Friday, 7 March 2014
O is still loving the Mr Men. Last night was Mr Bump, Mr Strong, Mr Perfect and Mr Small. E's well into Ruby Redfort now.
O was still awake when I came up to bed watching a Minecraft Stampy youtube clip in which Stampy was building a post office and this morning, at breakfast, we watched Stampy playing minecraft with his feet!
So the morning goes. Reading Eggs, (E's on lesson 88) Watching Stampy, play on minecraft then dash off to play lego. Sometimes 3 children are watching 3 different Stampy minecraft clips on 3 different devices..........
Stampy's been on TV this morning. First Lego, now Minecraft. Two of our hobbies are having a media moment!
A day late to acknowledge World Book Day today in Petworth with 3 fellow home educating families. S had such fun with her friends that she has asked to do the same again next year. We were very fortunate with the weather, 2 plus hours running around the park including an impromptu 3 legged race and we spent our vouchers in a local independent shop which is always good.
I suffered a terrible attack of the Put-Upons late afternoon. Usually I'll gladly help everyone but it felt all a bit one way traffic yesterday especially from S.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Last night, on page 280 of 380, E declared that Ruby Redfort was getting really exciting.
Woke to lots of lovely supportive comments on FB following the hormonal paragraph in yesterday's blog post. I have written about it before and there are some background links here and below copied from here
Been reading about early puberty. Makes me feel broken hearted. S loves being a child and wonders why anyone would want to grow up, Fantasy and imaginary play are such a part of her. The possibility that there is little of this time left seems so counter intuitive in a world where people are living long my intuition is that puberty should be happening later in life not earlier. Let's hope we have a little time left, feels right to have an eye on the next stage though, primarily as the hormone roller coaster is a period of my life remembered with little joy. Feel confident home ed can improve upon that in many ways.
Zoe has a useful blog written about periods from a home ed perspective here.
If you haven't read this Leg of Lamb post before it is a good summary of some of the issues involved in being an older mother of daughters.
We've had friends over today for pizza, park and play
This morning E and O worked on a giant lego sticker picture with speech bubbles
During breakfast we looked back over all the mini fig sheets and talked about whether any series of 16 had more than 4 girl characters.
S made a scrapbook with O last night and he wrote his name on the front. So neat! So different to S and E.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
We ran out of day on Shrove Tuesday as I had a leg wax yesterday evening so some of us had pancakes for breakfast today :) They were delicious
E had completed his Reading Eggs by 7am this morning but didn't enjoy Ruby Redfort so much before bed. We borrowed a second copy from the library today at Grandma's suggestion to take the pressure off with S waiting to read it too, a bit. We talked about the options of not reading it and consequently not being able to join in book club and the implications of that.
The current structure of my days, where E rises 2 or so hours before his siblings and they stay up later than him, is great in that we get to have 1:1 time but it does stretch me. Unless we drive somewhere now that I am no longer breastfeeding I rarely sit down in the day times. It caught me unawares last night and I landed up really getting cross and shouty with S :( First time in ages.
It started when she locked the bathroom door meaning no one else could go to the loo and E, who was beat down knackered and asking to go to bed, couldn't brush his teeth. I explained to her today that you need to ask / inform other people before doing such things but the damage, at the crucial point of the evening, had been done. It ended when, after a day of total decadence food wise, she refused to brush her teeth :(
I've blogged before about how I anticipated there would be a life window between spots and wrinkles and not the reality of both happening simultaneously. The intensity of S's new hormone driven moods has taken me my surprise over recent months. As she is opening the door on puberty I am closing the door on that phase of my life. Like glass elevators in a big sky scrapper we seem to rarely pass. More effort required!
After we'd resolved things she stayed up really late building a Lego hotel with a bowling alley using chima balls. I'm just off (in my alter ego Minifig mode) for a visit.
Today was home ed day at Winchester Science Centre but we have seen both the planetarium shows on offer pretty recently and with errands to squeeze in it was obvious it would be too ambitious.
So instead we've been to the library and script. S chose some great books which she read aloud to O in the car as they have moved their seats to be next to each other. We also called into Fishers Farm for a couple of hours where S got to stroke a visiting owl and got stuck up high. The boys played in the sand and cowpat cannons with a friend but O was a little subdued after splitting his lip on the toboggan run.
Neither he nor E were keen to leave minecraft this morning as they had the snow gollums shooting snow out of their chests at the creepers, zombies and spirit ghosts.
Early this morning, circa 8am, our leaking gutters were fixed. This is the first time since before Christmas, over 2 months ago, that we have had 2 back to back days without rain enabling the silicon gun glue to be used. The guy who came to fix them was really impressed with TDO's water funneling invention
We have builder coming round in a while to discuss and quote for adding a second, indoor, toilet to our house.
I'm flying solo tonight as TDO is being corporately entertained.