Well July – you were a rollercoaster! In more ways than one. July has left me exhausted but exhilerated – it’s had me, at times wondering if I’m cut out to home educate and then making me realise the absolute benefits of home educating. July has seen me be very thankful for our wonderful NHS and looking back at my diary of the month shows that we have used each and every day to the full.
July started off in a bad way… I was messaging a friend whilst II was waiting for the car to have its MOT and she mentioned her youngest had hand, foot and mouth. I didn’t think anything of it until I got home and noticed some small spots around Mr H’s mouth. I then noticed a nasty nappy rash and cue a few nights of very unsettled sleeping he soon had a full on nasty dose too. That was right at the beginning on July 1st, and now, on 1 August you can still see the blisters peeling on his feet. It was not good.
Then, in the latter half of the month Miss E came down with a fever that was alarmingly high and wasn’t settling with calpol. I called 111 for advice, and they arranged an appointment with the out of hours doctors (it was 10pm Friday night). She was triaged by a nurse who was very concerned and sent through promptly to a GP. He was also concerned and so we went to the paediatric team at the hospital. Thankfully her temperature started coming down and we were sent on our way a short time after with anitbiotics. She spent much of the weekend snoozing and all seemed OK until we spotted the rash that was appearing in reaction to the antibiotics – cue another visit to the GP who wanted to double-check her.
So far… we all seem to be OK, but since April/May when all three children had chicken pox it has felt like a never ending cycle of one of them being less than 100%!
However, despite the various bouts of illness we have done plenty during July. We have had lots of walks out, including to Dovestone and local parks. We have had lots of fun with friends be it running around country parks, exploring and finding caterpillars or playing games at our house. We have enjoyed trips in Manchester to see the Northern Quarter street art as well as start the BookBench trail. We went to pick fruit at Kenyon Hall farm with other Home Educated children and continued with our Spanish classes, gymnastics and swiming lessons.
The end of July has seen Miss E start a new gymnastics session. She has been invited into a ‘pre-squad’ which is the pre-squad for competition stuff. Whilst I don’t for one second think she is going to be an Olympic athelete, she does enjoy her gymnastics and seems to be particularly strong on the bars – she already attends a pre-school group and the other children in her group are all four (Miss E is 3) and she is noticably stronger in some areas than they are. We are taking the approach that it is something she enjoys doing and we are happy to see where it might lead for her. Plus it has the added benefit of being something soley for her – without having followed in her elder brothers footsteps. She enjoyed her first session last weekend so we will see how that goes for her.
This month has seen Mr D embark on the summer reading challenge set at the local library. He is tasked with reading six books and he has completed two so far. His reading is really coming along and he is working his way through a series of books at the moment then writing up his reviews using this template from Twinkl. He was very proud taking his file into the library yesterday and the librarian was suitably impressed by his efforts so far. It’s a great scheme and it’s worth checking our your local library to see if they’re taking part in the challenge this summer. When the summer challenge is over and Mr D moves onto his next set of early reading books I am going to set up a book ladder challenge for him. This is from Prenderland Books and is perfect for Mr D – he loves having something to work towards plus there is the added incentive of a certificate!
July has been packed with things and lots of fun – in between all these things Damian has also had a week off work. He got to see how the children have progressed at their various groups as well as managing to find time to do a lot of DIY and the such around the house.
August promises to be just as much fun and whilst there isn’t too much planned at the moment I am sure we will end up just as busy as we have been during July.
This month’s picture is the best of a very bad lot! I realised yesterday that I hadn’t managed to snap a picture of the four of us so I tried to get one whislt we were waiting for a friend to meet us at the country park. Clearly Mr H wanted to join in…