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Monday Moaning

Well.  Not all of it has been moaning.

Started the day with a trip to NIDES for some tutoring – as reading progresses (quickly, but slow chronologically) Mr. D. is exploring more about sentences and structure.  Both his tutor and I have him writing a sentence a day (minimum) to keep the momentum going.

Then we thought homeschool gymnastics would be on but turns out the Monday session is full so we will need to stick to our Wednesday session; all fine except it means that every day in the week has something on and my husband definitely needs to take the car for work and, well, the cost of taxis isn’t getting cheaper!

As a result, nothing much planned for Mr. D. today; that really is always a recipe for disaster.  He went with Dad to check out a new (old, but new to us) dinner table and that was extremely exciting because he got to help load the truck, unload the truck, and talk to the previous owners, one of whom is of Chinese heritage.  Mr. D. still madly in love with everything Chinese.  Strange, hubby wanted to be a Sinologist for a while – until he realised that languages weren’t his strongest suit and that Mandarin was not one of the easier languages to learn.

Consequently, Mr. D. has not had enough movement today and is not settling down to much other than running amok.  I am hoping same hubby will fit in a hike with him but there is only 30 minutes until he picks up little sister so probably not.

We did look at our schedule for the day at NIDES (North Island Distance Education School) e-class tomorrow.  Major theme will be Electricity.  Mr. D. has been playing with snap circuits for a while but has been resistant (yes, a pun) to remembering what is happening in the circuit.  As a heads up we looked at one of the websites they will explore in the computer lab tomorrow and it turns out he knew more than he realised! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/10_11/changing_circuits_fs.shtml)  He’s still bored.  Woe.

OK – gotta go and organise washing up and dinner.

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Chinese

So what happens when your ADHD, FASD, SPD 6 year old kid wants to learn ChineseLiveMocha because it is free.  It is actually good because it is split into groups of 40 words/phrases at a time.  Of course, it is not meant for kids Mr.D.’s age but he doesn’t not tackle it alone.

Because he has been steadfast in his love for China, particularly ancient China, we’ve borrowed some resources (he is most taken with the old-style Calligraphy set with the stick of ink and the lovely dragon puppet) and we thought we would round off yesterday by going to a local Chinese buffet.  Not particularly brilliant food but cheap and easy on and for the kids.

We had been going to a local school having a ‘fun fair’ in the early evening but the rain put us off – of course – it cleared up by the time we had decided on Chinese instead.

Big mistake.

We know, and often forget in the rush, that our kids, especially Mr.D., do better when we take five minutes to calm down before leaving and take another five minutes to discuss our expectations of them, their behaviour, and what those expectations might actually look like.

We didn’t do it last night.

I won’t go into everything that happened – makes for a fairly miserable experience – but it was less than idealistically (way less?  oh, yeah).

Today, after Mr.D. rocked and talked a lot in bed last night – always a sign of over-emotionality at some stage of the day – we’ve had an okay day.  Not perfect – there was a lot of defiance at breakfast time – but it has been better.  On top of that, our respite worker is with us all day today and they’ve camped in the backyard, packed up the tent and toys and camped next to Brooklyn Creek, and Mr.D. has gone to his Museum Science last class and potluck, whilst Emma and our carer are helping Daddy put together the last of the playground (fingers and toes crossed).  That has filled in the day nicely.

Now Mummy just has to figure out what activities, when, and how much, for the summer for both kids.  This is strategic, requires multiple calendars, and a lot of caffeine.  Wish me luck!

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Another Sunny Saturday

So why aren’t I outside?  Because my son is acting as if he has never had medication at all in his life.  He, his sister, and their carer are off to the playground right now, Daddy is still working on putting together the outside playground (carer helped, which was so nice of her) but it won’t be finished today, and I’m inside, weathering my various pains and aches but not in a very stoical manner.

We’ve done very little formal work over the last two weeks.  Mr.D. is caught up in two obsessions at present (that I know about):  one is everything Chinese, especially dating back quite a ways, and two is everything First Nations.  He is very disappointed he can’t be First Nations when he grows up but in serendipitous timing NIDES – our distance learning school that he attends one day/week – had their celebration of Firs t Nations culture on Thursday.  We skipped WildSpirit and attended that instead.  Lovely to see his interest in the salmons being filleted, then cooked using a wood brace.  Mr.D. liked the story telling and really enjoyed the drumming session; then, we all enjoyed seeing the mural the kids had worked on – all grades – that now decorates the school.  He was particularly proud of his work, the addition of some waves, and the whole work took its inspiration from the First Nations Group of Seven!  Look it up – you’ll be amazed at the vibrancy and variety of the works.

I’m also including some photos from Easter because I just didn’t get around to posting them.

My other big job at present is planning things for Mr.D. to work on over summer as his formal, interactive, school days are almost over for this year.  Bye bye Grade 1.  We’ve purchased Meet the Masters – an art programme  which can be done at our own pace.  Includes a little art history, highlights one particular technique that an artist may be famous for, has some paper and pencil work to develop technique, then has a larger art project.  I’m excited and I know Mr. D loves to paint so hopefully this will be a winner.

We’re completing a small unit of study now on the background of the Cheyenne of the Great Plains and their art (thank you, Cincinnati Art Museum for the good quality kids programming) and that should be finished this week.

Before laying out big money on any sort of language learning, we’re using Live Mocha to learn one phrase at a time.  As Mr.D. often has trouble with retention, we’ll go through four or five phrases but I only expect him to remember one.  We practice that one all week, then review, then move on to the next.  We have both French and Mandarin Chinese ready and have started on the Chinese, which he is determined to learn.  He also wants to learn characters, rather than pinyin, which is difficult but we’ve got some good books and a great app on the iPad to help with that.  So far we are looking at different salutations for different times of day .  It is a beginning.  So if Mr. D. runs up to you and says “Ni Hao” you’ll understand where he is coming from.

Okay – gotta leave the updates for now – I’ve left the salmon marinating and we need to get the BBQ happening.  Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

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