In all the right ways.
We’ve entered a period of HE that i feel really comfortable with and which i very much hope is the way we are heading. I think we’ve been in training for it for a while, in that fairly strict rules over the last year or 2 seem to have set up a “work ethic” of sorts but seeing the fruits is very gratifying.
Fran has worked today, with virtually no suggestion at reading, writing, maths, IT, history, geography, design… a couple of workbooks she likes, computer time on EC and playing Settlers and lots of Hama.
Maddy has read, designed shapes with Fun Blox, organised her sisters into games, used a book on insects to draw some pictures, written out invitations for a dancing show, rehearsed the dancing show, used the computer and spent time leading and organising her little sisters in a way she doesn’t when Fran is engaged in her play.
Amelie has played with Blox, looked at books, drawn, danced, worked at stacking and sorting and jigsaws with Josie, played CBeebies and Dora and EC (slightly unnervingly she got 90% in a Yr 2 maths game!), hama-ed and played in a way i love to see. She is becoming such a big sister to Josie and Josie adores her. It is great to see a “little two” developing.
Most of all i loved the fact that i just sat back and watched really, helping at times but mostly marvelling at how they interacted and got on. Amelie and Maddy fashioned a fabulous game about cocoons and butterflies for ages, it was fabulous.
Me. I’ve fielded phonecalls and silenced weeping children with jaffa cakes all day. Phonecalls have ranged from sad, irritating, emotional but positive, grinding, scary to downright exciting. But they did go on ALL day!
And i had to drive the Clio thing. It was like driving a tortoise!