I'll get to that question in a little bit, I am in a kind of rambling mood today... I woke yesterday morning to Harmonie emptying out her clothes drawer and saying she likes stripes and spots after dressing herself in a very unusual style indeed. I should have taken a photo but my brain wasn't awake enough to think about such things, instead I got tidying.
When tidying it away I noticed how much mess has been building up in the corners and under the beds in the girls' room. How I sneezed! We ended up removing 2 bin bags of broken toys and rubbish that had built up in there. How does it happen? How is it possible to accumulate so much stuff?
After that, feeding the girls their breakfast and bathing the two younger ones it was lunchtime for me!
Harmonie spent the rest of her morning with her Duplo and playdough, while I finished up odds and ends. It's strange but when I start on a tidy up (always out of the blue, never expected) I just can't stop. I always feel better when I'm finished even if it is only one room, yesterday it was a room and a half. Don't get me wrong my house isn't anywhere near what I call tidy but it needs to be organised enough to get through a day with my four girls and entertaining them without demanding children every two seconds and hearing 'I've lost pinky!' or 'Where's spotty the dog gone, I can't sleep without it!'.
Writing about demanding children just reminded me of something: the other day Honi found the little bell we have upstairs and started ringing it and calling out 'servant!' It was so funny! I couldn't answer at first as I was holding my breath so not to laugh. When I calmed down I told her not to be so cheeky, laughed with her and settled her down with something to do. She's a funny, lovely little girl is my Honi.
Honi got some reading comprehension done while the two older ones wrote a letter to their new penpal, a friend they made on holiday. Honi then had a go on her maths App on MY (it is still mine honest) iPad before moving on to a French app game. We all ended up joining in with that.
On the subject of learning French, sometimes I wonder if we get any French in but when we do games like this I am always shocked at how much they have taken in and how their vocabulary improves each time! I do try to talk to them in French where possible (my French is limited but I still try my best and with them my vocabulary is coming back and growing too).
Honi was also very pleased to hear that now she is six she can help Mummy with the drying up. I wonder how long it will take before she thinks of it as a chore? Years I hope... I know wishful thinking!
That reminds me of something else, one of those days, this time it was something I was asked about recently by a fellow home educator, she asked: do you home-school all year round? - the answer is yes. Some home educators take long breaks whereas we take breaks when we feel we need them, or when Daddy is off work. We just do life really. Children are always learning in the same way as adults are always learning but they learn at a faster rate than us; they learn (as all of us do) in all kinds of ways, in their own individual ways with their own individual interests. We just fit that into our life style; life is, after all, all about learning.
During summer I suppose we do a little less at the table and in the cold months we spend hours inside at the table but it never stops and why should it when we are having so much fun! We had a week off learning at the table and then my older two were craving and asking when the table work would be out again. That makes me bubble up with joy to know my girls really truly love learning.
There was a little bit of singing and dancing in the middle of our day, Harmonie chose the Big Fish, Little Fish song - the reason being our recent Pontins holiday of course. Before we knew it it was 4 O'clock and despite the rain we headed out as milk was needed. Honi was on her skates again, at this rate she won't be needing new shoes!
When we came back from shopping Honi wanted to fit in a bit more science, well preparation for our next science experiment. we tried to do this new experiment before we went on holiday but it didn't work and it takes a couple of days to do it so today was the first day we got round to it. I really hope we get it right this time! She's just excited to try.
We have some friends coming today, they are online friends that we are meeting for the first time and we are very excited. I will tell you how it goes in my next post no doubt!