Toddler brings home education to a standstill……

We have already found we can only read atm while Littlest is asleep as she climbs up onto the sofa and tries to join in by turning (and tearing) the pages, and today the boys had to give up drawing at the table as she kept climbing up onto the table and tipping everything off. She gets too upset if they go upstairs or down to the basement without her, so in the end I resorted to putting on a DVD while Matt put all the chairs up on the table and work surfaces to keep her off them. I don’t remember it being this complicated with the boys…..

After lunch she slept and we read chapter 2 of Swallows and Amazons. I’m not sure if Bee is quite ready for it, but we seem to have a bit of a gap atm. We’ve tried him (twice) on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which would be just right for him, but he finds it too scary. (This is the boy who watched Veggie Tales at a friends’ house and said it was scary!) I can’t find anything which seems to fit just right. So far S and A is going down well, given his interest in ships.

HE feels slow, but other areas are going well. We’ve pretty much re-established bedtimes at 8pm (9pm for Littlest) with everyone up by 8am (9am for L) .That feels much better than the much later pattern we were in, and Littlest now has a predictable sleep in the afternoon so I can plan the day in advance. And the house project really is heading to the end. Maybe another month of work for our decorator ( 2 afternoons a week) and some finishing off bits for us to do. We’re still clearing stuff out of the cellars, and sending it off to the charity shop, but again, we’re getting towards the end of the “stuff”. We’ve found a cleaner too, which helps a lot.

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