We’re going away for the rest of the week on a history focussed trip so the week so far has been mainly cramming in a week’s worth of Maths and English into 2 days and rewatching a documentary about 1066.
Lots of time was spent on weather related discussion thanks to weird coloured skies and downed planes which left Pete stuck in Ireland. Discovered that Sam seems very knowledgeable about Armageddon theories.
We had the last of the block of Lego robotics sessions today. Also as it was spreadsheet day some time was spent making a spreadsheet of Sam’s Beano annual collection so we can keep track of the gaps.
Definitely coming down with a cold which does not bode well for the next few days so another short post.
Oliver Twist starts off with a young boy called Oliver Twist being stuck in a workhouse when his mother died giving birth to him. One day he asks for more food at dinner and he gets locked in a room for a couple of days, he is then sold to a coffin maker. The coffin makers son insults his mother so he beats him up and after being locked away he runs away and flees to London. He meets a group of criminals but does not know they are criminals until he sees them steal a handkerchief. After he sees them steal a handkerchief he attempts to flee the seen but the man who was robbed sees him running and think he stole the handkerchief. He is chased, caught and taken to the police station. He is released and taken to a rich mans house after he is taken ill, he is looked after there and is happy. He goes to run an errend in London and is kidnapped by the robbers he fled. He is kept there and starts to fit in as he sees nobody else. He is involved in the robbery of a house but is shot when he is found by the house owners. he is left in a ditch by the two other robbers who were with him. He is taken in by the family he had to rob and is happy again. He meets the old family he was with and they decide to figure out his origins. They gain information from one of the criminals but she is killed when she is found out. The families find out more about Oliver when one of the criminals confesses, some of the criminals are chased and one dies after accidently hanging himself attempting to escape from police. the families find out Olivers origins and then reveal it with some criminals present and witnesses.
I really liked this book as it had an amazing storyline but it was a bit confusing at times.
It’s been a long old week for many reasons. Blogging mojo has gone and camera has stayed off mostly but so I don’t totally lose what we’ve done from my memory here’s a quick recap.
Maths and English passed off smoothly.
We finished watching Alfred and the AngloSaxons.
Science was looking at single celled organisms – microscope paying it’s way.
Two history pockets were finished in our look at Colonial America.
We’ve ploughed through Oliver Twist and just about to settle down with the last few chapters.
Out of the house we have had Lego robotics session, our DIY.org group on mycology and a trip to the pottery cafe in the village with other members of the HE group.
Had a bit of an insight into how life could have been the last few days. Jack is off school with a bug. He’s not retire to bed ill, absence is more about not spreading germs far and wide. So we have been taking the opportunity to work through various science topics making revision flashcards and checking understanding and trying some exam questions. Plus playing online maths games.
So I have been splitting myself between the two in a way I don’t normally have to. A reminder about how much easier the education side is when only have one at home.
Another huge lack of photos post as life is very reading, discussion and documentary heavy at the moment. There have been things like weaving projects on the go but I miss photos as usually reading while he’s crafting.
I did get one photo of the last couple of days. Sam’s Python etch-a-sketch. Took Pete to find an error in the code that Sam and I spent most of Monday afternoon looking for. Other wise we have looked at comprehension exercise in English. Continue to read Oliver Twist. Lowest Common multiples and Pascal’s triangle in maths. New York state and global problems in Geography. Have finished of our In Search of the Dark Ages dvd.
He’s also had his 4th Lego Mindstorms session. A friend kindly took him so I could stay in with Jack. But I am told they did fun things with sensors.
I put Animal Farm on his Kindle last night and he’s loving it. Currently now working on building a Communist Russia on one of his computer games.
Monday saw Sam appear bright and early and, most surprisingly, dressed ready for his first online computer science lesson. All went well and he hung around chatting online for a while after.We didn’t really achieve as much as we should have done with the rest of the day and have paid the price for the rest of the week. I think the reason is he’s struggled far more with maths than I thought he would. Definitely need some revision of the basics.
We had a pleasant afternoon reading and weaving though.Tues was the second of our six week Lego Mindstorms course. The pace quickened a lot and session went much better than the week before. Afternoon was again a lot slower and less productive than ideal.
Going to skip over Weds as was trip day so a post in own right due. Today’s mental energy has gone on complaining about yesterday’s trip! We’ve plugged away though and done lots of table based work. Including having some fun with divisibility tests.
We did do some practical science but no photos to brighten up the post as was busy dropping balls 🙂
At which point he announces that he feels like he’s half way home from a trip to London having drank a gallon of coke. This was further clarified as ‘not immediately going to be sick but nor feeling too good’. Computer play and wrestling watching since then!