Counting peas

School is out, but no pyjama days for us yet. AJ is off at summer school this week. It means an even earlier start, in the morning, as it’s in Bath. Not that I mind in the least. She is loving it and that is worth so much to me. Also, with the early start, I’m getting so much more done in the day. I even stole a few hours shopping in Bath. By myself.

The other two have been helping me in the garden. Not sure if checking all the pea pods, to see which ones don’t rattle, counts as gardening, although they did help with weeding. BL had her first piano lesson on Monday and has barely stopped practising since! No more lessons until the new term starts. She told me tonight that she can’t wait to go back to school so that she can have another lesson.

TF helped paint the new shed. Unbelievable thorough job. He was given two sides of the shed to paint. He would not stop until he could reach no higher. It shouldn’t surprise me, but it does, how the children can do so much more than I think they can. Even at an early age. So long as they want to do it and I let them.

He is a practical boy. He loves hands on activities and objectives. One objective, I have over the summer, is to work on TF recognising numbers. I have a few fun activities lined up, that are built around the Montessori method. We started one today, which involved painting wooden numbers. So far so good. Believe me, when it comes to counting peas and sharing pea pods out fairly between siblings, little TF is master.

So that’s the start of our summer holiday. Counting peas …….. and loving school!

10 thoughts on “Counting peas

  • Tuesday 26 July, 2011 at 9:23 pm
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    My peas all disappeared into the mouths of my lovely children, the “just checking” didn’t end at checking! Your corn looks the same as mine, I was wondering today whether it would produce any cobs sometime soon! It looks like your little man had a lot of fun painting that shed, last time I allowed mine that task they got involved in the more fun game of making paint footprints on the grass! I hope you have a wonderful summer together, Liz x

    • Saturday 30 July, 2011 at 10:04 am
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      Our corn is just showing the top tassels, at the moment. Trying not to count my cobs before they are ready. 😀 Plenty of peas this year. No need to cook them, so I suspect a lot are eaten in situ. Perfect.

  • Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 7:38 am
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    Your children look very happy and content in the garden and painting. The joy of summer holidays when you can do lovely outdoor things with them.
    Shopping in Bath….Ooooo, that sounds wonderful. I thought Bath was one of the most beautiful places I visited in the U.K.
    Have a lovely day,
    Anne xx

    • Saturday 30 July, 2011 at 10:01 am
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      Bath is beautiful. I feel very lucky to have so many local, beautiful settings to visit – and shop! 🙂

  • Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 1:50 pm
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    Just as it should be. Learning should be fun and interesting. If we raise children who WANT to learn, we’ve set them up for life!

    Loving your garden…again!

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Saturday 30 July, 2011 at 9:59 am
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      That is the key – loving learning. I love learning, so I hope it rubs off on them. Just wonderful to be out and about, pottering in the garden.

    • Saturday 30 July, 2011 at 9:57 am
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      I love the idea of adding the peas on one side to the pod to the other. I’m going to encourage my children to try this one. Inspirational idea!

  • Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 6:12 pm
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    Garden and pics look lovely. Hope you enjoy the hols x

    • Saturday 30 July, 2011 at 9:50 am
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      Enjoying being out in the garden. Such a lovely time of the year!

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