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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!

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First Day of ‘School’

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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!

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!

Maths and Jumping

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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!

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!

 

Beach, O’Keeffe and Other Things…

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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!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

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This week has been a blur!  I’ve been visiting my mum and dad in Canada with Little Man and the girls have been home with daddy!

The home education officer came for the first time and it went really well!  So we are pleased about that!

Lady P and Cheeky Girl have been busy doing all sorts of exciting things.  They’ve been flying kites!  The weather has been wonderfully warm so they’ve been outside a lot! 

Lady P has started reading the BFG and is enjoying doing crafts and activities around it.  


She has also been doing an underwater theme because we have inherited a fish tank. She has completed some colour-by-number maths sheets and fish crafts.

It’s been a busy week but lots of fun!

Lady P Officially Starts Reception

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We have been trying to spend the last remaining nice days outside before the British Winter/Rain begins. ┬áIt’s been surprisingly mild and dry so that’s pretty exciting.

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Coping With Three Kids

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So I have been away from my blog since having my third child but things seem to be settling down now!  I feel like I’m not being pulled in 20 different directions! Little dude is 5 months this week and man, is it going super quick! He’s a beautiful cheeky little man!  

 But thankfully, he’s the most chilled out baby ever!  

I’ve been keeping it easy with homeschooling! I decided it is much easier to follow a lesson plan to teach Lady P how to read so I bought Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons

  
Amazing so far!  100 easy lessons that take 10-15 minutes depending on how quickly your child understands the concepts and that’s it!  I will review it when we are further along. Lady P really enjoys them.

Cheeky Girl (no longer known as Baby S) has been doing messy play, learning letter sounds and basically is just exploring her environment.  We always become a lot more laid back with our second children don’t we? 

  
Well, that’s about it for now!  Lady P officially starts ‘reception’ in September.  But we’ve decided to put her in three mornings of nursery until she’s 5 and continue home education. I go back to work 3 days a week so my husband and I are juggling home educating the kids!  So far, we have a well-oiled machine of being home on opposite days so the kids are always with one of us! 

See you all soon!

Princess Unit

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If it involves princesses, lady P will do the work! I found an excellent printable pack about princesses from 1plus1plus1equals1. I printed most of the pack and we are slowly making our way through it. Today we did ‘princess graphing’. Lady P and I took turns rolling the paper die, then we coloured in a block on the graph. We played until one picture got to 10 on the graph. I showed her how to go up each bar, then across to the number to see how many each picture received. This came quite naturally to her. After, she wrote the numbers underneath the picture. She doesn’t like doing this because she isn’t confident at writing her numbers. But I used the number poem pages from communication4all and she really likes the poems. She always requests them when we do our numbers.

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After we did this sheet, she just wanted to play so we read The Frog Princess from an anthology of princess stories we got from the library and acted it out with her stuffed animals.

Then S began to cry upstairs (she was supposed to be napping) so we played catch the bear in the front room! (I don’t recommend this!). Lady P didn’t want to do much ‘work’ today so we basically just played. I usually let her lead right now as I want learning to be fun and on her terms.