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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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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!

 

Our Curriculum Line-up

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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.

Literacy:

  • Tigers
  • Dinosaurs
  • Chicks
  • Butterflies
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Fairy tales
  • Trees

Science:

  • Seasons
  • Human body
  • Materials
  • Animals
  • Nature journals

Geography:

  • Types of houses
  • Canada
  • The continents
  • The U.K.

Maths:

  • Heinnman maths books
  • Montessori maths curriculum
  • Spielgaben

Lots of sensory bins

PE

  • 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! 

Monday Madness

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Today we did some school in the morning… 

  A rhyming puzzle and our daily learning journal… 
Then we headed to the play place for a play with other friends who homeschool.

After, we headed to the shop to get Lady P’s much desired gymnastic’s leotard…

  
We finished up at our best friend’s house for lunch and a play.  

We came home and the kids went down for a nap while Lady P finished her learning journal, did some maths, did some imaginative play and read her book! 

Toddler School

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Lady P is in nursery today so I spent some time with Baby S doing whatever she wanted!  First, we played with play doh making Minnie Mouse bows (she wanted a mummy bow, a daddy bow and a baby bow).  

Afterwards, we did her alphabet puzzle and did all the letter sounds together.  Then we did sandpaper letters.  I got her to trace them (barely) and say the sound of s, a and t.  She knows s already because of her name. Then I asked her to point to each letter which she did.  But then she didn’t want to do anymore. 





After this, she chose her new rainbow toy that someone bought her.  We practiced making a rainbow and I asked her to pass me the colours.  So far, she knows orange.  Then she made a tunnel using the pieces from the rainbow. 





While I did laundry, Baby S watched The Letter Factory and managed to sit through the whole thing! Now she’s having a nap!  So that was my very simple toddler school!  All accomplished holding a newborn!