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Montessori Constructive Triangles

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Everyone has some sort of illness in this house so not much is being done. However, we managed a couple of activities! Lady P continued with Singapore maths. She’s finding it challenging but I know once she understands the basics, future maths will be easier!

She is currently practicing adding and subtracting using ones and tens. She can do it using her snap cubes but when it comes to writing it down, it can be confusing! But we shall persevere!

Cheeky girl tried the constructive triangles today and enjoyed using them.

I think she enjoyed the hands on maths! She also learned how to add using snap cubes! I was quite pleased for her.

Although we didn’t do much, they seemed to do well with the activities.

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Autumn already?

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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!

Elmer the Elephant

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Today Lady P did some addition questions and then coloured Elmer the elephant with colours that corresponded to the answers.  Lady P has to do her work out loud. She gets distracted otherwise. She also sings in between each question.  Needless to say, this sheet took a very long time.  And she only managed a few questions due to her being highly distractible.  

Cheeky girl enjoyed doing puzzles and was very focussed! I loved watching her do them. She’s only just turned 4 but she was managing to complete them on her own! And Little Man was able to do a two piece puzzle on his own. He found the two pieces that were yellow and put them together! He surprises me everyday! He’s so independent! I thought boys let you do everything for them (or so I was told repeatedly) but not him! He lets me do nothing for him! 

Just goes to show, you get what you get with these babies! They have their own unique personalities and if you work with them instead of against them, there’s no telling how amazing they’ll become!!!

Last of Autumn

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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!

Home Education and ADHD

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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!


Thank you!

 

The First Day of School

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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.