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Waves of Learning

Day 2 of the #100daysofhomeed challenge, and day 2 of me blogging again 🙂 I actually started writing this blog five hours ago but didn’t finish in time and then got caught up in dinner, chores, Brownies drop of and collection and general evening shenanigans! But the kids are in bed, lights off now so I can finally sit down and write.

This morning started with me filling in our weekly planner and then Thomas helping me get today’s dinner in the slow cooker. The kids have chores to do every day – I put out a selection and they choose what they want to do – and Thomas really loves helping me with meals. Tonight was Bean Stew so he peeled the carrots, opened all the tins and drained the beans and then added them to the slow cooker and got the spices out of the cupboard. He never wants to add the spices in case he adds too much!!

Once we’d done that Ben completed a lesson on Reading Eggs while I tried to get logged in to Khan Academy on the new PC. I totally failed as I couldn’t remember any passwords or figure out how to reset them, so Thomas had to wait for Ben to finish and then he did Khan Academy on my laptop where the passwords are saved. We haven’t used Khan Academy for months… it goes in waves like that in our house .. we’ll use something every day for a while and the nothing for months. But that definitely doesn’t mean the kids aren’t learning. In fact today Thomas was doing the section on multiplication in 10s, 100s, 1000s etc and was flying through. Most of the questions had been multiples of 2, 3, 4 and 5 and he knows those times tables. He came to the question “90×90=?”. We have talked about the 9 times table and I have shown them how to do it using fingers, but they’ve had no “formal” teaching/learning. We do also have a times table poster up in the house. So, back to the 90×90 question.. before I’d even had time to suggest I help him he said “Oh that’s easy, its 8,100”. I was gobsmacked!!!

EDIT: Since I wrote this i have discovered that it *may* in fact have been a total fluke as, while chatting to Granny (who is staying with us for a couple of days) when I mentioned 9×9 being 81 Thomas interrupted and said No, 9 add 9 is 18! So it is entirely plausible that he got the sum wrong, mixed the number order up and therefore fluked the answer!!! Either way, he got the right answer and I am still impressed 😉

So, back to today, after Thomas had done 20 minutes on Khan Academy Jasmine also wanted a go so she was next. She worked on strategies for addition and subtraction and understood it really quickly. She also did a few larger addition sums (100s without carrying) and then because I needed to make lunch and she won’t do it without me, she turned Khan Academy off and asked me to write some sums for her on paper! And she worked through them all really happily and confidently 🙂

After lunch we went to Morden Hall Park to meet up with friends, Pokemon and play. We had a lovely walk round before our friends arrived, listening and identifying bird song, trying to spot the Heron nests and of course, catching Pokemon. When our friends got there we met them in the playground and once everyone had had several turns on the zip wire we walked along the new boardwalk.

Back at home and it was general play, dinner, Brownies for Jasmine, Pokemon TCG online for Thomas, drawing for Ben, TV, Harry Potter aloud, quiet reading for J&T and bed.


In rain and (sun)shine…

This week has been good. We’ve been just the right amount of busy I think. On Tuesday we spent the morning at home and I managed to get some Maths done with all three kids. We used Khan Acadamy after a conversation a few days ago reminded me how much the kids enjoyed it. Thomas did basic multiplication, Jasmine did some 2 digit addition and Ben did some early maths addition. They all really enjoyed it so I will have to remember to use it more.

In the afternoon we met up with some HE friends at Banstead Woods for a woodland/Bluebell walk. It had been raining in the morning and the forecast wasn’t great for the afternoon but we were really lucky and the rain held off for the whole time we were there. The kids had a great time with their friends and we saw lots of Roman Snails.


On Wednesday we had the usual two friends over in the morning and Forest School in the afternoon. As we arrived at Forest School at 1pm the weather took a dramatic turn for the worst and it absolutely threw it down! Even Gordon and I had to shelter for about 15 minutes before running back to the car as we would have got soaked! When we collected the kids two hours later they were dripping wet through to their underwear, despite all wearing full waterproofs! They weren’t bothered though!

