We tackled the first chapter in the new maths book working on place value of numbers, it is an area that can at times flummox Benedict but thanks to the working practical examples in the book, I'm hoping this time it will finally click.
He was looking ghastly towards the end and upon checking his blood it was clear why, 32mmol/l... not good, gave a hefty insulin bolus and made him a drink to flush out his system. We opened a brand new box of artists chalks and he had a peaceful time creating a picture of his choice:
Artist in residence.
Whilst Benedict was busy working independently Pip unleashed her own creative force:
Using big sister Emma's oil pastels, it has been many years since these were used.
Making patterns with the wooden triangular tiles.
Practicing her cutting skills ... why do all small children cut with their mouths hanging open?!!
After this she'd had enough and was looking rather tired, so I put on the "Mary, Mungo and Midge" DVD and watched two episodes, "The Crane" and "The Toy Shop." The programme was originally aired as part of a "Watch with Mother" half hour daily series just after lunch time. I know my mum did sit down with a cup of tea in hand to watch, but like most mums welcomed the chance of a half hour catch up on the housework!
After lunch Benedict finished reading his Enid Blyton Famous Five book, which he had only started on Monday and wrote a book report, on his own and with no nagging or input from me! We then had a visit from the homeopath, after which he finished his written copy work for the St George story. His drawings and writings for yesterday and today are as follows:
'The knight did not want to be burned up again so he fell from the dragon. Weary and wounded, he lay under the apple tree - it's branches were covered with red fruit and healing dew dropped from them. Night spread over the earth and the knight slept under the tree.'
'They went back to the castle and told the story of the dragon slaying. The King announced that the knight had earned his rest but he replied, "No My Lord. I have sworn to give knight's service to the Fairy Queen for six years." The knight and Una were married and he made many adventures and was known as St George of England.'
It has been a very productive and enjoyable week but I'm glad that, "teaching duty" is over for the weekend... I need to give my brain a rest!