Saturday, 8 March 2014
So it goes. The daughter that locked the bathroom door causing evening havoc on Tuesday jumped in the warm bubbly water with the 4 year old last night to play....It's not linear......is about all there is to say,
Some new Wii controllers and a Just Dance game arrived yesterday. E and O have been dominating the Wii and we had priced up options for making it a more inclusive, family affair. S and TDO were sweating after 4 or 5 dances!
Family Movie Night was "Mars needs Mums" after which TDO and I managed to finish House of Cards via Netflix.
Today we have been to Uppark for a very special behind the scenes tour of the garden as Uppark is still closed to the public until March the 16th. We'll be writing all about it with a guest post on their blog but here's a photo of E sketching in the Gothic rotunda the sun (above) and TDO showing O some ideas (below.) We have blogged for Uppark before. Back last July and testing our their Halloween trail in the Autumn.
E was reluctant to leave this morning. Although he did have a great time in the sun he was fully engrossed in a detailed lego build he wasn't ready to leave. Whilst we were at Uppark he speculated as to whether Uppark had ever been recreated in Lego mode. A brief google search suggests not. A job for Bright Bricks maybe?
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.