The United States of Smiley Faces

20150428_2By the end of last week it was evident that Sam was ready to return to a bit more structure.  It is hard to explain it but without it he gets a bit out of sorts, mood is quicker to rise to temper or tears and although he’s doing exactly what he wants most of the time he is less happy than when I’m there getting him involved in other stuff.

So we were back to our core work.  English was handwriting, Writing With Ease and grammar.

Latin, he’s building up his word base.  I found Minimus as part of our big tidy up, may give that another go soon for a change.  Found out they publish some books like Asterix and Cat in the Hat in Latin so building a wishlist.

Spanish, as we’ve not done Duolingo for a month strength bars had faded so it was back to basics (for me too).

Maths we are not following a curriculum this term and focusing on times tables as a confidence boost.  He did some Timez Attack, I upgraded it to the paid account over Easter after months of pestering and he loves it as a game rather than work.  They do 20% HE discount if you email and ask.  We then played Dude Dice and some of the bump games from here which were great fun, particularly as my Dad happened to be here so we had a third player which probably added to the ‘bumping’ and the fun.

The weather is supposed to be iffy this week so we took our opportunity mid morning when the sun was out for a trip to the park.  We’ve 3 nice parks all in easy walk of the house and all with something a bit different to offer.  Very lucky!

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We also started investigating this book.

20150428_3Bought as a bit of a punt as a potentially fun way to look a bit at politics in the run up to the election.  Generally not fans of anything too gimicky or that tries to read too chatty (HATE the ‘for dummies’ books and SotW for these reasons). This though is good, so good Pete wanted to join in.

So far he’s claimed his land (our living room), named his country ‘United States of Smiley Faces’ and designed a flag.

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