The love of Minecraft continues… It’s been reignited by our being able to play multiplayer across our iPads which has made such a difference in how the girls (and me) play.
We’ve been working on projects together in each other’s worlds: the girls particularly love the wooden house in their Minecraft Construction book – I must have helped them to make it at least 10 times over the past couple of years but this is the first time we’ve been able to actually build it together. D asked me to help her make it in creative mode, which meant I could lay the foundations and start building upwards, and she could then continue once she understood the pattern. We finished it in under an hour – it would have taken at least 3 hours previously. M then wanted me to help her make it in her world in survival mode – this was obviously much harder because it involved a lot of tree chopping but it was great to be able to do it together.
Typically, our bedtimes are spent playing Minecraft or Terraria together too. Last night M and I dared to increase the difficulty rating slightly to fight some mobs (and get bones so we could then tame a wolf and get a pet dog) – D found it too frightening and left the room. 😦 She was placated with watching Stampy while M and me continued playing.
D has gone nuts for Stampy, we all have to some extent but D has watched him for hours and hours whereas M and I have our limits! His early videos contained a bit of swearing which the girls were intrigued about so we chatted about the words he was using, what they meant and why he was using them. They took it in their stride. 🙂
Stampy has even inspired D to make her own gaming videos. We don’t have whatever software you need for this so she asked me to film her playing a few of her games.
Coming off the back of Minecraft there has been lots of ‘how do you spell this?’ and ‘what does this say?’. For D in particular I can see that she could begin picking up words from it – more so than if I was sitting and reading to her actually. She has quite a strong fear of failure so it would be nice if it just ‘happened’ like that, rather than her sitting down and trying to learn to read. To be honest, I think she knows more words than she lets on – she was reading whole sentences 2 years ago but now says she can’t read… hmm.
We’ve stopped going to the library at the moment – D doesn’t like going any more because ‘they’re too quiet’. Even to the point where she stands outside the door while M and I are taking books back, ha ha! Ah well, our library has a really good selection of books online (much better than in the actual library) so we don’t have a need to go there at the moment. You can also download read-alongs so I got a couple of D’s favourites for her to look at on her iPad.
We’ve all been quite poorly with heavy colds since getting back from Spain so there’s been a lot of sitting around and tiredness. Yesterday however, we made it out to Wimbledon Common. It was glorious as usual and we had a good hour’s walk before the girls’ legs got tired.
We would usually have attending M’s art class on Tuesday morning, but she appears to have gone off it?! It once was her favourite class of all but it seems nothing is wrong with the class per se, just that she’s ready for something different.
We tried a ‘schooly’ type class in Kingston recently. M responds well to a structured environment (whereas D definitely does not!) so I thought it would be a good thing for her to try. Unfortunately it really didn’t go down well at all with M – with her information processing issues she really needed more attention and instruction than the teacher (an HE mum) could have given her. Plus, she was learning about something totally new which meant she was struggling to understand a lot. I’m so glad D and I stayed in the room because M got very tearful at one point and although she stuck it out to the end, she gave it a 4/10 so we decided not to go back!
It gave me renewed respect and gratitude for her art class and brownie leaders who do so well in making sure she understands and is happy.