It has been quite a while since I have written. I couldn’t add anything else to my plate without things toppling off…like my mind. But here we are again! A lot has been happening, but rather than update, I’ve decided just to post what I did today as if I’ve never stopped writing! It’s easier that way!
Today was an outdoor morning: hanging out by the river, climbing muddy hills I didn’t want to, but had to, due to a daredevil 2 year old! I finally got scared and made him come down only to have him scream and kick–on a muddy, slippy mountain (steep hill)–while an old woman watched below with her dogs! I am a total winner! Anyway, we survived and my mountain goat daughters (whom I didn’t worry at all about) climbed with ease! Needless to say, we were filthy! We finished with a feast of foods we shouldn’t eat and watched Home Alone!
Yesterday I had my initial appointment for Lady P and her ADHD. The GP was highly patronising and spoke to me like I was a paranoid mother. I mean, what do mothers know?!? Never in the history of mankind, has a mother known something was not right about her kid, have they? (Sarcastic undertones) And seeing that we are living in a generation void of knowledge and information, I obviously can’t research things for myself and know stuff! He point blank, without even meeting her, said she did not have it because (and I quote): ‘She acts just like my kids”. Did I come in here to talk about your kids? No. If his kids are just like my imaginary daughter that he didn’t meet, he should have his own kids checked! Just saying! He must be a blinking genius because he knows more about my child from NOT meeting her than I know from the 6 years and 10 months of knowing her on the outside and the 40 weeks plus 5 days I had her on the inside!!! I was so mad! I even threw my 10 years teaching Special Needs experience at him. I asked him to tell me how he would expect her to behave to have ADHD because she’s a girl and girls tend to display things differently than boys. No joy! Perhaps if she were an out-of-control boy who burned down garages, I’d get a listening ear. Not to mention the look of horror and disbelief when I told him I home educated her. *sigh*
Today my home ed rep called me and I told her what happened. She said I can go through the school nurse, who deals with home ed kids; she’ll observe her and discuss things with me and hopefully things will move her along. Literally a 2 min phone call renewed my faith in the system.
Perhaps if my GP spent more time at home dealing with his children’s behaviour and less time GPing, he could sort out the behaviour issues he’s having with them! Maybe he should call the school nurse for support…
The weather has been wet this summer! And now it’s autumn weather! The kids had a busy day today! They got more done then I expected as we are watching another Little person twice a week.
Yesterday was also a good day for learning! We have hit the ground running!
Because my eldest has ADHD, I’m attempting to create a better schedule. She needs to know what we are doing and how long we are doing it. This can be annoying for me but then I realised she NEEDS to know! It causes anxiety when she doesn’t know. I personally find it difficult creating a schedule we follow all the time because we are a home, not a school and I didn’t really want it to mimic school. I guess I’ll try somewhere in between!
I’ve not written in a long time but I’m hoping to change all that! Today we went back to non school. It was a mixed day. I felt very stressed and my eldest was struggling to remain calm. But we managed!
In the morning we did some English and geography. They are studying lake Louise in Alberta because Daddy is going there for his friend’s wedding.
They wrote a story and did some Jolly Phonics workbooks as well.
Later on, after lunch, we went to our woods and did some water colour painting of things we found, then they climbed trees. We headed to the zoo nearby (we have a zoo pass this year) and learned about peacocks, peahens and peachicks (I didn’t know they were called this!).
We then headed home, Little man had a nap, cheeky girl had iPad time and lady P and I had a disastrous maths lesson! I should have realised she’d be unable to concentrate but I persevered and made her miserable! So lesson learned: do academics in the morning and learn to let go when you need to!
After all this, they went to swimming lessons, ate homemade pizza and watched The Magic School Bus! I’m exhausted!
I just discovered Singapore maths and so far, I love the concept and it’s transformed Lady P! She is making great connections! I just bought the first textbook and workbook from Maths! No Problem! so I will let you know how they are and review them here!
Lady P used the tens frame in helping her understand addition facts. She made the connection between 8+6 and 10+4 by moving two different coloured counters around. I watched various YouTube videos by Maths! No Problem and found them interesting!
In the afternoon, we went on a homeschool trip to the farm! Over 130 home ed people showed up so it was great support!
