Today has felt a little more productive – we seem to have spent less time trying to keep Littlest out and off tables, cupboards, etc.. We began this morning with a short story on Leonardo da Vinci (Anholt), which arrived in the post and Bee and Mip both did a bit of reading from their reading scheme books. This is being very controversial. We have both read/heard of enough examples of children learning to read on their own, especially after age 7 or so and believe this to be the best way. But, it is also very hard knowing that having your children reading young is how people measure good education and it is easy to feel very pressurised. I have borrowed the beginning of the Peter and Jane series from a friend and have been using it very cautiously with Bee for a few weeks. Today I started Mip, because he seemed just as interested, if not more so, than Bee and in fact seemed much more confident reading today than Bee does. (Likewise with maths Mip is on a level with Bee, if not ahead.)

We also read chapter 4 of Swallows and Amazons today and the boys played lots of games pretending to be swallows, camping etc.. Which is very funny as my best friend from primary school years and I spent much of our time playing at being Amazons.

We did our usual mental arithmetic at lunchtime – mostly addition and subtraction up to twenty and we are working on the two times table. And Colourstrings in the afternoon. We still get our own private family lesson. Another boy joined, but gave up after two weeks, so it is just us again. Bee was dragged there reluctantly – he said he wasn’t feeling well as he had another wobbly tooth, but he seemed to forget all about it when we got there and enjoyed it nevertheless.

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