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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.

 

Sunny days

Last week ended with a couple of really nice days. On Thursday morning the sunny weather called the kids into the garden and Jasmine decided she could climb the tree! She has spent years watching Thomas do it, never being bothered herself.. but all of a sudden she wants in on it too! In the afternoon we went to Home Education Group where Jasmine and Thomas did French, the kids all played outside with their friends, we all joined in the science (put a marshmallow in a vacuum and see what happens), and they all did some painting too. It was a busy session!

In the evening Thomas got Invested at Cubs 🙂

Cubs1We spent Friday with Granny and Grandad. We went to the garden centre and Thomas had his swimming lesson.

On Saturday we went to Headley Heath. It was a beautiful sunny, hot day and we managed just over 5km over a couple of hours. We explored parts of the Heath we haven’t been to before, although I was surprised to realise how little that was and that we already know most of it pretty well. We found  some stunning carpets of blue and had lunch in the shade of a huge tree.

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Today we managed to fit in Reading Eggs for both Jasmine and Ben before their swimming lesson. And then this afternoon a lovely friend watched the kids for me for an hour so I could fit in a short run and then I stayed for a cup of tea and a chat before heading home for dinner and kids baths.

Swimming, Lego and muddy Forest School

So I have still failed to blog about our walk around Headley Heath on Sunday. But I will, some time this week! Today however, I will catch up on the home ed stuff we’ve been up to since Monday.

Monday started as normal with swimming for Jasmine and Ben. I had a total mummy fail when we arrived at the pool and I realised I hadn’t put the bag with towels, hats and goggles in the car! Luckily they had their swimming costumes on so we could go ahead with the lesson and deal with the other stuff as required! It turned out OK in the end as I bought goggles from the centre, borrowed a swimming hat for Jasmine from a friend (I decided Ben could do without for one week as his hair is short!), and another mum had a spare towel so I even managed to get them dry without the use of the hand dryer – which was my emergency option 😉

After swimming we came home for lunch, managed quick showers for the swimmers and went out to a birthday party at a friends house. Jasmine and Thomas were quite over excited to begin with and I struggled to calm them down. After removing them from the main room for a short time Thomas was calm enough to go back but Jasmine took a while longer and it was only really when the film went on that she stopped bouncing around.

They watched Horrid Henry The Movie while eating pizza.. a perfect party! And despite moaning about the film choice beforehand, they all said it was OK at the end (although not as good as Minions, which they also didn’t want to watch at first but now love!)

We left the party at around 7pm and walked home. The kids had to tidy their bedroom as they hadn’t done so before we left but they managed it in record quick time so we even managed a chapter of Harry Potter before bed.

Tuesday started with handwriting/English. It wasn’t as good as recent weeks and nobody was really keen this week. I tried all three around the table but it wasn’t working so I ended up doing one-to-one three times. They all managed a small amount of work in the end. Ben also did a lesson on Reading Eggs.

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Thomas had his swimming lesson in the afternoon and started breaststroke. His first ever go at doing it and at the end his teacher asked me if he’s ever done it before because he was so good! I think Thomas is turning into a natural swimmer 🙂

Jasmine had Brownies in the evening and the boys watched TV.

Today we had two additions in the morning and they all played Lego upstairs. I think they were building dragons.. that’s what I gathered from snippets of conversation anyway! Forest School in the afternoon was wet and muddy but they all had a good time and had another good session. Jasmine even had a go on the rope swing apparently 🙂

After forest school was Lego play, Lego tidying, fajitas for dinner, Lego City app game playing, Harry Potter and bed.

Rubber band cars and a cardboard dinosaur

After a busy half term week last week we are back to our normal routine this week, although I’m not sure that makes us any more or less busy! We seem to be on the go all the time these days!

Monday morning saw Jasmine and Ben back at swimming. They both had a good lesson but it was yet another different teacher. I thought she was a little repetitive and just seemed to have them swimming backwards and forwards doing the same thing over and over again, but neither of them seemed to mind. For the last five minutes of the lesson she got the diving hoops out and they both enjoyed that, so all in all it was positive.

