The little two went back to school today very happily indeed, Titch was really excited to discover he is now in year 2 (how had that escaped him?!) This marks the beginning of the second full year that Jiggy has been out of school. We have learned so much about him, and each other, during that year. We have developed a peculiar multiple track teaching strategy that provides him with information about the same subject on very many levels at the same time. It sounds chaotic but it works well (an insight into how his mind works – or mine!)
So, for example, we are measuring up the bathrooms for underfloor heating today. I wanted to take that opportunity to teach him how to measure area (working towards the concept of squared numbers) but I know that he needs reminding how to measure a straight line as well. We address both needs simultaneously and he takes both sets of information in. Just because someone can’t measure a straight line does not mean they can’t understand how to measure area. We are also forging ahead with different ways of recording time, and adding time, while reminding ourselves what each hand is for. We are going to be able to add fractions at about the same time as we understand what one is etc. etc.
On fractions, since our time in America I have adopted the ‘cups’ measuring system (because I am such a slap dash cook it suits me not to be weighing) which lends itself splendidly to fractions. Today being Rosh Hashanah we made Challah and needed to measure thirds and quarters of cups. Today being Rosh Hashanah we also were able to ask ourselves those wonderful questions so loved by Jews, where are we, how did we get here and where are we going. Just perfect for the start of new school year and a new phase. My list of goals for the next year is so much more real than my list for last year and I am enjoying that as much as I enjoyed the excitement of being in our tent last Rosh Hashanah. Quite old testament really.