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« Reply #260 on: 16/04/15, 17:21 »
oh yes im now a national trust member. looking forward to lots of fun days now :-D

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    « Reply #261 on: 17/04/15, 23:50 »
    fabulous 2 days. J started saying after he had just woke me up yday that if he took one picture off my wall i would have 3 left, then if he di it agin i would have 2 and then 1 and then zero. i was still semi comatose so no coerci.g from me. ha. then i said if we put one back how many woukd there be on my wall? he looked at me blankly. so i guess we'll work on bigger minuses fir now as addition is something that hasnt clicked yet. A 's behaviour goes from strength to strength and i am beginning to see a child that never shuts up :-). he has gone from virtual silence to constantly talking. its lovely dont get me wrong, its also draining at times.
    although we hardly ever write anything on paper i can see A writinig improving. he gies through my fridge freezer food cupboards and happily writes me a shopping list as im busy washing up etc and i can see him thinking how letter are shaped now. i see him concentrate on writing top to bottom instead of bottom to top and its wonderful to see.
    J tonight showed how much hes picking up on reading eggs as he was quite happy to write on the steam on the shower screen. i asked him to write cat so he wrote cAt, then i asked him to write the and that was thE. at this point i dont mind he hasnt got the letters in correct case as it shows he is actually beginning to remember hiw the word is formed in the first place.
    we traded a load of games today for more.games and A git that concept really easily. we held up the other customers for ages but it doesnt matter as we were learning. haha. bet the other customers werent happy though. oops.
    i have educated the regional manager of greggs (we had breakfast out the other day) and an old friend yesterday on home ed. today i educated the local pharmacist and the labour rep that doorstepped me. i kept her a virtual prisoner for half an hour. she asked if i was voting labour and i said i was very firmly undecided. asked her if she knew.labours policies on home ed and she admitted she didnt. so i told her their policies as well as tory ukip and the greens. it was a very good discussion actually. the upshot being she thinks im brave very articulate and highly educated. hahahaha i left school with exactly zero.qualifications as they wouldnt let me take my exams as i had truanted so much due to bullying. i simply said im not highly educated but i am passionate about home ed and i am passionate about politics. i follow every debate (even if it means missing eastenders for example) and download manifestos.
    J prepared and cooked another curry, that boy really knows his stuff now :-) obviously with minor help. he can also prepare and cook mash meals as well as hitdogs and spag and burger and chips and stew.
    we are loving ourroutine reading eggs math seeds and rhen whatever they want to do. friday is a free day so i can clean. today however was nipping into town and trading games.  and then of course playing said games.
    i want to thank mierran again for putting me on this journwy, it really is a fabulous one, although sometimes not for the faint hearted.
    finally i have become an events organiser. i have arranged for the local home ed group a farm to fork vusit at tescos in may. my boys are really looking forward to it. i have spoken to.our local vicar about renting 1 of hus community halls , mainly in winter, for anither local meet. i help arrange meets on the local parks and so far it going really well.
    7 months ago i was terrified, but did it anyway, of taking the plunge into home ed and now i am arranging event s for others as well!!!!!!
    so thank you mierran for saving my family. i hope one day you get the chance to do it for yours, but i do understand its difficult if one partner is not on board. maybe he will see the error of his ways and your health will improve.
    thank you again xxx

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    « Reply #262 on: 25/04/15, 10:11 »
    were back online YAY!
    weve done our usual. reading eggs maths seeds. A has acquired more certificates and the printer has briken. so off to the library yesterday. A even got the guts up to take the money to the librarian for the pages we printed. i peeped round a doorway. 5 minutes later ...... turns out he was having an indepth conversation about the nerf guns we were getting from Argos with his pocket money. so hopefully, his confidence is beginning to return.
    J is in defiant mode. losing his temper a lot and then bursti.g into tears when he cant always get hos own way. but we'll work through it i suppose. we went to a local gardwn centre during the week. took my mum in the wheelchair. we had people.giggling at us as dad was with with us so we kept running off and hiding from him, he was pushing mum and the we kept jumpinv out and shouting boo. me trying to run with a walking stick. ha! they played on the adventure playground and looked at the fishponds. we got an impromptu fish kesson from one of the staff so that was cool.
    my dad is coming tomorrow. and we are on holiday next week. son, DIL and my mum are staying at home here. we were taking the puppies with us but im also taking my friend and her dog and our dogs dont really get on with them. so pups staying home this time.

     checked forecast for holidays. supposedly rain all week. great!
    onwards and upwards!!!!