In the afternoon we carried on with our science topic of Energy, focussing on elastic energy this week. We watched the Mystery Science clips “How can a car run without gas”, then we made our own rubber band vehicles. I didn’t use the model from Mystery Science as I didn’t have all the right equipment but I found another model that we could make and it worked really well 🙂

The cars were quite easy to make, a bit fiddly in places but the kids all managed most of it by themselves. And they loved winding them up and watching them flip over or spin away!

eAfter we’d raced our rubber band cars a few times I got out the second activity I’d planned .. the Lego Crazy Action Contraptions Book, which has a few rubber band powered models in it. I’ve had the book for ages but we’ve not done anything with it before, so the kids were very keen to have a go! I thought we’d start simple and make the “No donkey donkey cart”. I said Ben could have a go at making this one but soon realised that it was more complicated to make than it looked! So I ended up building most of it and the kids had huge amounts of fun racing it around the room!

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Once everyone had taken their turn with the donkey cart we disassembled it and tried to build another model, the “Supercharged Speedster”. This looked slightly too difficult for me to make so Thomas tackled it while I gave Jasmine and Ben the final part of the afternoon’s activity – a balloon car kit I’d picked up from Wilkos that morning. I wasn’t expectiing it to be great as it was only £1.50 but knew they’d enjoy building it and playing with it no matter how good it turned out to be.

Thomas did quite well with the model and stuck at it until the end however, unfortunately it didn’t work when we tried it so something had obviously gone slightly wrong somewhere. Neither Thomas or I could work it out though so we decided to leave it until the morning when Gordon would  be home to help and he made his balloon car model too.

The models weren’t great (as expected) but they went together OK, the kids enjoyed the activity, and they did work a little bit! The concept was there so it kept the kids occupied for quite a while. Eventually though, when the cardboard started breaking and not fitting back together again, I suggested they go and try and build a lego balloon car and they disappeared upstairs for ages building fantastic cars 🙂

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It was one of those really great afternoons where the kids got really into what we were doing, everything worked as it should, and we all had fun together 🙂

Yesterday (Tuesday) we started the day with handwriting. We didn’t do much but what they did get done was very good work. Once everyone had finished Gordon helped them build a couple more rubber band models from the Lego Crazy Action Contraptions book. This time they both worked first time 🙂 Ben also did a lesson on Reading Eggs.

In the afternoon Thomas had his swimming lesson. He said he didn’t want to go but after a brief chat he reluctantly agreed to. He had a mixed lesson I think, partly brought about because he wasn’t 100% happy about being there but also because his teacher asked him if he wanted to go in the main pool instead of the teaching pool and this upset him a bit. He really struggles with self confidence, and change to routine. Luckily his new teacher is great and worked with him rather that getting annoyed. At the end of the lesson he told me how good Thomas is at swimming, how elegant he is in the water, and how he just needs more confidence in himself. We agreed that I’d talk to him and try and build him up to trying the main pool in the next couple of weeks. After just a few minutes of talking to him while he was getting changed I discovered that using the “water pressure” method might work (more water to hold you up!). Thomas was also much happier having heard all the lovely things his teacher said about him, so hopefully that was a bit of a confidence boost for him 🙂

After dinner Jasmine went to Brownies and the boys watched Nexo Knights.

Today we’ve had our usual Wednesday morning additions before Forest School. All five kids played well together all morning. They started building the model dinosaur we got for Christmas but it got a bit tricky so everyone but Thomas gave up and went off to play Furby. Thomas stuck at it with Gordon and they got it finished.

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After Forest School all five came back here, plus one more after school.. making six kids for dinner! The kids played and watched Nexo Knights while I cooked, then four clear plates and 2 mostly clear plates made for a good end to the day 🙂

Happy scientists and swimmers

We’ve had two very full days yesterday and today. Not busy as such.. we’ve taken everything at our our pace so we’ve not been busy. But we’ve fitted a lot in.

