Tick!!

  
Every year I make a list of 100 things I’d like to do that year. Big, small, silly, dead serious. 

Every year for the last three years I’ve had ‘go on a mini break adventure alone with the kids’ and never managed to get around to doing it. 

While this may not quite count as ‘alone’, it does to me as Suzy wasn’t there and she’s definitely the more adult/responsible one. 

So that’s a big tick off 2016’s list.  We had such a good time I think I can probably backdate my tick to 2014. 

Score! 

Never say no to an adventure! 

About a week ago, a friend said, ‘Hey, do you want to go to Spain with us?’ A couple of days after that we were on a plane with her and her adorable kids. 

Today’s our last day here. After a few days of sun and heat, it’s cooler and windy. Obviously we feel at home on cold beaches. Ha. 

  
  
I was worried if I’d cope on my own with the kids. All the bedtimes, all the nighttimes, all the picky eating that new countries and food allergies bring. But you know what?

It’s been a joy. A time out from normal life which has reminded me a bit more of what I’d like normal life to be like, what it once was before all the classes and clubs and meet ups. 

A little bit slower, a little bit more joy and instinct led, a little more flexible. 

Of course, excellent company helps. So does Spanish sunshine and water with lemons picked fresh off a tree. 

  

Perhaps the biggest lesson (and reward) in these past few days comes from the reminder of how good it feels to say a resounding YES whenever you can. 

  

  

Car math. 

We have done car math for as long as I can remember, whenever the mood strikes us. These little oral challenges encompass adding, subtracting, multiplication, division, fractions, critical thinking, and even algebra. 

All the questions below were asked today, except the last two which I remembered being particularly amazed with correct answers about a year ago. 

No pressure or expectation to get things right, but they nailed every question. I need to up my game!!

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M had two pumpkin pies and gave you half of one. How much does he have left?

You had eight Spider-Men and gave one to A and one to B, how many left?

How much is four twos?

How much is three fours?

If you had two chickens and a cow, how many feet would there be?

If there were two cars, and one popped a tyre, how many tyres would be left?

If you chopped an apple in half, then each of those pieces in half, how many pieces would you have? 
Count the seats in our car. If we had A and B come on a ride with us, how many empty seats would be left?
How much is two fives? And five twos?
If you needed fourteen Lego pieces to build a set but only had eight, how many more pieces do you need? 

If you had twenty fish fingers and the two of you had two friends over, how many fish fingers would everyone get to make it even?

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Who needs a curriculum. Not us. Ha. 

Excellent freebie for a rainy day!!

We get lots of great freebie and bargain ideas from local and national Facebook groups. One recently recommended was to subscribe to Everything Curriculum magazine. You’d think I’d not be interested in anything with ‘curriculum’ in the title, but this is fab. 

You get a free subscription to a magazine of resources – which admittedly I haven’t yet looked at – along with a big parcel stuffed with free games and activities. 

  
We received a colouring book about art, a maths activity book, two Brainbox games (one about the countries of the world, one about Roald Dahl books!), a Stone Age to the Iron Age snap game, a music snap game about sight reading, and a phonics game all about animals. 

Score!!

We all liked the animal game, which involves impersonating animals and has adorable wooden animals as the player pieces. You can play it in the easier mode or a harder option. S and I also had fun with both Brain Box games. 

We’ve yet to test out the other stuff, but everything is really well made and relevant. I’d probably order related things in future. 

So sign up! You must live in the UK and be a home educator, or a school employee responsible for ordering curriculum. This is exclusively for primary aged children…or so they say. 

Enjoy!

  

Doing the stuff I need to do to be the person I am/want to be. 

  

Today my meanest nice friend came over. We shipped the kids out to Nana’s, then Meany Nice Friend, Suzy, and myself hella decluttered my bedroom. 

I gave Meany Nice Friend a handbag she liked and now I’m panic attacking (sure, it’s a verb) because WHAT IF I SHOULD HAVE KEPT THE HANDBAG?!

I need to sort my mind out before I end up on one of those compulsive hoarder documentaries in a decade or two. 

I’m taking small steps to get where I want. Earlier this week another friend got a blue vase that I’m oddly attached to. I’ve started an art class – the first art class I have ever done in my life. I joined an excellent and affirming women’s drumming circle a few months back. (And I really really want a djembe drum now!) I’m looking forward to starting a monthly women’s witchy circle. 

I reread my blog about cool stuff I’ve done, and was wondering when or what I will add to that list. I’m getting there. 

In the words of New Kids on the Block… Step by step, ooh baby…

Now the trick is staying sane while taking these steps. 

The antithesis to settling. 

  
I like to think that my children won’t ever settle for an okayish sort of life. 

They aren’t learning that they have to do stuff every day that they hate. 

They aren’t learning that they have to squelch their creative ideas to better fit in with the norm. 

They aren’t learning that they need to just ignore their own needs and wants, otherwise they will potentially get in trouble. 

No, because they have this childhood of freedom and choice, they are learning that it is possible to live this way. They can pursue their passions, they can work hard at what interests them, they can create meaning from play. 

They’ve got a lot of joy, and no one is taking that away anytime soon.