I’ve been snapping away today and thought I’d share what home educating can be like with a toddler around. Please excuse the poor quality photos, my phone doesn’t do well in low light levels.
This morning we went for a quick walk in the park straight after breakfast. There is a tree by the entrance which always has fantastic pile of leaves around it in autumn.
Mummy Esther loves to kick and stamp on them when they are crunchy, but today they were wet and soggy.
Tabitha found a lone conker, which she and Aaron used to play an energetic game of “conkerball”. Esther spent her time picking up leaves, chasing after dogs and joining in for the occasional kick.
As soon as Esther sees us gathered around the table or on the sofa, she wants to join in with whatever we are doing. I sometimes try to set up an activity for her, but she’d much rather copy us! A piece of paper and a pot of crayons helps to stop her scribbling in Aaron and Tabitha’s books.
She spends a lot of time crawling across the table and I spend a lot of time taking her off! Today I was thankful she only got hold of the eraser as she can’t do too much damage with that.
She and Tabitha had fun stacking our Holztiger animals when we stopped for a mid-morning break. These are Esther’s favourite toy at the moment.
Standing on her tiptoes and reaching up to place the animals on the table kept her busy for a while.
Then she climbed up onto the table and proceeded to throw them off one by one! She did get told off once I realised what she was doing.
Tabitha’s writing this morning was about pancakes, so we decided to make some for lunch as a treat. Esther “helped” me. And by that I mean she dropped handfuls of flour all over the stove and dipped both her hands into the batter, making a huge mess!
Peace at last! Esther usually has a 1-2 hour nap after lunch, which means we can do activities that wouldn’t be suitable with the toddler tornado around. This afternoon Tabitha enjoyed dissecting some flowers that were past their best and identifying the different parts under the microscope. By the time Esther woke up, Daddy had arrived home from work and Tabitha was about to head out to ballet.