snippets from this week….

monday we tried the robin hood book, but the language was much too complicated for the children, so we have postponed that. but bee is suddenly wanting to read fairy stories. previously he hasn’t liked them because the giants, bad fairies etc were too scary but he is coping with the gentler ones now.

tuesday we socialised. lunch at p’s with f and t, and then we passed d,j and t on the way home so they came to play.

wednesday matt took the day off and we went to the boughton estate open day. plastering and brick laying, sheep, tractors, cutting down a 100 year old beech, hunting dogs, falconry…..then on to colourstrings and home.

today lots of books arrived in the post. matt read the galileo (peter sis ) and started the anno’s math games with them. also “there goes the neighbourhood”, a book about controversial architecture eg eiffel tower. and we read some aeroplane bits. lots of playing, dot-to-dots.



Mip with an eagle landing on him.



jj continued counting up in 11s today, and started working on taking away. but phrasing it as ,for example, “what’s 6 added off from 16?” . and lots of working out numbers in roman numerals.

matt read the last chapter of the shackleton biography yesterday, and today showed them the timewatch documentary of the 3 descendants from his team who went back over his journey.

photo of boys making a thatched cottage (i think)


The very recently patchy blog isn’t for lack of activity, just lack of time on the computer. So a few lines of catch-up, before starting the discipline of blogging again. Recent books – Mr Popper’s Penguins, biographies of Alexander Graham Bell, William Wilberforce, and Ernest Shackleton . The Borrowers Afield and Dr Dolittle are both under way.

Bee continues to draw ships and maps. JJ continues to count, preferably in 10s, 100s, 2s or 5s. Yesterday morning at breakfast it occured to me that he would enjoy the pattern of the 11 times table. I went up to 110 for him, and he paused and then said “but Mummy, I’ve already counted in 11s” which he then did, but going up to 132 for me. He is starting to speak in numbers too, counting to 6 for “no” and 20 for “yes”. And not surprisingly he’s spending lots of time in his dot-to-dot book. Bear has a passion for giraffes, pronounced “darfey”. Mip also draws lots, and does everything that Bee does. He has started to work out reading, and is interested in Robin Hood, so that will be next on the reading list.
They have all learned to play battleships recently, and have been playing with some new electronics kits Matt bought.

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