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Archive for August, 2008

Catch-up

Only very occasionally do I wish I could just plug the computer directly into my brain and download things… but right now I am wishing I could dump a couple of posts directly online and clear them out of my brain…

I basically hit 37 weeks (the beginning of ‘on-time’ as far as delivery goes) and came down with stuff. Reflux, and complete dis-interest in food… and… and…

And it’s rather hampered my ability to function:-( I’ve actually spent most afternoons in the last week lying down in bed (after napping while the kids sleep—so glad they still do that!), and letting them come to me. On my way through the house for necessary trips I’ve got out things for Puggle to work on for dinner, and they’ve spent some time playing around me on the bed, or reading to me (the timing of this is fabulous🙂 ). It’s been quite cute in parts—they both like being kittens and curling up beside my back together:-) Mind you, they’re equally as likely to try bouncing, which is a little less comfortable! (Edited to Add… it’s a bit of an indication as to how bad I’ve been feeling that I didn’t even take the laptop with me to the bedroom!)

Finally, about 10 days later, I’m starting to feel interested in food… I’m starting to eat again (such a relief! I was a little worried about how I was going to cope with labour/delivery as things were looking!) I’m even starting to get on top of some of the things that need doing around home (and preparing for Cygnet!) Paddington has been doing stuff… but it’s all the things that don’t get done when one of us is out of the picture for a bit—it just isn’t possible to do everything on your own (it isn’t possible to do everything with both of us at full pace, but the gaps are much smaller!)

So, not so much on the posting of late… (well, it’s been not so much on the anything of late), but hopefully more regular again soon!

This Week

Our plans for
Week 4, Block 7, Edith Term

Language
Introduce phonograms ‘aw’, ‘au’, ‘or’ (sandpaper letters and sand tray)
Parve puer caerule (Little Boy Blue)
Sic est (That’s right!)
Napoléon (Napoleon)
Un casse-croûte (Snack)

English Studies
The Thanksgiving of the Wazir‘ from The Olive Fairy Book Andrew Lang
Winnie-The-Pooh A. A. Milne
Narration: ‘The Cat and the Birds‘, ‘The Dog and the Oyster‘, ‘The Astrologer‘ from The Aesop for Children Ill. Milo Winter (He’s really a bit too young for Narration, so I’m mostly going to be keeping an ear out for re-tellings, or incorporation in play)
Recitation: Halfway Down A. A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

Art and Music
Folksong: The Old Oaken Bucket
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Work: Danse Macabre
Artist: Jan Van Eyck
Work: The Last Judgement
Music: Simple and Compound Duple (The Kodály Method 1 Lois Choksy) Sally Go Round the Sun
Art: Watercolours, Watery Clouds/Summer Sky (Art Ideas Fiona Watts)

Progress

Week 3, Block 7, Edith Term

Once again, my lack of oomph has affected what we’ve done—I didn’t even get as far as updating the TV cabinet. (Puggle has noticed this lack of updates, and has regularly asked me when the new stuff is going up!)

However, we’ve continued to sing, and Puggle has taken great delight in offering to read to me while I eat, or otherwise am unable to do anything. He has been doing a lot of taking care of his poor Mama, and he has done a lot off his own bat (offering to read, noticing that my glass is empty and refilling it, not only getting the washing out of the machine—his job, but dragging it closer to the door for me, so I don’t have to bend over). He’s also been doing more upon request (preparing dinner, even!)

I have been very interested in the way he has worked through the readers. Although we have the first ten, he is still reading number eight. And he has made his own progress. He will still occasionally start at the beginning, but he tends to start any session a couple before his ‘current’ book, and read while he has momentum. That may or may not mean he finishes a new book in the session. He’s not memorising them (well, he may have done the first one, now:-) ), but he’s definitely practising decoding them.

This Week

Our plans for
Week 3, Block 7, Edith Term

Language
Introduce phonograms ‘ng’, ‘ea’ (sandpaper letters and sand tray)
Parve puer caerule (Little Boy Blue)
Fac silentium, tace (Quiet!)
Napoleon (Napoleon)
Tiens-toi droit! (Sit Up!)