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    « Reply #263 on: 4/05/15, 09:05 »
    not a bad week at all. only rained when we were in the caravan so not too bad. " days at the beach, the rest of the time sampling everything haven has to offer.
    worked out big amusements arcades are really not good for A, he turns into a raving monster. think the lights noise and atmosphere got a bit too much for him. J was fine. Tuesday we had an emergency on our hands. J tripped and fell head and genital first into a ride. hit his head on a metal bar jutting out and his genitals on a corner of the step, of course that was metal as well.  boy did he scream. massive egg on his head immediately. so i now know where the local gp's are in Mablethorpe. he was dosed up really well on paracetamol suspension until Friday.
    the environmental health are dredging the beach at Mablethorpe to reduce the risk of flooding in the area. they had leaflets on it so while the boys ate their ice creams, i read this information out to them, took 10 minutes. afterwards, i asked a few questions on what they had just heard and the answered them all correctly. my friend was amazed. so i turned to her and said home ed is as easy or as hard as you want to make it.
    we scoured the beach for crab shells, normal shells, and we found 2 dead starfish. so we have a lot of googling over the next couple of days.
    A's confidence seems to be soaring at the moment and I'm very pleased with that.
    when he had his massive meltdown, i did actually find that walking away and ignoring him, managed the situation better than joining him so to speak. although i did get disparaging looks from parents and grand parents. you know the look 'control your child!!!' look. point is by being calm and just walking away i was controlling him. even though he was screaming and hitting x DH and carrying on. we got to the beach and he started to calm right down. no more massive arcades for him!!!!
    came home and Ive had a massive migraine for the last 3 days. slowly beginning to feel a little more normal again.

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    « Reply #264 on: 16/05/15, 18:14 »
    nice weather is here, so were getting kids and mutts out every day for about 3 hours. yesterday they were den building while i took dogs to a secluded area and carried on training walt on re-call. kids were fine and safe.
    today we headed back to the same place and some a HE. family spotted us and joined us. so dogs spent a lot of time on leads but the kids had fun. both dogs now asleep. reading eggs and maths seeds is going well. the rest of the time were just following and living life.
    life is so relaxed now school isnt part of the equation :-D

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    « Reply #265 on: 16/05/15, 18:47 »
    forgot to mention we went sudbury hall and the museum of childhood. kids got to go up the chimney. it was really black and dark in there. they played with all the old fashioned toys. we had a really good time. on the way out a different HE family turned up so we spent over an hour socialising with them.
    really am loving this lifestyle

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    « Reply #266 on: 27/05/15, 19:00 »
    J practises writing with a felt tip pen on my windows.
    A re-enacting my dexa scan that i had in february.
    A watching and answering questions in beat the brain on bbc 2.
    farm to fork went well. 8 kids turned up inc mine. 2 hours of learning how tesco works.
    were going to a 3 day workshop at pets at home. tom, [email protected] and sat. 2-2.30. tom is small furry animals, friday, rabbits and sat guinea pigs. been shared on my secret social media page and most of my HE families are going as well.
    today saw us all at a woodland and local park. boys whizzing down hills on their plastic motorbikes. A independently deciding to roll down the hill. must have been out playing for 2 hrs.

