Telly and Viruses

Not a great day.  We were supposed to be meeting friends at Bocketts Farm but D woke me up very early to tell me she she had a bad feeling in her tummy.  I thought she was talking about an emotion until she started to retch…

She was seemingly fine for the rest of the day although I cancelled our meet up in case it did re-occur, and in case it was catching.  We didn’t have breakfast until 9am and then the girls played with M’s Baby Annabell for ages.  I eventually got the girls doing a bit of writing for their Xmas lists and then D played on Numberjacks Mission to Learn.

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We spent the afternoon snuggled on the sofa in our pyjamas watching lots of films (and no Tinkerbell in sight!).

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Bizarrely, M has now got an itchy lumpy rash across her face!  So it seems there is some sort of weird virus in our midst.  Both girls have been overly tired the past few days so maybe they have been building up to it.

Sunday was a tad more eventful: first of all, J took the girls to a Remembrance Sunday service near Wimbledon common.  He was asked lots of difficult questions about why wars start.

While he was out I cracked on with putting a few ideas together for a weather project we’re about to start.  I also found a list of 300-400 frequently used words and got M to read through them.  I feel she needs to get into the practise and habit of reading and writing again as I’m sure she isn’t as skilled as she used to be!  I’ve purposely backed off from asking M to read because she had to read a book every day after school which I can honestly say she never enjoyed.  I would so love both the girls to love reading as much as I do so I will take it very gently and hopefully get M reading some books that she really loves (Frances Hodgson Burnett seems to be a winner at the moment).  Anyhoo, out of that long list of words she only struggled with 8!  She is very skilled at so many things is M, but getting her to enjoy them is another matter.

On the writing front: we’ve hardly been doing any writing at all because we talk so much about stuff instead.  There doesn’t seem to be a lot of point in writing down the things we talk about as we don’t have to show written work to anyone in order to show proof of work as schools do.  However, I have been thinking that M could do with practising sentence construction and grammar.  My friend sent through M’s old school’s curriculum for this half term and the only subject (apart from French, which we’re not doing anyway) that we’re not up-to-date on is English.  Which means that we’re pretty much 1 term ahead of her peers already, even though it doesn’t really seem like we’ve done a lot yet!!

We’ve got a Paul Klee exhibition booked at Tate Modern tomorrow so fingers crossed both girls are well enough to go or we’ll be having another TV pyjama day!

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