Contrasting Home Days

We  have had 2 days at home so far this week, two very different days.
Monday was an at home pj day. Efficient though, lots covered. Mainly from the sofa or by the fire as we read and watched documentaries. Today, by contrast, the only work done was sorting out our visiting flat travellers travel journal to send him home. 
Our Citizenship group officially finished last week but we met up today at our house to blow the remainder of the kitty on chocolate. 13 children making things out of chocolate in my living room, I sometimes wonder if I am mad or at the very least I am thankful for forgiving neighbours :D.
They came out really well. We acually got through 2kg of Maltesers on these puds, not a lot got eaten.

One child got left behind (on purpose 😉 ) so they could spend the afternoon on Roblox while I tidied and wrapped.


Someone on my local group wanted a word to sum up home ed; I decided that I wanted a change from freedom so plumped for opportunity. The last few days have been a perfect summary of how that works in practice.
On Thursday we had tickets for a free Winter Concert at the Globe. This is a community concert of songs and poetry, schools, nurseries, staff of Borough Market and all sorts of community groups. We went last year and this year despite getting drenched on the way there and being in the Yard (aka standing outdoors) it was another lovely experience. An opportunity we can seize being home educated and also make the most of in ways that you can’t with 30 children in tow (hot dog and chips shelting by a van on Southbank and hot lattes from Starbucks to warm up after).

With no need to be back by a certain time and our newly purchased Art Fund cards begging to be used we went to the Tate Modern for a while. First stop was the swing installation again. 

Then we visited the Red Star Over Russia exhibition.

Then we went back to the swings until they came and chucked us out. There you go home ed gives you the opportunity to get chucked out of art galleries 😀 A brilliant day.

Today we were tired.  So we took the opportunity for a pj clad relaxed day. I unfortunately was wide awake at 3.30 so took the opportunity to do some reading and sewing. Sam slept in until 9.30. We still managed maths, English, geography, science – inc setting up an experiment to test factors that can affect germination, reading and a history documentary before I retired to soak in the bath and do some of a Future Learn course and Sam played on the computer.

Perhaps not the best trip ever

Wednesday is our group event/day trip day usually. Today we went to … the doctors. Wahoo!

On the positive, I now have an even heavier handbag to carry about as Doctor’s given us some bits to try to lessen the symptoms/impact of these sudden bouts of stomach ache/sickness/headaches Sam has been getting and we ruled out any real physical problem.

That set us back by what we could achieve today but did still manage to look at more percentages (one of his favourite bits of maths as they are very easy, do some dictation and work on adverbs, do a mapping activity for Florida and look at the need for new housing in Britain and some of the issues that surrounds it. Sam had the idea of developing the Falkland Islands more to provide jobs and shelter for the homeless and others if Britain gets to cramped. He’d also train everyone who went over with guns in case Argentina invades.

We watched another episode of Secrets of the Castle. Science has moved on to reproduction in plants. A lot more comfortable a topic. He watched some videos, read the chapter and verbally did the exercises and then he dissected a flower. Then he retreived my vase and dissected most of the bunch…
I bribed him with Norad games to try and come up with a Christmas list!  Well he put on four books which he could easily buy with the voucher he has but won’t use.  Christmas and Birthdays shouldn’t be so hard!  

Shut Down Mode

I decided that I would only blog every two days this year (apart from Weds because we usually have a trip/group) as having shifted to a more textbook style of learning I don’t have a lot of interesting photos anymore.

Trouble is 2 days is an awful long time to have to remember things for so I feel I am just scanning our planner churning the todolist back out.

Life is giving one of it’s periods of hurling balls of minor crap at us one after the other. Nothing major but I’m exhausted and lacking motivation at the moment. Ready to cocoon for a bit.

Anyway what have we done…
Monday was an at home day so we:
Used OS maps to identify patterns such as the CBD, Victorian terraces, interwar housing, business parks…
Carried on reading Machine Gunners
Learnt a bit about Florida
Read about and started planning a short essay on the development of castles
Sam did his online computer science tutorial
We sorted out some donations for various charities

Today was our social day. We had the last of our  Community themed Citizenship sessions and a county councillor came in to talk to them about what the role entails. Have enjoyed this group, definitely doing what a group activity should to me, got them talking, engaging and bouncing ideas of one another. They most certainly did not shame us with their questions to a politician this time (bad – aka hilarious – encounter with MP several years ago had given grounds for nervousness).
We had given ourselves an hour at the end of the session to sort out the group donations to charity. But the Councillor managed to last all session so there was 10 minutes of hurried throwing stuff in a bags and divvying jobs up between the adults before we ran off.
Afternoon was spent painting pottery with friends. A much needed piece of calm and I love watching kids chatting when really you wonder what they would find in common – 12yo boy/8yo girl. They always find something though, it’s one of the loveliest thing about home ed the lack of caring about age/gender.

 Considering that it might be time to start the big pre-Christmas house clean. Although we have 12 of Sam’s friends around one day next week to do something messy so might leave the living room until last 😀

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas

Drawing population graphs

I am cold and sparkly, the advent calendars are up and we spent this afternoon at the Dockyard’s Festival of Christmas, all big signs that it is nearly Christmas.

Thursday was a quiet day at home, productive too. Lots of reading done and jobs ticked off list. Nothing exciting done really though.

Today was a busy one. I had my under 10’s group in Fareham this morning so we were off there to get all glittery. Sam went Christmas shopping while I was there.
Then it was to Portsmouth to catch up with friends for our annual pilgrimage to the Festival of Christmas. Think this may well be last year as it gets worse every year and it was impossible to imagine how they can justify charging entrance any longer, on show was all the entertainment on offer out of the tavern. It was a pleasant enough afternoon though even if Sam did take one of his colour draining sick turns. We also have a fridgeful of nice cheese! 
Oscar’s sleeping over. They voluntarily took themselves to bed at 8.30 with books 😀