watercolour painting - original is approx A4 size.
prints available in my Etsy shop HERE
I've been busy with lots of things lately, but mainly with my smallest child, the wolf boy. Back in November, I took the decision to home school him one day a week. He's at a great school, but in a huge class, and like many small boys, has a lot of excess energy, and has trouble focusing for very long at a time. In a class full of small boys with the same issue, he had got himself to a point where he was constantly in trouble, so after thinking long and hard about it, we decided that he needed some individual attention, which he also struggles to get at home, being one of three. The school were very positive about it, and so he now stays at home one day a week, and we do things together.
To begin with, I was very hung up on making sure he kept up with some school work - he is in top sets, and I didn't want him slipping behind. However, as time passed, and I realised the changes that have come about due to this day we spend together, I have lightened up a lot! We don't need to sit down and do maths, or do some extra work on his school topic. We just need to do things together. By feeling that he has this time where all the attention is on him, his behaviour has changed dramatically. He is calmer, more able to focus, and has almost stopped clowning around in class and distracting everybody by making them laugh. The school has made brilliant changes for him too, and now he has his own sketchbook, and when he has finished his work he is allowed to go to the creative corner and draw, so now his work gets done, rather than his work books being filled with drawings and cartoons, but no work!
All in all, it has been a very positive thing for us all. Best of all, once I got over my own worries about 'teaching' him, we realised that he could learn just as much by doing the things we both enjoy! So now we are gardening one day a week, keeping a seed diary, and photographic record. he makes fairy gardens, and is amazed by the beauty and botanical intricacies of plants. We paint and draw, and we go out and walk the dogs. This child is half dog anyway - Daisy considers him her best friend, and the boy and his wolf are inseparable.