I’ve taken a break from blogging lately but I’m hoping to get back to it! We went to Canada for a visit and had a great winter holiday. The kids enjoyed their first proper snow experience! Although Cheeky Girl did not enjoy the -28 temperatures!
She completed her reading lesson; practiced her counting by 5s and 10s; counted backwards from 10 confidently and started to count backwards from 20; sorted coins with their number amounts; wrote some more of her story; compared coniferous leaves to deciduous leaves and made notes. Cheeky girl practiced counting objects and writing the number down and she practiced the letter c and d and made pictures of things starting with those letters.
Afterwards, friends came to play all afternoon! It was a good day!
We are enjoying the last bit of autumn before the winter begins. The girls enjoyed climbing trees and exploring places they found. They always enjoy the outdoors.
We are preparing for our winter trip to Canada as well. They will finally get to experience proper snow. They are very excited but as a result, lady P has resorted to tears a lot this week. Hopefully, things will calm down once we get to Canada.
Enjoy nature! It’s a time when kids can be kids and we don’t have to stress about anything. There is so little opportunity for them to have freedom nowadays because the world is unsafe! But we can find safe spaces in nature and let them run free!
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’ve been spending a lot of time doing lots of physical activity. Lady P is not diagnosed (nor am I taking that route), but I strongly suspect ADHD. I manage it with a healthy diet, no e-numbers or artificial colours, sugar or anything else that seems to trigger crazy moments. This has helped greatly! We also spend a lot of time reenacting social situations where she has struggled to behave in an acceptable manner. I am finding that she responds well to this and if the situation arises again, she tends to remember what she should do…but not always.
I’m just happy we’re in a situation where we can keep Lady P home and not send her to a one-size-fits-all school. She needs lots of movement in her life and sitting at a desk would not be a great place for her. I would hate for the light of excitement to leave her eyes! Because that is exactly how I would describe her! A ball of excitable energy. My mum and dad were on video call today and showed her the snow (we are going to visit them in a few weeks) and it took forever to calm her down. She literally feels more than anyone I know! She received her swimming badge for 5 m and she jumped for joy and was so excited. The other kids just reacted quietly but not Lady P. She ran to me, face beaming, that she had achieved a swimming badge. It was lovely!
I am learning that she is who she is. I am trying not to shout at her when she doesn’t listen for the millionth time that day. I am trying to change my parenting rather than her because in reality, she’s a lovely little person! She’s helpful, always does her chores without complaint, she tries really hard to please us, she is artistic (she is never without a pen and drawing pad), she is clever, her memory is incredible, she adores her siblings and mostly treats them well and she loves physical activity. So I’m trying to embrace my new role. I’m rubbish at it so far, but I figure, she’s pretty forgiving; but as long as I keep trying, she’ll keep trying.
Lately, I’ve been watching some really enlightening videos on youtube about young people and adults who have ADHD and how they’ve managed. There isn’t a lot out there on home educating a child with ADHD, particularly a girl. Girls tend to have very different ways of showing ADHD. From my personal research and own experience teaching SEN in schools, girls get overlooked a lot because they aren’t always troublemakers. Lady P is wonderful and full of energy and extremely chatty. I’m trying to embrace this as a positive thing though sometimes I wish she would be more cautious speaking with strangers.
One video I found quite good was done by Salif Mahamane in a TED talk called ‘ADHD Sucks, But Not Really’. It is really enlightening and well discussed. Although it touches on evolution which I don’t agree with, it still makes really good points.
Another excellent and funny video was posted on YouTube by a young teenage girl: What Having ADD/ADHD Feels Like. I liked this video because I see my own little girl, growing up to be just like her. It actually makes me feel more confident about my daughter, that she’ll be okay. It helped me understand her a little bit better.
Well, I feel like this has been a very brave step for me. I’m choosing not to get a diagnosis because it’s a long winded process where psychologists and doctors all get involved then tell you you’re imagining things because she’s not a terror. I don’t need self-doubt in my life nor do I want Lady P to feel like she’s not good enough. When she is old enough, I will discuss these things with her so she can understand her own mind and why she struggles to concentrate so much. Then we’ll take it from there. Until then, we shall play, play, play!
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!
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 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.
I decided to plan this year loosely around topics the girls have chosen. Along with the Year One National Curriculum, I’ve added topics they are interested in.
- Nursery Rhymes
- Fairy tales
- Human body
- Nature journals
- Types of houses
- The continents
- The U.K.
- Heinnman maths books
- Montessori maths curriculum
Lots of sensory bins
- Lots of outdoor play
- Swimming Lessons
- Dance Lessons
All this may change but this is our year in advance! Once I’ve tidied my homeschool area, I’ll post photos!
Happy home ed everyone!
We went on our first home ed camping trip recently! It was amazing! We only went for 3 nights because our youngest is only 16 months and we weren’t sure how he would do camping; however, it was a great success!
We will definitely go next year for the entire week! We met some amazing home ed families from around the country. We barely saw the girls as they were playing constantly! They spent time swimming whenever it wasn’t raining. It was a good time!