After my small breakdown yesterday…ahem…today has been much better. Always the way!
I packed H off for her gym class with my friend, so I could go shopping to refill the very empty cupboards. Poor kids had spent the last couple of days frantically searching for something to eat, and not happy with the random assortment of leftovers gracing the shelves! Pay day is good – thanks B!!! This gave E and I some nice time to ourselves, where she felt in charge of things as she knows the supermarket well, and could help find everything while I stopped L trying to wriggle and dive out of the trolley!
I’m all for bribery to get kids round supermarkets, so it was quite easy to say ‘yes’ to most requests from E this time. Then half way down the fruit and veg aisle she started doing numbers on her fingers. Look mummy, this is 6 (five fingers on one hand, and one on the other). This is 7, this is 8, this is 9, and this is 10. I asked her what she was adding each time to get the next number (just checking!!), and she said one more finger, so I confirmed she was adding 1 each time. Then, just to test her I asked her if she had 5 fingers, how many more would she need to make 10. She said, 5 more of course! Oh my goodness, the girl actually gets it. I nearly lay down in the aisle with shock!
Later on during tea she finishing her baked beans, and she said ‘look mum, I have 4 left, 2 there and 2 there. 2 and 2 make 4’. Not a workbook in sight! Oh yeah baby!!
Maths – tick.
This evening she was examining her new tube of toothpaste and asked if all the writing on the back was the ingredients. I had a look and read it all out to her: directions for use, blurb about how to look after your teeth, active ingredients, ingredients, list of trademarks and logos. The picture on the front of a blob of toothpaste with a face on was a Nurdle apparently. Anyway, so looked at the picture, then ran her finger over the word underneath. I told her it said ‘Lilly’, which looks similar to H’s name, and told her that often when words look alike, they sound alike, like fox and box etc. She then moved onto the words underneath ‘Little Teeth’. I pointed out the ‘Li’ was the same sound as in ‘Lilly’, so with that, and the ‘tle’ she got the ‘little’ quite easily. She couldn’t get ‘teeth’ at all. The nearest she got was ‘teach’ or ‘teech’ I guess! I told her what sound the ‘th’ makes, and once I’d said that she got it straight away, and was very chuffed with herself! I asked her what she thought the word t-h-e would say, and she got that! I went to find a book with ‘the’ in the title, and came back with The Snowman. She read ‘The Sno…with?’, and I realised she knew what the title should be, but was stumbling over the word. S-n-o is snow, but w-m-a-n makes not sense! Her brain is working overtime!
We’ve been through these sounds before, but they’ve never made any sense to her, as she’s never been interested in looking at the words before. I can see she’s suddenly making all these connections, its absolutely amazing to watch!
Literacy – tick.
We’ve also managed to cram in nice chunk of socialising, painting, drawing, playdough, mr potato head, duplo, playing on the internet, blowing bubbles and making balloons using a funky little kit.