But I needed to record something that happened today.
Recently both Jasmine and Thomas have been exploring numbers and addition sums. Well actually Thomas has been doing it for a while but recently Jasmine has joined in and, as is the way when they both do something, they are getting better and better at it as they bounce ideas off each other as well as talking to me.
In the car on the way to Forest School today they started asking me and each other some addition sums. They have both got really good at mental maths and love “doing sums”! They can add 1, 2, 3 and 4 to any number easily now by “counting on” and Thomas is starting to be able to add 10. Jasmine loves making up story sums so today she was asking “If I have 3 teddy bears and I get 2 more, how many teddy bears do I have now? and such like. I did, at one point, get asked “If you have 200 teddy bears and you get 1,000 more, how many will you have?” and I have to admit that my initial answer was “Too many teddy bears!” 😉
I have noticed over the last week especially, that they are also remembering some number facts. They can both now tell me that 5 add 5 equals 10, and I am fairly certain Thomas can double numbers to 5 from memory.
The number stories and sums continued after I had picked them up from Forest School and as they were doing so well with addition I thought I would introduce some subtraction as well. Again they both did well considering we’ve never really done it before and they started asking each other some “take away 1” questions and getting the right answer.
At dinner we were still going strong and Jasmine was enjoying subtracting amounts of food as she ate! With almost every part of her dinner we had something like “I have 3 bits of pepper and I have eaten 1 so I have 2 left. I had 3 bits of pepper and I have eaten 2 so I have 1 left…..” etc. She was loving it and it had the added bonus for me of getting them to actually eat every bit of food on their plate!
One other really nice thing that happened today was that after Forest School I was speaking to the leader and she told me that Thomas had been mixing and interacting with the other children really well in today’s session, which was really lovely to hear!
I do love watching my kids learn, grow and develop in their own time, at their own pace 🙂
As I said above, tomorrow we are taking part in the Mile in Memory of Matilda Mae at the Rare Breeds Centre in Kent. If you would like to donate to The Lullaby Trust you can do so here, or tomorrow also sees the launch of the Matilda Mae Memorial Auction. Please do pop over and take a look x