Back to routine

With Pete back to work and Jack back to school, Tuesday was time to establish a bit of routine again.

20140422_58Maths was working on adding groups of numbers (i.e more than 2 at a time) and little tricks to make things easier like grouping into sets of 10 or pairs that he finds easy to remember.  This is one of the places where I really see a difference between the boys, Sam treats these little tricks like they are exciting magical secrets and takes them on board, to Jack it is interfering and he knows better, if he stares at it long enough the answer will appear to him (and it usually does with no idea how).

This little gem was hugely pleasing 🙂

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We are adding map drill to our ‘essentials’ (another post there).  To add a bit of interest opted to do it online, old-fashioned skills using modern technology.  This site is probably one of my absolute favourites, the games aren’t fancy but they are simple and the kids learn from it, unfortunately I tend to forget about it.  We are starting out with basics and labelling continents and oceans.

Our focus on the mechanics of writing are paying off.  His handwriting, spelling and punctuation have taken a massive leap forward this year.  What I need to add to the mix is some work on conveying his own ideas in writing.  A while ago we dabbled a bit with this having used the next one up with Jack.  He wasn’t ready at the time or it was just too much work with the other thing we were doing, whatever the reason it didn’t work at the time.  Now the start at least is probably too simple but I know for Sam he needs this for confidence building.

We wound up ‘table work’ around 11am and needing some groceries for lunch headed out for a walk, we took a detour and walked over the Alver Valley looking for wildflowers with a spotters sheet from Nature Detectives.

At home we added some photos and a pressed bluebell (from the front garden not promoting picking wildflowers!)

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Before some bible stories and crafts to top up our Spring display.

20140422_52 20140422_53Before heading to Cubs for some map reading (required him to tell me about coordinates in great detail on the way home – loves stuff like that).

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