Monthly Archives: May 2012

Mission Out and About!

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Well, it has to be said I am a bit of a hermit, home body call it what you will (maybe it’s my Taurean nature!)  Recently, however it has been a bit beyond a joke.

  I think I am naturally an introvert but I have a ‘game face’ developed over time which enables me to get by….it does mean I need quiet and some solitude to keep me sane and re-charge (it’s not a want or it would be nice I think it’s a necessity) however my boys are different-Ot  loves to be around people but he does get too charged up I’m not sure what he needs but I know that people and groups are really energising for him (although he does withdraw fro quiet after a bit) . He too can be a bit of a home body-more so he can have access to a screen and because he doesn’t like walking but still he is content to stay home and go to the park to let off steam.  Tig on the other hand likes, no loves to be out and about and he likes to meet up with people-although not necessarily in small groups.  With B it’s hard to tell…he loves new stuff but most of all currently he wants me.  SO it can be difficult juggling our introvert/extrovert needs along with managing Ot’s super charging, B’s desire for 1 on 1 with me and Tig’s desire to be out and about a lot.

What is certainly true though is that days out do tend to result in less pent up energy (obviously) and less arguments about doing our ‘jobs’ mainly because we don’t do them!!!!!!  Well we do what we can then get out and don’t worry about it!

This week we’ve been to Bradgate Park in Leicester (beautiful, stream, deer, ice-cream, walks fab.  We made a dam, caught crazy fish, fish, paddled and all in relative shade and cool.  watched the deer within a hands span, saw reindeer, ate ice cream and walked a lot….all in an afternoon!

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Tuesday club with Jubilee inspired fun-the boys did one or two activities and caught up with friends-B did some Mento sconce with me and bubble blowing, listened to the story and played Lego; Ot made Jam tarts, had a bit of Mento fun (spoiled by mommy confiscating his bottle when he squirted it at people) played with friends, listened to the story and  bubbles (lots of really almost out of control body singing and movements and me on tenterhooks as he was in full everything is a gun or a sword mode :0()  Tig made a jubilee plate and had some mento fun as well as catching up with friends.  I forgot to get the ice lolls out at snack so by the time we had got home and had some food it was too late to meet up at the Rope swing so we just went to Chase water, played on the park, had ice cream, walked and climbed, read a story and had a gentle fun late afternoon/evening.

We went to Conkers (after Ot’s doc appointment-must make the follow up appointment soon) with assault course triumph, grazed knees and bruises withstanding, ice cream (I think there’s a theme here ), den playing, park and zip wire fun,

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We went to Blists Hill to the Victorian town (Ot was desperate to go) visited the hut, the big ship, the butcher, baker and leather friendship bracelet maker.  had chips by the canal (fed the duckling and big carp), got sweets from the sweet shop.played on the fair ground then headed to Inginuity.  Some sciencey fun was had, investigating fans and wind turbine speed by Ot and TIg, building arched bridges, making tessellating patterns, using the fly wheel, powering the boiler, trying the track challenge, finding all kinds of fun stuff and Ot going manic at the dam!

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It has been a hectic week with less formal learning but lots of stuff going on, lots of little chats and moments to think which is great.  Interesting observations, rising to challenges, facing fears, testing our limits, feeling successful, testing boundaries (not so good), using maths to work stuff out, guessing, postulating, laughing, rolling, leaping, getting dirty then clean then dirty again!  Playing in the garden, looking after the Gpigs, playing with aqua play, swinging, cooking our own breakfast…..

B had a monster blast at reading eggs today and moved onto the next map, Ot and Tig have been doing a bit of whizz, their spellings and both have done a blog entry this week (Ot has done 2 and TIg has handwritten a letter to my cousins daughter O.  B has been writing notes and counting, we’re practising getting to beyond 10…he’s confident with 1 more to 5 but after that less so.  I’m not sure why but I feel less urgency and pressure with B to do formal stuff….at his age the other 2 were reading and maths was further on but it doesn’t feel at all like an issue…..he’ll go there when he’s ready!

We’ve had stories at bed time, ranging from Michael Morpurgo’s Gentle Giant through Harry Potter chapters, Enid Blyton (daddy reads these as I love them and have to then sit and read them again and don’t want to read them the next night!), we’ve read the greedy triangle sung as we walked and watched the Owl Guardians (we needed a film when we got in today!)….It’s work for me tomorrow, Jubilee fun!

I wonder if we’ll keep this going out up next week!

PS it’s been great having Aunty E coming along too!

May Madness

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Ok, ok, I admit it, yet again I kind of slipped on the blogging-heck no body’s perfect so I did  a quick album on Smilebox.   It doesn’t cover half of what we’ve done this month, like catapult making at Tuesday club or B asking to do maths and reading, Ot getting further in teaching himself to play chess, Tig creating increasingly complex Lego but it gets in the basics!  I’ll try to blog more over the next few weeks (maybe I should Blog when the boys do theirs!)

The End of the Romans!!!

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…well ish anyway :0)  We still have some games to play and some crafty stuff to finish off but we’ve kind of skipped through the main events and spent the afternoon filling in some gaps and completing some mini lapbooks together (sounds incredibly dull doesn’t;t it)  It wasn’t.  We were all tired so I read in my best bloodthirsty manner extracts and we chatted then the boys created some different sentences answering questions (oral sentence construction using different starting words) and I typed.  as the main focus is on then sentence construction rather than the retaining of historical fact then it was good lots of good constructions, using connectives, increasingly complex sentences and encouraging to use so, because and explain why things had happened which they were able to do.  They could see the how’s and whys of what had happened-regardless of whether they remember about tribes of Britons, different currencies and bartering they were very much able to figure out from the info I gave.  We talked about how bartering might work now and digressed into talking about bartering for Lego pieces!

B has a had a difficult afternoon- I am not sure what to do with the huge amounts of aggression but I am starting to see a pattern well 2, needing more time playing with me (he has had very little today) and imitating sometimes the behaviour of his brothers or others….bears some thinking about

T club was good although the rough housing got a bit too rough in places and some older kid/kids were  for want of a better word goading Ot (who is only 6) and he has no idea how to respond but is himself struggling with big emotions…..so a difficult morning for the guys although they say they had a good time overall.  There is an element of well enough of that!  We got to Wickes, and I bought white sealant instead of clear diuh!  SO have to go back and change it!!!!!