we had borrowed another child - E - from sat to weds, as the girls were desperate for a sleepover!
- they did lots of playing board games, and the wii, and an
[interesting!] exceptional 2 hour karaoke performance. I don't think the
girls are very strong on tunes!! When I upload to flickr I might put
here, unless am bribed in the interim! Was lovely to see them having
Monday - a home ed worky type day. E got
a ticksheet too - i think she is not going to demand them at home tho!
Also ballet class. When i got back from work - rather later than
anticipated! - the girls helped by baking for me for work the next day.
They made a dairy free apple and cinnamon cake and a chocolate cake. We
also made sausage rolls and a roast veg pasta salad. Then my 3 kids each
had a piano lesson with me. FrB is moving steadily through the book.
Our big step really is learning the names of notes as in France the use
the sol-fa system. I am doing the Gina plan with BB - we have gone back a
bit to regain her confidence! SB has quickly picked up her grade 3
pieces. They are out of date now, but will get her to learn scales, feel
comfy and then we will start on Grade 4 music. We are also enjoying her
jazz duets. We finished the day watching Epic.
- Morning was a bit book worky, and the afternoon was chemistry with
daddybean. This time they finished their separation experiment, and then
made plastic sulphur - heating it and then cooling in water. This was,
apparently, a bit smelly! BB played a boardgame instead with S. The
evening was swimming, and then watching 2 episodes of bang goes the
theory - one one electricity/power supply, and the other on cancer.
Wednesday -Having had E since sat, we asked if anyone fancied an extra weds4ed
so that we could blend that with nattyem coming to pick up E. no-one
else was free, so we went with an arts theme, an extended pottery
morning, and a musical afternoon. The pottery worked v v well, with the
usual suspects taking time and care to get their creations to fit with
their internal visions. Although R struggled with her vision initially, i
really loved the outcome. in fact, as always, I am always impressed
with what all the kids do when given time and encouragement to follow
their vision of the brief. Brief - pinch plant pot to grow 'hair' in, or
slab mug making. Don't they look fab!
had a roasted veg pasta bake for lunch, and cake and muffins :) and
then went on to do some music. SB and FrB did some General Musicianship
with me - starting on grade 1 which they could do easily, so Grade 2
next time. The with E and nattyem we did lots of recorder duets for
descant and treble on a variety of recorders. Think we all did very well
- though i realised it is so long since i last played a treble that i
have 'forgotten' the instinctive placement of fingers - eek! Much more
musical than Sunday's karaoke!
bigger girls finished the day with a board game, and the younger ones
were minecrafting. All having fun whilst we grown ups chatted over a
well earned cup of tea. My girls did some conquer maths, and the older
ones some latin before judo for all. We finished the day watching the
british sewing bee.
The weekend - TBH, we have been manically busy, and mothers day crept up on me. As
well as the 3 child family thing, work has been crazy busy with lots of v
important deadlines hitting in the last we of march and first 2 of
april, causing me stress - tho ultimately they have gone ok. Also DH
having some worries re parents health - hopefully will go OK. so we
didn't make much of it at all. Girls made lovely cards though.
then went to meet with the manorborns for a great walk at RSPB. we
really haven't done it enough in the last few years, and i remembered
how enjoyable they were. kids walked nicely, my hip and leg not too
troublesome and the kids had us completely fooled when they hid from us!
finished at their house having a wonderful meal and playing a new game -
always great :) BB got a bit 'past it' by the end, but our hosts were,
as always, very gracious :) . Thankyou for a lovely day!