March, what a month you have been! March has been a great month here. One packed with days out due to the better weather and lots of time just ‘being’.
I feel like we have packed a lot into March, and a quick read through my diary shows me that we really did do a lot! We started the month by looking at the theme of ‘under the sea’. We read a couple of books and made up our whales and jellyfish crafts and played with them on the tuff spot.
World Books Day vouchers were spent this month too, and the children each chose a book. Mr D chose Esio Trot, his first introduction to chapter books and the magic of Roald Dahl. He loved this book and we have since read The Twits (my old version!) and did make a start on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Mr D has really improved his reading skills, mostly through the Readin Eggs game which I wrote about here.
We have been having fun playing lots of the games the children got for Christmas and that Miss E got for her birthday. Two that we really enjoy are Bug and Bird Bingo. These are both great games that we all enjoy playing as a family and Miss E, in particular, is amazing at matching up the card called to her game board.
We have continued with Spanish and the children have learnt some new songs as well as some animals etc. I also began my evening classes and I’m really enjoying those but am finding it difficult to find time to read my notes! I think I might try to find some audio stuff to download and play in the car for when we are out and about. Mr H, at just 8 months old was responding to Spanish phrases this month which I think was pretty impressive!
We have had lots of lovely days out with friends at various parks and soft play centres as well as plenty of walks just the children and I. On Friday just gone we had a lovely day in Heaton Park meeting some new people and exploring and playing. We were there for almost 4.5 hours and we were all pretty tired after all that fresh air!
March also saw Mother’s Day – my first as a mum of three. The children went with Damian the day before to choose a card and gift and on the Sunday the children and I made some cards using their hand and footprints and Mr D and Miss E drew me some pictures. Mr D is really getting to grips with his writing now and I can often hear him repeating words to work out the spelling. I’m glad that he is developing this interest himself without being pushed into it. I think every day they have got their pens and paper out and drawn various pictures for me.
On Mother’s Day we also went to a Baptism – a friend we have met via some local Home Ed groups and her three girls are all similar in age to my three – maybe a month or so difference at each stage. We had a lovely time and the children, of course, enjoyed themselves.
Miss E gained her first swimming badge at the end of the month, which she was most pleased about I just hope that Mr D gets his next badge soon. We also went to the PR night for the opening of the new Lego Ninjago area at the Lego Discovery Centre in Manchester. The children had a great time and certainly had lots of fun making up the kits we got on the evening. It’s amazing how much they have both come on in being able to manipulate the lego since Christmas time.
April promises much with better weather on the way and hopefully our seeds starting to grow. I don’t really have much planned at the moment, other than to continue with Reading Eggs and Math Seeds for the children and trying to make the best of the good weather. We have Easter to look forward to too, and I am sure the children will enjoy having Damian around for the extended weekend. On Easter Saturday we have plans with some friends to enjoy a barbeque so hopefully the weather will be good for that. April will also see us make the final decisions for Mr D and his schooling.
And finally, I managed to get some pictures of the four of us this month – they’re not great as it’s near impossible to get us all looking at the camera at the same time and not pulling silly faces! I like this picture though – taken quickly and with the children how I think of them – Mr H happily smiling or shouting, Miss E pulling faces and Mr D being, well Mr D!