I keep thinking we’re just ending the first week of January but it’s the end of the 2nd. How did that happen?! We have spent lots of time just the 5 of us at home, enjoying each others company. Lots of cuddles of the sofa, games, cooking together, and watching TV. The weather has been very chilly and damp and not great for going out in.
We did manage to see friends last Friday though at Upton Country Park. Our visit was shorter than normal though, as we decided it would be best to leave before we all froze! We didn’t take Poppy with us this time as she has started her first season. This has lead to some interesting questions from the children.
S asked to do some “school work” this week and got out her Alphablocks workbooks. Little S sat with her and did some colouring. S sat on my knee eating Haribo, chatting away and laughing as she worked. Not at all how reading and writing lessons would be done at school, but I suspect a bit more fun.
We’ve spent time with Grandparents. Wednesday Granma and Granpa took us all to soft play. We all had fun burying Granpa under the balls in the ball pit. The children made them both go down the curly wurly slide, making Granma scream with fright!
Today we back to Winchester Science Centre for their home educators day. S loves the giant colon, printing off “tickets” to scan, feeling the poo and making farty noises! She made a new friend and we’ve arranged to meet up next week. Little S loved trying out lots of different experiments. I was amazed that she managed to work the rowing machine by herself.
E loved playing with the wibbly mirrors, making himself different shapes and sizes, making his head stretch and his body contort. He tested out theories on which truck would go fasted on which material. What happened when you added weight into them or in front of them. He tested his balance and agility and enjoyed playing the soft play area too.
I’ve seen a real change in R over the past few weeks, she’s really growing up. In the soft play area she chose to sit and read her book, not something I ever thought she’d do when we started home educating. Her reading is coming on in leaps and bounds, and she is totally self taught. She enjoyed trying her hand at wheelchair basket ball, and making an x-ray skeleton with her sister.
At the end of our visit we’d booked to go and see Polaris, the space submarine in the dome theatre. It was a really great end to our day. The film was really educational and very child friendly. The children have asking questions about the orbit of the earth, day and night, and seasons. These were all answered in the film with the aid of a talking Polar Bear called Vladimir and Penguin called Steve. I would highly recommend the film for anyone visiting the centre.