Saturday, November 15, 2008

Stylish wrote the most amazing frog essay! I gave her the basics of essay writing and off she went - she is a very fluent writer! I will get her to write another essay next week, both because she did it well, and because she can learn more from the exercise.
She is away at her father's house at the moment. I have suggested she bring home some more tadpoles or froglets. So far she has two, and she has given one away to her friend (and a child of a dear friend of mine) Imroz. They have a lovely setup for the froglet, a huge tank and pebbles, and when I last saw the froglet it was hiding happily in it's new habitat.
There have been lots of upsets in my relationship with Stylish lately. Her grandmother (in the photos from my first blog entries) was paying for a counsellor to talk to Stylish, however that responsibility fell to her son upon her death, and he has not been paying. Thus she has not seen the counsellor in the last few weeks. Our relationship has been really difficult lately, and I don't know whether it's because I have short patience with the whinging and rudeness or whether it's her rudeness that is causing the friction. I suspect it is a combination of the two. I am about to further my research into NON VIOLENT COMMUNICATION, as I believe that holds the key to our problem.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

So things are going along nicely! We're getting into the swing of it and she has learnt SOOOOOOO much about frogs in the last little bit that it'd take me a week to type it all up! I've learnt stuff about frogs too, and we have some tadpoles and a frog to aid our learning! They're loving life next to the stick insects.
She's had a few difficulties getting motivated so this weeks list had a billion frog things on it.
  • writing a frog essay
  • creating frog art
  • a pattern of frogs and tadpoles
  • a graph showing the length of time it takes various tadpoles to morph into frogs

and other stuff too. I have decided it's time to begin recording the work we do at the end of each week so it's not a huge overwhelming project in the week (or night) before re-registration comes up. OH ! The registration certificate arrived at last! Hardly exciting, but validating nonetheless!

Next week she is going to endeavour to register as a frog keeper so she can buy a green tree frog. I said I'll sign anything I need to sign (although at 10 you can register apparetly) aslong as she saves up for the license ($60) and pays for the frog out of her own pocket money.