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!
After 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!
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 🙂
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.
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 🙂