The kids had a great time and enjoyed being outside all afternoon! They got a chance to brush ponies, feed goats, pet snakes and rats, feed lambs and play with new friends! It was a wonderful day!
Yesterday we got back to business (after getting our hair done) after having this nasty vomiting bug going around!
Lady P was ready to work! She did some Maths at the board so she could stand instead of sit. I began to notice her struggle with counting backwards while doing subtraction. So I decided to get her to jump backwards as many jumps as she needed to subtract. So 12-4 meant she jumped back 4 while counting from 12. I realised this took quite a bit of coordination; however, she enjoyed this activity and kept asking for more subtraction problems. Her brain moves at a mile-a-minute so this helped her to focus! All the movement really aided her understanding!
I also have come to realise that when I teach her something new, it seems to take a few days to sink in and suddenly, she can do it! Patience and perseverance are the basis of teaching! I find that difficult when it’s your own child!
We also started our work on Little Red Riding Hood. We read one version then started writing a brief storyboard. I have researched ADHD a lot and one thing that stands out is that they have wonderful ideas but their hands can’t write as fast as their minds move so they forget what they want to write. So I get Lady P to tell me what she wants to write, then I remember it for her so she can focus on writing instead of remembering. This has taken the stress out of writing for now. I am researching programmes for the iPad which will type what she dictates as she loves telling stories!
We have had a brilliant start to the year! Lady P is working well! Im trying not to make anything too tedious for her! She has calmed down now that she has a regular routine! The summer of no routine didn’t make her overly happy!
This week has been warm so we spent lots of time outside!
We also did lots of work! She is progressing through her Reading programme. We are doing daily calendar time; maths using all sorts of manipulatives including our Spielgaben! We do daily bible activities and some sensory stuff for the littleuns!
Yesterday cheeky girl got her immunisations and was allowed McDonalds for being brave! She was excited to have mummy time! Then she had swimming lessons. How has your first week been so far?
Yesterday was our first day of school (or no school). We had a good day and Lady P was exhausted by the end (I suspect I got over-zealous).
I’m still incredibly happy she is home with us. I suspect she may struggle with attention and although I don’t want to say she has ADHD (because I’m not a doctor), I do feel she is leaning to that side. I’m teaching her and helping her as if she has ADHD and it seems to work. It’s hard to say it out loud because everyone says it’s just her age, but I think as a parent, you know when things are not quite right. We have started cutting out E numbers and sugar from her diet and it’s made a world of difference. But she still struggles!
Anyway, the first day was busy as I was working as well. We did calendar work, reading, art, writing, spelling and maths. We went outside and rode bikes, played at the park and had swimming lessons.
What beautiful weather we had! On Sunday I got the pool out and the kids made a water slide. They were freezing but loved it! Lady P kept thanking me for the best day.
We played in the back garden all day and enjoyed the sun.
Monday was busy but exciting! We went to an outdoor bouncy castle hamlet with friends. Three families, 11 kids! It was great! Afterwards we drove to a picnic site, ate our lunch then went on a walk. We all ended up in the river but the kids had a blast!
I love spending time outside! I truly enjoy my kids the most when they can run around and be kids! In today’s world, they can’t run off and be free anymore because it’s not safe so if I can get as much free play as possible in their life, all the better! I’m so thankful I can home educate them! It is such a blessing!
The last few days have been extremely busy! On Sunday nights, I create a plan for the week. I have found that this has worked the best for our routine. Then, I try to cover most of it throughout the week. Some things happen on different days than the plan but it doesn’t matter.
On Monday we went to the park again and Lady P went on the BMX track with her bike. Nobody was there so it was great. I ended up running around with her so I guess it was a work out for me! Bonus!
As usual, she did her maths and English work, we read, did crafts and played in the garden. She also goes to swimming lessons.
On Tuesday, we had a ridiculously long and busy day! The kids went to the beach with daddy while I was at work. They created beach art and attempted to write ‘at words in the sand. Lady P couldn’t understand that she had to hold the stick different from a pencil so she kept getting frustrated.
Later she had gymnastics and did work in between all our comings and goings.
Today we were looking after our little friend again. Lady P did an amazing water colour of a Georgia O’Keeffe close-up of a flower.
She is loving all things art related! She also did her reading lesson and maths lesson and we continued reading the BFG. Phew! I’m exhausted!