Today seemed to work very well; i’ve got out of the habit of going to work on a Monday as it just doesn’t seem to kick the week off very well. Instead, we made a plan of how we wanted the day to work, figured out what each of us needed to do in that time and then set about doing it.
TV went off early, before 9am and everyone was dressed then i gave everyone a spelling list; Fran uses Year 6 ones from a school site, Maddy Year 3 ones from a different school site (less per list, not so scary!) and i found some basic literacy ones for Ams. Josie ended up with some letter copying stuff from the never ending pile of workbooks i bought for Fran, about 7 years ago! She loved doing that though 🙂
We’ve got into this habit of spelling lists being writing practice, then Fran writes a story using the words and then types it up. She spent ages on hers today and got very into it, so much so that when it got to typing, she decided the beginning wasn’t good enough so she is rewriting it. As a structured bit of “English” it works quite well; the typing up is a good opportunity to try and tighten up the grammar and punctuation, she writes the lists in joined up and the story in print if she gets tired hands.
Today Maddy joined in too; lately she has said she hates writing (she always adored it when she was younger) but the idea grabbed her and she managed a whole A4 side of story too. It was very encouraging 🙂 As a ‘reward’ i set up a new blog for her 🙂 We also ordered some new “I Can Read” books – she picked Level 4 as she thought Level 3 was getting too easy now. 🙂
Amelie read; she was faking illness, so i made her lie on the sofa with books as a film would be “too tiring” i felt 😉 She miraculously recovered, until asked to do ETC, then felt achey, till i mentioned she’d be too poorly for gym, then did everything i asked her too at once!
Lunch, then we settled down to watch Ballet Shoes (2007 version with Emma Watson and Victoria Wood). Really good adaptation i thought, very little altered in the plot at all and no dumbing down to appease the political correctness of the 2000’s either. My children went into fits of horror when Sylvia lit up a fag!
Much discussion about who will be which Fossil; Fran wants to be Posy, but so does Amelie, Maddy wants to be Pauline and Petrova, Josie wants to be Petrova. Did point out i actually quite liked them as they were… but it fell on deaf ears…. 🙄
After that we had just a little time to work on the first scene of The BlueBird before going out.
As an aside, if i ran a drama week at a youth hostel, would anyone be interested? It would probably be aimed mostly at 7+ ish, i suppose but could be flexible and be “as normal” for most of the time but i’d rehearse a small play with them for a couple of hours morning and afternoon. What do you think?
Went to Jazz… girls very excited that belonging to this class means they’ll be in all 3 shows in November, picked up our embroidered BM/PM polo shirts, then dropped them at gym. Maddy has been moved up to the Gold group, so she is thrilled.
And now i have to go and do some work…. see you later 🙂