English Studies
The Story of Little King Loc‘ from The Olive Fairy Book Andrew Lang
Winnie-The-Pooh A. A. Milne
Narration: ‘The Two Pots‘, ‘The Goose and the Golden Egg‘, ‘The Spendthrift and the Swallow‘ from The Aesop for Children Ill. Milo Winter (He’s really a bit too young for Narration, so I’m mostly going to be keeping an ear out for re-tellings, or incorporation in play)
Recitation: Little Bo-Peep and Little Boy Blue A. A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

Art and Music
Folksong: Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Work: Danse Macabre
Artist: Jan Van Eyck
Work: The Last Judgement
Music: Simple and Compound Duple (The Kodály Method 1 Lois Choksy) Here Comes a Bluebird
Art: Watercolours, Brushed Branches, Zig Zag Trees (Art Ideas Fiona Watts)

Progress

Week 2, Block 7, Edith Term

Mostly, this week has been about phonics. Puggle is pulling out the readers, and is very keen to know the next sounds, but we haven’t done a great deal else. Partly at least, because I haven’t had the oomph to read or sing (although, we did read some of Winnie the Pooh).

Car for Sale

Now that we have the new car sorted (yay!), I need to sell my old one… just in case there’s anyone who might be interested, here are the details.

1993 Toyota Corolla Seca Hatchback, white. Manual (5 speed). Air conditioning, power steering, tinted. Manual included. 227,500kms. It’s registered until June next year. Very reliable. $3800 ono.

Comment if it might suit.

Car!

We have to do the actual transfer and stuff, but we have a satisfactory RAC report, so we have a car! I can start forgetting car info!

I am so relieved! Now I can reclaim my brain, and start making other decisions:-) How many more nappies do we need? What should we call Cygnet? Which carseat will we get for Bilby? How can we rearrange the house?

This Week

Our plans for
Week 2, Block 7, Edith Term

Language
Introduce phonograms ‘ur’, ‘wor’, ‘ear’ (sandpaper letters and sand tray)
Agitat Cunas (Rock-a-bye-baby)
Fac silentium, tace (Quiet!)
Fais Dodo (Go to sleep)
Oo lĂ  lĂ ! (Oh no!)

English Studies
The Blue Parrot‘ from The Olive Fairy Book Andrew Lang
Winnie-The-Pooh A. A. Milne
Narration: ‘The Peacock and the Crane‘, ‘The Farmer and the Cranes‘, ‘The Farmer and his Sons‘ from The Aesop for Children Ill. Milo Winter (He’s really a bit too young for Narration, so I’m mostly going to be keeping an ear out for re-tellings, or incorporation in play)
Recitation: Knights and Ladies and The Mirror A. A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

Art and Music
Folksong: Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Work: Symphony 3 in C Major
Artist: Jan Van Eyck
Work: The Crucifixion
Music: Simple and Compound Duple (The Kodály Method 1 Lois Choksy) Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Art: Watercolours, Colour and Tone (Art Ideas Fiona Watts)

Swimming

The children have both done swimming lessons since they were around 5 or 6 months old. I won’t be able to swim with them for the first little while after Cygnet arrives, so Paddington will be doing so. In preparation, we took them to the pool today, so he could practise (particularly with Bilby, Puggle is old enough that the parent is basically a moving platform:-) )
I had planned on spending a few minutes going over some holds, then giving Bilby a chance to practise with her dada, and then we’d spend most of the time playing.

Instead? Bilby spent almost all the time swimming between us! Back and forth… she was really tired by the end (tending to float with minimal propulsion… which did have it’s disturbing moments—she has a much longer lung capacity than I always give her credit for). She did go on the slide a couple of times, and thought that was fun, but mostly, she was about throwing herself into the water towards whichever parent wasn’t currently holding her:-)

Puggle had a great time, doing circuits, duck diving, sliding and showing off his new-found ‘windmill arms’:-) He still tends to need a new battery in his left arm, and tends to cycle his legs instead of kicking them… but he’s definitely swimming, and really comfortable in water… Sadly the water wasn’t really deep enough for him to practice diving… I’m not sure if there are any pools that would be more suitable—I (generally, it was a bit colder today) like the temperature of the pool we went to… the kids still get cold quite quickly as it’s not as warm as the pool where we do our lessons, but it’s better than an outdoor pool would be. But it is shallow enough that Puggle can walk the whole time (now… he still tends to jump, because when we first went there he was only just tall enough).