    A has said since hes HE he isnt as scared of getting stuff wrong anymore. teachers used to shout if thwy got it wrong. i dont as i realise you learn more from your mistakes (god knows ive made enough) than you do if you get stuff right firat time.
    friends are moaning its half term and their kids are.getting on their nerves. i cant relate to it at all anymore.
    A never shuts up now!!!! which is a good thing.
    J is his usual cheeky mischievious self.
    check back later, dinner burning

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    « Reply #267 on: 30/05/15, 10:32 »
    so what have we done this week.
    Well reading eggs and mathseeds every day is a given.
    we have had fun camping in the garden.
    weve been woodland walking and picking up sticks that look bendy enough to try and make a home made bow.
    we have been to pets at home for their free workshops on caring for small animals. last session today. guinea pigs.
    we have had a chat about james bulger as J has a nasty habit of running off in shops and hiding in tiny little places and then not answering when called. as awful as it sounds i have been quite graphic. not told them everything that happened to that poor little boy. ut enough to actually make J stay with me and stop running off. he ended up in Halfords on his own the other day, and my heart leapt into my throat quite a few times.
    found out my nieces dont have a very good family life. eldest is 4 next one is 3. i dont see them personally as the mother has issues with me but my xdh was helping down his mothers when she and the girls came round. he was helping his brother (the daddy) put up fencing. so the girls are asking dh what are you doing? as HE parents we know queztions lead to learning dh was quite prepared to answer them. no need. as BIL shouted for the kids to Bleep leave him alone, sit down, shut up you Bleep ******. every time they moved sit down you Bleep ******, you Bleep ******. they start reception and nursery in september. dh has told me this in confidence. and not to repeat it. however, i am thinking of writing to the school and saying if ****** ******* starts saying to the other kids sit down shut up etc etc etc, do not be concerned as shes only roleplaying mummy and daddy. see what happens. i will deny any knowledge to xdh and say just think if they shout and speak to the kids like that in your mums garden, how do you think they speak to the girls at home. any number of their neighbours could have reported them. personally, i find it very upsetting. i dont even allow my kids to call each other stupid idiots as it really does hurt people. and to think these 2 little girls hear this colourful language directed at them every day from their own parents!
    my kids bounce over furniture, dont sit still, shout, scream (with laughter ignore instructions, spray water, mess about generally. these girls were quite happy running around 1 patch of lawn. what harm were they doing?
    today their parents have got babysitters in as there having an adult.day at nandos. i imagine the kids could do with the respite and school will be a breeze compared to their homelife.
    i sincerely hope im not harming my kids they way they are.
    anyway onwards and upwards.

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    « Reply #268 on: 8/06/15, 21:36 »
    weekly updafe
    reading eggs/mathseeds as per.
    we've been shopping. J recognised 50p. told his nanna that 1.00 was 100. nanna said no but i corrected her and said yes thats right darling, 1.00 is 100 hundred pennies. then he saw some sweets for 70 pounds (his words) so in horror i checked and explained its 70p. i understand its a little confusing for little ones.
    we had a meet on wednesday with the gang. lots of stick hunting and pool splashing. and lots of conversation.
    lots of board games and preparing meals. bedtime tickles and some reading. J has started reasing early phonic books to me thanks to reading eggs. he is independently beginning to write letter and words.
    lots of family colouring and + has started colouring neatly in the lines. he concentrates longer than A , think A still has some issues with writing associated with school.
    sunday saw us at a local farm for open farm day event. hmmm, it wasnt a.success. A complaini.g hes bored all the way through. so off to a park, we strops and tantrums from both were magnificent.
    today has been their weekly swimming lesson at the local pool.
    tomorrow wed thurs im cauggt up with an endless round of hospital appointments, so will have to make do with readings/mathseeds and see my kids when i can. good job DH is still very available for helping out.
    A was.doing 3d shapes on mathseeds today and really enjoyed it. fitting triangles and rectangles into squares, believe me it can be done
    A friend is asking allotment association for an allotment for the home ed community. association was most interested in that concept. hopefully one should be available in a month. get my kids over their pbobia of getting dirty. not from me i hasten to add.

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    « Reply #269 on: 12/06/15, 22:34 »
    Love the nanna story!
    I'm still reading but also still adjusting to having two. J is now 3mths old and kat starting to sleep longer which is great,  just my poor engorged boobs suffering!