The calm before the storm!

This is it. The eve of our first ‘official unofficial Home Schooling’ day. I say official unofficial, because she’s still registered at school over the holidays while we trial run Home Education. I have a rough idea of how we’ll lay out our routine, but I’m going to go with the flow and see how The Child wants to do things.

I’ve printed out our first worksheets. I found a lovely blog called 3dinosaurs.com via Pintrest. I’ve got a lot of her printables pinned for future use (We need colour ink, black and white printables aren’t as fun 😀 ) Her and another blog called Royal Baloo are doing something called “Jump In To Summer Learning“, which is 5 weeks of worksheets and printables for tots, pre-k, kindergarden and First Grade. After a bit of research I discovered The Child is currently at Kindergarden level, which is Reception for us Brits. So I went with that level, but I printed some of the First Grade (Year One) sheets too that I thought would be challenging, but not so hard that she has a meltdown. Fine line, people, fine line!

The first theme for the sheets is ‘Space’. So we have four, black and white but very lovely, worksheets printed out. They include a bit of maths and english/writing skills.

I’ve also been looking at some “Morning Binders” or “Calender Binders” which are kinda what they sound like they are! A little bunch of sheets which are about the date, time, weather which include a few maths and english skills along the way. Tally charts for marking the days spend ‘in school’, a section for recording the temperature (Need to invest in a thermometer, but my phone tells me the average for now.), a clock face, bits to record the weather for the month. I’ve ended up using the pages from Homeschoolcreations.net, which you can find here. She has a little video giving you a tour through one of her kids Calender Notebook. It seems like a really lovely way to start the morning of learning, a few simple skills to warm the brain up! At the moment my pages are, yup, black and white. But once I refil the printer I’ll be printing it out in colour and laminating the sheets. (I’ll also be changing the $ for a £ on one of her pages too 😉 )

I’m hoping our routine will be; breakfast, morning folder, worksheets, and then we’ll go with The Child’s flow. There’s various Lapbooks I have lined up, and she has at the moment a trial to readingeggs.co.uk and mathseed.co.uk both of which she adores. I also have different arts and crafts ideas lined up, and ideas for some ‘field trips’. Although those will be at a minimum at the moment, as it’s the school holidays they’ll all be really busy, and we don’t do loud, busy places.

I’ve printed myself out some sheets to start my “Home School Planner”, as inspired by this post over at Kirstenjoyawake.com. I’m not sure about the level of planning I’ll need, but if anything I have a rough idea for our days, and can use them to record what we do, rather than plan it. I’ve included a page for extra-curricular activities, field trips, a book log, and also printed out July and August from my Google Calender for note making!

I’m both nervous and incredibly excited. Phew! Now it’s time to tidy up and get the table ready for home schooling!!

Wish us luck!!!

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Big changes…

My last post feels a life time ago. I Have been neglecting this poor blog! Since my last post, we’ve had to make some big decisions.

Last Sunday night, my little one had a bit of a poorly stomach. School rules state they have to be off for 48 hours, so she was off until Tuesday. The heat up here is horrid/glorious at the moment and trying to sleep is a nightmare, so the little one hasn’t been sleeping as well as usual (‘Usual’ being sleeping after 8-11pm and waking any time from 4am onwards…. so yeah, sleeping worse is fun! *sarcasm*), Wednesday morning she woke with a really bad sounding cough and I didn’t feel too chirpy myself, so she stayed off Wednesday. Wednesday night she didn’t sleep until 3am (apart from a ‘nap’ 8-10pm) and then woke up at 8am (I lie in my our standards but still only about 5 hours sleep) so I let her stay off Thursday and then Friday she still had the horrid cough and hadn’t caught up on sleep.

Over the weekend/week of having her at home, I realised something. Without school stressing her out, she was actually a joy to be around. I’m not saying I HATE spending time with my daughter, not at all! But with her issues, she’s hard work. VERY hard work. And I do it all on my own.
With the issues we’re having with school, I had started thinking about Home Schooling already. But I wasn’t sure I could manage. But having her at home for 10 days has been like I have a different child! I’ve been looking at lots of home schooling sites and pintrest for ideas to do over the summer holidays when we’ll give home educating, or HE, a trial period. If things go ok over the summer, then I think we might take the plunge and go for it!

On Friday, I printed out some worksheets. 4 dinosaur related ones covering maths and writing skills. She finished them within half an hour of waking!!! I printed another 4 dinosaur ones. Those were finished before I knew it. She asked for some “insect sheets” so I printed out 17 pages of insect related science sheets. She did all but one of those, almost totally on her own. 😮
Then we made a teepee in the backgarden!

