Books, Art, Maths and Awesomeness

I feel like I’ve had a very ‘lazy’ weekend, what with it being Mother’s Day, and I really couldn’t be bothered to do a lot.  Thus, the house is a shambles.  So last night I announced to M that today would be ‘Get Off Your Butt Day’, which made her giggle.  Every night she asks ‘what day is it tomorrow?’, or ‘what are we doing tomorrow?’ and last night she commented that she would really like a calendar in her bedroom because the first thing she thinks of when she wakes up is what she’s going to do that day.  So we discussed whether we should go out and buy one or make one like the one I do for our lounge.  But, VERY spookily, a large envelope was delivered today… addressed to M… with a Sylvanian Family calendar inside??!!!  There wasn’t any name so we don’t know who it was from but whoever it was obviously has some sort of telepathic sense!!  Thank you, whoever you are!

So today the girls have been playing all over the house – they helped me with some cleaning and tidying, then they got to work on turning M’s lower bunk bed into a den; then they have spent some time spying on me through their binoculars while I pretended not to notice…

We all went out as a family on Saturday morning for an English Breakfast in Wimbledon – it was delicious!  Then I had some shopping to do and M wanted to join me so we stayed in town and J took D to his Mum’s.  We went to the library and M chose a new book called Emily Feather and the Enchanted Door – it’s just right for her: a slightly complex storyline (anything simple gets critiqued and picked apart) and a mystery to unravel with a nice girl as the central character.  D is very into our book of Edward Lear’s Owl and the Pussycat and asks for it most nights – both girls can sing/recite it from heart, and it’s very cute to listen to them. 🙂

In the afternoon, we all watched quite a few videos on YouTube – Storybots, this heart transplant machine one and lots and lots of How to Cake It videos.  D finished her maths app with me and M cheering her on – as soon as she’d finished she wanted to start from the beginning again. 😀

D is still very much into numbers, sums and playing on her calculator.  She can now read numbers in their tens of millions and frequently asks me to tell her a number that she can work out.  Her sense of numbers is improving too – she can re-jig sums around in her head to make them easier, figure out multiplications, and she’s getting her head around sums involving negative numbers too.  When she’s not working out numbers she’s doing make-believe games or watching ‘Kung Fu Panda – Legends of Awesomeness’ on Amazon.

On Sunday, M and I went to the National Gallery for their free Studio Sunday class.  It was as awesome as the Drawing Sunday class we went to a fortnight ago!  First of all we looked at Luca Giordiano’s ‘Perseus turning Phineas and his followers to stone‘; then the children all had a go at making Medusa’s head out of Plasticine before going back to the studio to make Perseus out of wire and modroc.  It was the first time M has sculpted like this and she really enjoyed it – unfortunately they ran out of modroc so we didn’t get to finish it but I plan to get some to use at home.

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I think I can honestly say though that by far the most inspiring part of our trip was the model of Trafalgar Square, which M was admiring for about half an hour before the class!  She said that she would love to make something like this and I can well imagine that one day she will.

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