Jealous… moi?

Look what Jack got in the post this morning.

I spent a lot of my youth coveting a Blue Peter badge!
He earned it by emailing them a couple of poems.
First one was a project at Cubs that he added more verses to at home, second was one of those spontaneous bursts of creativity that it is lovely to see.

The war

Lots of soldiers died

by their rules we abide

on Remembrance day

I say

spirits invisible to the naked eye

there in the graveyard they do lie

People died in the poppies red

the soldiers lay there as they bled

it was the Germans that they shot and fought

it was victory that both armies sought

the soldiers died and the bullets flew

through the sky the sky so strong and blue

The war went on for years and years

the Germans fought with nasty sneers

the guns went bang and the bombs went boom

on the floor the poppies bloomed

shopkeepers were doing well

Lots of guns and bombs did sell

On the British ocean blue

ships did fight as the fierce wind blew

boom, boom, boom the bombs did go

the British fought hard against their foe

on, on, on the armies did go

causing a long tale of woe

The Germans lost and the British won

so not a single bang from a gun

could be heard on the battlefield

with not a sword or spear or shield

the Germans went away to their houses

well the British went back to their old houses.

Here is another called Journey of the Birds

Journey of the birds
In the dark of winter,
when the bitter winds do fly
When all the birds are setting out
and calling out goodbye
I don’t know where they go to
and I probably never will
I will not see another bird
on my window sill
But later in the springtime
when all the birds fly back
I’ll buy a load of bird seed
and keep it in a sack.
Jack Large 8
In general we are not doing much. Sam is getting over a tummy bug and has a flare up of bad skin on his feet so we are pretty much housebound. Bits of ‘school work’, some wallpaper stripping and lots of books and boardgames.

Working through the Winter Blues

Think we all have a case of the February blues so to give us time to recover this week is about

a) Slow pace of life – last week was too busy and we all suffered for it I think
b) Spend time with friends (and apart from each other)
c) Ease off the academic work a bit. Not totally as Jack needs structure and routine and something to focus his brain on. But I think part of the problem on Monday was I tried to work through the fidgets by setting them more work than usual. Idea this week is not to work for less time but to expect less in that time to reduce my crossness at the lack of efficiency.
d) Make sure have a bit of non-child time relaxing each evening – we treated ourselves to a curry on Tues.
e) Be outside when we can.
f) Books!
Tuesday, we went to the home ed group where lots of police men came to meet the kids.
They were shown handcuffs and the radio and allowed to try on a helmet.

And there was plenty of time for playing outside.

We stopped off in Gosport on the way home and found a few bargain books.

This for my Cub, Jack
And for Sam, these were 40p each in a charity shop and buy one get one free!
After tea Jack went off to Cubs and Sam and I worked our way through his new books.
Weds we did some Maths and English. Sam made a little book.
Then we curled up under a blanket on the sofa and spent an hour reading our next home ed bookgroup book. First time Sam had been introduced to Fatty and ‘Clear Orff’. Jack and I had forgot how much we enjoyed them.
Afternoon was spent playing outside with scooters and lightsabers before we went to Rainbows. Where they had an hour or so playing with friends. Before Pete collected them and bought them home to read Horrible Histories to Sam while Jack set to work on one of the other Mystery stories.


esterday was one of those days where it all seems a struggle. Hard to identify why as on the face of it we achieved a lot. Boys were constantly nitpicking at one another, everything seemed to take longer than it should and it took at least 3 times of asking and quite often a raised voice for them to do anything I asked of them. And we all just seem to be irritating each other.

One of those days where living in the close relationships that results from home ed is a burden rather than a gift.
Anyway, we did Maths and English.
Sam did some more of his Ancient Civilizations project. Completing the first pocket

by adding a timeline.
And starting the second; making puppets,
colouring a book,
and making a pop-up card of a ziggurat
Jack moved on from rocks to magnets. He started by testing things around the house,
including his brother!
He did a couple of exercises in the book and then designed a machine for testing and recycling cans.
Sam joined in with a machine for making coffee.
At lunch Sam and I watched The History of Ancient Britain, which we really enjoyed. Sam has odd taste in TV for a 5yo.
Afternoon and Jack did some activities from his geography and ict books which we have not had out for a long time.
Sam did some crafts, inc potato printing hearts and lots involving gold glitter for our Jack and the Beanstalk theme.
Then there was time to construct ‘something’ in the back garden.
before they gave up and came in to tidy up. Or in other words potter around arguing with one another and ignoring me.
Oh well hopefully today is another day although signs are not good…

At Home

Jack did some probability and Sam finished his shape book.

Jack wrote a report on yesterday’s HMS Victory tour (see post below).
Sam did the worksheets I’d copied from his English books.
I had picked up a number of books from Oxfam over the summer that were obviously a teachers stash. Among them were a collection of photocopiable worksheet books called ‘Developing Literacy‘ they have quite a few different ones but with a bit of topping up from Amazon marketplace we now have the Word, Sentence and Text level books for all of infant school. Since Christmas we have been using them to add anothe dimension to Sam’s English.
Then we had been sent lots of printable worksheets by the education officer who had led Weds’ workshop.
We redid the spelling your name out in flags activity as we’d mislayed and I got the impression they had not exactly understood it at the workshop.
Drew HMS Victory
and did a wordsearch
Then on Jack’s suggestion we printed out more of the flags, coloured them and cut them out and used them to ‘write’ messages.
Jack’s says ‘You are a dork’
Mine says ‘What do you want for lunch’.
Conversing through flags meant the discussion on lunch took a long time. So after a late lunch we had time to clear up and do a quick tidy before off to drama.
The walk to drama is too far for Sam so it is either bus or taxi. Since we have a bus pass this week, despite the rain, we opted for bus. The bus gets us there 35 mins early so we went for a walk in the little bit of woodland near the school. .

Unfortunately we met a friendly, but large and bouncy dog who knocked the boys over and terrified them. They are nervous of dogs anyway because this is not the first time it has happened. The owner was very apologetic but it does annoy me – dog might be friendly but if they can’t control it, it needs to be on the lead.
When I’d got them cleaned up a bit and calmed down, Sam joined Jack in his drama class. Whether he wants to join in long-term we’ll see…