Yesterday started with swimming for Jasmine and Ben. Ben didn’t have a great lesson despite me filling him with food beforehand (I’ve been trialling giving him loads to eat before the lesson to see if it was hunger that was affecting his behaviour, but he had loads to eat yesterday and yet still played up), but Jasmine did brilliantly 🙂 She really has her confidence now and did some great swimming both on her front and, finally, on her back! She even managed a star float on her front with no floats 🙂

After swimming, back at home, we had science timetabled. We finished the Mystery Science module last week and I fancied doing something different before we start another so I dug out a kit we bought from Maplin before Christmas.. this Connex 3D Science Animations Kit. I looked at the instructions and realised that the kids would be able to do it by themselves and I was quite right. They (mostly Thomas I admit) read the instructions and put the kit together with no help at all! I was really impressed with them, and actually with the kit! It worked exactly as it should have done, was easy to do and they really enjoyed it. They got a great sense of achievement too and we have agreed to try more in the range!

So we talked about Persistence of Vision and why it looked like the little man was running and bouncing the ball. For something so simple it was a great half an hour spent.

The kids were really into the science so when we’d finished I got the snap circuits electronics out and Jasmine and Ben played with them while Thomas and I built a kaleidoscope using another kit he got for Christmas. As soon as I saw this one back in December I knew he’d love it and, once again, the kit was brilliant. Easy to put together and a great result!

And then we all moved to the electronics and Thomas built a couple of complex circuits .. at one point managing to get one working that I had just failed to do! (And I don’t even know what he did differently but it worked when he did it but not when I tried!!)

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Oh, and we also wore our new tie-dye T Shirts 🙂

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Today started with handwriting.. and once again no complaints from anyone! Thomas did one page I printed for him and then asked (yes, actually asked!) for a handwriting book like Jasmine’s 🙂 So I found it (I bought them all one ages ago) and we wrote the days of the week joined up. He did so well! Jasmine did a few pages from her workbook and then also did the days of the week in her handwriting book. Ben did his letter book and a couple of CVC word sheets. Once we’d finished, the boys built the Connex kit again to show daddy. Next was Reading Eggs, Ben first and then Thomas.

This afternoon was Thomas’ swimming lesson. He had a different teacher today because his regular teacher is away for a couple of months, After a morning of him saying he didn’t want to go (even after last week when he was happy to swim) he absolutely loved his new teacher and came out of his lesson happier than I think I’ve ever seen him about his swimming lesson! His actual words were “James makes it more fun. He tells me in a better way I understand” 🙂 🙂 It is so nice to see him confident and smiling about it again.

After swimming Jasmine did some drawing and the boys played upstairs. Jasmine had Brownies after dinner and the boys watched more Pokemon.

Positive days and winter colds

Yesterday we started with handwriting and, for once, everyone did it without complaining 🙂  Thomas even tried some joined up writing! He told me afterwards that he started doing it because, in his words, “I thought you’d be cross” (as in, he thought he was doing it wrong and was doing it on purpose!) , but he got so much praise for doing it that he completed the whole two sheets in record time! He seems to have picked up loads just from listening to me and Jasmine talking about the joins. He was so pleased with himself and talked about it all day! Ben and Jasmine also did some great writing.

After handwriting we nipped into town to return two library books and get some shopping. Home for lunch and then Jasmine did some drawing, Gordon and Thomas started work on a wooden model Gordon got for his birthday and I managed to squeeze in a session on Reading Eggs with Ben before Thomas had his swimming lesson. The lesson today was much better than last week. They worked on swimming on his back and he is more confident on his back than his front. He managed a whole width without stopping 🙂

When we got home from the swimming lesson Jasmine (who had been feeling a bit poorly all day) had got worse. It is just a winter cold but it is the first we’ve had so she was really feeling the effects. She decided she was too poorly to go to Brownies so I didn’t need to rush dinner on to the table. I went for a walk to get my step count up and the kids watched TV until I got home and cooked dinner. After dinner was more TV, Harry Potter and bed.

