Wednesday 6 February 2013

What You Doing Wednesday Week 45

Good morning everyone!
Hope your week is going well.

We had hail, snow, sleet and then rain yesterday.
A real mixed bag.

The other night we lost the electricity.
It was actually really nice.
The silence was bliss.
Luckily we had loads of candles and some torches.
I also have my lite hook which came in very handy.
 We got the fire going
 put out the candles
 I got my Lite hook out
Little Red did some colouring.

We then all got together by candle light and played some board games.
It was a really nice evening.
I was a bit upset when the electricity came back on.

Now as you may have guessed
my WIPs for the week
are Penguins.
All the tops of heads (35)
All the faces (35)
All the beaks (35)
All the feet (70)
All the wings (70)
And 11 bodies so far.
I so want them to be finished.
I'm only able to do them for a while and then have to have a break.

The other Penguin is the one they give to the good
kids to take home from school.

We've been having "issues" with their reward system.
Everyone starts everyday on green.
If you are naughty you go on orange (warning)
and if you are naughty again or severe enough you go on red.
There is also a Gold award - for star pupils
There is also a toy (otto the Penguin) that if someone
has done really well that day they get to take him home.
As you can imagine it's a big deal to get either 
gold or Otto.
Now Ryan is an average student
isn't really naughty 
and doesn't excel like others
so he gets green.
At the end of the week they do get a little green sticker.
The problem we have is he doesn't get noticed
for anything else.
Monday night he was in tears saying he didn't 
deserve anything because he isn't
good enough.
Nothing he does is good enough.
He'd spent 2 1/2 hours working 
on his penguin book and doing homework on Sunday.
Did extra work he wasn't asked for and still nothing.
I had a word with his teacher and luckily
she sent Otto home.
It's a shame because I would like him
to get it without me saying anything.
He is really happy at the moment so it's a good day.

So apart from the Penguins I haven't had chance for anything else.

I started my first audio book today.
I'm listening to the Sherlock Holmes collection.
I downloaded it from
fantastic site!
I think I'm going to make my way through all the classics.

I'm still reading my other books
so I'll review them when I have finished them.

Now it's your turn to share what you are doing.
It doesn't have to be crochet, anything you are making
is perfect.

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  1. Gotta love good old fashioned family fun! Love the light up hook.
    Good luck with all your penguins.
    Poor Ryan. That's a hard thing to go through at school. I wish there was a good solution. All you can do is hug him tight and make sure he knows he's super special to you :-)

  2. I love reading your daily messages. I feel badly about Ryan. Are you able to talk with the teacher and let her know that not only Ryan but other students may be made to feel that they aren't good enough? I think if she realizes that this is a thing that is causing negativity she could change things a bit. When my boys were little I had to speak to the teachers now and again. I don't have a lighted crochet hook and now I see how great it can be. I'm glad you showed us. You do a wonderful job. The penguins are so cute. I'm so glad I found your blog. I really enjoy it.

  3. Your light up hook made me smile. My son didn't have a great time at primary school and I really felt for Ryan. When he was there they had a bear and everyone had a turn at taking it home for the weekend. I don't feel the reward system is fair as there will be other children like Ryan who will never get the gold or Otto. Lovely to hear he's having a happy day.
    Ali x

  4. I'm glad you all like my lighted hook. I've put a request in with hubby for another size for my birthday - fingers crossed.
    My sons school have received emails and I have spoken to them about the issues but I don't think it will make a difference. i think I'm now known as a "problem" parent. We are considering moving him but he doesn't cope well with change so I don't know whether or not it would be best. We've got a lot of thinking to do. Reward systems don't work because teachers always have favorites. They are also so pleased when a naughty child is good that they get Rewarded. My son is average and well behaved so he just blends into the background. At the start of the year I complained about the system and they did end up letting everyone have the toy to take home. Since everyone has had it they have gone back to square one.
    On a positive note he had a fantastic week. His teacher didn't shout. He got Otto and now he is off for half term for a week. We are going to make some things together :-).
    Thank you all for your kind comments!