Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Life post-school

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!

3 comments:

Jax said...

Getting tired by life, good way of putting it. P sounds quite impressive, and it also sounds like she is finding her HE feet well. How long have you been home edding?

sim said...

Hey, your blog cought my eye because we also live in a green house by the sea. I was intrigued and had a read - how surprised was I that we don't only share the colour of our houses, but also the name of our towns: we also live in Brighton, but on the other side of the globe, in New Zealand. Thought I'd share this with you! Good luck, P, in finding us in your Atlas! And, no, this place is not big enough to have it's own museum and we get a book bus once a week, but as New Entrance class at local school consists of 9 pupils, I don't HE my child - considered it, though!

Allie said...

P has been HE since September of 2004 - just about four months now. Guess it will have its ups and downs but things are good just now. P is a bit startling in her speed of brain. She has also always had a very 'driven' personality - from running around at 10 months onward...
It amazes me how many places there are called Brighton around the world. I have been to one in South Australia but didn't know there was one in NZ. You live and learn!