(Photos coming soon, WordPress is being a bit funny! :-/ )

So, yeah! Not entirely sure how I’m going to juggle being a mum, teacher, business owner, cleaner, cook and still find time for myself! But if it means The Child is more relaxed, then it’ll be worth it 😀
(When I’m back here moaning in a few months, please remind me of the above sentence! LOL)

I have some photos of some spinning to upload too, but WP really doesn’t like me trying to upload at the moment! Will try again later 😉

Things what I has done in the last 3 weeks

(Sorry, this is a bit picture heavy!!)

Since my last update I have…

…bought yarn…
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…knit yarn…
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…crocheted yarn…
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…eaten doughnuts…
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…made bento lunches…Image

…made hair bows… (Available here)Image

…and got a second cat!
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Isn’t she just precious? She’s called Pepper and her and Stilton really get on well! She’s about a year old, to his 4/5 years, so she’s really active and kitten like and it’s made how lazy Stilton is a lot more obvious!! Hehehe.

I also got a total bargain today in a charity shop at the end of my street. a single bed cover and a cone of yarn for £2! Yarn is soaking as it smells a bit like old persons house *blushface* but will be held double to make another magic ball blanket with random odds and ends of acrylic, and the fabric, after it’s washed, will be mashed together with the waist of an old pair of jeans to be a skirt! 😀 (And probably little matching skirts for The Child and her waldorf doll, Jenna! I’m planning an extensive wardrobe for her for Christmas, not sure how much of it will actually get made though!! )Image

Less than 5 minutes after I soaked the yarn in a huge jug (normally reserved for Pimms, omnomnom.), a few online knitters told me I shouldn’t soak it on the cone as the middle will take forever to dry….. Le sigh. Why did I not think of that?!  So looks like I’ll have lots of little skeins of this yarn floating about my house to finish drying! At least it won’t smell of old person house any more though!

Toodle pip! 😀

Back to school, hurrah!

Well the Child was back to school yesterday. I love my little monster, I really really do. But it’s SO NICE to have some peace and to be able to work and craft IN THE DAYLIGHT! The Mantype was up for the weekend, and we actually got to go to knitting group (He kept The Child occupied while I knit, woot!) which kinda made up for missing out on two days of spinning which normally happens on Wednesdays when she’s in school.

I’m feeling very productive today. I’ve done two loads of washing, done the dishes (Minus some pots which are soaking), and put tea in the slow cooker. Not sure that The Child will actually eat any of it mind. Beef and Broccoli chinese style, from this lovely blog which I found via Pintrest. I made it last time the Mantype was up and it was delish, so we’ll see if she’ll touch it!

Oh, remember I mentioned my wee Godson arrived? I got to meet him 😀
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My ovaries ache just looking at the photo. He is just gorgeous ❤ ❤ Once he’s into cloth nappies, I’m doing him some longies 😀 Hopefully they can be Shorties if the weather hurries up and gets nicer!

Craft wise, I haven’t done much really! Working on some customers items, knit a little bit more of my socks. I did start a scrappy Hexagon blanket, from the lovely Lucy Attic24. It was going to be a sloooooow, in between other projects when I wanted something different to do for half an hour, type thing. But the Hex’s are actually really addictive and I have to force myself to stop doing them and get on with some work *Blushface*

 

I did start it by doing all of the Hex’s surrounded by black. But after I made three, I wasn’t happy with it and was worried about the actualy hex shape being lost in alll the black. So I ripped it out and did colours, and I must prefer it! In stead of just liking it, I now love it 😀 It’s made with all of my scraps of DK acrylic, and the little free balls I get on my Let’s Knit magazine 😀

Right, time I enjoy a coffee and a white choc Kitkat and get on with some work!

Deary me!

Over a month since my last post. How terrible! I was meant to update once a week. Doh. Life in the Crumpled House has been a bit busy over the last few weeks!  The Mantype was up last week, so I’ve been trying to catch up with housework and work-work which didn’t get done while he was visiting!