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Today started early for me (I went for an early morning jog/walk) and everyone else too as our friends arrived earlier than we expected for the morning before Forest School. Luckily both Gordon and I were up and dressed (just) but the kids were still all in bed! So the 2 additional children had to wait and play by themselves while we all had breakfast and the kids got dressed! Lucky we know them well!

The morning was mostly spent playing board games. We played 3D Snakes & Ladders, Downfall, Blokus and Jenga. The little two went upstairs to play Lego and after a while Thomas went up too. The girls built a castle from Jenga blocks but then one went up to join the boys, leaving Jasmine downstairs by herself. After a brief moment of sadness (she didn’t want to play Lego) she started drawing with Gordon and all was right with the world again.

Lunch was beans on toast and then we started the mammoth task of getting five children ready to leave the house, four of them requiring full warm, wet weather clothes! (Jasmine chose not to go to Forest School today because of her cold.) It took over half an hour but we eventually managed to get everyone in the car and to Forest School on time!

While four were at Forest School Gordon, Jasmine and I went into Cheam to look round a couple of charity shops and have a hot chocolate in Costa Coffee. We found something in the charity shops for everyone – I got a pair of jeans, Gordon got a model plane, Jasmine chose a soft toy Moshi Monster, we found a dinosaur jigsaw for Ben and a Deadly 60 board game for Thomas!

Once back at home Ben immediately started on his jigsaw. After dinner we played the Deadly 60 game. It is good fun, but quite complicated. I think Ben got a little bored, but it could have been because he was tired. Jasmine and Thomas enjoyed it though.

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Icy puddles!

When we got back from Wisley on Friday I had a parcel waiting for me. Gordon didn’t tell me until after the kids had gone to bed though so I opened it and realised it was the travelling toy we are hosting as part of a Home Ed project. When the kids saw it on Saturday morning they were very excited and we had to decide where to go to “show” the toy a local place of interest. We hosted this same toy last time it was “travelling” so couldn’t take it to my fail-safe place to go with the kids by myself (WWT London)! So we decided to go to Morden Hall Park as it is quite close by, an easy trip and very pretty.

It was a really cold day so we had to wrap up warm – never easy trying to get 3 kids in full warm wet weather gear and I usually end up flustered (as proved on this occasion….)  We drove over to Morden Hall Park and as I parked the car I realised I’d forgotten to put the kids coats in the car! They had wellies, fleeces, waterproof dungarees, hats, scarves, gloves.. but I didn’t want them to overheat in the car so I was meant to put coats in the boot. Oops! Luckily it is only a ten minute drive so we turned round, drove home, collected coats and drove there again!

We enjoyed a lovely walk round the park. The kids were keen to go in the play area and when we got there we discovered the wet ground totally frozen and basically a free skating rink had been created! Of course the kids LOVED it!

The rest of the time was spent smashing frozen puddles with “ice breaker sticks”. the highlight for all of us however was spotting a kestrel high up in a tree.

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The rest of the day was spent indoors pottering.

Sunday was a pretty quiet day, although we woke to a very slight covering of snow! I expected the kids to be really keen to go out (although there wasn’t enough snow to do anything with!) but, after breakfast when I tried to get everyone ready to go out only Ben did anything. I asked, I counted, I warned that we wouldn’t go, and still Jasmine and Thomas thought they had all the time in the world and continued ignoring me. So we didn’t go anywhere. I must have given them 10 minutes to start getting ready and they did nothing,  Jasmine and Thomas both screamed at me. It was all my fault they hadn’t listened. One day.. one day they’ll figure it out.. maybe?

So we spent the day inside. We watched TV and played games. Once Gordon was out of bed I went for a walk. Five kilometers. It cleared my head beautifully. Later on we tried to get our head round Tinkercad. Jasmine really wants to do some designing on it after seeing the 3D printer at HE group last week, but it’s not really my thing and I struggled almost immediately! I think it is best left to Gordon to help them with it! Jasmine also wrote the journal of the travelling toy.

