Thursday started with maths at the table. Thomas was in a very funny mood again and, while he did his work, he was quite loud about it and both Jasmine and Ben struggled to concentrate over his noise. They did well though and Jasmine finished her first workbook while Ben has just one page left – and he only left this because he will need some help with it and I couldn’t give him the time while trying to keep Thomas at a suitable volume!
Once they had all finished their maths the boys went off and did some jigsaws, but Jasmine stayed at the table and we did some French together. She did the “homework” that they’d got two weeks ago and she remembered all the numbers from 1-10! She did really well both reading and writing them too
In the afternoon we went to our HE group. Thomas and Jasmine did French – they really are enjoying it! We made toffee apples and had sparklers for Bonfire Night, the kids enjoyed playing with their friends in the rain, and Thomas joined in with the science.
Friday this week was Library day. We returned 12 books this week and borrowed 10 more.. not bad at all! The kids chose their books – Jasmine was extremely happy as she found (well, actually I found!) some more “Read and Learn” books that she is so fond of. Thomas got more space books and Ben chose one about crocodiles and one about Fire Fighters. They all had a short turn on the computer, but as the forecast was for more rain we didn’t stay long.
After the library we did a bit of shopping and the kids all picked out a birthday present each for Gordon – it is his birthday next Saturday.
After lunch we all went to the swimming pool for Thomas’ rearranged lesson. I had texted his teacher on Thursday to confirm the time and had a reply saying yes, all was going ahead… Well, we got to the pool, Thomas got changed and then we sat poolside for ten minutes waiting! In the end I went to find someone – who turned out to be the teachers manager – and they said they’d try and get hold of him. Five more minutes passed and finally someone came to tell me they couldn’t get hold of the teacher but had another one who could stand in, but could only do 15 minutes as she had another lesson at 3pm! I was so cross! So Thomas had 15 minutes of a lesson and actually, taking into account all the waiting and uncertainty, he did pretty well. I don’t understand how someone can send you a text confirming a lesson and then just twenty-four hours later not turn up! It will be interesting to see what he says next week.
After the swimming lesson back at home all three kids had a bath and then watched several episodes of Dreamworks Dragons.. it has suddenly become their favourite thing to watch!
At bedtime we finished Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.
Today has been a quiet, lazy day at home. This morning I spent rather a lot of time in the kitchen baking and the kids played Lego. This afternoon I did some online shopping and some more cooking, and the kids did some more Lego playing and watched more Dragons on TV. And that has been about it really!
And now I must go and get lots of dried fruit and pour brandy over it because I am making our Christmas cake tomorrow