Searching for 3D shapes has become daily ritual

Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.
Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.

The past week Tom has been studying 3D shapes in school as part of his maths syllabus and this has now transferred to home.

In the search for 3D shapes, he has now enlisted the help of Stephen in trying to find these shapes, and it has become a daily ritual.

The really funny thing though is that when I ask Tom about the 3D shapes he has been studying at school he will not tell me, he simply says, “stop mum.”

What now happens first thing in a morning is that he will say to Stephen, “Let’s find all the 3D shapes.”

So off they set. First of all they search the living room, where the television is declared as a cuboid, and then this is followed by a quick search of the conservatory, where Greg and Barry’s fish tank is declared as a cube.

They then conduct a search of the house, finally ending up back in the living room.

Tom will then end the search by saying to Stephen, “what about us? We are 3D shapes.”

To which Stephen will reply that their heads are spheres (pronounced as spears) and their legs cylinders.

The really funny thing though is that when I ask Tom about the 3D shapes he has been studying at school he will not tell me, he simply says, “stop mum.”

The last week has been lovely.

At the moment they are still really enjoying playing Minecraft, both of them sitting together on the couch, side by side on their respective devices, Tom allowing Stephen into his world.

Tom also really surprised me as he built a prison for the animals, he usually just destroys stuff.

Tom has also assigned us all as villagers.

In Minecraft there are villagers who are all wear different coloured clothes. As I wear a pink dressing gown I am a priest; Stephen is a blacksmith; Andrew a butcher and Tom is a farmer. He also walks around the house as a villager, with his arms crossed as they do in the Minecraft world. Fantastic stuff.

So the week has been a good one. I am also happy to share that the visual Birthday Countdown Calendar has worked a treat. He no longer asks if his birthday is on a Wednesday, but instead tells me to cross off the date each morning in red felt tipped pen. Visual timetables are most definitely the way to go.