Friday, October 28

joy pockets #30

Exhausted from lack of sleep, but otherwise creatively productive.



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making & tasting red pepper chutney
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doodling, a lot
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doodling together
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cinnamon
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a reading marathon that finished a book
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shards of light through the clouds
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friends
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amazon
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a hope for a better internet connection
fingers crossed
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looking forward to getting out and about
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Friday, October 21

joy pockets #29

From chaotic frustration to intentional calm.


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custard creams
(is this just a British cookie?)
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working out a way to make art
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the lone piece of ginger at the bottom of the cup
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understanding that emotions are fleeting
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the energy of the 'right' place to create
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the way chilli flakes look sprinkled over coconut cream
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cuddles
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a thai curry
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a diminishing cough
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skyping with family from our house!
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Friday, October 14

joy pockets #28

I've not found it an easy week. She had a cold which lingered and then just as she was over it she caught another. I caught something but got rid of it quickly. But have barely slept due to alternating night nose-blowing and/or coughing, and gale-force winds. The latter which destroyed her trampoline and some garden furniture and kept cutting off the electricity. On top of it all, feeling creatively frustrated.

Oh dear, I really needed to look back and remind myself of the moments.



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m&ms
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seasonal peppers
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making a great red pepper chutney
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when she fell asleep with her little hands cradling my face
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soup season
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that she won't simply take my word for it
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relaxed time with friends
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3G moments
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that she doesn't have to have what other kids are having
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watching her learn when she sees it as play
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Thursday, October 13

alphabet

The alphabet, as in the letter names, is not, in my opinion, the most helpful thing to learn pre-reading skills. We speak and read in sounds not letter names.

The letter names we need to learn, the sounds they already have.

So for that reason, besides also that she's only 31/2 and has no need to learn anything remotely academic, I have kept away from the alphabet. She had a short burst of sounding out first letter sounds some time ago, where she enjoyed saying, muh for mama, luh for light, and so forth. Off her own volition.


But a child that watches Sesame Street, Dora, Maisy and reads related books, can't be kept from the alphabet. And about 2 months ago she suddenly fell in love with letters. And when I wasn't looking, she learnt the ABC song. And, amusingly, says the American Zee as well as the British Zed in turns. She loves to sing it.

Since this new love affair I have supported her cues to learning and we say letters once in a while. I've bought her a couple of ABC books. I'm trying to steer back to letter sounds.

She calls me to help her with putting the letters in order, although she gets tired/bored by the last 6 or so. I 'help', by prompting, 'which is next?', or indicating when she skipped one.


Today I gave her a new set of animal magnets we bought her and thought to test which letters she knew for certain. Just out of curiosity.


So she picked an animal out of a bag, and I asked her what it was and then what letter did it begin with, and then asked her to find that letter.

a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, k, l, m, o, p, r, s, t, w, x, y, z

Hesitant on j, n, q, u, v
Although I swear she knows n.

I just love watching a child learn and teach themselves, and out of pure self-motivation. I love watching in action the proof that children don't need teachers.

Friday, October 7

joy pockets #27



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Miss 3 enjoying the Budapest zoo
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luxury tea
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her love of bugs
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watching her learn from her own initiative
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birthday wishes
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birthday presents
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Autumn breezes
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seasonal pears
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that she asked for a real magic wand, that works
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