Feeling a bit ‘billy no mates’ this morning as this is 3 cancellations in a row, tuesday D&R, Wednseday K&O and Today D&R (but kind of mutual). Do I smell, are we really that bad? Hmmm well now I’d better come up with something to ‘do’ with the day as Tiger is feeling a bit dissappointed…….
Yesterday by the way was one of those lovely days, sun, wonderful kids, great moments.
We did some EC in the morning, Ot loves the songs and has learned to click the mouse button on the laptop and Tiger did a chunk of maths stuff. He was really pleased to be getting 100% and knows that it means all correct. We re-capped on ordinal numbers using races and cards which helped it to click. He can now add to ten by counting on from a number eg 4+3 starts on 4 and has 3 objects to count on 5,6,7; he can subtract from ten by counting back and given that he can do the majority of the stuff we’ve moved up onto the next level. We need to do some physical practice, with beads maybe an extend it beyond the game and into different numbers. Could also do with actually showing him how 11, 12, 13 etc are made up in a montessori style…..
Whilst blogging we have arranged to go to nannas for a trip to some shops and then some seed planting (Tigers top thing to do at the mo).
We also finished of the phonic sounds we were working on and the pink books in the Read Write inc series. (Tigers request). I need to make a game/cards of some sort for matching different graphemes which make the same sound to help reinforce this now I think (like ou and ow; ie, i-e; etc) with piccys and words and stuff…that could be a job for tonight.
We made a splendiforous train track with road track too which was enthusiastically enjoyed by all!
We deciede to walk into the library via a postbox to post back the DVD’s. At the library we cruely kept Ot trapped in his buggy which was very effective (sorry Ot) as we not only actually were able to look at books and talk about them but Ot fell asleep so we could do it in a leisurely fashion ;0). Found some nice books about snails, slugs, minibeast type stuff which we are both keen to read (unlike last time when it was cars, vehicles and stuff that didn’t relly inspire me) and some stories including some hairy mclarey books that Tiger suddenly likes. A lovely moment was when Tger wanted a Thomas (the Tank) book, to explain I
dislike hate Thomas the tank, so I said that he could have it if he could read the first bit and he would read them to himself (rather than me reading them to him…) and he did! He read! Real books! In the Library! Now OK he’s been reading bits of stuff and books and it has been something he’s been keen to be able to do but lots of the stuff we read I’ve got so that it uses the phonics we’ve covered so far or we read together….this was a book he could pretty much tackle with what he knows so far! (needed me to tell him what ea made) I’ll have to type in the sentences after. It was a really lovely moment,not just because he could read it but at his pleasure in being able to read it, and then finding more Thomas books he could read :0)
After the library we went to the park and they both had a play on the stuff, Tiger can be loud-nice but noisy :0) a couple of the moms were exchanging glances either at his size, loudness or maybe the fact that he could and was talking all the time….he had one moment when he was on the slide didn’t see as I had my back turned helping Ot but I heard some order and him going down the slide (can’t remember what now….shows how *awful* it was) to a little girl at the topand I had to quietly remind him about thinking about words feelings kind of stuff but at a 4yr old level…..maybe it was that…..to be honest I just thought I like my talking racing, madly happy go lucky bundles it was lovely. Ot was racing up and down the slide having great fun,a really tall one but he’s fab at climbing and whilst when he first started it was heart in mouth and try not to be madly overprotective it’s now well within his capabilites so I jut stand near and remind himto sit down at the top.
We had snacks walking into the shops, Tiger ate a banana, actually chose to! I think we may possible hopefully be through the I only eat plain pasta, bread, rice, carrots, yoghurts, jellies, strawberries (sometimes) patch which would be great! We have made a concious effort not to make food a battle in any way, if you like it eat it, if you try it fab, if not OK. Sometimes this is hard, some family members do a whole you must eat your food, you need to eat it all up etc etc and for a while I fell into that but it was without thought and when I thought I didn’t like it so I stopped and so did dh who felt the same. He also enjoyed a significant portion of my bagguette (chichen, bacon, mayo, sweetcorn, lettuce and tomatoe) and was relly dissappointed when the tomatoe fell on the floor. We have been talking about our 5 a day recently and balancing our healthy and ‘un-healthy’ food maybe that has helped? Whatever it’s good!
After that, having been ‘inspired’ by another blog we went on a bargain hunt in the charity shops (haven’t been for ages) and found some brio track and another bridge for £4 which we bought and added to our track when we got home.
Walked home, with lots of interesting chat, Tiger had to hitch a ride on the buggy for the last bit :0)
dh had made himself a fab new CD (compilation) for the car which he hadn’t had time to listen to so we oddly decided to bath the boys and head out for a random drive, listening to the music of our youth which was actually (sad though it sounds) really nice plus the boys fell asleep :0)
A really lovely day. I know I will have missed bits but one of those days that makes you glow.