I am stressed to the eyeballs at the moment. Two essays finished, another two to write and hand in over the next fortnight, then a presentation to do. Oh, and Ofsted phoned to say they’ll be coming to inspect me soon. . . brilliant timing! I feel guilty that I’m not managing to do much with the children, as taking them out leaves me too exhausted to do any work in the evenings. So I’m just plodding on, one day at a time, and looking forward to relaxing and doing lots of fun things when it’s all over.
We’ve spent a lot of time this week curled up on the sofa reading Robin Hood stories out of this beautiful book from Barefoot Books.
Aaron has been making menus for his cafe. It started off with a “pikl samij” (pickle sandwich).
I had to laugh when I eventually realised what this one says. Any guesses for “kupite 10p”?
He had a long chat with our neighbour over the balcony and wrote her this message afterwards: “To Mrs O—, thank you for talking to me”.
My mum gave Aaron a maths workbook so we started working through that. He completed the first few pages of addition problems without needing any explanation of what to do. I did notice that he writes quite a few of his numbers backwards, so I got out a wipe clean numbers book for him to practise handwriting. We’ll revisit the basics when our sandpaper numbers arrive.
This was a spur-of-the-moment activity to cheer up grumpy children. It didn’t work brilliantly, I think larger, heavier balls would be better. Allowing the children to add their own paint meant that it was impossible to keep the artwork because the paper got buried underneath a layer of goo. And putting down a painting mat would be a good idea next time if I don’t want to spend ages scrubbing paint out of the carpet. . . surely I should have learnt that lesson by now!
This morning I turned my back on Tabitha for a few seconds to get some hairclips and suddenly heard her exclaim “it’s a number two!” Sure enough, it was. I was totally shocked, partly because she actually managed to write it, but also because I’ve never taught her to recognise numerals and she must have picked it up all by herself! She couldn’t draw it again, so I think it was a fluke, but she has been writing lots of letter “T”s ever since I showed her how to paint over her name. She is definitely showing an interest in letters and numbers, so I think it will soon be time to introduce them properly. My baby is growing up!
Today we had a wonderful morning, meeting up with an old school friend I haven’t seen for ten years in a cafe. Then the children spotted these rainbow sun hats in town and Aaron begged me for one. He got a lot of smiles and compliments on the way home! I’m glad he is still confident enough to make his own decisions about what he likes. A few months ago he told me that pink was no longer his favourite colour because his friend doesn’t like pink (although it didn’t seem to stop him and Tabitha squabbling over the pink plate every day!). He mentioned it to a bank cashier (have I mentioned that he can talk the hind legs off a donkey?) and she gave him some lovely advice about not doing things just because other people do.
Are my children the only crazies who like to play with umbrellas? Between not being in school, wearing flowery rainbow sunhats and brandishing umbrellas in the sunshine, we got a lot of strange looks today!