Home is Good

Had a pleasant day at home today.

Despite having to wake Sam his core work happened very quickly and efficiently.  Found an area of maths I thought he’d understood which he obviously hasn’t but this being HE we’ll just have another look tomorrow and if that doesn’t work we’ll leave it a week and try again and if that doesn’t work his brain isn’t ready to grasp it.  We’ll leave alone for a while and come back to it at some point, probably to find that by then he has processed and knows it.

After the core work we went to have a look at our pit trap from last night.  It was empty but Sam had a bit of a bug hunt.

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Sam’s friend then showed up for some Xbox time and I caught up on some housework which had slipped while I’ve not felt well.

As we were eating lunch more friends showed up for Spanish.  So more chat, play and Spanish tutorial.

After Spanish when everone had left we tried to capitalise on the strength of the sun and build a solar oven.

It’s a shoebox lines with black paper sitting in at larger box packed with newspaper.  The flaps of the box are cut narrower before being taped into place.  Once the food was added we taped clingfilm over the top.  We rested an old picture frame with foil around it to reflect more sun into the box.

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We tried baking cakes.  Limited success.  They definitely rose and started cooking but then I think the sun moved.  I think we needed to start earlier and site the oven in a better spot.

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Sam spent some time trying to set fire to a piece of paper using a magnifying glass, but fortunately lost interest.

18 months after first getting it I finally (with not a little difficulty in the hole making department) set up the swing ball.  For Jack to spend an hour trying to kill me with it!  The boy is lethal.

20150611_14 I had put some of the cakes in the oven so the boys decorated them.

20150611_17Jack and I played cards, Sam and Pete played something to do with Dragons.  Then Sam built some foam gliders.  Plan is to take them to the field tomorrow.  I was trying to get him concentrating as he pokes out his tongue and looks cute.

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