Not schooly, nooooo...
Now, who's old enough to remember the BBC test card? We were trying to recreate that, honest.
Ok, that's a lie. It's a fair cop: we were doing sums on the blackboard. Autonomous sums though! Lyddie saw the blackboard in Wilkos, so we got it and then she 'wanted to do some schoolwork'.
"You can go to school if you want," I said. "They're starting back this week."
She said she knew they were, but she'd rather be home educated please. Could we just do some sums? So we did. We've done some adds and some take-aways, but they made us feel hungry so we gave up then, before I got all over-enthusiastic about groups-of and shared-bys, which was probably a lucky escape for us all.
I glanced through some maths workbooks we have here though, and by age 5 Lyddie apparently should still be counting things. And by age 6. Though it looks like she'd be allowed to write over the numbers by age 7 though. Yes, that's maybe a bit of exaggeration, but not very much. I have to say, she'd be extremely bored to be still counting groups of things, by now and we certainly haven't done dozens of hours of it. Hmmm.
I also need to mention the Spreading Fame of our own, amazing and wonderful Barbara Stark!
Barbara and her family featured this week on this Radio 4 programme (36 minutes in - well worth listening to,) and we got chatting to a Samaritans lady with her collecting bucket outside Tesco yesterday. "Are you going back to school this week?" she asked Lyddie. I mentioned home education and she said, "Oh I know about that, I heard a really good thing on Radio 4 about it at the weekend," and she went onto say that she wished far more children were home educated, because then the Samaritans might have less work to do!
That's definitely food for thought.