The Splot

13 Mar

It wasn’t a very exciting week school-wise. That’s not to say it wasn’t good, just uneventful. The reading lessons are going well. Stiggy’s practising reading CVC and VC words. Easy review for him.

For math, he’s learned to skip count by 10’s. I first ‘showed’ it to him on the abacus. Then, I created some ‘word problems’ such as, ‘If you take your 10 fingers and put them with my 10 fingers, how many would we have? How many would we have if we added Daddy’s?’ He did brilliantly with this. For the rote bit, we tossed a bean bag back and forth while counting by 10’s.

It was orange week this week in art. We read The Big Orange Splot. When this book arrived, I was a bit disappointed. It’s printed on thin, cheap paper and I wasn’t thrilled with the illustrations initially. But once we read it, it quickly became one of my, and Stiggy’s, favourites. It’s a story about a man who lives on a street where all of the houses are the same, and everyone likes it that way. One day a bird drops a can of orange paint on his roof which leaves an orange splot. His neighbours ask him to repaint his house. So he does. Only he paints it all different colours around the orange splot, and paints pictures on it. Then he builds some additions to his house and decorates his lawn rather extravagantly. His neighbours are outraged. They plead with him to change it back. One by one his neighbours become convinced of Mr. Plumbean’s genius and set out to make their own house the house of their dreams. The houses are all different, just as the owners are. To quote Mr. Plumbean: ‘My house is me and I am it. My house is where I like to be and it looks like all my dreams.’ A smashing book.

I think we’ve managed to patch things up on my local group. I met up with one of the members to discuss things and I’m so happy I did. She was lovely and I think it’s all been sorted out. A few nice things to come out of all of this are that I’ve made some new friends and one special friendship has grown stronger. Stiggy’s also made a new friend. πŸ™‚

This whole saga was like the orange splot- something that, at first, was a mess that needed to be cleaned up, but has brought most of us closer together and we’re now able to see the real people behind the facade of the email.


Posted by on March 13, 2009 in Art, Books We Love, Kindergarten, Math


2 responses to “The Splot

  1. Lynn

    March 14, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    lovely post Michelle, sometimes uneventful is best πŸ™‚

  2. ummihomeschoolsme

    March 15, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Assalamu Alaikum Sister,

    Pray this meets you well.
    This is a message inviting you as a home educator to our new website and forum:

    IHSAN stands for Islamic Homeschooling Support Advisory Network and has been running for 9 years but has just gone live as of today. Do visit our website…we have 9 years worth of articles when IHSAN used to send out newsletters. All of the articles are now on the website. We also have a new forum and we are hoping for it to be global. Please do come and visit us, and if you can and have the time please could you post something about us on your blog. Jzk.
    Please spread the word.
    Umm Raiyaan
    p.s. Hope to see you on the forum!


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