Variety

Life isn’t dull at the moment. Lots of variety to what we’re up to and Sam has a renewed interest in whittling to scare the bejezzus out of me. I am very good I hope at not showing my extreme terror of my child wielding a lethal weapon and occasionally saying ‘it’s alright,  no blood!’

We’re still managing breathing exercises and poetry every morning.
Monday had the usual maths and English and skype tutorial for computer science. We also baked biscuits and decorated them as atoms.  Purely for fun we also did the colour running from Skittles experiment (video on fb).
As well as edible atoms we made edible molecules from winegums and marshmallows. Plus managed a game of Chemistry Fluxx. I like this one, definitely something different.

We ticked the social box and getting outside with a walk to the beach and a  couple of hours playing pool and in the arcade with friends.

Tues we managed some maths before it was time to go out to our last debating session for our ‘big debate’. I have no photos as I was ‘chair’, sufficient to say it all went really well and we had a good laugh.  It’s not ideal going out in the morning we struggle with the routine but the sessions and the group are exactly what we want.
Afternoon, we finished maths and watch a documentary about the book Revelations of Divine Love. Plan was to do some other ‘book work’ but I wasn’t in the mood and Sam immediately declared he wasn’t either and wanted to whittle. So he whittled and I read aloud and did not panic.

Weds saw us up in London to see the Impressionists at Tate Britain (via Parliament Square and a look at the statues) and the Currency under Communism exhibition and the Medieval Europe gallery at the British Museum.

We also detoured to see the Sutton Hoo helmet (they have original and a replica of what they think it would have looked like) Plus the clock gallery. We like the oddities.
Thursday he asked to lie in. At 9.30 I woke him up but got into bed with my coffee and read to him until about 11am. Lovely start to the morning. Managed Maths and English before lunch (including catching up on Tues), plus some US geography.
Afternoon was spent playing board games and chatting with Grandad who was visiting. Plus some history (medieval towns) and geography (wealth disparities in Britain).

Friday had lots of maths. Working on probability.
Plus by request Live Mathletics. I was drawing nice graphs while revising GCSE maths 🙂 English was done including spelling test. Lots more whittling while I finished reading Shadow of the Minotaur, then he wrote a book review.
After lunch he’d just started Science when the delivery man bought us a molecules kit with excellent timing. So we built some. The delivery included sandpaper so he went back to the figure he was whittling for a while before going on to computer to invade some nation or other.

Today had a session at the Makery and a chance to chat with some potential home educators.

Shadow of the Minotaur

I like the Shadow of the Minotaur book because of its cool story. The story is about a kid called Pheonix who lives in a small town, his dad begins working for a game development company which is making a really realistic virtual reality game called The Legendeer. Things start going wrong when Pheonix and his dad get sucked inside the game, they manage to escape but Pheonix’s dad starts to spend all his time working on something to destroy thr game. One day Pheonix, his friend Laura, and Pheonix’s dad end up trapped inside the game. Pheonix and Laura have to beat Medusa but Laura gets kidnapped and they end up in the Minataur myth. They have to find their way through the Labyrinth to find a cheat which can get them home and destroy the game. Luckily the succeed but the game survives and plans to take over the world.

I liked this book because of the cool story line and the plot twists. It always made you excited for what would happen next. It also portrays Pheonix as a regular boy who is bullied because he loves ancient Greek legends and is a bit cowardly but becomes braver as he is sucked into the game and has to fight people and monsters, which I like a lot. I think this book would appeal to fans of Greek myths and the Percy Jackson series.

On the Mend

Energy levels are slowly increasing. We are not sprinting about exactly yet but I am back to working and we left the house in search of fresh air on Thurs when the sun showed it’s face. Fresh air and sticks for today’s home ed group.
Other things on Thurs were a look at Jabberwocky in English. Finishing up the algebra section in Maths. Then a bit of work on elements and atoms including a jigsaw of the periodic table. Plus some time with Grandad.

Today has been a doing our own thing day. Sam stayed home with a todo list of a few jobs like LearnTec homework, learn a new song on the recorder and tidy room. I was out at the under 10’s home ed group I run.
Afternoon has been spent working (me), reading My Week and playing on computer – Sam.