Today has almost had a “home ed day” feel to it, though for the life of me, i can’t think what we’ve done really.
I suppose it started at midnight when we saw in the new year with Amelie, who had woken up itching. Was actually rather lovely to have her there, we all stood at the window and watched fireworks and she rather loved those. Anyway, that meant the morning was somewhat belated for us all, with the kids watching tv (Polar Express and a free Daily Express Nutcracker thing, i think. Great Gran saves up the free ones for us, before you ask if i read it!)
They all spent the morning in a variety of play games, then when we started to take down the Xmas decs, Amelie fell apart 🙁 I managed to placate her with cuddles and stuff and then distract them all with tiny free kits i got from Tesco last year and never used. Fran spent ages on it and did all the puzzles and quizzes; i still can’t really get used to having a reading child! She then went on to do some other puzzles books too, so was well occupied for a good while.
Maddy was busy with Barbies and Amelie built shapes with geomags. In fact she did a pyramid, panels and all, so shge and i spent ages counting sides, faces and points. Fun 🙂 Over lunch we found ourselves doing mental maths, as you do, and was pleased to discover with a small amount of prompting, Fran could now do tens and units maths happily in her head. maddy was doing adding ones too and managed to work out that 20+20 must be 40 because 2+2 was 4. I only started her on that as a way of figuring it out, she leapt ahead of me without needing to be spoonfed it. Love how different they are 🙂
After lunch we played Junior Cluedo 🙄 and then something else went on but i forget what. I got back to tidying, the dining room has taken all day really, but i’m now on the final stages of a major book and resources sort out. I’ve got such a pile of stuff to shift.
They’ve danced to classical music (must dig out some mixed cds from under the bed to put on more often) and we’ve had the first story from our reading list, the Australian Strong Magic story. Might follow it up with a look at Koalas since Fran is keen to learn more about animals this year. She’s taken the book to bed to read anyway. Amelie has gone to bed in our room and i read her a story about The Christmas Tree Fairy which she loved. The illustrations are magical and she liked the fact the little girl was called Meredith. So did i 🙂
Josie has done some running, some jumping and worked on “Yesh!” and a sound approximation of ‘thank you’ said in context. In fact, i think she possibly has the best manners of them all 🙂
EDIT: Oh – congratulations to “comments box and bringer of Leapfrog goods” Amanda who has had her little boy! Hurrah 🙂