It was a lot of fun… and something we need to do more often:-)

Progress

Week 1, Block 7, Edith Term

A bit of a mixed week. We did do a reasonable amount of reading (he’s really enjoying Winnie-The-Pooh🙂 ) He’s still reading the readers I got from the library (I have the next five to collect on Monday). He still asks about all the text he sees!

I didn’t get organised properly with most of the songs, the poem, or the art prints… so they’ve only just gone up on the TV cabinet. As a result, we’ve not properly begun most of them (aside from Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, which he has decided is a bedtime song—I know it now, in spite of not being able to sing until the latter part of this week!) I still also need to track down some Saint-SaĂ«ns:-( I must search the library tomorrow.

We’ve also been easing back into some of the routines that fell apart when we were sick. Getting the nappy off first thing in the morning is back to being a ‘challenge’:-( But the dining room is being dust-busted after breakfast again, which helps the household cleanliness no end!

Still finding the automated music a real boost:-) Puggle tends to know what the different music means now, so he’s starting to move in that direction without waiting for me (some of the time, at least… especially when the dinner preparation music comes on:-) )

Craft Sunday

This Sunday!

We appear to be recovered!

It should be a nice day!

1.30 onwards… Not sure what I’ll be doing, but I’ll find something!

Hope to see some of you:-)

This Week

Our plans for
Week 1, Block 7, Edith Term

Language
Introduce phonograms ‘er’, ‘ir’ (sandpaper letters and sand tray)
Agitat Cunas (Rock-a-bye-baby)
Noli tangere’ (Don’t touch!)
Fais Dodo (Go to sleep)
Lèves-toi! (Get up!)

English Studies
Madschun‘ from The Olive Fairy Book Andrew Lang
Winnie-The-Pooh A. A. Milne
Narration: ‘The Fox and the Goat‘, ‘The Cat, The Cock and the Young Mouse‘, ‘The Wolf and the Shepherd‘ from The Aesop for Children Ill. Milo Winter (He’s really a bit too young for Narration, so I’m mostly going to be keeping an ear out for re-tellings, or incorporation in play)
Recitation: Sand-Between-the-Toes A. A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

Art and Music
Folksong: Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Work: Symphony 3 in C Major
Artist: Jan Van Eyck
Work: The Crucifixion
Music: Accent (The Kodály Method 1 Lois Choksy) Old Blue
Art: Watercolours, About Colours (Art Ideas Fiona Watts)

Progress

Week 5, Block 6, Dorothea Term

This has been a week of recovery. I don’t think I’ve gone so long without singing since Puggle arrived! So, we haven’t started the folksong at all. I also haven’t prepared for this Block the way I did last Block. I certainly haven’t got on to my Latin decision:-(

On the other hand, Puggle has continued to be very interested in reading. He asks about all the text he sees (and, oh my goodness, are we surrounded by text! It’s quite exhausting!). I requested some phonics readers from the library, and he’s worked his way through the first 4. It’s very interesting to watch. He’s definitely reading, because they’re not books he’s seen or heard before… and his intonation is very much that of reading. each. word. as. he. decodes. it. He also has to pause about half way through each book (they’re about 10 pages long, with generally about 4-6 words per page) to stare around the room, have a conversation, regroup, and then attack the rest of the book. It is so much effort! It makes me very glad that he is providing the motivation and is finding it as ‘easy’ as he is—I can’t imagine how hard it would be otherwise!

So, all up, we’re feeling much better health-wise, and even though we took more of a break than I’d hoped, there’s definite progress occuring:-)

Cakes

Paddington very kindly pointed this link out to me… Some marvellous options there:-) Redbraids? I’m looking at you with number 2, and especially number 7!

I’m not sure whether I’ll show these to Puggle:-) He’s already chosen a cake for his next birthday…

This Week

Our plans for
Week 5, Block 6, Dorothea Term (Break Week)

The only thing we have planned for this week is beginning the new folksong, Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes. My plans of course include getting the next block entered, and sorting out printing for the Art prints and folksongs for next term. If I manage to get on top of that, I really should get around to investigating possible Latin curricula for next year…

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