Neither of us cope well with the clock change and spring time. Sleep patterns go mad, headaches are virtually permanent and we get really moody. Could feel the switch today, getting any form of concentration out of Sam was hard and every time I let my attention wander from him he was gone. Feeling exhausted myself and the smell of the grass when I opened the door to tesco triggered a pounding headache and irritated throat, so it has been a real internal battle to keep a lid on my impatience. I think I managed it. We’ve ended (or close to) the first Monday of the clocks change without anyone crying at any point so that is an improvement on other years.
Been a pottering at home day. Sam made a story jar and wrote a retelling of the Atlas legend.
We read about health care in ancient China and did some Tai Chi.
Sam played with bubble wrap. I would have if he’d have shared 😉
Then he programmed his microbit to act as a Magic 8 ball.Researching hw to use his Skylanders on the DS and playing on the computer took up the rest of the day.
Been a hectic old day of trying to do it all and I am exhausted now so another quick one.
Again I have to say how pleased I am at how Sam has become so independent and focused at managing his own workload. He is really just getting on with his core work with very little input from me now.
Which is good as I have been balancing work and home ed group responsibilities for much of the day, including meeting with the police to discuss what they can do for us.
Sam on the other hand has got on with maths, English, Latin and Spanish. I read to him over tea and biscuits and helped to a small extent with constructing a Knex bridge.
He opted to stay home and see Grandad while I went out to meet the PCSO. I believe board games were played but by the time I was home it was on to the computer.
Evening was spent watching the last two episodes of Victorian Bakers.
Time for bed now as falling asleep as I type.
I am not really in the mood to spend long reflecting on home ed today so much more to reflect on.
Positives of the day are Sam just getting on with stuff this morning not taking the excuse of lack of internet and my distraction. Good habits obviously well ingrained.
Plus another lovely home ed group session. Lots of Shakespeare and playing in the garden fun had. I can’t share the photo I took because a friend was centre shot and she doesn’t do photos. So here are some of the crafts.
We did have our first science fail for a while. Sugar cube arch that I don’t think will ever come off tray and was supposed to be a lot bigger and upright.
As to the rest of the day, while that has been spent watching the news. As you know we nip up to London fairly often, and will continue doing what we always have. Events like this don’t make me fearful they make me sorrowful, for those whose lives will be forever scarred and for the hate filled reactions in response that will help no one.
Been a lovely quiet peaceful day.
Latin provided fun as he was working out roots of words. Maths was easier than he expected producing glee. English showed what huge inroads he has made into writing as he wrote a very competent advert. And all done by 10.15.
We read for an hour, discussing in detail as we did, from a non-fiction book about the Victorians. While I did a job about the house Sam read about and wrote a profile on Dr Barnado. Then read some more about Victorian schools and gave me a verbal narration to summarise. We got out the slate and he had a go and writing Victorian script and did some extra sums.
We dug out some more Victorian replica bits for a look and then watched Victorian Bakers over lunch.
We then got distracted by looking at my sewing and sharing stories about the different monarchs.We moved on to Sketch Tuesday whichthis week was feathers. I got into awful trouble for not emailling off last week’s st today’s has already gone! I drew a peacock while Sam did an eagle. We did print photos to copy.
Sam then programmed one of those touch the wire games on his Microbit.
Finally we read a report about the child we sponsor and checked out where he is. Then it was over to Roblox and work.
I broke my usual rule of not working during the school day this morning as was trying to meet a deadline but Sam was able to get on with most things while I sat nearby anyway. He doesn’t need me like he did, actually it is more a case that he needs the computer so I have to give way 🙂
Besides maths, English, Latin and Spanish the work of the day was mainly Chinese themed.
Sam made a relief map from his Ancient China book while I read aloud from our Stories from the Silk Road and we watched an episode of Sam Willis’ Silk Road.
After lunch we had home ed group. As it was an extra session to usual because we originally had a workshop booked we opted to have a parents afternoon. Got the kids to bring board games, some of them set up a cake shop as they were fundraising for comic relief and left them to it. Parents settled in the other room with coffee to have a chat about all things home ed and browse books people had bought along. Very pleasant afternoon.
I was exhausted today. Hands on fun stuff was beyond me so it was a catch up on quieter stuff. Nice to have balance but a low photo post and not an exciting one, more a list of what we did.
So we did;
a dictation exercise from Writing With Ease 3 about Laura Ingalls Wilder
a writing exercise from his Collins book encouraging use of personal details to bring authenticity
a review and activities verbally on quotations mark
a lesson on finding percentages of numbers
a couple of Mathletics games
reading and a worksheet on children’s work in Victorian times
read some of a My Story book on a Sweep’s Boy
watched last episode on Victorian Slum
a couple of comprehension style exercises about natural resources in Asia
drawing for Sketch Tuesday