This week has been very odd and I’m not entirely sure it was a great week to report on as it seems to have been quite a nonentity! Next week looks much more exciting I can assure you… At least you’ve seen how mundane it can be as a home educator, ha!
What I love about our life though is the little things: the tiny sparkles of funniness throughout the day; the joy I have in learning together with the sausages; the joy I have when they have learnt something for themselves; and the overriding fact that they are 100% happier at home than at school!
I’m not sure I’m going to continue my daily blog into the weekend: we have a big family lunch tomorrow (J’s parents have been married 60 years!) and M has two playdates on Sunday so I probably won’t see a lot of the sausages…
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I come downstairs and write my previous day’s blog.
D comes down and has dressed and brushed her teeth and hair. I love this new phase of hers as it’s so hard to get her dressed later in the day. She watches Go Diego Go for a little bit and amazes J (who is now awake and working) with her animal knowledge.
M comes down and we have breakfast and get the bunnies out.
J gets the girls working on anniversary cards for his parents. While they’re busy, I grab a shower and clean the bathroom. When I come out, D is in the bedroom doing some colouring. She tells me that the Spanish word for Grandma is Abuelita! I love that her head is filled with random facts. J leaves for work.
I make myself a coffee, M is just finishing her anniversary card. She has copied their wedding photo and done a lovely job. Then she starts on Minecraft. We can hear D upstairs, she’s singing with an American accent at the top of her voice.
We leave for Wimbledon Common. I’m amazed that the girls want to go, usually it’s very hard to get them out of the house. They must be feeling as cooped up as me. M loves exploring off the beaten path and we find a bush with 2 rosehips left on it, 2 dens made out of very large branches and a huge fir tree. We end up at Putney Heath where there is a lovely wood and we play Sausage Spotting which is similar to Where’s Wally.
Spot the Sausage…
On the way home we look at the large houses in Wimbledon Village and M wonders why you would want a house that large. I suggest that it’s to do with status and explain what this means. This then leads on to whether having an unnecessarily big house is a good or bad thing: M is very interested in social justice.
We then drive past a woman in a burqa, which sparks a discussion on what the point of it is. I try really hard to remain impartial during these discussions rather than imprinting her with all my views but I think I failed on this one!
We get back for lunch. We have a quick game of Monopoly: M is convinced she’s going to lose (even though all evidence points to the contrary) so we stop and she watches Mr Tumble instead? She hasn’t watched it since she was 2! D watches Dora on Netflix for a while but soon stops to help me complete a 500 piece jigsaw we bought last week. M also helps and D tells us both about a tomato frog that can be found in Madagascar – who knew?!
M decides she wants to bake: she begins making up a recipe using molasses sugar, flour, butter and vanilla. She calls the biscuits Madagascar Mix-Up. She really does find this sort of sensory activity therapeutic: it makes her so happy!
The happiness doesn’t last as she can’t wash the greasiness off her hands and it begins to stress her out. She walks off in a huff, unsuccessfully slamming the lounge door. I have to say though, her mood this week has been amazing compared to the last fortnight when she was becoming very hard to communicate with. Luckily, she recovers quickly and comes back in to taste her biscuits and decides they need icing. We spend the time up to bed watching Dora the Explorer (D told us that ‘lo hicimos’ means ‘we did it’ and ‘mochila’ means backpack’.
I read another Rainbow Magic book to D and M listens too – they were both fascinated by these fairies a year ago and I can see the interest remains! I read a fair bit of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but I can tell M isn’t in the mood to listen. There is quite a bit of bickering between the sausages and I advise them to keep away from each other before I head downstairs. Luckily, I know they’re sensible girls and they will keep themselves to themselves. Usually they’re good friends but they can get on each other’s nerves which is pretty normal and healthy, I guess.
So endeth another week in the Sausage household! I am looking forward to J being around at the weekend, and to a change in our dynamics: he always shakes us 3 up a bit. 😀