Archive for March, 2013

Hat-trick

Gabe

A notable hat-trick for Gabe in and around cricket practice:
1. Talking to Robin about why he hadn’t wanted to go to practice the previous week, understanding the reasons and helping find solutions.
2. Coming to the first half of the session and helping out with the younger kids’ practice.
3. Netting with a group including boys two years older and much bigger than he. He batted bravely against the fastest bowling he’s faced and bowled a 14 year old.

Eliza

Eliza with a book is peaceful, contained and at ease. She surprised me today, showing me how she read a book upside down. Why? Because it’s fun, not that reading isn’t fun anyway, she was quick to reassure me.

Robin

At tea time, Robin said, “I don’t know what my life would be like without C.” C is Robin’s closest friend. At school, football club and whenever they can persuade parents to organise a visit to each other’s home.

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Crazy hair/own clothes day

The country’s co-ordinated day of giving to the less fortunate finds expression at our schools with relaxation, at a price, in uniform rules.

Robin

The infant school encouraged its pupils to come with crazy hair. The boys entered more fully into the spirit with coloured hair and gel shaped mohawks quite common.

Robin’s hair-do was unique. Its style mimicked the Prodigy. Eliza and L jointly made 16 little ponytails across his head. Passers-by stared on the walk to school and his classmates told each other to look at Robin in the playground.

Eliza

Eliza was allowed to wear her own clothes to school. A red dress and sparkly tights were striking. She carried her uniform in a bag for that evening she was taking part in a contest as part of the school orchestra and recorder group. Both outfits won, although the opposition was thin.

Gabe

Own clothes meant anxiety for Gabe that he may wear something that would make him distinctive. He worked his mobile hard before leaving for school. A text came in saying that one friend wasn’t wearing chinos. The permission to wear a hoodie wasn’t clarified definitively, but he took the chance anyway.

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Fisical club

Robin

Robin has created a club, which has four members: him, Eliza, L and me. The Fisical Club run marathons and dance. The club also has a chant – about running marathons and dancing. Robin and I did the first marathon, which involved running around the perimeter of every room in the house in turn.

Eliza

Eliza has fallen under the spell of the Harry Potter books. She’s reading her way through Gabe’s copies, which are so well-thumbed turning the pages can defeat my fumbling fingers. Eliza is reading them avidly, completing the books at the rate of one volume per week.

Gabe

If television and play-station are out of reach in the evening, Gabe is showing a preference for a Countdown game he was given for Christmas, which has the TV show’s ticking clock. So far, I’ve staved off defeat, although he’s closing the gap on the letters game and was already strong at numbers. Neither of us has worked out a conundrum.

In concert

Gabe and Eliza

Gabe and Eliza joined twenty other of their music teacher’s students for a concert in a local church hall. Eliza played a solo piece on violin. On an afternoon of scratchy, discordant strings, Eliza hit her notes well. Later, Eliza’s tiny frame in front of the grand piano, gave a compelling contrast. Again, she played her piece calmly and tunefully. The compliments she received are fair reward for the practice she has done.

Gabe played a complex piano piece with shifting tempos that he mastered. He also had a correct, upright posture, which I hadn’t noticed before. At the interval, his teacher came over to me and complimented him for pulling off the tricky parts that they had worked on. She said he was one of the pupils who made her feel her work was having some effect.

Robin

Robin sat with me at the concert. He clamped his hands to his ears during the string performances. At home he runs from the room, and complains loudly, when Eliza begins violin practice. Robin has said he wants to learn to play the piano, but at the concert he said he would prefer to learn to play guitar. It will be interesting to see what happens – will he do what he sees his brother and sister have done, or strike out and do something different?