I seem to have lost my blogging mojo at the moment. No particular reason why, the last few weeks have been a strange mixture of busy and quiet. I had a tooth abscess which was very painful until the antibiotics eventually kicked in, and then had the tooth extracted a couple of weeks later. Colin has had a rather stressful time at work recently but he had last week off and is looking forward to another week off in December to use up his remaining holiday. He was relieved to finally get a diagnosis from the consultant for his liver issues. It does mean he’ll have to stick to a wheat-free diet, but he’s been doing that for a few months already.
Structured learning went out of the window for a while, but we’ve had some wonderful child-led learning instead. Aaron recently realised that multiplication is “just like adding but you can have as much of that number as you want”. He often climbs into bed with me in the morning to ask me questions like “twenty times thirty” and we figure it out together. He has also been doing lots of writing for the first time in ages, writing messages to people and rolling them up like scrolls. He told me he wants to learn about poisonous and medicinal plants, so that could be interesting!
Tabitha recently became a one-girl loom band factory, before moving on to Hama beads. She went to her first ever ballet lesson yesterday. She has always enjoyed dancing to music, so I showed her some Youtube videos of pre-primary ballet classes and she loved the idea. She wants to go “every day that dancing school is on”.
We refilled our window bird feeder ready for the colder months and have enjoyed seeing some visiting house sparrows up close.
My parents recently went on holiday to Paris for their 30th wedding anniversary. Aaron loved building this 3D puzzle of the Eiffel Tower.
We had an interesting philosophical discussion during lunch one day. The children said that if they had lots of money, they would share it with everyone else in their town. Tabitha thought that everyone should get exactly the same amount to make it fair. However, Aaron thought that wouldn’t be fair because everyone would have different amounts of money to start off with. We used our Montessori stamp game pieces to demonstrate that if everyone started off with different amounts, then they would all need to be given different amounts in order to end up with the same amount! (I have no idea why there’s an extra 100 in the second group, it wasn’t there originally!)
Aaron asked me to play train tracks with him and I was amazed to discover that he has a good understanding of aerodynamics and wind resistance. He told me that trains with a sloping front would go faster than trains with a flat front because the wind would flow better over the top of the train instead of pushing the train back. I asked him where he’d learnt that from and he said he thought of it all by himself.
We haven’t been to the allotment much recently as it is getting rather muddy and my wellies are falling apart, but we did pop up there briefly this week.
The birds and insects have been enjoying the few apples left on the trees.
Our strawberry plants are still flowering! The weather has been quite mild really, we haven’t turned our heating on yet and I’ve even had the doors and windows wide open some days!
There are lots of seed heads and pods around. The children want to collect and save some seeds to plant next year, so we need to do that soon.
The runner beans are starting to look a bit bedraggled, but it’s amazing to think that we’re still eating home-grown beans in November! I don’t think there will be many more though.
I didn’t pay much attention to some clods of mud on our breeze block step, until I realised they were actually tiny snails. Tabitha watched them with a magnifying glass.
We haven’t had the air-drying clay out for ages. I put out a basket of some autumn treasures that we have collected but Tabitha decided to make a pinch pot and decorate it with some shiny sequins and gems instead.
Then she made some snails, inspired by the ones we had seen at the allotment earlier in the week, and added tiny googly eyes.
Thanks to this post I finally figured out how Tabitha could use the apple slicer to prepare a snack to share with friends, although to be honest she still found it quite difficult.
The rest of the year is going to be busy. Colin’s middle sister is getting married in three weeks and Tabitha is excited about being a bridesmaid. I finish one of my uni modules at the beginning of January so I am trying to get the assignment done and out of the way before Christmas. Plus various other things going on.