Jaqui's Daily Blog

My Personal Learning Journal

Having enjoyed reading The Rascal’s “Learning Journal” (see yesterday's Blog) I started thinking what might be written on post-it notes about my own progress through life.

 

By way of explanation, each of the activities described on coloured post-it notes in my grandson’s file compiled, you will recall, by nursery staff, was attributed to progress in certain stages of development: self-confidence and awareness, for example, or managing feelings and behaviour. Likewise, health and self-care or understanding the environment. Staff also make a judgement about which age / stage a child is working within. Does that all make sense? If so, let us begin….

 

“Jaqui used full fat blue top milk on her Special K this morning, despite being reminded on several occasions by the Youngest of the Darling Daughters that it would be healthier to stick to skimmed milk (or “white water” according to Mr B.) This shows an unfortunate regression in Health and Self-Care.  Age-band: 2 - 4 years.”

 

“Jaqui showed progress in Care for the Environment by taking the Pulse bus into town. The fact that her action was motivated by (i) her unwillingness to pay for car parking and (ii) her fortunate possession of a free bus pass is neither here nor there. Age-band: 60+ (to qualify for bus pass.)”

 

“Jaqui is developing her language skills - but not in a good way. It is disappointing that one who has virtually never sworn in her life has recently taken to exclaiming ‘bloody hell’ or even, on occasions “b*****r’. We know  her life can be stressful but this is no reason for her to turn into a teenager. Age-band: 13 years.”

 

“Jaqui showed real progress in managing her feelings and behaviour when Mr B asked her to buy him roasted peanuts when she went to the shops today. This was particularly praise-worthy considering her last two Peanut Purchases were extremely poorly received, the first being honey roasted and the second unsalted. Age-band: 35 years on account of not being able to get it right first time.” 

 

“Jaqui’s communication skills are improving all the time through frequent conversations with the Sunflower plants which are about to bloom. Not everybody can talk Sunflower so this is especially commendable. Age-band: 65 + (talking aloud to flowers is a sign of entering one’s dotage.)

 

“Jaqui demonstrated great concentration while watching the film Lion with Mr B this afternoon.  It was, however, a wonderful film so it wasn't a real test of her progress in this aspect of development. We will see how well she concentrates through La La Land. Age-band: 40 - 70.”

 

“Jaqui has a great ability to find an appropriate song for every occasion, often drawing on nursery rhymes learnt at her mother’s knee. She shows initiative in substituting her own words when she can't remember the original. It is a pity that her singing is often embarrassing for those she sings to. Age-band: 2-3 years, the age when singing nursery rhymes is perfectly acceptable.”

 

“Jaqui is making progress in Obedience. Kay, who helps her keep the house in order, has told Jaqui that she wants to come back to dust when she returns from her holiday. Jaqui has obediently not so much as shaken a feather duster at a windowsill since Kay set off for Foreign Parts. Age-band: 9 -10 years because who recognises dust at that age?)

 

Overall performance: Tries hard but must do better…

 

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26.10 | 14:21

Mmm, was it because there were '24 men kicking a ball' that it didn't end entirely satisfactorily???

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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03.07 | 22:43

Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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