And Turnips

Still in catch up mode.

Last week we were still battling colds, I was trying to revise and we had the test of endurance that is film education week. Although having learned my lesson from previous years we only booked in to 2 films.
With everything going on I took my foot off the peddle and gave the boys a lot more free time than I have lately and they did me proud.
They spent a LOT of time playing lego.
Jack also spent a lot of time practising the piano.
Our book of the week continued the seasonal/harvest theme.

Monday, we had a home ed meet where we made a bonfire collage, park with friends and then Sam had gymnastics.
Tuesday we walked down to the village for some shopping. Then Jack decided he wanted to do some painting so we dug out some acrylic paints and some canvases which have been under the spare bed for ages.

We spent a lot of time watching and listening to songs from CBBC’s Horrible Histories on youtube. Here is Sam doing the Pachacuti.

Jack made ‘word pictures’ based on Autumny and firework linked words for a display in the library.
Thursday we went into Portsmouth bright and early to watch ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ at the cinema.
Sam who didn’t want to go loved it – Jack and I thought it was appalling!
Here’s Jack on the ferry.
Lunch time and we were back in Lee to help another mum from the home ed group put up the library display. It looks fab.
Didn’t have time to go home before drama so lunch at one of the cafes in the village and an ice cream on the bench waiting for the bus.
We get to the school where Jack has drama 30 mins early due to the bus times so Sam drew a map in the mud and explained his war strategy (never did find out who we were fighting).
Friday, we decorated foam trees.
Compared sizes and made a poster.
Jack did a worksheet on following instructions and wrote a story using the printables from here

Then we had a tidy up before Jack put on his new Cubs uniform and we went to the scout hut to see a visiting planetarium show.


Pumpkins

Realised I have got a bit behind. Too busy revising of an evening to post – although have been doing plenty. So bit of a catch up.

Week before last was a bit of an odd one, we had hospitals, dentists and extra guiding commitments as well as my need to revise to fit in to our normal schedule and colds to cope with too.
We did lots of baking, cakes and biscuits for my Guiding AGM (and some to eat ourselves) and made our Christmas cakes!
We have also reached our ‘crafty season’ and it was pumpkins galore!

Knowing the boys would be getting excited about Halloween, I’d selected an old favourite of Sam’s as our book of the week. Pumpkin soup.

We looked at why we have seasons (bedroom lamp and inflatable globe). We also looked at what plants need to grow and why the fact that they need different amounts of things mean many crops are seasonal. Put in the context of why I refuse to buy strawberries for most of the year!
Of course we made pumpkin soup.
Yum.
We have also been collecting many leaves. From which we took leaf rubbings and made leaf prints.
We also laminated some of the leaves and made some ‘scratch’ leaves . And made a large tree.
We painted the seeds from the pumpkin that we used for soup. Cue lots of mess!
Glued them down.

Slowing down

The coughs and colds the boys have been battling for the last week have been slowing them down the last few days, particularly Jack. So we’ve been spending some time at home catching up with work and resting.

On Weds, I heard that a trip I’d organised for Friday was cancelled! So while I was fussing around trying to contact people, Sam indulged in a bit of Boogie Beebies. Here he is doing the ‘funky chicken’.
Then we made a recipe from our book of the week, Eddie’s Kitchen.
Showing off our yummy, scrummy Carrot and Orange drizzle cake.
Then Pete came home to cuddle up on the settee and read and watch tv with them while I went out to Rainbows.
Thursday we cracked on with work, boys did their maths and english and both started work on a ‘history pocket‘.
On Eddie’s Kitchen we talked about different families. Here is Sam’s picture of Eddie and Lily. Appaently having a blue face means you’re happy.