Winter Update…

It’s been a while…a LONG… while since I posted anything bloggy, so here’s a family update…
Megan: 

  • Got selected by her gymnastics club to join a squad development team. We are super proud of her and can see some huge improvements in her skill level, though the class is for 2 hours after school and is at a really inconvenient time. We are persevering for now…and will see if she is still interested after the September holidays.
  • Has the most wobbly tooth right at the front that just refuses to fall out! It actually looks like a buck tooth because it’s so out of alignment to the others!

   
Alex:

  • is dealing with the emotional upheaval that goes with being a 5yr old boy! He goes from 0 to outraged in 2.4seconds and can turn with an angelic smile and say “I love you mum” very soon after. His emotional spectrum gives me whiplash!! 
  • Is doing amazingly well at school. His reading is improving exponentially, he loves school and his teachers love him (clearly they don’t see the above point at school!)
  • Is still obsessed with making paper planes. He is actually quite good at it, but I’m soooooooo totally sick of finding folded paper all throughout the house and my classroom!

  
 Mike:

  • Is still a bit of a gym junkie, going 3 times a week. Our evening life seems to revolve around his gym schedule but I don’t mind (much) since he is taking the initiative to look after this health.
  • Has joined the SES. The SES (state emergency service) are the go to people that the police, firies and ambos (fire brigade and ambulance) call in to help with emergency situations. It is voluntary and mike is loving all the training he has been doing before the new recruits are allowed out onto the field during emergencies. I wasn’t aware of just how often the SES are called upon. I thought hey we’re just there to help during floods, bush fires, search and rescues, etc. Apparently they do a huge amount of work with the police, protecting the integrity of evidence, cordoning off crime scenes, etc.

Me:

  • School has been pretty full-on in the last few months…though really, when is it not! I do have to admit though, that I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel! My little preppies (in their first year of school) are amazing me with how well they are able to read, write and tackle all things school related. It almost makes me want to put my hand up to take another on another batch next year….almost!
  • Our garden has been quite neglected lately. The winter weather has been miserable and only the last few weekends have been bearable enough to trek outside to see what’s growing. We currently have…snow peas, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, rosemary, thyme, swede, turnip, onions, beetroot, garlic, rhubarb, potatoes, figs, apples, pears, peaches, strawberries, plums, lemons, mandarins and passionfruit! The veggies will be harvested in the next month or two, but the fruit will need a few more years before they provide us with much.

  

 

  • We have been counting down (slowly) towards our cruise next year. We have researched the heck out of cruising and I think I have found every trick to saving money or saving baggage space as I can!  

     That’s it for now!

Game-itis…!

After battling her son and his obsession with electronic devices and games, a friend recently threw out a comment that got her son worrying…

“You’ll get game-itis if you keep playing that iPad!”

She told him it affects his eyes and means he can’t play on any device for a week until it clears up. Rushing off to look at his eyes and see if he really had contracted game-itis, the little gamer has now severely reduced his amount of screen time. We giggled about his concern and how just the suggestion of an illness had worked for him.

I told Megan and Alex about game-itis and told them of how they can keep it at bay! We told the kids that for every hour of game time, they needed to compensate with an hour of outside time. Both kids avoid playing outside, and almost never go outside alone. But as an incentive to iPad time….perhaps things would be different.

Even of horribly cold days like today, when it would be easy for the kids to stay warm inside with a device, we sent the kids outdoors, rugged up, to play! And they happily did.

 

Don’t be fooled by that sunshine…it was bitterly cold today!

 
I was surprised that they didn’t argue when told they needed to even up the device time/outside time scale. Normally, when asked to spend time outside, the kids would fight tooth and nail against it. But perhaps because it only needed to be in small amounts of time, they are more willing to venture out.

Though I would love to throw in some ‘book time‘ to the mix, I think giving the kids’ eyes a break from up-close focussing and getting their bodies moving is most important for now.

Time will tell if this works!

What’s that mean…?

Though tiring when the kids were little, their endless questions make my heart swell. These little questioning minds are in good stead to serve them well in the future. 

Asking “why” or “how” deepens children’s general knowledge. It opens discussions about what they notice and helps them to make sense of the world around them. Although it can be the last thing I feel like doing, I try to be honest and direct with my answers to their questions. And the ease of the Internet and Google Image make things so much quicker when difficult questions come my way! 

Megan and Alex constantly ask “what does xxx word mean?” And I try to give as close an explanation as a can, without dumbing things down. Explaining the meaning of a word expands vocabulary which children can then use in their conversations, their reading and writing. We often get comments on the ‘big words’ that our kids use, and use appropriately. 

However, their reading ability is where I have seen the biggest benefit of all those questions. If readers can make connections with what they read to their prior knowledge and extensive vocabulary, they develop a deeper understanding of what they have read.  And that’s the whole point of reading, isn’t it? To be able to understand?

The Tooth Fairy is Missing!!

Call out the search party!

Yesterday Megan lost another tooth, and we got everything ready for the tooth fairy’s visit during the night…only she didn’t come!

When Megan told me of this fact this morning, I was horrified. Then we brainstormed all of the reasons why she might be MIA!

  • She went to Nana’s house because Alex is having a sleepover there and perhaps she assumed Megan was too.
  • She went to gymnastics because that’s where the tooth fell out.
  • She got lost.
  • She lost her glasses and so she read the map wrong.
  • She had the map upside down.
  • It was raining and she got wet, and we all know fairies can’t fly when their wings are wet!
  • She had a sore wing and she had to walk here.
  • She got chased by an animal.
  • She had an English coin instead of Australian currency, and so she had to return that coin to England and it takes a long time to get back to Australia.
  • She dropped the coin and had to look for it.

I’m sure the tooth fairy arrives soon. I wonder what kept her?

Well, what do you know??? Shes been!

Well, what do you know??? Shes been!

 

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