Tuesday is L's day for going to my mum and partner's house for a few hours. P and I took him over and then hurried back as we had set the video for 'Maths Challenge'. Today was supposedly a year 6 programme and was about equations. P had no trouble with the concept or the 'test' questions which get fired at you at speed. P recently stated that she chose to switch to HE as she thought she would learn more. She relishes the opportunity to grab a quick snack of maths like this. Because the programme is meant to be going over things that have been taught in lessons it just gives a very quick explanation. It got me thinking about how P has adjusted to HE since September.
I am relieved that P is not spending years bored and slogging through endless sums to repeatedly 'prove' what she can do. I can remember how offended she was at school when in year 1 she was sent home with picture books when she was reading fluently. Bit by bit she just got used to being the one who always had her hand up and rarely got asked. We talked it through, she understood that other people didn't learn in the same way as her, she was patient and helpful when she could be. But it was so much of her life spent waiting, waiting, waiting...
Now we HE Pearlie just has so much more time to get on with all the things she loves. This afternoon she has done sewing, created a cardboard box ambulance, played Zoombinis, dressed up, and finished some computer art illustrations for a collection of stories she has written on the computer. In between all that she found time for endless snacking, squabbling with Leo, and watching some TV. She ended the day by reading me some of her bedtime book, The Seven Professors of the Far North, as I said I was too tired to read to her.
Life is not perfect, we still have rows, rainy days and get tired sometimes. But when P was at school we were tired by things we hated - getting up for school, dealing with mysterious playground upsets, biting our tongues about 'discipline', and so much more. Now we just get tired by life. Well, maybe all of us except Pearlie!