So, apologies that my June update is a little later than normal. It’s been a hectic and tiring weekend and the time I’d usually have spent writing has somehow eluded me. I hope to be back into a more regular blogging routine in the coming weeks
June has been another busy month for us. It started with an impromptu visit to the park where we met some friends and a weekend playing with the fab airhogs rocket (you can read more about that here). The weather was particularly good at the start of the month so we had a lot of time outside.
The month started in a really productive way in terms of tangible learning – it’s hard when you are at home as it can sometimes feel that there is some sort of invisible pressure to prove you’re doing ‘stuff’. I’m not always sure what I think that ‘stuff’ should be, but that I sort of feel I really ought to be doing stuff with the children. The reality, of course, is that the learning happens in spontaneous ways and often through play, and the start of the month was one that was rich in bein able to watch the children and see just how much their imaginative play is developing as they grow and learn together.
We did our number bond caterpillars, continued playing on reading eggs and maths seeds and one of the highlights of the month was when the children created comic strips. When I had attended BlogOn in May, I had picked up a couple of copies of the Beano. Mr D was really engaged with this and decided he wanted to make his own comic. I drew out some comic strip boxes on a piece of A3 paper and he created and drew his own story. He then asked me to write in the words to his story. I was really impressed with it – it was an actual story that showed his little imagination hard at work.
at @blogonuk a few weeks back I picked up a Beano comic for D. He is since really engaged with them and we have purchased another one this weekend. this afternoon we have made put own comic strip. he has come up with the story and drawn the pictures and I have written in the words for him. E is doing her own version too swipe for more ➡
One thing that we did do, that I haven’t yet alluded to on here or my social media, is a two day trip to London. We had picked up a fantastic deal on the train some months back and so this month saw us pack a bag and have a trip to London. The children had a ball and we were so pleased with just how well they coped with all the walking. We packed a lot in on our first day including seeing Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben (the highlight I think for the children) and walking along the South Bank and up to St Paul’s. The second day we decided to take things a bit easier and spent the day at the Natural History Museum which the children loved and Mr D, in particular, took a lot from.
We have been continuing withour Spanish and I need to be more disciplined in setting time aside for my own learning. I have some workbooks that I am slowly working through to consolidate my written work and reading ability as and when I get the time and I have purchased some short children’s books that I read with the children to attempt to sort out my spoken Spanish! I started the second course in my adult learners group and have been enjoying that a lot. It is challenging though to say the least.
This month we started a music group and both the older two are learning the recorder. I am excited for them to learn an instrument as it was something I always enjoyed as a child, and it’s given me a nudge to get my clarinet out of the loft and try to brush up on that. I also need to see if my parents can find my recorders in their loft so I can practice with the children.
Mr D has also really ramped up his maths and reading. He has begun to notice hundreds, tens and units in a way he hadn’t before and can easily count now without having to think about it. He is also getting better at adding and subtracting and I’ll probably start some more regular maths stuff with him at the back-end of the year. He is currently working his way through a series of books, with the promise of when those have all been read he can have a new set of ‘learning to read books’. His reading has really improved in leaps and bounds and he is able to sound out a lot of words now.
When I was planning this post I was a little worried about what I would fine to write about for June, but looking back it shows we have had a hugely busy month; and I’ve not included the baking we have done, the playing with friends, the PE group and the exploring and climbing at our favourite lake. I’ve also not even mentioned the main event of June – the first birthday of Mr H! We had a lovely time and it’s strange to think that he is now one. I wrote a little reflection on his first year here.
July promises to be another busy month and I can’t believe we are halfway through the year! Time really does fly.