fingers crossed that I haven't made a very bad decision.
Update: It didn't go horribly wrong today. Fairy asked me if she could go on her computer before school. I agreed and told her she could if: her hair was really properly brushed, clean teeth, cardigan and shoes together with coat hung up ready to go nearby. I also said that she needed to practice her keyboard, now she did forget that after she realised she did practise. So very pleased.
We decided to get the girls laptops for Christmas. They've reached an age where they now need them for projects or homework and buying them a basic computer each seemed the best way forward, rather than having them wanting / needing to use one at the same time. They are not allowed to use them in their rooms only downstairs at the table. That way HH and I are around to keep an eye on what they are doing and make sure that they are ok. The girls like playing an online maths game, that their school has subscribed to raise standards in maths across the school. They can even play against other (if they time it right, if they click on start at the same time.) Questions levels are based upon their ability and set by their class teachers. That's what Fairy wanted to do this morning before school.
They are just basic laptops (can't afford anything flasher but also don't think that they needed anything more) they can do word processing, powerpoint, access the internet (bread and butter things that they use at school) which have dvd player.
We don't watch tv very much at all (nothing against tv itself but I don't want them to get into the habit of watching lots of tv) when Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who was on they both had to complete either their maths or English homework to watch Strictly and both had to have been completed to watch Doctor Who and the Strictly results. Now that that's all finished the treat for completing their home work had been to watch a dvd but it isn't necessarily a weekly event. With 3 of the 4 of us having January Birthdays, we've yet to develop a properly weekly family routine(ish) it seems a long time since we watched our last film. Monsters inc University and we have some Birthday DVDs that need to be watched.
Fairy loves Shakespeare and as part of her Birthday, I bought her The Shakespeare Collection - Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, King Lear. I told her at the weekend that if she wants to watch the Shakespeare on her laptop that is fine, realistically I don't think Pirate would be impressed at having to sit through Twelth Night or King Lear as a post Homework 'treat'. I know Daddy certainly wouldn't be impressed. We went to see 'Annie' at the cinema in the holiday and Daddy bought Fairy the soundtrack cd for her Birthday. They have about an hour max on the computer a day and if the girls are not battling each other with the maths game, then Fairy is sitting there loading up Annie auditions and singing along to film clips (normally at the top of her voice). She is very excited at watching her Birthday Shakespeare dvds on her computer. I've heard more than enough of Annie this last couple of weeks Shakespeare wins my vote as well.
Told the girls I had got something for them on the way home and they hurried up home. Mental note to self shall try that one again.
Had them both standing in front of me with their eyes closed, put them in their hands and told them they could look. Fairy said "Uhh" and didn't think she was that excited, they both assumed that it was something for the horticultural show - but they aren't. The fun started when they were trying to fill the bulb vase with water... on more than a few occasions they looked like they were having a bath. Girls laughed when I said that all they needed was some bubble bath.