Well, i seem to be able to reduce my comment count by about 75% by including photos… so either you don’t like them (or me) or don’t believe the photos are real, or *shock horror* you have better things to do. However, i’ll offer up again 😀 I’m abandoning my wiggly nose in my emoticons; it used to be only me, suddenly everyone does it. *humph*
All the children were still asleep at 8am, i actually had to wake Maddy up for her taxi. Then J arrived and took over general floor play. I can’t quite think how the early morning went but here is my contribution to the HE photos (hey – how about an HE photos gallery showing as many sides of it as possible? ;))
So, basically in my house, a good HE photo is an imported teenager doing something with my kids!
Actually, the upshot of this table time was that Fran proved what a good idea it is to make sweeping remarks about your childrens’ talents by suddenly producing these:
Maybe she was listening to my protestations about the sky meeting the ground afterall.
Managed to get the “normals” despatched fairly quickly, after a bit of time on Studydog and even more time on ebay together, hunting out Happy Land deals for Ammi’s birthday. Which was actually highly educational as it involved making decisions on postage+price and whether ordering new would be more cost effective. Also read a Ladybird book on Dinosaurs which she enjoyed. She’s been working through a mental maths year 2 buster book; the sums are now equation like really: 10 -? + 3 = 8 or similar. For the first time in my life i found myself aching to be able to use brackets – couldn’t really decide if it was appropriate to introduce them to Fran…. any thoughts? I might get very quickly undone if it proves that *I* am easily bamboozled by brackets.
Then we did some Aboriginal Art stuff – i do have book links for this but Amazon Central is down so i’ll add them later but basically it was an idea from Usborne’s Art Ideas, combined with some clip art inspiration from Clipart.com, some Homebase stampers and some general messiness. I loved how involved she was, plus she looked cute in bunches….
The end result: mine on the left, Fran’s in the middle, Ammi’s on the right.
Finished off with a story from Usborne’s Stories From Around the World – great story about how Koala’s came about (now.. are Koala’s the origin of “up a gum tree” i wonder?) – its a “mini” version but the stories are about 5 pages long – after i read it to her, she took the book and read the whole thing to me, with very little vocab assistance. First time she has read a book of solid text without picture to help and it was much too long for her to have remembered much of it word for word.
Maddy is shattered but seemed to enjoy dancing, naturally Fran did. Another bit of today was devising her own Mary Poppins dance routine. Had a bizarre conversation with them both on the way home about antiquated language, particularly the word “thee” – this came about when Fran asked if “the” is spelled differently if you say “thee” – hard to explain, but we do this, don’t we; sort of “th-uh” and “th-ee” for “the” and “uh” and an acute “ah” for “a”… so we ironed that out and then started talking about “thee” as an old word (it’s so hard not to drop into “let’s go a-wenching” lingo when discussing this) – so we tried to think of lots of sentences where “thee” made sense. I had to laugh at “get thee to your aeroplane…”
Well, that was a good day.