We really enjoyed reading about the Victorian Nursery as it mentioned that many wealthy children in this period would have been educated at home with a governess and that this was one of the few employment opportunities open to unmarried women at that time.
There is a small area where children can play at being a museum curator with objects like ammonites to quantify and study under the microscope. S really likes this. We only stayed an hour though or so as Baby Small, 2, was being very vocal in the buggy but it was still a thought provoking visit. The "Spinning Plates" aspect has returned. One of the many challenges is ensuring each of my charges has the mental, emotional and physical stimulation that is appropriate to their, very differing, needs. After the museum we met up with two other home educating families we know at the nearby soft play called PLAY for some social time. The sibling dynamics didn't gel instantly but with the arrival of new friends they improved and then began deteriorating again.
A major contributor to this was Big Small who is currently sporting red tiredness rings around her eyes. I have been encouraging her to bed earlier and earlier and have even been reading her several chapters of a book at bed time which is something I haven't done regularly for years (literally) but she is waking up sooo early at the moment, not sure why, It was before six today. After yesterday afternoon's outburst I wondered how she would be today but her characteristic defiant tongue poking that always accompanies tiredness has returned. It is hard to be to rough on her when she spent ages caring for the youngest member of our group. Not too much head scratching on this behaviour. A growth spurt and post Christmas come down are the major contributors I suspect. She did upset a good friend of hers though so I expect some remorse and tears to come later.
On the way home we called into our local library to order in some more of the Roman Mysteries series for S (She likes the way they weave real facts into the stories) and awaiting E, 5, on the mat at home where a clutch of Flat Stanley's I ordered for him. We also re-borrowed the excellent "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" from the library today.
I'm solo adult in charge tonight and am thinking a few of our number could do with an early one.
In Other News
E has been through the knee of three, yes three, pairs of trousers this week!