Do you ever have any of those moments with your little ones when all you can do is laugh at the words they say?
My youngest has me in fits of laughter sometimes and I laugh that much that I have no idea how to answer him.
One morning we was walking to the childminders house, when Oliver started to complain that he was tired. considering we had only left the house 5 minutes earlier I told him to carry on walking for a little bit longer and If he was still tired then I would carry him for a little of the way to give him a little rest. As we got around the corner about to cross the main road, he stood in front of my, raised his arms up towards me and said ‘Pick up’ I looked down at him and could see that maybe he was a little tired so I picked him up. Bearing in mind that I don’t just have him to carry I have his rucksack with spare clothes in it, his pack lunch bag, his school book bag and my own handbag, after about 5 minutes i was beginning to tire myself out. I took a big breath and puffed out…
Oliver: “Mum, what are doing?”
Me: “I’m tired Oliver”
Me: “You and your bags are heavy and I’m getting out of breath”
He then began to start blowing out his breath all over my face
Me: “What are you doing?”
Oliver: ” I’m giving you some of my breath, because you said you had run out!”
I could only answer with a little kiss to the cheek and a giggle.
Oliver is a little grafter and is always happy to help you, he is the first at the front door whne the grocery shopping arrives, he is the first to run off and do jobs for you and he is the first up at the table to do some work. He doesn’t get much homework as he is in Nursery at school but he likes to be jusy like his brothers and when they are doing their school homework he likes to join in. I print out some work for him from the internet and he sits down and does it before i even have to ask him.
He likes to call his work ‘Important school work’. I just hope this attitude and commitment to work grows with him.
Have your children said or done anything funny? Please share below in the comments 🙂
Joseph is 5 years old and in year 1 at school so every week he as part of his homework he is given a list of spellings to learn. There is normally about 10 words which will include 4 tricky words that can not be sounded out. He is given these on Monday and has to write them down every day until Friday when he takes a test in school on them.
Joseph struggles with his writing and spellings but with a bit of time and patience he is getting there with it, he spends about 15 minute a day on his writing and spellings. I have bought him a little notebook which he likes to write down a sentence every day on what he has done, a bit like a diary but he also draws a picture with his sentence too.
Along with writing down his spellings I also set up little games for him to play including the words that he has to learn just to try to make it a bit of fun for him. Joseph loses his concentration pretty quickly so keeping the games short and exiting is important.
The first game we do is WOW which is short for ‘Words On Wall’, This entails me writing down the words on a separate piece of paper, cutting them out and sticking them around the living room walls. I shout out the word and he has to run and find it, once he has found the correct word he then spells it out, we do it really quickly and he ends up getting really dizzy but he loves it!
The second game is where we write the words down separate pieces of strips of paper and turn them over on the table so all the words are hidden, next we take it in turns to turn them over one at a time and then we have to act out the word that is written down. When the other person guesses correctly they have to spell out the word.
After each game if he has done really well then I reward him with a sticker, he loves these and tries really hard to get one.
These games seem to be working as he has starting to come home with his Super speller certificate, not every week but often than not he comes out of school with a big smile on his face at 3:10 on a Friday afternoon with s big smile on his face. Maybe its the time that I put into teaching Joseph his spellings or maybe it’s that he is concentrating more during classes in school, I just really hope the he continues to enjoy learning his spellings.
How do you get by with doing spellings with your little ones? Do they struggle like Joseph?
Today’s photo of the day has got to be of Joseph doing his homework spellings.
When I picked him up last week on Friday afternoon from school he was jumping for joy, he had practised all week long with his spellings and he had got them all right 🙂 he was beaming from ear to ear with the biggest ‘proud of himself’ grin. He was chuffed to pieces with his super speller certificate, which is now on show on the kitchen cupboard for us to see every day.
This week he has really tried hard too with his spellings and his hand writing, I can see a huge improvement in his writing and his spellings, he has become more interested in his homework and wants to learn how to do his spellings. At first he struggled to keep his writing in the small boxes on the grid but with practice he now fits them all in there.