We spent the day at Legoland yesterday and it was HOT. 33 degrees apparently. It was crowded too. Either thousands of privately educated and home-schooled children were there or there was a lot of truanting going on. I think probably the latter. So J and I gritted our teeth and got on with it. The girls were fabulous. We queued for over an hour to go on the log flume and they didn’t really grumble much. For the last hour we went in a more sedate part of the park which had a carousel, a swing roundabout and a mini-ferris wheel. The girls loved it and it was so much more relaxing than the noise and crowds everywhere else! Sorry to grumble, we did have a nice family day out, it was just annoying to have so much heat and so many crowds, particularly during term-time.
Today is J’s birthday! The girls had made him cards and we bought him packets of chocolate brazil nuts and a keyring with photos of the girls inside (well what do you get a man who doesn’t want anything?!). He was quite chuffed :). I won’t tell you his age but he says he’s 42.
Once J had gone off to work, M got on with a drawing for a Royal Mail Christmas stamp competition. The theme was ‘what Christmas means to me’
She worked on it for a good few hours with a few breaks for playing with D and Piggy in the Middle. The closing date is in a few days so I had to keep reminding her not to get drawn into tiny details in the picture and to just get on with it, quick!
Meanwhile, D did her first crossword! She amazed me with her persistence to get it finished and looking good. She did a bit of the spelling but mostly it was good for writing practise.
Then we went on to do some work on Reading Eggs while M continued with her drawing. D can go on and on with Reading Eggs. At one point she had her head on her arms but was refusing to stop because she was so eager to see her avatar move along the map showing her progress. Her reading and mouse control have improved so much because of it.
M finished her drawing by lunchtime. She did so well to stay on track and get it done on time. This was the finished picture!
I persuaded them both to have a break and watch Peter Rabbit while I got the entry forms printed and filled out for the competition. I also filled out forms for M’s first bank account! She’s going to get £1 pocket money a week – half of that will be put into her account and the other half will be given to her. She can spend the money in the bank if she wants to but we thought it would be good to get her used to saving. Knowing M she will want to save!
After Peter Rabbit and some lunch we went out to post our letters then straight back home to keep out of the sun. This afternoon was spent drawing cards for more birthdays next week. D finished hers in half an hour and asked how to write the messages on the cards. It was lovely to see her willingness to write as quite often she doesn’t want to do it. M is half way through hers, she’s doing a lovely picture with watercolours.
Today my Ebay purchase arrived – Junior Scrabble! I can’t wait to try it out on the girls. We didn’t have time to play today but I did get the tiles out for D to play with while M was busy drawing. She immediately asked me how to spell lots of sorts of words and had a go herself too! I’m still trying to get my head around D: it seems to be that if she suspects she is being taught then she immediately doesn’t want to do it but if she initiates it then it’s ok?!
I still need to go through my subjects, contents and resources to get things clear in my head for the LEA and get some targets for us to work towards. That will have to wait though as I will be busy packing for Scarborough over the next 2 days! Yippee!!