Sunday evening once the others were tucked in bed, Rose came and asked if she could talk to me. She asked me if she was intelligent - I said yes and covered some of the things she had learnt as an example. She then said a couple of the children in her Primary class at church were boasting about being in the top math set and school and how they were already learning algebra and the others weren't. I explained that we had done algebra but not called it that - we call it guess, I even ran through a few examples of what we had done. (2x + 3 =7 so guess what x is). She seemed happier after that and asked if we could do some more algebra in the morning. Gladly I said yes and she went off to bed.
This is a massive breakthrough for us as Rose is the writer but reluctant with math, while Sunflower is a math whizz but a reluctant writer. Rose has been happily doing extra math all week so that she doesn't "feel" behind - she even decorated the front of her algebra book with smiley faces (maths has never had smiley faces before).
I'm not sure if I should call it jealousy, pride or peer pressure - but either way I'm seriously tempted to talk to Sunflowers primary friends and get them to boast of their writing skills : )