The Slump

Blog_review_pic_techniquest_01ARGH! What a week. I am officially naming the week, “The Slump” everyone has been so riddled with illness from tummy bugs to flu like colds, we have all endured all of it. And we are wiped out. It’s always the way though isn’t it? When you have been over-exerting and then you slow down. Sure is a hell of a motivation to not slow down, that’s for sure.

But despite all of the illness, and generally feeling sorry for ourselves, we’ve been trying hard with our reading. Logan has been sticking to phase 2 high frequency words and phase 3 digraphs. Caitlin has been doing phase 2 phonemes and some of the common words (that she recognises the grapheme/corresponding sound. They have both worked incredibly hard at it. Our aim is to practise twice daily, but so long as we meet once daily, we’re calling it a success. This is, after all, the beginning and we have a son who is afraid to take the challenge, so it can be difficult – no pressure on ourselves, just effort and satisfaction with knowing we have done what we could in a day.

On the most part, educationally, this is what we’ve done mostly – we started off the week with good intentions: puzzles, handwriting, reading etc. But the further the week went on, the more ill we have become and the less work has been done.

On the flip side. All this illness has left us unable to do a lot, so Mumma relented. We all climbed into my bed and between naps and cuddles, we watched a few films. The children really enjoyed it, it took the depression right out of feeling rubbish – getting TV time is a treat in this house. A treat they aren’t used to overusing. So it’s all very exciting. But also, it’s been quite nurture-full: the cuddles, the laziness, the slow approach to how we’ve done things. It sure has been much more calm.

ARGH! What a week. I am officially naming the week, “The Slump” everyone has been so riddled with illness from tummy bugs to flu like colds, we have all endured all of it. And we are wiped out. It’s always the way though isn’t it? When you have been over-exerting and then you slow down. Sure is a hell of a motivation to not slow down, that’s for sure.

But despite all of the illness, and generally feeling sorry for ourselves, we’ve been trying hard with our reading. Logan has been sticking to phase 2 high frequency words and phase 3 digraphs. Caitlin has been doing phase 2 phonemes and some of the common words (that she recognises the grapheme/corresponding sound. They have both worked incredibly hard at it. Our aim is to practise twice daily, but so long as we meet once daily, we’re calling it a success. This is, after all, the beginning and we have a son who is afraid to take the challenge, so it can be difficult – no pressure on ourselves, just effort and satisfaction with knowing we have done what we could in a day.

On the most part, educationally, this is what we’ve done mostly – we started off the week with good intentions: puzzles, handwriting, reading etc. But the further the week went on, the more ill we have become and the less work has been done.

On the flip side. All this illness has left us unable to do a lot, so Mumma relented. We all climbed into my bed and between naps and cuddles, we watched a few films. The children really enjoyed it, it took the depression right out of feeling rubbish – getting TV time is a treat in this house. A treat they aren’t used to overusing. So it’s all very exciting. But also, it’s been quite nurture-full: the cuddles, the laziness, the slow approach to how we’ve done things. It sure has been much more calm.

We had a play date, a recent class mate of Logan, early in the week, and thanks to this random bout of sunshine, the children were able to play in the garden without much fuss. They had a good time, it just gets spoilt a bit when Logan can’t just focus on safety, or at least enough to keep him and everyone else ok, he gets too excited (he can’t calm down) when he’s got someone new in the mix. He tries too hard to impress. It’s difficult because I basically end up nagging a lot, and honestly it’s not the way I want to parent.

Wednesday we were also treated to a play date, Max (my brother) is just under a year older than Logan, so he came over to play after he got home from school. He’s much more understanding of Logan’s and Caitlin’s behaviour than other children (he’s spent a lot of time with them); it makes me feel less on edge when they are playing together, not only does he understand, but I know he’s very comfortable with bringing it to my attention, and will also tell Logan when he thinks his behaviour is uncalled for. Or, with Caitlin, will tell her to back off – she’s a bit like a shadow, she follows them both everywhere, sometimes a little too closely.

On the weekend when feeling a little better we went to Techniquest, where the children (all three) were captivated by the science on show (see here for review). It was a really nice family day out to end a very long week.

That’s been our week. Not very exciting, but very real!

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