Today has been one of those days i’ve thought of as “spinny” days, ever since a post of Alison’s long ago. Some spinny days are fab, today was slightly hard work, although fruitful. I never felt like anyone was getting quite what they wanted from me.
However, the day started badly with Fran and i having a bit of a strop at each other over lolling about. She’s been off colour for a week and having nose-bleeds and i really don’t think she feels brilliant, but that didn’t entirely excuse a strop at me because there was no Primary History/Geography on. having refused point blank to do any normals, she then picked up a colouring/short stories book Heroes and Villains thing (must find link later) and saw the page on Boudicca. i photocopied it, she spent an hour doing a good effort at colouring it (which is a whole other post in itself) and then read me the page of it, with only a couple of words help.
Then she decided that she did want to do her normals and breezed through a lesson of ETC and Wizard Whimstaffs Challenge page. During this time the Sonlight parcel had arrived. Since i had a free voucher, i’d ordered a couple of Singapore book, Grade 2 level (which is Yr 3 here). We had a look, tbh, its not going to stretch her but she was up for doing some as practise/strengthening stuff. Fran is all right in practise, but not always that good at recognising stuff in different formats. Anyway, she adores HTU stuff and that is what it starts with so we did that. Please to see that our drive to learn number words has had immediate results; she can not only read and spell them all now but can also finally get -teen and -ty to ocme out right. Not bad for 40 minutes effort.
Maddy meanwhile was doing Spark Island and StudyDog for HOURS… and Amelie was being a bit of a pain, due to not getting enough attention. Josie (yet another blog in its own right) had gone down to sleep in her cot with a bottle, not a breastfeed, for the first time ever. Very mixed feeling there.
Amelie and i recouped the bad morning by me listening to her, discovering she was frightened about going to nursery and agreeing not to go. (That would be another blog in its own right then.) So she and i got out Rainbow Rock, the Singapore Maths cd-rom and she did various levels of that. I was rather impressed with how she did. Maddy took over, Fran had a go at the next one, Vroot and Vroom and then helped Amelie for ages on a Pooh bear cd-rom. Thank goodness for big sisters, i was so overstretched by then i was coming apart at the seams.
Jury is out on the cd-roms though, first impression is they don’t have anything like the scope of some UK software we have. But they were free, so who cares.
Now the big two are in the bath getting clean for gym, Ammi is still on Pooh and Josie and i are off for a snuggly feed.
Edit: Is there some trick to comments in WP then? My most recent posts were randomly allowing or not allowing comments and i’ve just noticed these ones were “closed” though i cettainly didn’t make them so *confused*