Well, if strictly accurate, before Upwood, Max and i had a few nights away in a hotel while the girls went to my parents house. They had a complete ball (and were shattered on their return)! Mum got them playing Ave Maria on a combination of cello, flute, glock and harmonica (!) and they’d had a lovely time doing all sorts of different bits and bobs. We had a great working break and felt much better for it.
In addition they have been watching lots of Horrible Histories on CBBC and also the cartoon version on dvd. Seems to be teaching them something.
(I love their closeness in this pic, just wish it had come out better)
Josie is trying to persuade me she needs specs.
But has also been doing counting and letter work and lots of computing. As Max said the other day… “how can a four year old so effortlessly learn to turn on the computer, open a browser, navigate to a site, sign in to a server that her sisters are on and then beat them all at cards?” Kids are amazing, they just need leaving to be it half the time.
They’ve played out lots with friends and in lots with friends and Fran and her mate J have written 3 chapters of a book. One is good at spelling and one is good at punctuation apparently, so they work well as a team! There has also been a good deal of Club Penguin. Amelie has been reading Charlie and Lola to anyone who sits still. Fran read a book called The Spooks Mistake and discovered the wonders of Primark.
We’re back to gym and music practise and so on. Maddy is working on spelling lists and typing tiny stories using each word. She gets incredibly stressed at the idea of making a mistake so typing rather than writing is helping her boost her confidence and she writes funny stories, very inventive. Fran has been mopping up odds and ends of EC levels and doing some Latin and some more history work on Victorians and they’ve all taken to building slightly mad paper models of things.
This week we had Z, P and S to play on Monday and then Claire and Charlie on Tuesday which were both lovely. On Wednesday we bimbled about and on Thursday i had endless appointments so Max did work with them and then they watched the first episode of The Incredible Human Journey which they loved.