Friday, April 08, 2005

Home Edding 4 & Lapbooking

Well for the last week I have been having my first taster of what teaching four children at home might be like! The boys have been doing 'school' this week and the girls have had the week off (it's officially still Easter hol's, but we have another week off planned at the end of the month for the Elim conference in Prestatyn which we are going to as a family). It's been interesting!! Obviously it's not been a very true picture of what life will really be like, because obviously by the time I am teaching all four they will all be 2 years older than they are now, so that'll be 10, 8, 6, & 5 - and the not-yet-born baby will be at playgroup!! I expect I'll have another tiny by then though..! ;)

The little ones need so much more one-on-one and as I have never attempted to anything pre-schooly before I really don't have too many resources hanging about, just the odd bit that I've downloaded for 'emergencies' and a few games and things, but the girls wanted to 'do school' with the boys, so I rose to the challenge!! Abbie is SO intense (Mummy, mum...Constantly!) but desperate do school, yet at the same time a real dizzy-doo and does my head in a bit! Phoebe is quieter and more serious about life. Even at her young age able to apply herself to whatever I give her to do :) I set her a task, she eagerly takes it on (with good understanding) and busies herself without until she can say "done it!" - and she will have usually done exactly as she has been asked - no more, no less - and with great care and attention. Abbie on the other hand, if I turn away for a few seconds, will rush whatever she's doing and sadly not produce what she is truly capable of - just wants to get on to the next thing - hurry, hurry, hurry. She is not so good at following instructions either and will do things she hasn't been asked to, which can be quite unhelpful at times!! But they have both produced lovely lapbooks this week(with a lot of help from yours truly in as far as I 'constructed them') . The work inside them is all their own and they are going to take them to show-off at playgroup on Monday :)

I must say these have consumed all my energies this week - three VERY late nights at the computer and/or table cutting and pasting little bits of paper & card together! BUT I am very pleased with the result and I hope that the next lapbooks will be less effort, as I know more what I'm doing now and don't have to hunt down all the resources again - I have them 'filed'!

The boys have produced nothing like anything so worthwhile this week - only they have produced a lot of noise and played a lot of football!! They go to the park alone-together sometimes now, with my mobile phone in Jacob's pocket to call me when they are on their way back (it's just across the road and they have rules!). I sometimes set the timer so they have to come home when it beeps at them. It seems to work well and gets them out of my hair for half hour or so!! :)

My next idea for the boys is to make lapbooks with them too. I was going to this week, but I'm so glad I didn't - it would have been just too much to make four at once! Theirs will be 'together' projects on two topics (or maybe three) - made over a few days each. Topics will be; Egypt (history), Ireland (geography) and possibly Plants or Classification of animals (science). I've cheated (sort of) and bought a project pack for the Egypt lapbook which should contain all the ideas I need and more & complement our Diana Waring studies nicely :). The others I shall make up as I go along (although I might cheat and buy the 'plants' one too, from the same site, if I get too bogged down).

SO, that's been us this week and aside from the house being simply too noisy and busy for me to handle very well at the moment (probably due to lack of sleep!!), it's been an OK week. The baby is VERY active all the time - think it might be another Jacob - it never seems to sleep much, but the pregnancy is going well (and fast!) and generally I'm in good health. I don't feel as big this time around (Ellie was 9lb 10oz for those who don't know - 2lb heavier than my heaviest up 'til then!), which is good :) The children are very excited - especially Phoebe, who keeps asking if the baby is coming out yet! - Bless!! She says she wants the baby called "Susie" and surprisingly Paul and I both quite like it (yes, another 'eeee' at the end though!!), so, if it's a girl, it MIGHT be named Susannah - which is biblical (Shushannah is the Hebrew form), so that works and it means 'lily' - my number one choice for a girls name that I am simply not allowed! Paul even says I can call her Lily as a pet name if I like (all my children have one), he just doesn't want it to be her real name - then she can choose when she's older! Great idea I say..! :) Boys names... still working on that one - ideas, but nothing too solid just yet! I can't believe I've just 8 weeks to go - here's hoping!! By record that'll bump up to 11+ weeks, but we are praying for a miracle this time, a break in the pattern - an EARLY baby (not too early, just a couple of weeks). Reasons being :- 1. It's hideous going 3 weeks past due, or any time at all for that matter. 2. Paul's course ends May 7th (yup - just one more month of student income, and then ... who knows!) and I want the baby to arrive BEFORE he has time to find a job, so that we don't have to worry about whether or not he can have time off (unlikely in a new job). There are quite a few jobs to pick up around here, so that shouldn't be a long term problem, but it will be in the short term, especially with such a high rent (we'd also like to move by the way) ... but I've decided I'm not going to stress over money - I've too much else to think about at the moment - like nappies ;) !!

PS - Can anyone reccommend where I might move my blog to - I am fed up with Blogger crashing, but I can't find anything as good or as easy to customize!! (after a whole day of searching I might add!!)


Jan said...

Wow, Caroline, you've been busy! Those lapbooks look great. I can't believe Paul's coming to the end of his course already. How does it work with the next stage of his training?

Sorry to hear baby's giving you a hard time. I've found my hips much better the last few days sleeping on a folded over feather duvet. If you're early and I'm late (which I hope I won't be!) we might have almost twins :)

Caroline said...

Doesn't sound like you're gonna be late from your bloggings! I was having a read around last night to try and catch up - didn't do too much commenting though, just a little here and there :)

As far as the next step - we actually feel God is calling us to stay put (not TOO unhappy about that ;) ) and set up a family centre/church plant on a newish estate in town - perhaps I'll blog about that, but not tonight - P. needs to study - dissitation due soon! BUT he might be able to continue his training here - it's all a little uncertain at the mo, but we know God's got it in hand :)

Chris F said...

my lapbooks may be a bit slacker to start with!!!
i agree with nappy addiction - have managed to be circumspect this time though. I do like bear behind wraps though.
i had dreadful hips in pregnancy. postnatal pilates exercises froma physion really helped. Hips weren't as bad this time.
i love that expectation of a baby time. I can't poss be broody! Alys only 20 weeks!!

Caroline said...

Well - I designed my own nappy tonight!! I'm no needle women, but it came to me in a flash of inspiration (where has this creative streak come from all of a sudden I ask myself?). It basically 6 layers of micro-fibre towelling sown together into a sort of kite-shaped terry (only not terry) with a thicker pad in the middle and with gusseted legs. I'm really pleased with it - can't wait to try it out now!! I'll try to post a pic up tommorrow - it's too late tonight now ;)

Jan said...

I suppose staying in Nantwich wouldn't be too bad - we can get there and back in a day (C's been asking recently when we're going to see you all again) but I'm sure there are lots of nice churches in Yorkshire too ;)

Sarah said...

Love the way you calmly say 'expect I'll have another tiny by then too' ... !!!!!!

Anyway, think I mistakenly deleted your comment on my blog when I got home from Spring Harvest to find loads of spam (you must have written a spam-worthy word, there are all too many of them) but I caught the email and looked at the pictures - they're great! kwym about them being labour intensive, especially helping the little ones put them together. I'm hoping the girls will do their next one more independently now they know what sorts of things they can do.

All the best for the job stuff - and I like the name Susannah. A lot! Always wanted a Susannah Ruth but Steve didn't like it, so we had Abigail Ruth instead. If we had any more I'd be brave and go with Jude or Jesse for boys, but you already have two J's already, don't you? Still, what's one more?!!!