Esther wakes up a little later than normal at 7:30 am. I take her downstairs to Colin, who will be leaving for work in half an hour, so that I can catch a few more minutes of sleep.
When I go back downstairs, Esther and Tabitha are playing happily and Aaron is on the Christian Home Ed Minecraft server with some of his online friends. Tabitha has already helped herself to breakfast, so I get some for Esther and me.
After breakfast I clean up the table and highchair, wash up the breakfast dishes, put a load of washing in the machine and whizz round with the hoover. I find that I can focus much better on doing things with the children if the house is relatively clean and tidy.
By now it’s about 9:45 am. I pre-warn Aaron that he will need to log off the Minecraft server, get dressed and have some breakfast, which he does. By 10 o’clock, Esther is ready to be put down for a nap and we are ready to start. She usually sleeps for about an hour, which is convenient, as our group work also takes about that long. Aaron has a bit of a meltdown because he wants to go back onto Minecraft, but fortunately he calms down quite quickly.
The Introductory Science course from Science Shepherd is a new addition to our group work. I read a review by Angelic Scalliwags a while ago, but at the time I didn’t have a way of playing the videos so that we could all hear and see at the same time. Once that technical problem was solved, I went ahead and ordered it. We are on week 3 and so far the children are enjoying it. The videos are only a few minutes long, and we narrate or discuss them afterwards. I love that it focuses on science from a Biblical perspective, as there is no shortage of secular science materials!
I’ve seen improvement in both Aaron and Tabitha’s handwriting recently. Aaron is finally writing voluntarily in lower case and Tabitha’s writing is becoming quite neat. They have both dabbled in joined up writing, but I decided to thoroughly review letter formation this half term and concentrate on neatness. Hopefully we can move on to joined up writing together next half term.
We watch a quick animation and then complete the relevant worksheet in their folders. Tabitha decides that lower case “d”s are too difficult and crawls underneath the table to sulk. Just keeping it real here!
We alternate French and computing lessons each day, using Twinkl PlanIt resources. The children are very excited about going to France for their first holiday abroad later this year, which is a great motivation to learn the language.
Esther wakes up, so I bring her back downstairs. I offer Tabitha the choice between doing reading or maths with me. She chooses maths so we snuggle up with Life of Fred and her mini whiteboard on the sofa. We end up reading three chapters because she keeps begging for more! Meanwhile, Esther plays on the floor with her treasure basket. She is beginning to push up with her legs and pull up with her arms.
Tabitha decides that she would like some kiwi fruit and asks Aaron if he will walk up to the greengrocer with her. They have been going to the local corner shop by themselves for a while, but the greengrocer is a bit further up the road and they haven’t walked there alone before. We talk about how they will cross the roads safely and what they will buy.
While they are gone, I take Esther’s freshly washed 9-12 month clothes off the airer and put them away in her drawers, packing the now outgrown 6-9 month clothes away into the loft ready to pass on to a friend. The children soon return with their shopping, looking very proud of themselves.
Inspired by the mention of bacon and eggs in Life of Fred, we have bacon, egg, mushrooms and tinned tomatoes for lunch, followed by kiwi fruit.
By 2 o’clock, Esther is tired and ready for another nap. We don’t have any activities or outings planned for this afternoon, so we’ll be staying at home. As Tabitha has already done maths with me, I ask her to do a Reading Eggs lesson. Tomorrow she’ll do reading with me and do a few Mathseeds lessons by herself.
They both spend some time finishing off their last few Christmas and birthday thank you letters. I write out the wording for Tabitha and she copies it, while Aaron types his on the computer and prints them off along with a digital painting he made.
Esther wakes up and Aaron plays with her on our bed for a while. I remind him to do five minutes of piano practice. He is initially reluctant, but I join in playing scales and duet parts which seems to encourage him.
He then completes a couple of Conquer Maths lessons.
Meanwhile, Tabitha offers to help me clean the bathrooms, which doesn’t take us long. I follow Clean Mama’s weekly cleaning routine. Afterwards she is keen to play with me, so I suggest Sum Swamp which has been a favourite since she got it for Christmas. We then snuggle up on the sofa and I read a couple of chapters from one of her Rescue Princess books.
Colin usually gets home from work at about 4pm, but on Mondays he has an after school meeting so doesn’t get home until 5 o’clock. Did I mention that he has a new job? Hopefully the last for a while! He’s now a teaching assistant at a secondary school and is so happy to finally be back into teaching a year and a half after being made redundant.
This job is temporary until August and may or may not be renewed depending on funding, but he is hoping to complete his QTLS over the next few months which will open a lot of doors. The downsides of the job are that he has to take the car to work and also we are now limited by school term times, but it’s worth it to see him enjoying himself so much!
When Colin gets home, he remembers that he promised to take Aaron to see the new Star Wars movie. We soon realise that tonight is the only free evening due to various other commitments, so Colin and Aaron dash off to the cinema. I finish making dinner for myself, Tabitha and Esther (good thing it was only jacket potatoes with tuna and salad) and then give Esther a bath. Once they are both tucked up in bed, I can relax and have some time to myself.