We’ve been busy adjusting to life as a family of five. Colin started another new job a few days ago, this one is full-time and therefore better than the two part-time jobs he was juggling before. Meanwhile my task is to keep everyone alive and fed, anything I achieve on top of that is a bonus!
I was in no rush to get back to doing home-ed work with the children, but after a couple of weeks Aaron’s behaviour had begun to deteriorate and it became obvious that he needed more structure and something other than screens to keep him occupied!
Recently Tabitha has been showing signs that she might be ready to learn to read, so we have been playing phonic games, working through the first few lessons in The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons and reading the occasional level 1 Biff, Chip and Kipper book. She is finally getting the hang of blending. Not that many years ago I would have been horrified at the idea of a six year old who couldn’t yet read! My beliefs about learning and what is truly important in life have changed a lot.
At the moment our work is often done from the sofa. Using books series that I can read aloud such as Life of Fred Math and Sassafras Science Adventures makes this easier. Aaron has always loved animal facts so he is especially enjoying the first Sassafras book about zoology.
These Tangle fidget toys have really helped Aaron to concentrate and be less disruptive whilst listening to our read-alouds.
Tabitha is very keen to do some art classes but we haven’t been able to find anything locally, so I bought her an Artventure subscription. She can choose a lesson, watch the video on the tablet and then follow along.
She also had a go at following Lego building instructions for the first time. Whilst Aaron loves building, she has always been more interested in playing until now.
We’ve enjoyed some lovely walks in the sunshine. Both children are currently interested in identifying flowers and can name lots of the ones we see whilst out and about.
Tabitha lost her first THREE teeth in a single evening this week! Some of them had been wobbly for about 18 months so we’ve been waiting a long time for it to happen. The first one was knocked out and she must have realised that losing teeth wasn’t so terrible after all, as she pulled the next two out herself!
Time is flying, I can’t believe Esther is almost four weeks old already! Slow down, baby! She has regained her birth weight and managed to put on 14 oz in 12 days. She has outgrown some of her newborn clothes. She now sleeps in her hammock more often than she sleeps in our bed, wakes me up 3-4 times per night and usually goes back to sleep very well. Daytime is a little more varied, there are some days when she won’t nap and screams whenever I put her down. She does like being in the sling so I expect we’ll be taking lots of walks outside over the next few weeks.