Since my last post, I’ve finished another two pair of socks! Yippee! Here they are… *drum roll*

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The freaky fabulous, horribly fantastic scrap socks I made for my friend. I posted a progress shot of the first sock in my last post, and this is the end result, on the feet of my friend. I now have almost 200g of sock scraps to make myself a few pairs of these. My ASD tick won’t allow for them to be non-matching though, so I’m going to buy some plain black sock yarn to do the toes, heels and cuffs in and then just knit single, scrappy, stripy socks forever and ever (between making more pairs that is! Gotta keep the scrap pile topped up 😉 ), so that I have matching, but non-matching scrappy socks! You’ll see what I mean once I get around to starting them! My sock yarn pile keeps growing faster than I can knit pairs *blush* Anyway…

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These ones were for me this time. They are toe up, with an after thought heel. Haven’t they striped fantastically?! That’s all one yarn! One of the Regia yarns. Love! Now I’m working on another pair. This time I’d doing them toe up, TWO AT A TIME! Not as scary as I thought, but they feel like they’re going slower than one at a time. No photo of the socks yet, there’s only an inch past the toe at the moment so not much to see! But this is the yarn I’m doing them in. One of the Opal “Say it with flowers” yarns. Scrummy. Looks totally different to how it looked skiened up! (In a nice way!)

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As well as knitting socks, I’m been learning a new skill. Spinning! No, no, not the horrible bike in a gym kind. The woolly kind! 😀 I bought a drop spindle and 300g of fluff at Woolfest 2012, and never really did much with it. But I picked them back up a couple of weeks ago and I have this bit of gorgeousness to show for it!

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100% merino wool, from Wingham Wool, plied up with some thread with teeny sequins! So pretty!!! I’ve 42g here, and about another 50g of fluff left to spin up (Can only spin so much before my drop spindle fills up!) so should hopefully get at least this amount again. I also made my first drumcarded batt the other day. But the lighting was rubbish when I took a photo so you’ll have to wait to see that 😉

Anyways, coffee is finished now so must get off my bottom and go and put the clean dishes away and make some lunch! I promise I won’t leave it so long next time! ❤

Gluten free and Daily Routines

Hello! We are back from our long weekend away. We went to stay with the bestie mentioned in the last post for 4 days to celebrate our joint birthday with some joint friends! Said bestie is following a wheat/gluten/grain free diet. And so for the long weekend, so did me and The Child. Not only did I not have any of my usual IBS symptoms for the whole weekend (Apart from when I ate a slice of cake that wasn’t wheat/gluten free!!!) but The Child’s mood was greatly improved. We had a definite drop in the attitude and mood swings I usually get from her! (Why do 5 year olds have the attitudes of teenagers?!) This was again demonstrated when we got home. I nipped into the supermarket and grabbed a pizza from the chilled section for a quick slummy meal that evening.

Big. Mistake.

Not only did I spend the entire evening (and night and some of this morning) in total agony with my stomach cramping like I was in labour again, The Child woke at 5am and screamed, moaned and grumped at me for almost 3 hours solid. So today I dropped The Child off at school and went into town and I bought lots of veg, gluten free pasta and meats and some little plastic pots and tinned fruit for lunch boxes (The Child won’t eat anything with skins ¬_¬ ) and tomorrow instead of her usual wrap and whatever looks healthy from the fridge that has a chance of her eating it in her lunch box, she will be taking a boiled egg, some grilled sausage meat possibly shaped somehow into something (No idea what!), some cheese and some tinned fruit in some little snack pots with yogurt for dipping it in if she should wish to. No bread, wraps or crisps in sight!

I am determined that we will do this. Not only does it improve my health (I lost almost a stone in just over 3 weeks when I dropped my carb intake last year) but if it improves The Child’s mood and behaviour then it’s a win-win really! Going to be one heck of an adjustment for us both though, considering we both live on carbs most of the time.

Something else I’ve been meaning to do for ages is get us into a good daily routine. I am not a morning person. At all. The opposite in fact. I am a total night owl. Mornings are not my thing. I need at least 2 cups of coffee to make my eyes open some days. And The Child seems to be kind of the same (Which has always amused me as her name literally means “Morning”!!). Sure, she wakes up any time between 5 and 7 am everyday, but getting her going is like starting an old car. She is definitely her mother’s daughter. We usually end up rushing around 5 minutes before we’re due to leave for school, me yelling, her grumping, both of us flapping.

Bedtime isn’t good either. Nightly fight to brush her teeth, wash her face, get her PJs on, get into bed. Have been looking at “visual routines” for ages, but never seen any that would work well for us, and the ones we’ve tried have fallen by the wayside after a couple of days. But I’ve found one (I forgot to bookmark so will have to hunt it back out again!) that looks like it could work. So going to get it made up over the next couple of days and give it a go! Can but hope!

So next time I post I should have some pretty pictures to show you. Of knitting and of a routine chart thingy! Yey!