Archive for February, 2007

Fantastic Day

Yesterday i met a lady with a child just like T – C is the same age to within a couple of weeks and very similar. I got talking to her mum about something else entirely (BF older babies – i want to start a group!) and it came apparent that T and C weren’t going to sit and play so we went for a walk by the beach and to the park – and we just kept saying to each other ‘Does your child do….’ and they did – and we shared our concerns about possible diagnosis (adhd, autism etc) although we both agreed that they are just a variety of normal. Interestingly – C although not BF has a dummy that her mum can’t wean her off and seems to be vital to calm her down – sounds very familiar.

C is at nursery and finding it very difficult – and Mum is constantly called in to meetings to deal with ‘behaviour’ issues. i know that this is what would have happened with T too and am so glad i decided that it was a bad idea and that we are going to HE for a while at least. We agreed that it wasn’tso much a behaviour but an individual thing – but of course nurseries can’t deal very easily with individuals – everyone has to fit into the mold..

I t was fantastic to meet someone who understands what i go through and the worries and concerns i have. i have given her my phone and email addresses so hopefully she will get back in touch.

We have continued with the work books from Smiths and Thomas has become very adept at working out what rhymes and what doesn’t even without saying the words out loud. However we have all been ill this week and i have been dragging myself through days – no meal or even day planning has taken place. Hopefully the cold will finally shift over the weekend and we can get  back to normal a bit.

Jan introduced me to a coordinator from Homestart who is coming to visit me next week – a volunteer could come for a few hours a week and help out – which would allow me to have some 1:1 time with each of the boys and be truly fantastic.

I received a Sonlight catalogue today – I am going to get a lot of ideas from there i think though I am not sure that a curriculum is the way froward for us – at least atm it will be interesting to see it..

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I am a wuss

Both MIL and my mum have asked me about melrose and who organised it etc and I have not told them at all about HE. I am fairly sure both of them will be anti so I have just made up about us going away with a group of ‘Crunchy’ Mums and children we have met through a yahoo group. I am thinking we have until the summer to not say anything to them but by 4 everyone will expect him to be at nursery so I am going to have to come up with a really good sort reason (for general people we meet) and a long one for close friends and family.

I think the short one can be along the lines of – we are Home educating as I don’t think that school would meet his needs just now and I think that school would be too restrictive for him.

The long one is going to take alot more thinking about!

on the upside I have two emails from relatively local people wanting to meet up Aberdeen way which would be great – the problem is where when there are a variety of ages – we need somewehere where the kids can run around and the adults can chat!

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Getting restarted

Well we went to Muddlepuddle camp at Melrose last week and it was fab! really great to meet up with other HE families – see how normal they are(!) and I learned lots. T played very nicely most of the time (to my utter shock i have to admit) especially with older children. He had a few ‘incidents’ with younger ones but that was only to be expected I suppose. R, having taken a few steps before we left, didn’t start properly walking whilst we were away but mastered coming downstairs – which may be more functional! I suppose i would have liked to chat a bit more with parents os older children who are needing to be educated ratehr than the pre-school ones who i was with most of the time – but theres plenty of timefor that next year.

I have come back re-invigorated about doing some HE and also about blogging – other peoples blogs are really inspirational 🙂 So education wise – I have bought some workbooks from WHSmiths which are working on pre-reading and maths skills – rhyming, matching etc and T seems to quite enjoy doing 5-10 mins of them a day. Also we have subscribed to Education City which is keyboard based skills. Someone on IWMM has reccomended the Kumon MAzes book – so will add that one to my next Amazon order – Purposeful pencil movement seems like a good thing. Quite frankly though I feel that he really needs to develop more social skills and a bit more self-control as a priority – I know he is only 3 but today he knocked R down the stairs, threw washing around etc – and i blame myself as because we all came back from Melrose with a cold we didn’t go out yesterday so he has too much energy! he is also grumpy becuase he is really snotty so the result is unhappy boy.

Today we looked at words that rhyme and odd ones out – the task itself presented no problems – though some of the pictures had to be explained to him and he did some mentally without me going through the exercise first. He also wanted to do some of the joining the bits himself – but strayed into drawing random spiders webs and train lines! Someone has suggested that join the dots and mazes are a good activity so I wil se what i can find – I think we are going to need a printer!

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