a printed one (why, oh why can they not stop that – what is wrong with a proper 4 in type for goodness sake?) Her rounded letters are beautiful, in fact although she is some way behind Fran in terms of what she can do, her writing is probably amost as good if not more fluid. Another thing that amazes me is seeing her work through the CGP Reception book. Now i could NOT have got Fran interested in that at her age but in point of fact, Fran has just worked through it too and although Fran is fairly confident in maths if you show her something, she doesn’t try to work it out. Maddy does, she looks at something and before you know it, she has sussed she needs to use fingers, toes, drawings etc. I’m really looking forward to spending more time doing these things with her.
Maddy is hugely into an Egyptian Pyramid we bought her a couple of years ago and i feel like that is giving me a little way in with her. I’m aiming to make “her time” this week something to do with Egypt as she is really quite interested. Won’t matter if it doesn’t last, i just want her to know she has the same opportunity. Fran is really into learning about Dinosaurs again so that is another project for the week. Fortunately i can just rake out everything she had when she was 3!
Button is still alive and still appears to be in good health. Fingers still firmly crossed. She ought to be showing signs of it by now but i won’t really feel happy until a week on wednesday. Still not quite sure how to manage CP – we did get holliday insurance and if we were not meetingpeople there i might postpone but it seems faintly daft to miss a lovely holiday for a few days remaining likelihood of a rabbit illness.
I’ve spent the day hunting for my tax form, which i can’t find. I only need it for my National Insurance number, which i also can’t find. Most annoyingly, all my paperwork is in order for the first time in my life, which means i must have chucked it and that is REALLY annoying. If it was missing through disorganisation, it wouldn’t be so bad.