This week has been very child-led and autonomous. I’ve been tired and the children have had colds, so I abandoned all plans and structure and just let each day unfold.
Tabitha asked me to play Ludo with her and her Lottie dolls. She is now very confident with counting and numbers, so I think she would enjoy the challenge of using two dice for board games. Another day this week she watched a Numberjacks episode about making 8 in three different ways, using addition, subtraction and multiplication. When it was over, she picked up some Duplo bricks and said to me “I can make 4 in three different ways”. She came up with 1+1+1+1 and 9-5, then managed 2×2 with a bit of prompting.
Aaron has used Komodo and played Minecraft on the tablet. He has also learnt a lot about science from watching The Magic School Bus on the television.
Tabitha can now make her own cheese and pickle sandwiches. She really enjoys helping me cook, so we made a banoffee pie and an apple tea loaf together.
She is definitely in a sensitive period for writing at the moment. She asked me to spell out or write out words for her to copy so that she could write a shopping list, which we then took to the shops with us.
She also found some wipe-clean handwriting books and carefully filled in each page.
Our loose parts rarely get used nowadays, but Aaron decided that a pack of smarties would be the perfect material for creating a picture of a fox.
Tabitha dragged the telescope across to the window to try and look at the moon, so I helped her to set it up on the balcony. She could see the craters clearly but it was too cloudy to look at any stars or planets.
We went swimming again on Friday and are hoping to make it a weekly event. Tabitha is doing really well at “swimming” around the pool independently, so we removed one of the buoyancy layers from her back float. It was also a bit of a milestone for me. I have never liked going underwater, despite years of swimming lessons as a child. My dad even asked a channel swimmer acquaintance of his to try and help me overcome my fear. I don’t want to pass my fear on to the children so I’ve always made sure they see me ducking under from time to time, but I secretly hated it. After our last swimming trip, I decided that this is something I want to work on. Colin bought me a pair of goggles and I discovered that exhaling continuously through my mouth rather than my nose makes it much easier. In one day, I probably did more underwater swimming than I had done in my entire life!
This afternoon I heard about a lady selling a box of brand new educational books and, like many home educators, I can never resist bargain books! We drove over to collect them and then dropped in on Colin’s parents for a brief visit.
Afterwards we went to get some dinner and go for a walk along the beach at Westward Ho! The reflections on the wet sand were beautiful. Colin and I agreed that we much prefer the beach out of season.