One of my favourite things about home educating the children is being able to spend so much quality time with each of them. This morning I sat on the sofa snuggled up under a blanket next to E whilst he played his Jurassic park game on the iPad. Watching him learn without him even knowing that’s what he was doing. For instance, he had 15,765 coins and he needed to spend 6000 on an infirmary. He knew he would have nine thousand, seven hundred and sixty-five coins left. Or when he needed to buy 3 ferns at 4120 each so he needed over 12 thousand coins but he only 5 thousand. He worked out how many coins he needed to save to buy the ferns. No calculator just all in his head. To him he was just playing his game while I marveled at his maths skills.
After breakfast we went to a friends house to spend time with them and play in their swimming pool. They all went in for a play, although E only managed a short time he did have a go and I am really proud of him for that. S did a few lengths with her floats and Little S jumped in from the steps a few times, for me to catch her. R was in her element as she adores swimming.
Yesterday at home ed club we iced biscuits, planted broad beans in plastic cups so we can see them growing and made dens. The children all had great fun charging about playing and at the end of the session they headed out to the park whilst the adults tidied up.
On the way home E asked how long he could have to play on the PC when he got home. I explained that both E and R could half an hour each before Daddy got home from work. We then worked out how many minutes half an hour is if a whole hour is 60 minutes. E said to me that there are 24 hours in a day then asked how many there are in a night. I explained to him that 24 hours is the day and nights, that in the summer days are longer and nights shorter and in the winter it’s the other way around.
After two busy days we are looking forward to a quieter day tomorrow and the older girls swimming lessons in the evening.