On Thursday morning Jasmine and I went to the hairdressers for our hair cut. In the afternoon we went to HE Group where the kids made a simple record player from paper and a pin, made playdough soap, did some painting and played with their friends.

In the evening I took Thomas to Cubs and he joined in every activity again 🙂 He did have one moment during some “fitness” training (basically, football training) where is wasn’t happy because he didn’t score a goal, but other than that he did great!

Yesterday we started the day with a trip to the library. I was mostly aiming to renew all our books rather than get more as we are on holiday next week but Thomas reminded me that he had read a couple of his so we took them back to swap. We ended up taking out about 6 new books for him and Jasmine to read! He can’t get enough books at the moment, now he is confidently reading short chapter books.. I think he is averaging two or three a week at the moment! After the library we went to a local playground to meet a friend. Jasmine and Ben played on the equipment and did some bug hunting while Thomas sat and read one of his new library books!


Yesterday afternoon Thomas had his swimming lesson. Despite spending most of the morning saying he didn’t want to go again he took my pep talk (about swimming being an important life skill) to the letter and swam several whole lengths on his back with no float 🙂 He was so excited and you could see his confidence soar! Now we’ve just got to tackle swimming on his front!


No day the same

Friday was much better than anticipated on Thursday night with the sicky child! When she woke up the first thing Jasmine said to me was “I’m much better now”.. and she was correct! She was absolutely fine all day, so I have no idea what it was all about on Thursday but thankfully it wasn’t anything major (or even minor really!)

Friday morning was taken over with maths and Reading Eggs. All three kids did some maths workbook sheets.. still the simple stuff and number writing practice but they all enjoy it and it really is helping them all. Thomas did a Reading Eggspress lesson. In the afternoon we went into Sutton for some shopping, including a few Halloween and Christmas bits from the 99p/£1 shops. Back at home Jasmine and Ben did a few minutes on Khan Acadamy before dinner.

On Saturday we took the opportunity to get outdoors while the weather is still warm. In the morning the kids all did some junk modelling and Jasmine did a Reading Eggs lesson but then after lunch (of delicious homemade onion squash and lentil soup) we went to Box Hill for a walk around the Play Trail.

Box Hill 1Box Hill 2Box Hill 3It was lovely to get outdoors and enjoy the last of (a very late) summer. The kids are all so confident and competent at clambering over, climbing up or balancing on logs and trees these days. At the end of our walk we treated ourselves to hot chocolate from the cafe before heading home, and the rest of the day was spent playing and watching TV.

Today has been another shopping day. We went into Sutton again for just two or three bits and ended up spending over three hours there, including a McDonalds lunch! But Ben got much needed new trainers, Thomas got a winter coat, I got some new exercise trainers and clothes, the kids all got new books (Happy Meal Roald Dahl ones plus the £1 Happy Meal/WHSmiths ones) and we got the potatoes and face wash we’d actually gone in for! A successful trip all round I think 😉

And now the kids are playing in the garden while Gordon tries to replace the log roll around one of the borders. Tomorrow it will rain,  so today they are making the most of it being warm (ish!)

Goodbye September, Hello October

Two very different days again. Yesterday morning we had two additional children here for the morning as we take them to forest school. In complete comparison to last week where all the five played really nicely together, yesterday was quite a lot harder. My three were all in an argumentative mood and the two additions found it hard to get along together too .. sibling war all round!

It started off OK and they all worked together to build a den from chairs and blankets, but then they couldn’t agree who sat where. They played a game involving saving the world and were all using toy swords to fight off the baddies, until the baddies became each other and hitting began. Eventually it all settled down and the littlest two played with Playmobil while the bigger three did some drawing and writing and spent some time playing upstairs.

When I dropped them all off at forest school after lunch I forego my usual walk around Nonsuch Park in favour of a sit down with daytime TV and a cup of coffee back at home 😉

After forest school we came home and watched the new Thomas the Tank Engine DVD for the second time this week, had dinner on time and the kids were all in bed before 8.30pm.

