Definitely getting more in the Christmas spirit.
All wrapping now done and living room prepared for decorating.
Today’s colouring with a Frozen inspired carriage.
Morning was spent enjoying time with a visiting friend while I took the opportunity to crack on with Christmas prep.
After lunch we tidied up the toy cupboard and his book case. Then Grandad arrived and we spent a pleasant hour with a jigsaw. After a short play with Jack it was time for Gang Show, an open rehearsal and small party. After he got home we cuddled down and read this lovely, if sad, book. Jack returned pleased to have won a prize in the raffle but not so pleased with the prize itself
Productive yet relaxed day. Back on form
Finally getting the Christmas vibe. Still coughing and not on top form but finally feel that the worst is over at last and we’re on the mend and we now sound far worse than any of us feel.
With the return of energy I capitalised on it to start long overdue deep clean, In the run up to Christmas I always do all the kitchen cupboards empty and clean, defrost freezer and move all the living room furniture to hoover behind (including emptying and refilling every bookshelf and filing a years worth of paperwork). Only then does the tree go up. Late this year, tree is due to go up Friday! I sent Sam to my Dad’s for the morning to play with him. After the daily colouring of course.
I picked him up at lunch time and he spent an hour or so exploring Minecraft videos made by another home eder he knows, while I kept tidying.
After helping finish the tidying we finally jumped on the bandwagon and watched Frozen.Then we built a snowman out of this kit. Have to say theirs is better Dry hands would have helped I think as when wet the colour ran. A lot!
Then we curled up and read this.Evening went in snacking on the gingerbread house and playing Uno. Followed by an early night while we had a curry.
The term has not quite fizzled out completely but aware if I don’t start recording our project work I am going to look back and think that it did.
Science was a fairly ‘light’ topic — ha! What I mean is that we weren’t dealing with anything particularly new or difficult. More a hands on playing, reinforcing ideas time.
We continue to use the book The Way Science Works as our base. Reading the content and doing as many of the experiments as possible. We’re joined by friends for some of the experiments which helps keep it fun.
Not as many photos as I’d like. Exploring light involves using hands to hold torches and prisms etc and it’s hard to photograph torch beams in the dark.
We started off looking at reflection and refraction by playing with convex and concave lenses.
We explored shadows with puppets.
Then we moved on to looking at how eyes and cameras work.
We explored optical illusions with the tube to the eye, making a hole in the hand trick. With plenty of time playing on here later. Looked at how microscopes work.
We built a tissue box camera to limited success.
We had another go with this Camera Obscura kit to more impressive results.
We finished with a look at colour. We split light with a prism and did some chromatography.
Talking about colours, rainbows and the light spectrum led to making a waldorf star.
And colour mixing led on to these. Cut 6 triangles from black card. Cover 2 with blue cellophane, 2 with yellow and 2 with red cellophane. Combine the triangles to make stars.
If last week was about being ill and battening down the hatches, this week is about being bored of being ill and trying to carry on through it. Unfortunately I feel worse in the middle of the night and sleep is very disturbed, which is impacting on energy levels. Managed to make it out both days though :). Monday was just to the village for posting parcels and Guide chores. Then Guides later. Today was trip to Portsmouth for few last minute Christmas bits and lunch with Sam’s friend. Bit too much really as totally exhausted now and chest and voice are raw.
Countries looked at were Catalonia (ok not a country) and Ireland.
Monday we filled in a scrapbook and sent our not-so-flat traveller Rudy home. Before a scoot to the village. The ‘advent’ activity was a treat of some Christmas Lego while I prepped for Guides.
Today’s activity never happened as we dropped in on friends for a short spell before heading off into town for shopping and lunch with other friends. Home to play with Jack while I did last ordering of Christmas stuff and a supermarket shop. Then rounded off the day with Cubs Christmas party.
Nice to see people again after a week of pretty much isolation. Expecting we will need a slow day tomorrow!
Been another weekend shaped by illness. Jack and I were supposed to go to a school play on Saturday afternoon but I’d been up most of Friday night with a stomach bug and Saturday afternoon was spent napping. Me and both boys have barking coughs and this afternoon Sam has gone down with ear ache. Relaxed Christmassy prep just isn’t really happening.
We’ve done our advent colouring
I’ve managed to prepare our ‘activities’ but energy levels and enthusiasm are low. They are things he’d normally love — playdough and fake snow.
We’ve kept up with Norad, our country calendar (Sweden and Poland) and reading from the Oxford Book of Christmas Poems. All felt like an effort though
Looking for something positive to include, I’ve finished sewing the Christmas presents.
Half way through advent!
On the snowman theme, yesterday’s crystals worked really well.
He’s still keen on the Norad games but they are a bit rubbish to be honest. He only lasted a few minutes before switching to Timez Attack.
Country of the day was Mexico. Which led to story of the day being The Miracle of the First Poinsettia. I love Barefoot Books!Activity of the day was the Gingerbread House. I cheated and bought a kit this year. Know my limitations We’ll bake some gingerbread men next week for nice gingerbread fix.
Rest of the day was spent pretending to be a tortoise.
Finishing off this half term’s science project (separate post to come).Then playing Xbox with Grandad while I braved the cold to run some errands.
Had a timely reminder of why we adopt a different pace and routine for our home education during December. This week has been torpedoed by illness, ours and others. Sam is actually the fittest of the lot, sniffy and wheezy (now on chest) but okay in himself. Just a case of keeping him fairly wrapped up and watching that wheezes don’t escalate into infection/asthma. Pete had it last week and is struggling to shake it off. Jack is really suffering and has been in and out of school. Friends have also been ill and all social engagements for the week have been cancelled. Probably most disruptive to our plans though was I got knocked out for a day and a half. Haven’t actually felt too bad just bit headachy and sore throatish. Legs have turned to jelly though, and spend most of yesterday dozing on and off. Quiet few days needed I think.
Our advent colouring
Countrywise we’ve looked at Australia, Argentina, Italy and Finland.
Norad games are still the highlight of the day.
Activities are having to be adapted to fit with energy levels and who is around.
8th was Winter crafts including this lovely snowman which I unfortunately stood on and trod puffy paint (pva and shaving foam — sticky!) everywhere.
9th we cancelled Science group but still managed some chromatography to make ‘fairy lights’.
10th — I was in bed and Pete was in charge. So they made cheesecake. Not Christmassy but within Pete’s comfort zone.
11th — More snowmen today but snowman science. We set up our crystal snowman which is already growing.
Then had a go at snowman slime. It didn’t work!
Stories have been ‘The Grinch’, ‘The Christmas Truce’, Caspar’s Story and ‘Peter Rabbit’s Christmas’
Happiness calendar, we’re keeping up with but I’ve lost track.
What did not make us happy was watching the movie of ‘The Grinch’. Not fans of Christmas movies here we don’t do overlong schmaltz.
Leisurely home day, pottering, crafting and playing games.
Activity Village calendar
Country of the day was Germany. Think there may be plans for biscuits as a result of reading.
We made a start on winter crafts for work this morning.
Afternoon was spent playing Uno and doing quizzes snuggled under a duvet before watching a family film.
Then by candle light we worked on our activity of the day…Christmas cards.Then we snuggled down and read poems by the fire.Pretty perfect pre-Christmas Sunday.
Happy thing was hot chocolate and a film.