Ontario teachers are strangely objecting to the idea of increasing class sizes (and adding mandatory online courses) while not addressing problems like increased workplace violence and harassment. In any case, earlier this year the admin staff went on work to rule and now the teachers are also on work to rule.
Today our school was closed along with many others across the province as about 60,000 thousand teachers walked off the job.
We had school at home in the morning. Matthew practiced his reading and we all practiced our french and math. Elizabeth helped me with the littler kids. In the afternoon Elizabeth and Matthew went swimming at grandma's and I took Amelia skating at Landsdowne. Amelia is getting over a cold so wasn't allowed to swim but when we checked the skate situation we realized we hadn't done anything about getting Elizabeth new skates! Anyway, everyone was happy with the end result since they all got to have cookies at Grandma's.
At four and a half, Amelia may be out of diapers but she's definitely still struggling on occasion. It's quite mind boggling how often she has accidents at school, especially compared to her siblings (we can't recall either of them having any!). In any case, Amelia is quite good at dealing with her own cleanup, to the point that her teachers didn't actually notice how often she was needing a change of clothing. Sigh.
Very creative, Amelia still loves to invent elaborate play worlds and adores playing with playmobile, fisher price, shopkins, stuffies etc. Really anything that she can use to make little plays with. Still also loves drawing. Her pictures have gotten much more sophisticated recently with snowmen and reindeer being popular at the moment. Recently she started drawing people upside-down the way Elizabeth used to.
Her speech is getting clearer but she still usually leaves off the "s" (no-men, nacks and no-shoeing). Seems to get along okay in school and her French is definitely making progress. She's inventing many fewer words now that she has more vocabulary which does make her easier to follow.
She seems to enjoy school and talks about many friends that she likes to play with.
As the baby girl of the family who has had more than her fair share of teasing by big brother Matthew, she has developed a habit of screaming in response knowing that by milking the moment she probably will get the advantage. Sadly for her we are now onto this strategy, but since Amelia tends towards the dramatic she does still tend to resort to screaming and crying when she wants her own way.
That said, she is generally a cheerful and happy kid with a pretty sunny disposition and she's especially fun to be around one on one without her siblings to annoy her. That doesn't mean she wishes she was an only kid; she especially loves playing with her brothers.
Elizabeth is hopefully running out of teeth to lose, because even though we've moved onto molars, the process isn't less fraught with DRAMA and BLOOD and GREAT GNASHING OF TEETH.
It was ballet viewing week so I got to watch Elizabeth dance. I was interested to see that she moved a bit differently than some of her classmates - I can see the karate influence lol. In particular her teacher corrected her hip movements more than the other girls. Elizabeth did appear to be having fun and she's certainly extremely graceful.
It will be interesting to see how long Elizabeth will be able to keep up this class in addition to karate.
Despite some epic scheduling issues we managed to have a 2nd progressive supper with our neighbours. We even persuaded some new faces to come out this time. Everyone had a blast and hopefully next time we'll finally get the scheduling glitches sorted out.
We put up the Christmas tree today.
Erika got her brown belt today. Feels like only yesterday that she started karate. Elizabeth of course was there to cheer her on.
Matthew and Amelia have been taking Saturday morning swimming lessons which they have enjoyed very much aside from needing to be in the pool at 8am. Elizabeth was never awake before they left.
Both of them made significant progress; neither of them passed their levels.
Today was crazy hair day at school.