Today was an altogether quieter day – apart from the odd temper tantrum from Ben this morning.. by mid morning though calm had been returned. Jasmine went on Reading Eggs and completed lesson 116. Her reading is really coming on now! Thomas did some Khan Acadamy maths and then once he’d done enough of that he asked to do some maths worksheets as well! Ben and Jasmine played with the Zuzu’s upstairs.

1stOctThis afternoon we went to our home education group and the kids all joined in with the science .. making junk model boats and seeing what load of jenga blocks different shape of boat could carry. Such a perfect experiment for my three. Ben spent ages there!

When we got back home Jasmine did some Khan Acadamy maths and Thomas did a couple more pages from his workbook. They are only dong really simple stuff at the moment but even after two weeks I am noticing a difference in their basic maths knowledge. They could always do simple addition and subtraction etc, but now the knowledge is right there and they don’t have to work it out each time 🙂

And then just as I nipped upstairs to the bathroom before I started dinner, Jasmine was sick 🙁 I have no idea what brought it on as she was fine just 60 seconds before! She was also fine afterwards and assured me she wanted dinner. So she made her muffin pizza with the rest of us and did a good job of eating most of it too, before deciding she felt sick again. We had a bit of warning this time so I managed to get her upstairs in time. She was also sick just before bed. I do hope it isn’t a bug.. she doesn’t have a temperature or any other symptoms so fingers crossed. But just in case there is any more, she has gone to bed with a bowl!

Up’s and down’s

After the busy-ness of Wednesday and Thursday it has been nice over the last two days to take things a little easier. Yesterday morning I went to a friends house for her Macmillan Coffee Morning. It was a lovely morning and I enjoyed cake and cups of tea in relative peace while the kids played at home with daddy. In the afternoon we needed to go to the Chinese supermarket to pick up some ingredients for our dinner.. and this is where things went wrong. The kids obviously weren’t in the mood for shopping and were, in all honesty, horrible. It was so bad in fact that we left without half the things we needed!

Back at home and things didn’t really improve much and at any given point for the next couple of hours someone was either shouting or crying. Jasmine went upstairs quite upset, so I sat in bed with her until she had calmed down. I’m sure every household has times like that but even knowing that doesn’t make it easier! Anyway, once she had calmed down I decided it was time to approach the topic of the books I had bought for her recently, about growing up. She has been showing signs of this for a few months, with mood swings and other things, so I had been waiting for the right time to talk to her. She got very excited about having “special books” just for her and we had a good chat about the start of puberty and what she can expect to happen to her. I didn’t go into too much depth as I want to take it slow, but she was so keen and interested in it all I think we’ll end up covering more over the next few days.

The day did end much better though and Gordon managed to pull together a pretty good semi-chinese meal and then the kids did 15 minutes of Khan Acadamy each before bed.

Today is my birthday! So at breakfast I opened my cards and present. The kids (Gordon!) bought me a speaker/dock for my phone so I can listen to music in the kitchen while I’m cooking 🙂 After breakfast I managed to get all three kids to the table to do some written maths work. We are working through some very simple maths to begin with, mostly practicing writing numbers and going over simple maths facts. Thomas and Ben completed three sheets and Jasmine flew through four. Once they’d finished Jasmine and Thomas went on Khan Acadamy for 10/15 minutes each too while Ben did some wipe-clean alphabet sheets and activity books (his choice!)


In the middle of our work session Gordon had been to collect his sister from the train station – she is over from Canada and visited us today. The kids spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon showing Aunty Laura their great paper aeroplanes, until we nipped to the shops for a few bits including more birthday presents for me! (I got a new phone case)

Later in the afternoon we went to Messy Church where the kids decorated cakes, played in a tuff spot with compost and plastic animals, and joined in a  game of football. And the day ended, once the kids had gone to bed, with a Chinese takeaway as my birthday treat 🙂