We’ve been spending quite a bit of time making papier-mache goody bags (inspired by an episode of Creative Galaxy). D is beginning to realise that these TV programmes aren’t very realistic in showing you how much time these art projects take to complete. So instead of taking 1 minute it took us 3 days to make our goody bags! And even then, D’s collapsed because we hadn’t put enough newspapers layers on. However, she wasn’t to be defeated and was keen to start all over again. This time we made it with 4 layers of newspaper, just to be sure. After it had been painted and a ribbon handle was stapled on, she immediately filled it with goodies and gave it to M! Aah.
The girls are really getting into films now. They probably watch at least one film a day and their current favourites are Cat in the Hat and Paddington. They’re both brilliant films, even for adults, and I’m usually asked a few questions during the film, which goes to show they’re not just flopped zombie like in from of the telly: instead they’re engaged and learning. I’m quite thankful for the break it gives me too: they’re both really busy with different activities at the moment but they still require a lot of hand-holding and help through things – not complaining, just sayin. 🙂
In keeping with my promise to get outdoors more, the girls have been out on their bikes, scooters or roller skates every day lately, a great achievement for me! M adores her bike so will willing go anywhere on it, and D is getting more and more confident on hers thanks to J’s persistence that she practices.
D has been keen to play long-ignored board games (Tell the Time, Junior Scrabble and Pop to the Shops) and also completing her favourite map jigsaws which she’s getting faster and faster at. J has also begun teaching her how to play chess.
D even made up her own game by drawing the Sun and each planet in the solar system (Pluto is always included because she feels sorry for it). We then had to choose a planet and orbit the sun like the planet would. There was a discussion with M about whether the planets traveled at differing speeds or whether some planets take longer to complete an orbit because of their distance from the Sun!
M is becoming more and more engaged in learning as time passes by: she now asks me some incredible questions and I can tell by the surprise and pleasure I feel when she does it that I had become accustomed to her never asking me anything (or asking and then feigning disinterest when I begin to Google it). On a visit to the Museum of London last week, she was full of questions about the Roman invasion (including some rather interesting ones like ‘weren’t the English angry?’). This week she has also asked me ‘what’s the point of ants?’ and ‘why do people in different countries speak different languages?’.
Last week, M decided she wanted to make the bunnies a toy out of loo rolls. She had the idea of making them a castle but she had an added challenge that she couldn’t use any glue or tape to fix it together in case the bunnies ingested it. She came up with an ingenious way of connecting the rolls using a slot on one and a flap on the other. Her brain never ceases to amaze me!
M has also dug out a long-forgotten Rubik’s Cube and has been spending hours and hours working through the instructions. She’s now got to the point (after working on it solidly for a day) where she’s gaining an understanding of its movements and can figure out problems more easily. She’s set herself the challenge of being able to complete it without any instructions at all!
And here she is in her new Brownie uniform! She is thoroughly enjoying it, though small problems are arising to do with her being unable to take in long streams of information from her leader. I was unsure whether to make the Brown Owl aware that we’re seeking an Aspergers diagnosis but in the end I decided I would so that she might understand M’s behaviour more. She seems like a very understanding woman and had already noticed a few of M’s difficulties. After each session I can sense a faint shadow of M’s old school self – the anger at me, the needing to wind down, and the faintly glassy-eyed look which tells me she’s over-stimulated. But on the whole, it is a positive experience for M and she really looks forward to it every week.
And finally, a picture of a sausage sandwich for you to enjoy.