We have been quite busy since my last post. Last week we did some bike riding and kite flying, we went to the local Environmental Fair and spent another lovely afternoon at Devonshire Avenue Nature Reserve with our home education group. At the start of the week I bought some new felt tips as all our old ones were running out so we all spent quite a lot of time drawing and colouring in as well – even Granny joined in with us while she was staying for a few days! Jasmine and Thomas did a couple of word-searches and all three kids completed a mosaic each from an Orb Factory mosaic kit.
This week we have been to the Ecology Centre newt hunting and pond dipping, met our home education group at a local playground and been to Garson’s Farm to pick some fruit and vegetables.
Jasmine and Thomas have completed several pages out of a new workbook I got for them and Ben has done some writing practice and letter work. As I have said a few times before we don’t do much “sit down” table work and the majority of the learning is verbal or from TV documentaries or computer programmes and such like, so when we do sit down like this several things happen..
Firstly, I am always pleasantly surprised just how much Thomas and Jasmine know! They are currently enjoying working through a Gold Stars Ready for School Big Workbook Ages 6-7, which I guess is the level they would be working towards if they were at school, and they are flying through it! They have both chosen to do some English and some phonics and are finding it very easy so far. Thomas has also done a couple of the maths pages and so far he has flown through them. He actually amazed me with how quickly he managed to answer some simple addition problems!
It is really interesting to see how much easier they both find the writing now. Last year it was a struggle to get them to put pen to paper so we didn’t do much writing at all, but they seem much more ready for it now. And as they are doing more they are improving every time.
Ben, on the other hand, doesn’t want to miss out when we are at the table but he is really not ready for it yet. He still hasn’t decided which hand to write with and I can’t decide whether to push him one way or the other yet, so one minute the pencil is in his left hand and then the next it is in his right! His control is quite good but he doesn’t have a good pencil hold even with a grip thing on. This week he has done some writing practice because that was what he asked to do but once it goes past lines and curves he gets stuck. I am going to have to find some very practical ways to work with him I think.
This week we also started our Recorder lessons. Well, I mean lessons in the loosest sense of the word! The plan is to try and sit down for half an hour or so, not every day but a few days a week and teach Jasmine and Thomas how to play the recorder. I am also trying to include some music theory in as well but this is proving more challenging as I am learning alongside them! So far so good though and they have learnt to play B, A, G and Thomas has also learnt C and D. He can play Hot Cross Buns too!
We are on holiday next week so I doubt I will manage a round-up of our home education until we’ve been back a week or so (it always takes time to settle back into normal life after a week away!), but rest assured we’ll be keeping busy and learning loads at the same time and I’ll catch up as soon as I can.