I think i might try and do a typical week, because the only thing this proves is that very few days either go according to plan or are very much like each other. granted, it feels like it has been perpetual grey sky and rain forever and that has impacted on our behaviour recently, but even so, HE doesn’t really produce average days.
The day starts with some DSing, while i get up early to do some work. I’ve had a busy weekend of orders and i want make sure the bulk of them go out at 12pm when my postman comes, so i’ve made a special effort to wake up at 7am.
fran starts the day, post 9am, with some Singapore Maths. Maths is currently her favourite thing and her sudden rush of ability in mental maths and calculation is really surprising. In fact, nothing in SM 2B is really going to stretch her, but the practise is probably still useful, interspersed with other stuff. This is her using EC to do some French, her other big interest at the moment, which she then uses quite competently through the day. This is a very autonomous inclination, i’ve not prodded her that way at all, so it is good to see her enjoying it.
I end up doing half my parcels as i’m waiting for a (eventually delayed 🙄 ) stock delivery but the girls help me by weighing them and selecting the right postage bands, sticking on labels and getting them down to the door for the postman. I’m a firm believer in them learning about the business i run, as i learned about the one my dad ran, as i do believe working from home gives women the power to have huge independance at the same time as being with their children, if that is what they want. So that covers maths, english, languages and business studies for the morning.
This one is especially for you Deb. Maddy remembers the Nature Anthem so we google for it and a mad half hour of singing, dancing and leaping about takes place. (PE, music, dance.)
The plan was that in the afternoon we were going to do a fruit-powered-battery-clock kit but out of nowhere all the girls started to play a hospital and vet game. They set up a surgery and got themselves patients, then inflicted treatments on people. Amelie was chief remover of worms from throats :barf:
I could have intervened i supose but in the end, with them popping in and out of my office, we covered loads. We talked about physical responses to illness, temperature, pulse and respiration; i taught them to go TPR obs on each other and we talked about recoreding them on graphs and drew a few. Maddy made me laugh because we tried to record her breathing “Just breathe normally Maddy!” we commanded… “I’ve forgotten how!!!!” she wailed as she hyperventilated! We covered reasons for and treatments for various illnesses, talked through what we know about asthma and eczema and discused how to administer calpol and nurofen and why we might, or might not, do that. We talked about overdoses and cumulative effect of drugs. We kept patients in and we discharged them. Fran discovered she no longer fits her rather skimpy nurses outfit too – she has had it since she was 3!
So all in all, a very interesting day.