Half Term

IMAG4171So last week all the local children were on half term. That didn’t make a lot of difference to us except that everywhere was so busy! We were supposed to meet up with a couple of other home ed families at Moors Valley but it was so busy the car park was full and we were turned away. Instead the children and I decided to go to Avon Heath Country Park, even that was heaving but we managed to park down the road and walk in. The older girls loved playing with other children in the woods and making dens while E and little S played in the park. We had a lovely picnic and then headed to the visitor centre which has been redone since my last visit and was amazing. The children got see animals skulls, a stuffed owl, a stag beetle and lots of other things. There were buttons to press to listen to different bird song, a camera that they could move to look through the woods and at the bee hive, and also computers and puzzles. We had a really great time and will definitely be returning when other children are at school and it’s a little quieter.

We’ve also made a cardboard box castle, made a trampoline in the living room out of cushions and quilts, sown lots of seeds, been to the swing park, visited family and played with cousins, done maths and looked at the organs of the body. We spent a little time looking at space and the planets and with almost perfect timing both Mars and Venus were visible just below the moon one evening. We even got see Orion and the Big Dipper, the children would now like to take a closer look at the constellations.IMAG4188

I’ve come to the conclusion that any calories I may have burned off with all the extra running around I’m doing will be gained with all the cakes the children keep baking. R made a particularly nice ginger cake yesterday, S made some Peppa Pig cupcakes Monday¬†and E wants to make a lemon cake. I’m hopeful that I can get them cooking more savoury foods before long.IMAG4219

Today we went to home ed club, which was all Dr Seuss themed. The children made Cat in the Hat cakes and played with Gloopey Gloop. They did knitting, played Minecraft on the Xbox, ran around (a lot) climbed trees, played cars and Duplo, did lots of socialising with children from 5 months to 14 years old and all this before lunch. Then it was home for a while before dinner and swimming lessons. S is 97% through stage 1 so should complete that next week and R’s front crawl is improving, her backstroke is magnificent and she is learning to dive.

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Books, books and more books

One of my aims is to get the children excited about books. R used to spend hours hiding behind the sofa with a pile of books, that is, until she started school. She lost her love of books, would get upset at the sight of the school reading book, refuse to read it and end up in tears.

So this week I took them all to the library to get their owIMAG4134n cards and to choose some books. It was quite an experience for me I can tell you. 4 small children and me. All started well, excitement at going somewhere new. Then the came the paperwork, then the slightly bored children, then the running around toddler and the “I’m busting for the loo, Mum”. So it was a very quick checkout with about 20 books, one screaming toddler, 2 children busting for a wee and one 7 (going on 17yr) old who didn’t want to get a baby book! But they all said they enjoyed it and want to go back.

We’ve done lots of reading this week, or rather I have to them but it’s a start. S got very excited when a parcel arrived for her and it was her preschool bookstart pack which contained Hairy Maclary (an absolute favourite of hers) and a book entitled Go To Bed. I particularly like this one as she is going through a phase of being a bit of a IMAG4139pickle at bedtime. I was also extremely proud of her this week as she read a whole book with no help from me.

This evening R and I were reading some Biff, Chip and Kipper when I set up a challenge for her. To read all 32 books and when she has completed she’ll get a little something. Telling her this just before bed might not have been my best decision as she was so excited she didn’t want to go to sleep. She wanted to read, so much so that when I tucked her in after she had fallen asleep she was surrounded by books. Hopefully this is the 1st step towards her rekindling her love of books.

busy busy busy

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What a busy few days since my last blog. We met more fellow home schoolers at soft play and let the children burn off some energy. We’ve done lots of cooking and baking and picture making. Swimming lessons, socialising and trampolining. We’ve bought lots of new books to help them learn to read, a book of classic stories by Dickins, Wilde and Shakespeare and some poetry too.

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A quieter day today, R wants to learn about space and the planets. Tomorrow we’re off to the library and then seeing Nanny.
The children are so happy and getting on much better. It’s lovely to see them playing and hear all their laughter. We’ve lots of things planned in the next few weeks so stay tuned.

Snow day

IMAG4039Today we finally wokeIMAG4055IMAG4057 IMAG4052to snow, not much, but eIMAG4043nough to play in. We were up, fed, dressed and ready to play in record time! After getting all cold outside we bought the snow in to do some experiments on it. First we springled on salt and watched it melt. We then got some food colouring to see what happens when added to the snow. We discovered that it doesn’t spread like it would in water but stayed in drops. When stirred the food colouring stayed in clumps for a long time but the colour did eventually spread to the rest of the snow. We found that red food colouring is stronger than green as we used twice as much green as red but the snow stayed an orangey red. We also noticed that the snow didn’t turn brown as paint would have if we’d mixed red and green.

We thought we’d stay with the snow theme and make a snow man out of Lego. A little challenging but we managed it.

E wanted to do something in the kitchen, so decided to make jelly. I gave him instructions and left him to it. He was very proud that he made it on his own.