Been a day of colouring, chores, carol singing and candles.
Boys were carol singing with Gang Show in Fareham town centre so I spent the time doing last minute shopping and picking up some household stuff.
All presents are bought, sent or given out if necessary, and wrapped. Christmas nearly there.
We celebrated by toasting (and setting a fair few on fire) marshmallows. 6 years in scouting and Jack’s apparently never cooked marshmallows over flame :S
Finally feeling the Christmas spirit. We had a busy social day yesterday, we offered open house in the morning to any local home educators who wanted shortbread and coffee. Only a couple of takers with the time of year but enough to make it worth doing and easy to chat and removed my guilt about not organising a party or something bigger. Have pretty much given up organising regular activities as in truth we don’t need them but have a bit of a guilt complex when I hear of new local home eders struggling (usually with younger kids), hoping that is getting sorted though as others seem to be mobilizing.
Anyway back to yesterday. Jack finished at lunchtime for the holiday and the afternoon was a busy, loud one as he and his friend’s settled in the living room for cakes and X-box.
Eventually some resemblance of peace was restored and up went the decorations and the tree.
Love our tree pretty much all the decorations on it are handmade now. Either by us, friends or picked up from Christmas markets – we add a new one every year from our special day out so it is hugely sentimental. Did add this bought one this year – love maps and couldn’t resist when I saw it in the shop at the V&A.
Candles and painted pottery.
A whole host of angels. From this wonderful book.
The chains are fabric. Fabric ironed on to interfacing and then cut into strips with pinking shears and stuck together with fabric glue.
Although today has been a relaxed, pottering, reading sort of day we have carried one theme over from yesterday – baking. Shortbread, polar bear cakes and gingerbread men.
Oops forgot colouring.
Definitely getting more in the Christmas spirit.
All wrapping now done and living room prepared for decorating.
Today’s colouring with a Frozen inspired carriage.
Morning was spent enjoying time with a visiting friend while I took the opportunity to crack on with Christmas prep.
After lunch we tidied up the toy cupboard and his book case. Then Grandad arrived and we spent a pleasant hour with a jigsaw. After a short play with Jack it was time for Gang Show, an open rehearsal and small party. After he got home we cuddled down and read this lovely, if sad, book. Jack returned pleased to have won a prize in the raffle but not so pleased with the prize itself 🙂
Productive yet relaxed day. Back on form 🙂
Finally getting the Christmas vibe. Still coughing and not on top form but finally feel that the worst is over at last and we’re on the mend and we now sound far worse than any of us feel.
With the return of energy I capitalised on it to start long overdue deep clean, In the run up to Christmas I always do all the kitchen cupboards empty and clean, defrost freezer and move all the living room furniture to hoover behind (including emptying and refilling every bookshelf and filing a years worth of paperwork). Only then does the tree go up. Late this year, tree is due to go up Friday! I sent Sam to my Dad’s for the morning to play with him. After the daily colouring of course.
I picked him up at lunch time and he spent an hour or so exploring Minecraft videos made by another home eder he knows, while I kept tidying.
After helping finish the tidying we finally jumped on the bandwagon and watched Frozen.Then we built a snowman out of this kit. Have to say theirs is better 😀 Dry hands would have helped I think as when wet the colour ran. A lot!
Then we curled up and read this.Evening went in snacking on the gingerbread house and playing Uno. Followed by an early night while we had a curry.
The term has not quite fizzled out completely but aware if I don’t start recording our project work I am going to look back and think that it did.
Science was a fairly ‘light’ topic – ha! What I mean is that we weren’t dealing with anything particularly new or difficult. More a hands on playing, reinforcing ideas time.
We continue to use the book The Way Science Works as our base. Reading the content and doing as many of the experiments as possible. We’re joined by friends for some of the experiments which helps keep it fun.
Not as many photos as I’d like. Exploring light involves using hands to hold torches and prisms etc and it’s hard to photograph torch beams in the dark.
We started off looking at reflection and refraction by playing with convex and concave lenses.
We explored shadows with puppets.
Then we moved on to looking at how eyes and cameras work.
We explored optical illusions with the tube to the eye, making a hole in the hand trick. With plenty of time playing on here later. Looked at how microscopes work.
We built a tissue box camera to limited success.
We had another go with this Camera Obscura kit to more impressive results.
We finished with a look at colour. We split light with a prism and did some chromatography.
Talking about colours, rainbows and the light spectrum led to making a waldorf star.
And colour mixing led on to these. Cut 6 triangles from black card. Cover 2 with blue cellophane, 2 with yellow and 2 with red cellophane. Combine the triangles to make stars.
If last week was about being ill and battening down the hatches, this week is about being bored of being ill and trying to carry on through it. Unfortunately I feel worse in the middle of the night and sleep is very disturbed, which is impacting on energy levels. Managed to make it out both days though :). Monday was just to the village for posting parcels and Guide chores. Then Guides later. Today was trip to Portsmouth for few last minute Christmas bits and lunch with Sam’s friend. Bit too much really as totally exhausted now and chest and voice are raw.
Countries looked at were Catalonia (ok not a country) and Ireland.
Monday we filled in a scrapbook and sent our not-so-flat traveller Rudy home. Before a scoot to the village. The ‘advent’ activity was a treat of some Christmas Lego while I prepped for Guides.
Today’s activity never happened as we dropped in on friends for a short spell before heading off into town for shopping and lunch with other friends. Home to play with Jack while I did last ordering of Christmas stuff and a supermarket shop. Then rounded off the day with Cubs Christmas party.
Nice to see people again after a week of pretty much isolation. Expecting we will need a slow day tomorrow!