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Today I managed to get up at 6.30am to go for a jog/walk. It felt good to be back at it after a very long break. After breakfast Jasmine did Reading Eggs and then her and Ben had their swimming lesson. We posted off the travelling toy to its next host. This afternoon we did Mystery Science and a bit more on Tinkercad. I’m not sure how much the kids are getting from it yet but they are still keen so maybe they’ll figure it out!

 

 

Jasmine can swim!

Monday started with Reading Eggs for both Ben and Jasmine. They both completed a lesson and read a book. Jasmine also did some spelling – Reading Eggspress has changed  and we’ve been enjoying checking out all the new features. Next was swimming for Jasmine and Ben, although Thomas had to come along and read a book. After Jasmine’s sudden realisation last week that she could swim, there was no stopping her this week and she swam width after width with confidence! “I just needed to put my face in the water mum” !!

After lunch we did Mystery Science, mysteries 3 and 4 from Animals Through Time. We didn’t do the practical exploration from mystery 3 as we don’t have the space really (it is about stride length verses a dinosaur) but the kids loved the worksheet from mystery 4 all about cross breeding dogs, and they particularly enjoyed coming up with names for the breeds! It really got them thinking about selection.. and today they have been chatting about all the weird animals they are going to breed when Jasmine owns a zoo!

Once Gordon was out of bed (he is working nights so sleeping in the day) and we”d finished the science, the kids all went upstairs to play. They have to stay downstairs a lot when he is asleep and as all the Lego is upstairs they can’t wait for 4pm when they can finally go and play without having to whisper!

Today we did Handwriting first thing. I did it is two “groups” today because I was on my own (Gordon normally tries to help out when he is around). Thomas can be quite disruptive and demanding so I worked with Jasmine and Ben first while Thomas built a Lego model and then read one of his encyclopedias. And then we swapped over and Thomas did his handwriting while Jasmine and Ben played together. It worked really well doing it this was because J&B got to do their work without distraction and Thomas got my sole attention while he was doing his (which is really what he wants and needs).

After handwriting I worked with Jasmine and Thomas on designing a pattern for their Minecraft canvas we are hoping to paint later this week. Thomas is copying a pattern from the book we have so I just drew a grid on a piece of paper the same size as the canvas and he copied the pattern over. if nothing else it is good practice for the real thing. Jasmine, however, wants to do a Ghast so I had to google one and we worked out the grid size and pattern from Google images. When she originally told me about it she said it was all white so I was expecting it to be pretty easy.. turns out she wasn’t quite right! The grid needed to be changed to fit the pattern in and I miscounted twice while copying it to paper! We got there eventually though and my rough copy was used to draw up a neat pattern for her to follow when she paints the canvas. To make it easier to follow I put letters and numbers on the grid and she used coordinates to copy the pattern. Maths and art .. I might start liking Minecraft after all!

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This afternoon was Thomas’ swimming lesson. As I had to take Jasmine and Ben I couldn’t stay poolside today and Thomas was sad about this. It affected his mood in the lesson and his teacher couldn’t motivate him at all. Another wasted lesson really.. so disappointing as he did so well last week.

At home the kids played Lego while I made bread and cooked dinner. Jasmine had Brownies this evening. She came out at the end very sad that she hadn’t been picked for a game but Brown Owl said she’d make sure she had a turn next time. She also missed out on getting a drink. It is the same old story really.. she struggles with listening/hearing instructions in a large group. I think it is 50/50 between not being able to pinpoint one person speaking and being very easily distracted and not concentrating on what is going on. She told me in the car on the way home that she was “watching the other children” so hadn’t heard about the drinks. Still, she talked about all the fun she’d had right up until bedtime so the upset didn’t last long and Brownies is still one of her favourite activities 🙂

Final half term adventures and back to routine

So this is another three day catch up because we had no internet for most of yesterday. It did come back eventually but far to late for me to start blogging our weekend.

On Saturday we went to Leith Hill and walked the two and a half mile woodland trail. We have been to Leith Hill only once before, a couple of years ago for a BioBlitz, so we really enjoyed exploring more this time. The woodland trail takes you through stunning woodland, past Leith Hill Place, through the beautiful rhododendron wood and then up to Leith Hill Tower (the fortified folly that marks the highest place in south-east England).

