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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