First, the scary stuff
I overslept today. That is not the scary bit, just a little bit naughty!
I think that this was the first time in my life that I have ever done this so that it made me late for work. I was only about twenty minutes late, as I had a clear road. It is school holidays and it is bliss to be cycling!
The child I was to be working with played a game with his friends in the Kindergarten until I arrived. A big thank you to all for being so understanding.
Littlie had seen me arrive and was already walking beside me with his rolator as I opened the door. We kept to our routine, despite the delay. Today for starters, this meant playing together on the carpet with the farmhouse for a while. Then it was declared that we were both hungry and thirsty, so we sat at the bench for a glass of warm, fruit tea and a banana each.
It was then that I got to hear about the dustmen
Her friend, my Jolly Professor, told me several weeks ago that he thought it would be quite a good idea to do some Petö in the first week of the holidays as his Dad would be still working. He thought that four days would be just enough, with three hours' work a day, to build himself a pirate. It was to be one that he could walk inside. Not walk about in, but a life size statue that he could play inside.
What a transformation, he really is such a Jolly Professor.
Jolly Professor is a clever little chap. He seems to have a flair for just about everything and knows about most things too. He is eight years old and is a walking encyclopaedia already! He tends to turn the pages of this big book that he keeps in his head and as he does so he reads them to us as he works. Sometimes his friend and playmate in the afternoons, who speaks very little, rolls her eyes heavenwards as if to say "Oh please leave off, just for five minutes!" He usually does, sometimes even managing ten.
This is why it was even funnier today that, when Jolly Professor was with me alone, he pronounced:
" It is so nice for us to have our peace and quiet today".
We are not just painting pirate ships or building pirates out of boxes as we work. Every step of the way I plan how we do things so that we can develop whatever needs to be developed at the time. We work either standing at the table or kneeling at the floor, or even lying on the floor, to paint that out- of-the-way spot. We use huge paint brushes or tiny ones. We cut paper, we tear paper, we glue and use tape. And, more often than not, things get "developed" in ways that we have not even thought about. Things like our very special relationship the one that only appears when we are alone, just the two of us!
Today I also got to hear about the school report and that in it there was lots of praise for his sewing because it had improved so much after a bad start. Jolly Professor was overjoyed to point out that this was because of all the cushions and bags he had made with me.
Increasing the movement in his legs in all directions has been the aim of lots of our games and activities this year. Now with this achievement it will be easier for Jolly Professor to step inside his life-size pirate without falling over!
And of course it also means that it will soon be possible for him to walk to school alone!