The rest of our week has passed fairly uneventfully. On Wednesday it was the usual Forest School bunch here in the morning. There was Lego play and other imaginative games. After lunch, once I’d dropped them all off at 1pm I went over to visit a friend for a cuppa and a chat and then after Forest School we watched TV and read a few chapters of Beast Quest book 8.
Thursday morning was maths for everyone. Thomas and Jasmine went over doubling/halving and the three times table before we did some work on coordinates. I designed a treasure map and wrote down the coordinates of all the places and they had to recreate it on their own map. They both managed it easily They then spent the rest of the time designing their own map and writing down the coordinates for me to recreate later. While they were doing that I worked with Ben on place value. We used a worksheet, a 100 square and unifix cubes to show tens and units and he was definitely starting to get it.
In the afternoon we went to HE Group. Thomas and Jasmine did French and then they all played with their friends. By the end of the session Jasmine was struggling and we had tears a few times so by the time we got home I was feeling more than a little frazzled, also not helped by the fact that I had forgotten to prep the veg for dinner in the morning so it was a rush to get everything prepped and cooked by 5pm so we had time to eat before Thomas went to Cubs.
Luckily the day did improve as I took the kids to a friends house while Thomas was at Cubs. Jasmine and Ben watched a film with their friends and I sat down and had a lovely chat with my friend I left her house feeling much better and even when Thomas came out of Cubs quite cross I managed to remain calm and had a good chat with him about what had happened. They had played a game he didn’t like and the leaders kept asking him if he wanted to join in. Rather than say No thank you, Thomas had got cross and shouted at them. I explained that it was because they wanted to make sure he was enjoying himself, so next time he should just tell them he is happy to watch at the moment. It seemed to work and he suddenly remembered that they had done something else he did enjoy so he is happy to give it another go next week, and this time he will try talking to the leaders
Today (Friday) we went to the post office and then shopping this morning. Jasmine got some new trainers after I noticed her current ones were too small for her yesterday. She is growing so much at the moment I can’t keep up! She is now a shoe size 13.. gone up at least one size, if not more, since the last time she was measured (and it wasn’t that long ago!) After lunch we had 3 of the kids friends round for a couple of hours – they watched Nexo Knights and Pokemon and then we played the Deadly 60 board game and Duplo Pokemon all at the same time. Once they had gone home we went to Ikea to do a bit more shopping and got dinner in the restaurant. Back at home we just had time to watch Nexo Knights before the kids went to bed.