Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the week so far. Both of my children went back to school this week and were excited to see their class room directors, friends and take a look at the new classroom work materials.
Volunteering in my children’s Montessori classrooms: I spent Tuesday morning (approx 2.5 hours) in my daughters Lower Primary classroom for Reading support. This was the first time I have done this with the 6-9 year age group. When I sat down with each child, at some point I made note of the book or work they chose and what level (colour coded) they are at as well as some other information/comments for example- are they beginner readers or advanced readers, is the book/work they chose too easy or too difficult. If the work is either too easy or too difficult, I then help them to choose something else from a different shelf/basket. The more advanced readers chose to either read a a chapter of a book they brought from home or chose a book of interest and we explored/discussed the content. Many of the advanced readers are more interested now in ‘reading to learn’. I don’t do any writing in this folder in front of the children and give them my undivided attention. The information that is recorded by me or another parent, is just used as a guide so we have some idea where the children are at. Some of the children I worked with had only just transitioned from either Children’s House or another school, so I helped them to find suitable work. We worked at a table inside the classroom as it was a hot day.
This morning I spent approx 1.5 hours for reading support in my son’s classroom for the 3-6 year old children. I have been working with this age group and the same children for quite some time now, so they know me well and are always really excited to see me which is so lovely. We ended up working at a table on the grass outside as the weather was just beautiful.
Odd jobs: On the other days/afternoons when I was not helping out at the school, I managed to get some work from home done, a bit of produce shopping, I had to get a Birthday present for a 6 year old for an upcoming Birthday party, managing to find a 3D Art project book and some pastel pencils that we will wrap in brown paper for my children to decorate as they just love doing this. I also got a little gardening done planting some shallots and more herbs.
On an interesting note, as my eldest has had a growth spurt, she needed a couple of pairs of shorts and shirts, so I took her with me to choose her own clothes. As my children attend a school that has no uniform, she understood that if she did want to wear the clothes she chose to school, that they need to be sun smart (cover shoulders) and not have any ‘logos’ on them. I have been clothes shopping with Miss 6 before, but this is the first time that she commented on how much of the girls clothes are pink and have pictures such as unicorns and fairies on them which she really doesn’t like. We ended up looking in the boys section and she got what she was after which was very plain t-shirts and shorts in blues and greens. She also prefers the shape of the boys t-shirts to the girls ones as they are more comfortable. Aside form that, Miss 6 also lost another bottom tooth. This was was wobbly for a couple of weeks and finally fell out just before bed time.
Daily self care: I had been meaning to do this for a while, so I had some blood tests done. I have been a Vegetarian for 30+ years however more recently gave up dairy and personally now, choose to focus mostly on Plant-Based wholefoods. I am just keen to see where my levels are at, at this point, especially my B12 and Iron.
I don’t feel as though I have been looking after myself as well as I should, so this will be a good indicator. I have also gotten back into daily yoga stretches at home (morning and arvo) for approx 10-15 minutes at a time as that is attainable for me. I have also really focused each day on making up myself a healthy Bento food box and a big glass bottle of water to take with me, especially on days where I am not at home and running around. I have also been drinking water with fresh lemon first thing in the morning rather than going straight to a coffee. I still do love my one cup of coffee a day, but have it more late morning these days.
Yesterday afternoon, after school we found a beautiful natural space for a picnic and a play. We tend to stay back for a play with friends after school a couple of days a week, have a picnic (just my children and I) on one of the days and the other days go straight home. It really all depends on how everyone is feeling on the day, we just go with the flow.
What I am reading: I am re-reading How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Do you have a favourite Positive Parenting book?
Enjoy the rest of your week and enjoy the weekend. Mr 4 is trialling a multi sports class with other children his age, just for a bit of fun, whilst Miss 6 and I attend a Birthday pool party.