I'm loving being at home with the kids. There's no doubt in my mind that it's good for them. I've watched Belle blossom in confidence in just a little over one term. She's a naturally quiet child and was somewhat anxious in some social settings. Now I watch her speak comfortably to strangers at shops, libraries etc. with a clear, audible voice and I love it!
All three children are much more co-operative and seem more connected to our daily lives. They notice what is going on around them in the house, garden and with the animals. More and more I am seeing little changes like the children being aware when an animal needs water or the recycling needs to be emptied etc. without me needing to tell them. I notice the co-operation most with Buddy Boy, probably because he was the least co-operative to begin with! Lol!
Don't get me wrong. I'm certainly not saying every day is smooth but in general I can see huge changes in my children's security, self confidence and maturity.
Academically, I worry least about Buddy because I follow set programs for his reading and maths but, while I think the girls are doing well, I'm not using a formal method with them. We've been going with the flow a lot. Yesterday I set out to find some good educational books so that I could follow more of a plan. There is a lovely home-schooling mum who comments here and I am impressed by her organisation. She plans out each school term and knows what she will teach. She also uses a lot of online resources. I need to check out how to use them because they look amazing! I'm a little out of my depth with computery stuff so I tend to procrastinate with finding out how programs work.
Anyway, yesterday I set out to a bookstore I found by googling and arranged to meet my older girls there. I chose to go to a town in their direction because I love any chance to have all of my children together at the same time.
Well the book hunting went pear shaped. The shop didn't exist! However I got to spend a lovely, unscheduled 'fun day' with my kids. I also popped into one of those chain places to get my messy split ends chopped off. While I was in the chair the girls talked Buddy into having his hair cut! Woo Hoo! This has been an ongoing problem for a long time. He is eight years old and yesterday was the first time that he has had a complete haircut at a hairdresser! He wasn't completely calm but he did let her do it with a bit of coaxing. We had to use little strategies like, "Hold up five fingers. She'll do five cuts and every time she cuts you can put a finger down." It helps him feel like he has some element of control over the situation. Now lets just hope his hair grows slowly over summer!!
|Centre of attention - thank goodness for siblings!|
|Takes two hands to count; those pesky fingers won't stay down!|
|Ta Da!! Success!!!|