Our half term week has continued as it began – slowly and peacefully… sort of.
I can never get over how we seem to be doing so little but under the surface we’re actually doing quite a lot!
On Wednesday, J took the girls to the park in the morning and in the afternoon their friend B came over to play. They began with Minecraft and then finished with a game of football in the garden. 🙂
On Thursday I gave up all hope of going out and mentally prepared myself for another day indoors. D is definitely cocooning – I like that word, it sounds much more legitimate than needing a pyjama day! The girls spent the day doing Minecraft, listening to ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ on Audible, and playing on their homemade boat.
Another reason for the quiet day indoors on Thursday was because we had booked to go to a maths workshop at Curious Minds (our usual social group) on Friday. We haven’t been to Curious Minds yet this year: by the end of last year, M had stopped playing with the other kids (she’ll play with them on separate play dates, but she just didn’t seem to want to play in a group) and D’s best friend stopped attending so D no longer wanted to go, so that sealed it for us really! I can’t say we’ve felt lacking socially as we’ve had plenty of play dates to compensate but I have missed that ‘anchor’ to my week. However, I feel sure that they’ll want to give it another go soon as we have a lot of happy memories there.
Anyway, back to the maths workshop – a lady had been brought in to Curious Minds to do a workshop that she does in schools, it was basically getting maths concepts across to the kids using balloons and bubbles. It was a tad long (6 hours) and the lady rather ‘schooly’ but M really enjoyed it and stayed for the full day! It was the opposite of fun for D though but she was really brilliant and played with friends outside for hours and hours.
After a few recent class-type learning experiences, I think M might be wanting to try a regular class in something, which I will have to start looking into. She really seems to get a lot out of that environment. D on the other hand, has no wish to learn from anyone who is telling her what to do: all these people get the same label – “bossy”. Her learning is very much self-directed, which is absolutely fine by me.