Great day. Brilliant in fact. Ssssh. Ditz doesn't know we were actually doing lots of math. Oooh, I'm a sneaky mama!
Like I said, we're in Asia for history/geography. Just starting China. Began Ditz with mapping & colouring the flag. Ho~hum but not a sign of a tantrum. Now you know the Chinese invented lots & lots of interesting things, bug~eyed goldfish , gunpowder, silk & a variety of diabolically wicked little games, not least of which is the Tangram. Remember them? Math games. Onto the writing part tomorrow but today I handed Ditz three sets of tangrams cut from a variety of pretty wrapping paper, produced the diagrams & told her to choose which three she was going to do ~ & because the paper was only coloured on one side & I'd cut them out back to front Ditz had to work them out back to front! lol. While she was happily occupied doing that & the cat was chewing on her toes I read her the first chapter of Time of the Peacock by Mena Abdullah.
I've owned 2 copies of this lovely little book. I read the first one to bits over the course of 20 years & recently managed to replace it. It is the story of growing up Indian, muslim, & female in the white Australia of the 60's. The first story is about the white Indian peacock who arrives ''trussed like a cabbage'' & whom everyone says will never display his tail in Australia. Yeah, I know. Fascinating. I highly recommend it. Ditz doesn't think so but is less antagonistic to that than Star of Light, which happens to be her present reader. She is very difficult to please & only really likes British fantasy. Can't fault her for that but I am trying to broaden her literary tastes.
So while we were on a roll I got her to read her science & do her first experiment for modul 2. (We are still working our way through the test for modul 1 & no sign of Ditz progressing faster.) Yay. Longish break for me to take Dearest to the doctor & then we will finish up with some English. As she whizzes through that, a relatively stress free day.
Meanwhile Liddy has been having an up & down time with work. Part of the problem of course is simply being Christian in a highly unethical work environment where her work mates have been trying to tee her up with 'nice' boys but as Liddy says, 'I've seen the magazines they buy & I'm not interested!' It has been something of a shock to find her work ethic & strong morals have gotten her more trouble than accolades. She works & shows up everyone else ~ cat fight! Someone stealing from the tills & Liddy's been going to pieces from stress. So much fun to play with.
However, soccer training back up & running. Brilliant coach. Liddy has found she still has all her fitness & is in line for the premiership team. The physical exertion seems to be helping & is giving her something else to think about besides work. Like her father she tends to be a bit obsessive. I'm not like that of course. =)