Sneezes and sleeplessness

Were the negative points of last week.  Sam’s sleep patterns seem all messed up, left to his own devices two days it was nearly 11am before he rose.  Means mornings are not starting as well as they should.  I’m of the mindset that pottering around at midnight is not healthy but on the other hand you can’t make someone sleep.  All I can do is encourage good habits and hope for the best.  That said I’m awake in the early hours most nights reading and seldom sleep beyond 5.30am whatever time I go to bed. so not exactly a role model in good sleep practices.

Boys have colds and are below par and I’ve a real streamer of a cold, really can’t stop sneezing.  As such it’s definitely been a quiet week, quite a few pj days.  I’ve discovered a flaw in my plan of a project based almost on reading – it requires me to have a voice!

But as ever there were lots of positives.  I’ve lost track of what we did do.  Photo checking time…

There was definitely length and perimeters maths work and we’ve been covering direct and indirect speech in English.

We had a quiet but enjoyable laser tag session.  Well Sam played laser tag, as usual I spent most of the time on a helicopter simulator with a very adorable 3 year old who never seems to get bored of crashing 🙂


Tuesday seems to have got lost.  I think it was a lots of time on the computer day.  Scratch and animation are high on the current agenda.  We had a go with flipbooks.  Sam found the physical act of flipping hrd so we found an app for the kindle that worked the same way.  Evening was science at Cubs.

Weds we had Jack home ill.  I let Sam sleep in as long as it took to wake up naturally and spent the morning working on monkey crafts for Activity Village.  When Sam got up we walked to the village for a few bits and the Beano.


We then spent the afternoon on the sofa watching the Wizard of Oz.  I don’t remember watching it with either boy although apparently it was one of Jack’s favourites and he had a very good recollection of what would happen next.  How soon we forget it seems.

A bit more work and then off to Jack’s school for options information evening.  Turns out he has hardly any and they really, really drag out the process.  I always thought that at least the range and ease of doing GCSEs was a plus for school.  I suspect that he’d probably have more choice from our local HE enxam centre as options are so tied by NC constraints.  It’s the amount of science he has to do which is the real negative for us and he’d prefer to drop all modern languages.  However at least one subject he wants would be difficult HE wise.   Anyway he has given it some thought and made sensible choices based on future career options and present enjoyment so I’m happy with him.

Thursday we had fun playing with photoshop trying to manipulate photos to represent ideas.  We started off from Dali’s The Persistence of Memory and melting clocks.  We talked about how he was trying to represent an idea about the nature of time.  We then ‘melted’ our own clock in photoshop.  Sam was inspired then to try different editing techniques. 20160114_15melting clock

staring daggers
staring daggers
the world
words can hurt

Then in the spirit of always learning, according to this game is called ‘exquisite corpse’ who knew – we’ve always referred to it as ‘that thing like consequences but you draw’.

We’ve discovered that DIY has surrealist, geologist and palaeontologist patches, so they’ve been added to the term’s plans.

We also baked brownies.  Perhaps the best legacy from my guiding years, a recipe for cheap, store cupboard, microwave brownies 🙂

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To burn of a tiny amount of the brownies off we played on Kinect Sports for a while with my Dad.

Friday, and the cold was hitting hard.  We did some exploring of the rock collection.

Scratching various rocks with fingernails, paperclips and pennies to see how they fared on the Mohs scale.

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Scratch test on the back of an old tile  to see the different colours of minerals in various rocks.

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Testing for magnetism.20160117_10 Observing the effects of vinegar.

Then (because you may as well) we set up some shells and an egg in vinegar to observe.  By evening the smallest shell had a hole and 48 hrs there is little shell left.

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We also looked at specific gravity (density relative to water).


There was more Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab DVD over lunch.  I’d planned to work during the afternoon but I was feeling full of cold and the internet went down.  So Sam played some empire building game on the computer (we’ll call that history 😉 ) and I had a bath.

We spent a fair amount of time playing with a balloon and cardboard tubes.

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We made a lightsaber and a gun (it’s a specific type of gun but I’m not good on these things) from cardboard tubes for the DIY cardboarder patch.

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Then with the internet still down I persuaded the now home teenager to watch Dr Who with me.  Early night and off to bed.  Where I have spent lots of the weekend.  On plus side I am 42% in to War and Peace and really enjoying it.  Not got round to watching last week’s episode though – rubbish at TV watching even when it’s something I want to see!

This is why I should try and blog daily.  I miss the small stuff, I’ve recollections of all sorts of things such as illegal logging in the rainforest, how and why people become homeless and practicalities behind running a charity being discussed.

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