It hasn't quite kept us indoors though. Sessions at soft play and ice skating made up some indoor exercise.
The children have hoped, against hope for snow. It probably didn't help that I read Snowflake Bentley with them.
The younger two spent mornings on English and maths. The children have loved using some games, this month:
- Sum swamp for number bonds to 12, odd and even. A great game that takes about 10 minutes to play.
- Slug in a jug works on rhyming words and includes several which are spelled in different ways.
- Pass the word is a spelling game, against time.
One of the children has started a new phonics programme: Phonological Awareness Training which works on word endings, teaching -in separately from -ine to avoid problems with "magic e". So far, so good! The reading is improving so something is working. We are still using Jolly Phonics for our youngest as this appears to be a better fit for him.
In the afternoons, the younger two children often paint, go outside, have read alouds for history and science as well as a chapter book. Charlie and the chocolate factory has been a success so far!
We are reviewing a young children's music curriculum, Kinderbach. Review in a few weeks!
I've been reading Kate Adie's book Fighting on the Home Front about the role of women in the First World War. Whilst I certainly don't agree with everything in the book, it is a fascinating read. Kate Adie comes from a feminist stance and doesn't have an understanding of why what the Bible says might come above societal norms but having said that, I'm enough of a feminist to think that it was quite unjust for women to be paid less than men for the same job or to be arbitrarily prevented from having certain roles.
Earlier in the week, I alluded to Andrew Bonar's biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne. This is due for a reread and so far, I'm a few chapters in. This is a definite recommend!
The rest of life
We've waved Eldest Son off to university again. We all miss him.
Caring responsibilities are increasing. God gives strength for the day. I'm grateful for this.
I'm looking forward to Spring and the children to snow!
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