I’m preparing to become a grandmother; at least, i think that must be what i am doing. I can’t see me using up this supply of exercise books any sooner than that! The website didn’t have quantities on it (duh!) but i sort of assumed i’d get about half as many as i did.
Yesterday was fairly hectic as i had lots to do at work, helping my newest new lady and then had to dash home so that Max could go out for our weekly “communicate like adults” session. Seem to be doing better now; i’m well aware i like instant decisions and instant plans but i’m trying very hard to work the process a bit and relax. Coupled with some other stuff i’m doing, i’m gradually beginning to feel a little less lost in a sea of stuff i can’t make sense of and slightly more like i’ve got a map and a log book. There are better ways of handling things that just repeatedly smacking yourself over the head with them and i’m beginning to let go of some guilt and look back with a bit more reason – and look forward with a bit more rationality. That’s not to say i think i’ve been unreasonable or irrational, i don’t think i’ve been in a fair position at all for nearly 3 years, but i’ve got a bit more of a handle on the why and how of some stuff.
Today the kids had to come to work with me again but brought bits to do and behaved well, particularly some good gaming in the office while i hared about trying to help L get going with todays packing. It’s gone quiet today but it has been a MENTAL 2 weeks with 100+ parcels going out a day. Not quite perfect timing given one thing and another. Part of my day yesterday was spent boxing stuff up so we can re-shelf the unit and then prepare for the Xmas onslaught. I want to cut out something like 600 lines that don’t move fast enough anymore. That should leave about 1500 that i can manage nicely.
We were home by 12 and i fed the kids then we’ve done some decent work this afternoon. Max and i had time to talk over something mathsy that Maddy had struggled with, which made me see what she must be missing – so today i worked on my theory with her and it all seemed to fall into place. So now she seems to be able to simplify fractions okay; the squared paper really helped as we were able to draw “cakes” and see if things worked visually once she’d done the sum. Maddy, like me, needs to physically understand what she has done with maths – her early ‘computer like’ skills have not progressed and she finds it hard, much harder than Fran does. Once she’d done that we looked at some GP English – she is going to write a story about nocturnal animals so we discussed it a bit, came up with a cast list and then she drew a garden and “played out” her story with some little wild animal figures. We’ll write it tomorrow.
Fran started the GP maths and did a load of that; Roman numerals, multiplication squares. I think Singapore got a bit busy and repetitive – so we’ve taken a break and can use it for extra practise. I like GP and i’d rather use something English if possible, just in case she does suddenly decide to go to school. She spent some time looking up English birds as she’d found some model ones and did a bit of creative writing from GP English – probably one of the best bits i’ve seen from her. Did some joined up practise too and read more War Horse.
Amelie did some addition with carrying over and got all 20 of them right and then practised writing and reading some Dolch words (thanks Helen). Then with minimum help, she wrote a story about a man – a complete story in one sentence 😆
J & J have come over and they’ve all been holed up Sim-ing, drawing and petting the rabbits and doing something else i’m not sure about – i think they are all off to bike now. It is lovely to see them having such fun out there.