Because having provided me with what is turning out to be the perfect maths curriculum in Exeter maths, StudyDog looks like going down a storm as well. Fran has started on the bottom level tonight (i thought this made the most sense since she still struggles with blends) and i literally had to drag her off it at 7.30pm with Maddy hanging over her shoulder, begging to have a go too. So that should make tomorrow easy. Thank you Sarah, i can see that REALLY suiting both of them, i’m chuffed to bits with it.
Today managed to be busy but good; bizarrely i had told Debbie i had nothing on, a curious description for a day involving a house inspection, an MOT, nursery runs and a dancing lesson. So Debbie, it was probably as well the day didn’t happen as planned!
The idea of the MOT was to go and sit in the cunningly placed soft play area next door but when we got there it was closed as the fire brigade had burst all the watermains on the estate – don’t ask me how. Did manage to have a relatively educational conversation about pressure and drainage i suppose. Anyway, we fell back on raking out some books from the car and while Ammi drooled over a My Little Pony Annual, Fran and i read Usborne Puzzle Ocean (I’d do a link but i can’t get into Amazon, Ebay or Paypal at the moment… is this just me?) – there are several of these books and we really enjoyed it today, nice time filler.
You know, just at the moment, everythign i read of kids level, i’m seeing through her eyes and how much of it she could manage now. Today it was possible to read Puzzle Ocean and take it turn about in paragraphs, by me looking ahead and spotting good ones for her. The leap in her confidence, is amazing. She is sounding out everything suddenly. I know that it would have been great for it to happen by itself – tbh, i’m not sure it would have any time soon, most of what she has achieved this year has been clearly the direct result of hard work from us but actually, its such a great feeling to have overcome this together, by sheer hardwork and finding our way through its ups and downs bit by bit. Its given me a lot of confidence suddenly that whatever we hit, we’ll find a way through it. Its probably been a better “learning to HE” experience for me, than if it had all happened by itself.
Anyway, came home, played with the Winnie the Pooh stuff on the floor with Ams for a bit, fed Josie (again!) and Fran did more of the pink language materials into her book. She likes that. And then she did some box work, really pleased herself with her writing and we finished the first Flying Boot box too. *Toot de toot*
Picked up Maddy and took the big two dancing. I’ve booked Fran in for a 5 day musical theatre course over easter – 10-3 and for 6-16 year olds. Should be quite an experience for her and will give her a chance to do something without Maddy too; another friend she used to go to playgroup with is going too. Be interesting to see what she makes of it.
Josie is doing great – touching the toes of her 6-9 month gro’s, sucking her thumb, chattering away to us. I think she’s getting a bit hungry actually, wondering if she’s starting to be ready for solids. Quite keen to get to 6 months though so i’ll give her another week. She isn’t rolling yet, the others were crawling by now – amazing really.
Tomorrow… quite keen to do some project work actually – see how it goes….
Edit: Oh yes, Fran has a back molar coming through. Honestly, once these children get new ideas, there is no stopping them.