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Sunday, being the last day of “half term”, was spent quietly. Well, as quietly as we can ever manage! In the morning we went to a local car boot sale and the kids picked up some bargains but Gordon and I didn’t find anything we wanted or needed. Thomas got a remote control bug thing, both boys got a Lego Bionicle, Ben got a toy car and Jasmine got soft toys including a Build a Bear dog that she is thrilled with! Early afternoon we went to Asda and then the rest of the day was spent at home playing with the new toys, playing Lego watching more Dreamworks Dragons and helping me cook dinner.

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Today (Monday) has seen us back to our term time routine. Jasmine and Ben had their swimming lesson this morning and they both did really well. The teacher is finally confident enough in their ability that she didn’t put armbands on them 🙂 They still had floats for most of the lesson (Jasmine) and a float and woggle for the whole lesson (Ben) but I can finally see progress happening. Jasmine didn’t have enough confidence today to swim unaided but the teacher was brilliant and let her “walk” across the pool rather than swim – which of course meant that Jasmine did do some swimming without realising!

This afternoon Jasmine spent quite a while on Reading Eggs. She started off on Storylands, then went in the Playroom for a bit, but then suddenly realised she only had one lesson left on Reading Eggs so did that and the final test – and scored 100% 🙂

After that we all did some science. I signed up to Mystery Science a few weeks ago after someone recommended it on Facebook but today was the first time we got round to trying it out. I am really impressed with it! And the kids loved it too. I chose the Invisible Forces unit and we worked on forces – push and pull. There were a couple of videos to watch and an activity to do.. it is all really well explained and even though it was a last minute decision to do it we managed to complete everything with what we already had in the house. And I even managed to get the kids to do the written questions at the end! We will definitely be completing the unit and I’m certain we’ll be using it for more topics too 🙂

Days have ended with Harry Potter. We are getting close to the end of the book already .. only three chapters left I think.

Good days

Half way through the week.  Only 3 more night shifts, 3 more days to manage and Gordon has a week off work to recover (and help out with the kids!).

The last 2 days have been pretty good really. Yesterday we had a lazy start to the day, I got some housework bits done while the kids played, and then we went to our friends house again. I do feel very lucky to have some wonderful friends who let us come over while Gordon works nights 🙂

After quite a loud first half an hour together the children all played really nicely together yesterday. My friend had an appointment around lunch time so I stayed and gave everyone lunch and looked after the kids, and they played so nicely that I even managed about an hour sitting down in relative peace and quiet! It wasn’t until they tried to watch a DVD, either broke the player or realised it was broken and then asked for rubber gloves so they could “fix it without getting electrocuted” that I had to get up from the sofa!

When my friend got back we managed another cup of tea with minimal disruption before it was time for us to go home.

Today we started off with some maths at the table. We are still working through the basic workbooks mostly practising number formation and basic knowledge. Thomas completed the first workbook today and Jasmine and Ben aren’t too far behind. Both Jasmine and Thomas’ number fact recognition is getting so much better, although I have noticed that Thomas has a tendency to try and complicate some simple sums on occasion. It isn’t all the time though so I think it is just when he isn’t concentrating as much, but is something to keep an eye on.

After we’d done some maths, Jasmine and Thomas went on Reading Eggs and did a lesson each. Thomas is enjoying Reading Eggs again rather than Reading Eggspress (which he has been doing until recently). He has discovered Storylands and Skills Bank and I am quite keen for him to continue with these, especially Skills Bank, which is all about spelling.

At midday we headed out to our HE Group and Jasmine and Thomas did French. Today they learnt some numbers and both came out and told me all about it.. and they remembered most of the numbers 1-10 too! Its great to see them so enthusiastic about it 🙂

The science experiment at HE Group today was this one, imploding a soda can by heating up some water inside it and then submerging it in cold water, creating a vacuum and causing it too implode. It was great fun and all the kids enjoyed it!

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Back at home later on was mostly all about Lego and Harry Potter.