I should write bigger and better about both of these but today is not a day I’m finding easy, so I can’t be bothered. But they both relate to good home education moments, so for the record, here they are.
The first was a trip to the Cambridge Botanical Gardens with a group. It was great actually, a place that really reminded me of walks in the Nottingham Arboretum each week when I was at my PNEU school.
I was with Amelie, the big two were in a different group and Josie, deemed (rather annoyingly) too young, went off and had a ball with other mummies and smalls. Actually, she’d have been just fine. I do wish people wouldn’t assume things on the basis of age. At 8, Fran wouldn’t have cared for this trip at all, at 6, Josie would have been just fine. But she enjoyed it anyway.
Amelie was feeling shy and didn’t want to join in much but eventually warmed up (figuratively and literally) after the outdoor nature walk when we went in to look at the indoor carnivorous plants.
She wasn’t so interested in the talk (mainly due to being in a room full of highly educated children with less slack mummies, who knew all the answers!) but did say after she’d like to know more about plants. The big girls had really enjoyed their time and coped well being in a big group without any known adults, while Maddy had a lovely time with her little familiar posse and Zoe. It was a good day; we’ll definitely go back. (And I didn’t get lost!)
The second was after we got back from Okehampton, having done a mass of dancing exams before hand. The big three, with Skye, were in the talent show and then Fran and Amelie were in the freestyle show. It was all good and they acquitted themselves very well I thought. Actually, Maddy deserved a place I thought, but lost out to the usual suspects of winners (yawn) – one of whom didn’t actually sing in tune. Grrr. Maddy sung “Where is Love?” unaccompanied and did very, very well – as did another 8 year old singer who should have won) and F, A and S did “It’s a Hard Knock Life” with Amelie doing a funny Miss Hannigan spoof. Considering they all had colds and sore throats, they did very well indeed.
Love that they throw themselves into things like that so much.