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Home Time

We do seem to be spending a lot of time at home at the moment, but in fact all we’re missing from our usual routine is our Tuesday mornings out at M’s art class.

On the way to Brownies I probed the girls as to how they were finding home ed at the moment: is there anything they would like to change, are they happy, would they like to go out more/stay in more etc…?  M decided she would like to try the pottery class again – we finished it a year or two ago, mainly because D had had enough and M didn’t want to go without her.  I think she’s so used to doing activities without D that this is no longer an issue though.  She also commented that she doesn’t have a best friend but when I asked her if she’d like to meet more people she said she was happy with the friends she has. 🙂

D on the other hand has a best friend (also D) and they are like peas in a pod.  She also told me she is happy with the friends she has and added that she would rather never go out again.  Hmm.  That one isn’t really possible since M now loves new experiences and going out.  The difficulties of balancing two differing needs.

Currently, D is totally absorbed in all manner of Stampy YouTube videos.  Thanks to a lovely commenter on my Facebook page, we have discovered Stampy’s Quest to Kill the Ender Dragon – D has now watched all 24 videos and has continued with the other following quests.  She has also watched Stampy’s Wonder Quest channel which we found out about from a commenter on my previous post (thank you!).

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Today D has not moved from the position above and she is in seventh heaven.  J was flummoxed as to why she wouldn’t play with him in the garden (the weather was gorgeous today) but she was adamant that she wanted to continue soaking up Stampy videos.  She was utterly miserable yesterday after being dragged out to Woodcraft Folk so it was nice to see her feeling happy and comfortable in herself.

It was tough for her yesterday – she had to come with us to the class but she was pretty much upset the whole time until the class finished and she could play with her friends without being ‘bossed about’.  I brought her books to read and her iPad to play on but nothing really soothed her.

Meanwhile, M is LOVING her two classes (Brownies and Woodcraft Folk) – she really gets a lot out of them.  We’re still playing a lot of Minecraft on our iPads together and she’s also been creating a few things with some Washi Tape she bought this week, including this teeny tiny chair!

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Preparations are under way for family visitors in a few days, we’re very excited!

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Stampy Love

Well, Minecrafting has continued apace since my last post.  It shows no sign of abating just yet either!

D continues with her love of Stampy, to the point where no other films or programmes are being watched.  She is currently on video number 117 and I think there are 270-odd so she’s got a way to go.  The other day I was thinking about how much she fully immerses herself in interests for a long time, to the point of obsession and almost to the exclusion of all else, and then gradually resurfaces to move onto the next interest.  In the past it’s been Go Diego Go, Dora, My Little Pony, Kung Fu Panda and countless other films that have been on loop in this house, not to mention the books she has read over and over again.  M, on the other hand, tends to have many things on the go at once and she dips in and out of each of them – she’s always engaged in what she’s doing but needs variety.  Always chalk and cheese those two!

D has also (unfortunately and hopefully not permanently) gone off our Woodcraft Folk class.  The past two weeks she has only joined in a couple of games and spent the rest of the time on my lap, moaning about how bored she is.  When questioned by the ever-lovely and patient leaders she explains that she doesn’t like being bossed about (!). Fair enough.  She doesn’t understand why everyone can’t just turn up and do whatever they like so I explained that a lot of these children like the games and if they just wanted to play with friends then they can do that on a play date – I’m still not sure she understood why anyone would want to be ‘bossed about’.  M adores going but isn’t ready for me to leave her there so D has to tag along.  Next week I plan on taking D’s iPad with us and I’m a little nervous about whether there will be any respectful understanding of a child who would prefer to sit and listen to Stampy rather than join in…

This is M and D playing with friends on the way home.  🙂

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The girls had a loooong swimming session with J at Guildford Spectrum on Thursday, which gave me time to do some cleaning and play on Minecraft.  Yes, I did.  I’ve really got into it recently!  M and I play quite a lot together – we are of similar organisational minds so one of us will be farming, the other cooking, or we might build something together.  D joins us occasionally and runs around making us laugh and eating all the food. 😀

We’ve been turning up the difficulty a notch in the past week, which means we have to fight mobs.  Initially D found this too frightening but we swore to protect her so she tried it out and declared it to be not so bad after all.  M built a wonderful world with all sorts going on in it, even a trading post!  But unfortunately she deleted it by accident. 😦  She was totally gutted but recovered a day later and is now happily recreating it all in a new world.

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M is also taking a great interest in doing meal preparations with me (chopping, peeling etc).  She doesn’t tend to like the finished product but she loves the smells of the herbs and veg as we go along.  She’s also really interested in tidying and cleaning.  She really likes a tidy room which puts a bit of pressure on me to put Minecraft away and do some work. 😀

Indoor Fun

I don’t know if it’s because the wobbly teeth are finally out or because we finally struck gold with a class that D likes or what, but things are definitely on the up!

On Wednesday evening we went to a new (for us, apparently it’s 90-odd years old but I’ve never heard of it!) class called Woodcraft Folk.  The premise is letting children be children and being close to nature so they do a lot of camping and stuff but in the main they do a weekly class in a church hall near us where they play games, sing songs and generally run around having fun.

Initially D wanted to sit on my knee at the back of the room and just watch but after 10 minutes she actually asked to join in!!  D?  Joining in a competitive game with a load of strangers?!  Whaaat??  She had a minor upset midway through and we had a quiet few minutes in an adjacent room and then she felt ready to join the group again.  M really loved the class too.  We found it a little hard to understand all the new games (particularly as the noise level was so high) but she didn’t panic and gamely joined in too.

It was all good!

The sausages have been watching My Little Pony Season 5 for the first time over the last few days.  I have to say there is less passion about it than before but D did several spin-off activities: like arranging all her ponies on a shelf I cleared for her in the lounge; making each pony their own ‘element’ to wear; and getting me to make a big Tirek puppet so that she could put on a MLP ‘season 6’ show about the ponies beating him. 😀

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M has been busy doing various crafts like decoupage and making Minions out of the Kinder Egg plastic containers.  Today they both spent hours remaking M’s Frozen Lego castle upstairs, meaning I could have a sit down and do some cross stitch and watch some telly!!  They have also both made bracelets using some old beads of theirs.  D did one with the name of her alter-ego, Dordy.  Dordy is hilarious but a bit naughty.

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D also spent a long time arranging her bunnies and making more Lego thrones today.  There is a whole line of royal rabbits living in D-Land now.

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M has spent a fair amount of time on Minecraft, finishing off her ‘cruck’ peasant house for her Castles and Cannons course.  Together we learnt how to make a fireplace (that didn’t set the whole house alight) and added other peasant ‘essentials’ like a table, herbs, straw bed and woolen blanket.

M has also done work with me towards her Interior Designer Brownie badge – she desperately needs shelving in her bedroom so we looked at what we could fit where and how big each shelf would need to be.  It involved quite a bit of measuring and quite a few tears on M’s part.  She still gets very tearful and angry if she doesn’t understand something immediately but luckily it doesn’t last too long and she can be pulled out of it with a bit of humour on my part.

Strangely, the sausages haven’t wanted to go out the last couple of days, even though the weather has been beautiful.  We’ve been so busy indoors though, which is obviously what they both needed.