Here are a few pictures from a cold winter fortnight.
Josiah snuggled up on the couch reading about Julius Caesar.
Tessa cooking dinner.
The third photo was taken one day after we had had a particularly overloaded few days and I decided to schedule a holiday. Josiah and Tessa listened to a Harry Potter book on CD all day. While listening, Tessa knitted and Josiah played computer games from time to time. I can't remember what I did.
I was fascinated that Tessa's knitting had miraculously perfected itself since the last time she attempted knitting. Previously, her knitting has looked like most beginner knitters', i.e. with tension varying hugely and the occasional hole or tangled stitch. This time Tessa's knitting was flawless and beautifully even. All I can conclude is that she has developed improved finger control. Maybe all the climbing helps, LOL. I am reminded of a story in Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori - where Montessori describes how the ability to sew completely eluded one child until Montessori thought to offer her a paper weaving activity. Once the child mastered paper weaving, she returned to attempts on sewing which were successful this time. Montessori wrote:
I realised that the necessary movement of the hand for sewing had been prepared without sewing, and that before teaching it is first necessary to find the way to teach. This is particularly true when it is a question of gaining facility in movements. ... In this way one could set himself to a task and be already capable of carrying it out without ever having directly put his hand to it, and he could complete it almost perfectly at the first attempt.
I thought that one might be prepared to write in this way. p194 -195
As a matter of fact, Tessa's handwriting, which has always been pretty untidy, has suddenly improved too. When I commented on this to Tessa, she said she'd simply decided to write more neatly.