This afternoon, I have spent some time with the YFG sorting through her revision books and helping her to work out what she needs to do. The amount of homework that she is getting is nowhere near what I got at her age, and even in this modern age, still not as much as the EFG got in the same year group three years ago. The school is trying to drive up standards and aims for the children to achieve, but seems reluctant to give homework. Whatever the folk at the top say, I firmly believe in homework, and so in some ways, we are going back to some of our home-education ways, and she will be doing some consolidation work at home. Now that the course is linear with all the exams at the end [the way things used to be!], she has got to learn to retain the information for much longer, so all the consolidation she can get will help her. This is something that she understands our concern about because she saw how much work her sister did, and realises that she doesn't "get" everything.
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I managed to work my way through the Approved Food website and find enough that I wanted to put together an order to make use of my free delivery code. I ordered some of the Gluten-free breadmix that Froogs was recommending too, so I shall look forward to making some of that bread and hoping it tastes good. All I have to compare it with is Sainsbury's Free From bread, which is OK but really not brilliant and quite expensive.
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We three girls spent some time on the sofa this afternoon, watching a film called the Robot and Frank....I think...it may have been Frank and the Robot! Anyway, it was a good film on Netflix and one we had been trying to watch for some weeks. It deals quite sensitively with a man in the early stages of some kind of dementia where he is clearly losing his memory and the ability to recognise people. The FH is battling with a 500 piece puzzle - it isn't huge but it does have an overabundance of foliage on it, which always bamboozles him rather. He is still struggling tonight, and he has been at it on and off all day.
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The supper was cooked whilst Countryfile was on, and then the FH retired to his puzzle whilst we watched Call the Midwife: he always thinks there is a little TMI, but we enjoy it. I have read all of Jennifer Worth's books and found them very interesting, particularly her attitude to death. I shall probably read them again and again!
I would like to tell you that I spent some time knitting or doing crochet, but I didn't. I will get back to it soon because I find it very relaxing. One thing at a time.