Eldest is in school now. So I only have one high school student this year! This is what Middly was up to last year. He’s making steady progress with everything, I think.
Middly got up about nine, unstacked the dishwasher, and made his own breakfast. Mr Frogotter got him started on an English Language book.
He played with Baby Girl, holding her hand and helping her walk around the house. Baby Girl has been a big hit around here. The boys love playing with her. Middly’s really excited about her tentative steps.
When Baby Girl was tired, Middly picked up his Geography work and got that done. He practiced the keyboard for a bit, while I sorted out lunch.
After lunch we went out for badminton club. Middly played with his friends, and coach, and helped tidy up afterwards.
We stayed to chat for a bit, but then we had to get home to meet Eldest.
Middly finished off his schoolwork, had a snack and watched over Eldest’s shoulder as he played on the PC.
Middly took an interest in Youngling’s Geography lesson and had a go at sewing a leaf nest like a tailor bird. We used tweezers as a pretend beak.
Middly cooked sausages and hash browns for tea. It’s wonderful when he helps out like that. I feel great about the help and he feels great about being appreciated and respected.
Middly got up about nine again. He ate breakfast and practised his keyboard. He refilled the bird feeders. He started school work and did some Grammar and some Maths.
We went to a Roller Skating meetup with home ed friends. Middly skated with his friends and played some games organised by the owner of the rink. I saw him twice – once when he wanted a snack and once when he came to give Baby Girl a hug.
A group of us went back to one friend’s house for lunch. The children all played together. I saw Middly playing hide and seek and carrying a smaller child in some kind of racing game.
When we got home, we ate a snack and Middly finished his school work. He practiced his keyboard again. Then he played on the PC.
Middly made himself breakfast and he made me a coffee. He played with Baby Girl for a bit, while I organised Youngling’s school work. Then Middly and I planned his school work together.
He started with Biology. He worked really hard on his handwriting today, which was fantastic!
He managed to get some English done before my mum arrived. She helped him with a bit. I think it’s really helpful for other adults to get involved supporting his learning. It makes me feel a lot less alone.
We went out for lunch with my mum. We popped into the library, but Middly didn’t take any books out, he said he had a big pile at home. He’s been re-reading the Philip Pullman trilogy.
After lunch, we did a bit of shopping. I wanted a shirt for Eldest. Middly found a diablo and bought it for himself using his pocket money.
We got home after Eldest. Middly finished his school work and went out for his keyboard lesson.
Middly got up really late, about half ten. He was very excited to receive a parcel from Topsta.
He had breakfast and we went out to sports club. Middly played badminton with friends and then they all went swimming. He ate a snack in the car.
Back home, I made lunch and Middly had a go at his Physics. It was a practical involving electric circuits and he had a bit of trouble. When I pointed out that he’d got a loose connection and a backwards LED, things went a bit wrong. So I suggested he went upstairs to calm down. He played with his diablo for a bit.
Feeling better, Middly returned and got his English done. He needed a bit of help with his Maths, but we got there in the end.
When Mr Frogotter got home, he had a go at helping Middly with his Physics and it got done. It sometimes takes another person to get over the stress when things have gone a bit wrong. I’m relieved that I have people who will step in!
Middly got up and made his breakfast. I helped him to finish off yesterday’s Physics lesson. He needed help measuring the current at various points on his circuit.
Then I did Story of the World with all the children. I read the chapter, while Youngling moved toys around a big map on the floor. Youngling and Middly answered the questions and drew on paper maps. Finally, Youngling made himself a paper spear and Middly made a mini one for Baby Girl.
We were running a bit late, so Middly peeled an orange for Youngling’s snack, while I got everything else ready. Then we rushed off to Middly’s Multisports club. He played ball games with friends. Multisports has a lovely coach, who’s really great with Middly.
We chatted to friends for a bit. Then we came home. While I fed Baby Girl, Middly warmed up some soup for lunch.
After lunch, Middly refilled the bird feeders and watched the birds for a bit.
I asked Middly to watch Baby Girl so I could help Youngling to bake a cake. Middly took his eye off her and she crawled to the stairs. Luckily I caught her before she fell. But, then I told him to stop playing on the computer and just watch Baby Girl. Getting the cake in the oven only took another five minutes, so Middly played at fencing with rulers, which made Baby Girl laugh.
I took Baby Girl back and Middly played on the PC. He’s been playing a Roblox game recently, where he tries to get his character through an obstacle course.
He went upstairs to practice his diablo for a bit, until I called him down to eat cake.
Then he had a look at the book he won from Topsta. It’s a book to make into board games. Middly made a board game. We all played it with him.
Middly began the day with a bit of keyboard practice. We went out to pick up a newspaper and took photos to renew Middly’s passport. Middly brought his phone and spent most of the time playing a skateboarding game. While we were out, we had lunch in MacDonald’s.
Back home, Middly played with his diablo. He played the Roblox game again. Then he made a baked egg custard for our pudding. We ate tea whilst watching ‘Journey 2: the Mysterious Island’.
First thing, Middly played with his diablo. Then we went to church. There was no Sunday School for the older children this week, so Middly and Eldest listened to the sermon with me.
After the service, Middly chatted to his friends, helped stack the chairs and fetched the sign in and put it away (we meet in a village hall, so everything has to be tidied after the service).
Middly played on his phone, he’s started playing a football trading card app, until lunch. Over lunch we talked about the sermon and about what Youngling and Baby Girl did in their Sunday School class.
After lunch, Middly played on his phone again. Then, when Mr Frogotter rolled his eyes at the wasted day, Middly made malt loaf.
He went on the PC to play the Roblox game again, once his malt loaf was in the oven.
Middly needs a lot of encouragement to do more creative things. He’s getting very conscientious about practising the keyboard, however, which is fantastic.
Some of his school work is quite challenging for him, and he can get frustrated by that. He doesn’t like needing help. I’m still struggling to work with that, and there seem to be a lot of rows about school work.
Cooking remains an interest, and he is very independent in the kitchen now, managing family meals and baking projects without support. I would like it if he had a few more independent interests.
I do worry that he spends too much time playing computer games that look pretty facile. If often feels as though he is rushing through everything else (schoolwork, cooking, reading) because he’s so eager to play these computer games. There’s an hour time limit on the PC, and I worry that Middly is a bit too keen on getting his full hour every single day.
He’s very willing to help out with bits and pieces, frequently carrying heavy bags for me, and always happy to hold the baby for a bit. I think he enjoys being useful, which is wonderful. I am very pleased with how well he’s taken to Baby Girl. He loves to play with her and is always willing to hold her for a minute so that I can get other stuff done. Five minutes is his limit, however.
On the whole, I think Middly has grown in maturity over the last year. He enjoys the sports groups with his friends. Hopefully, over the next year he’ll find some subjects that capture his imagination a bit more.