The first thing I thought I should do is take a look, and I mean a really good look, at exactly what my daughter knows and can do, and then guide her through the next step. I have sat with her doing number puzzles and word puzzles, to gauge where we need to start. I am a little surprised to find that – even though I always knew she was a bright little button – Miss 5 knows more than I assumed she did. I’ve been pretty impressed listening to her spelling words, reading and writing and adding and subtracting. I’ve watched her write words by following the letters on the giant alphabet poster we have, sounding the words out and diligently writing them down. It may be phonetic, and it may not be one hundred percent correct, but the thought process behind it is amazing to me.
So we have been doing our number puzzles and our words puzzles. We have been reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, which is a bit more advanced than anything else we’ve read, so there are a lot of words she doesn’t understand, which means we’ve been working on her vocabulary. We have added to our “box construction” corner (box construction is the name Miss 5 has given to finding boxes and cartons and making things out of them. She uses masking tape and scissors and creates all sorts of things. It’s a great way to improve motor skills and great for problem solving), and this week she has made an aeroplane and an elevator that moves up and down on a piece of string. We have cleaned out the last of the summer veggies from the veggie patch, and decided on what we want to plant to get ready for the winter harvest. And we have started delving into the world of Ancient Egypt.
We have been learning about mummies. Miss 5 is entranced. She is particularly fond of explaining to people the embalming process, paying close attention to what was done with the brain! We have had discussions about amulets and the gods and goddesses.
Which brings me to one particular discussion we had. Miss 5 has quite the reputation of coming up with very astute, often wise and always hilarious comments, and this was one such time. We were talking about the different gods of Ancient Egypt, and how different gods looked after and protected different things. This lead to a discussion about religion in general and peoples beliefs in the afterlife, heaven and god. Miss 5 wanted to know about other religions, so we were talking about other ancient cultures like Rome and Greece, as well as different people we know who are of different faiths. We came to Christianity, and our conversation looked a bit like this;
Miss: So that’s the one with the big cross?
Me: Yep, that’s right.
Miss: And how many gods does that one have?
Me: People who are Christian or Catholic believe that there is just one god. And he takes care of everything.
Miss: What about the animals, and the trees?
Me: Yep, he takes care of them.
Miss: And the Mums and Dads?
Miss: What about the little kids?
Me: Everything. The people that believe in that god, believe that he takes care of everything.
Miss: Wow. That’s a lot of work for one person.
Me: I suppose it is.
Miss: If he moved to Egypt, he could get some help.
And that has been our week. We have also spent time outside, although not as much as usual as Perth has had a week of 40 degree heat. But there has been time for playing in the garden, catching up with friends and giving the slip and slide a workout.
It’s been a good week