Games

When Pete asked Sam if he’d been playing games all day, he said yes, dumping me in it somewhat. He did clarify he’d been playing the metaphorical Game of Life, which made me laugh.  I’d hope life feels more like a game than work anyway.

This morning I let Sam sleep in.  Heat is not our friend he was pathering about until gone 1 am when he went to sleep in our bed, coincidentally helping end my sleep for the night (been a very long day!)  When he got up he did his maths and accidentally tomorrow’s too.  The extra activity involved laying a treasure hunt for Jack, unfortunately he told him the prize was an ice lolly which made the steps between start and freezer a bit pointless 😀 English, Latin and Science were polished off too.

Then we did some science. Sam made an arch dam.

We looked at water pressure, comparing the outflow from holes positioned at different heights. A small water fight followed.

Final bit of science was investigating tsunamis. The afternoon was a lovely home ed group session. I’d set up some story telling props to make. We’d made versions at home before though so Sam happily settled for an afternoon of comic strip drawing, some collaboratively before playing bulldog outside.

Finally at home it was games time. I missed the photo before the game started. He’d spent about 1/2 hr setting it up as a pretty faithful map of 1939 pre-WW2 Europe.

Over the Hill

We were watching a documentary yesterday that featured a ride downhill on a gravity powered train (on the Blaenau FFestiniog railway actually 🙂 ) and that is what we feel like we’re on now, a downward slope to the summer break.
Sam had a bad night’s sleep and ended up napping on the sofa until quite late.  Despite that maths was done, English too including lots of making up of silly stories, Latin and Spanish.  We finished the last of the My Story books we’ve been reading for History and watched an episode of Full Steam Ahead. Finished the last of our Asia unit study and the book we’ve been looking at about Japan. We watched some youtube videos on Japanese theatre and kendo, tried counting in Japanese and drew some Pokemon.
Day ended with some rare Minecraft playing on a Harry Potter server and then finishing off the latest Trials of Apollo.



Bonds

I didn’t have the best morning! I’d somehow forgot to checkout when I amended my Tesco order last night meaning they only showed up with part of the order. Plus I have a seriously manky painful toe which is greatly impeding mobility and seems to act as a magnet for things to fall on.
Sam was a star though, he managed to do all his work, go to the shop for me and take over tidying the conservatory when I dropped marbles everywhere (they hit bad toe before going everywhere of course!).
The afternoon was our science group, thanks to trips and holidays the award they are looking at has gone on the back burner and all about fun.

Today we looked at chemical bonds and made plastic out of milk and vinegar.
Then good old oobleck which we used for two art activities; as a solid to paint on and a liquid to paint with (mixed with food colouring). All got very messy.  Both boys ended up in the bath (poor Jack bumped into the shed on his way home – oops).

 

Home Days

We’ve had a quiet few days at home ready for a busy second half of the week.
We’d expected a new home educator around yesterday but something came up last minute so Sam played with the Lego we’d got out and I booked home ed trips for Sep 🙂
Today I decided to be organised and get the stuff ready for science first thing before Sam was up properly as we’re reaching drifting stage with science, losing the hands on move.
With it set up we had fun with what we did; made canal locks in a tin and made a rubber duck sail through, tested materials to see if they were waterproof and made a hovercraft.
Then we spent a long time playing air hockey with the hovercraft 🙂
Taking it easy sort of day.

Walk in the Woods

We had a day in the woods today on a bushcraft course with our HE group.  Was a lovely relaxed day, learning about the woods around us, making fires and cooking over them and a bit of whittling.
Paying for it now on the allergy front but was worth it.

Overtired

And grumpy to boot that sums up my day really.  Not been a bad one.
Maths, English, Spanish and Latin done efficiently.
Science done less efficiently and with total failure. We made a water table that didn’t work as wanted and a cartesian diver that wouldn’t dive. 
We watched a documentary on canals over lunch.
Afternoon had a brief discussion that tomorrow is Children’s Day in Japan, not sure depails sunk in. We made some origami in celebration, a Samurai helmet and some cranes.
My Dad was round by now so he and Sam played games. Sam took a trip to the library and I went to vote then evening crept up on us.
Listening to a game of Risk.

Steam and Explosions

I’m angry, really bloody angry.

The last few days have shown the worst side of home ed, the flakiness and the lack of awareness of others that some home educators show. 

I am generally quite laid back about things now, I do get irritated by persistant unreliability and in particular lack of communication, it is so easy to head off potential worry and problems. Also a lot easier to be accommodating if you know there are issues such as social anxiety, chronic health problems.  Communication really does solve most things and avoid ruffled feathers.

Generally I can’t complain with trips I run. I jokingly say I scare people but maybe I do.  What has annoyed me is seeing over 50% of people cancel on the last minute on a friend. Definitely far, far more annoyed watching it happen to someone else.

It’s like people don’t consider that even though there might be no costs setting up the trip was still a lot of work to do in organising. They don’t seem aware that low numbers can put a trip at risk or make it not work as well for those who do show because some things do benefit from a critical mass of children or just frankly just be embarrassing. They seem blissfully unaware that we all contribute to the reputation home educators have and the effect that has on venues offering activities or the willingness of other home educators to organise activities.

Anyway it has also shown some of the best sides of home educators too as I do have a cracking bunch of friends to moan and grumble with.

And in the case of one to try and stop an explosion with!  Today’s Weds outing saw us near to home doing a town trail in local town solving clues. Great fun and really makes you look at things you don’t normally notice. We only managed half before rain and ill child (not mine) stopped play, so another hour or so still to do 🙂

At home we read and discussed growth of factories, steam powered machines and the effect on the growth of towns.
Looked at religions in Asia.
Finished a handwriting book and he was pleased to see the improvement.
Did some more on shapes; terminolgy and drawing regular polygons.

Spring Walk

Sunday I started work at 5.30am and finished at 9.30pm with a 2 hour break to clean and iron. Monday was an indoor, sendentary day too. So this morning although Tues is normally PJ day I had to get out.
We did maths (including some shape drawing), English, Latin and Spanish then headed out.
Every season we try and do a ‘season walk’ as a launch pad for a piece of creative writing.  Seemed a perfect day for a Spring walk. We headed to the Alver Valley Nature Reserve as it’s only minutes away with the camera for some flower spotting.

At home we had lunch in front of a documentary about canals. Read aloud from Mill Girl for a while and did some work from his history textbook about the history of weaving and how factories were first established. Finally Sam wrote a descriptive piece based on this morning’s work, lots of similes! Then it was off to do our own things.

Ups and Downs

I came down with a horrible shivery lurgy yesterday and Sam was even feeling ill enough to declare Flip Out a no show. 
A quiet day was declared. Some maths, english, latin and spanish were done but only a little and nothing taxing.
We started watching a documentary about electricity before iPlayer stopped working and we moved on to Joanna Lumley’s Japan.
Sam played computer, I soaked in the bath.  We sent Jack for Subway (little of what you fancy 😉 ) and watched Fantastic Beasts.
Today we both had more energy but not for a proper day out. Instead we finished off Sam’s English for the week, read the last of the science book and made a track for an avalanche.
While that dried we nipped into Gosport for some food shopping but pottered around the charity shops, caught some Pokemon and went to the park first. Back home I spent some time sorting out refunds after a workshop organised for next week was cancelled. Not having good luck on that front this year.
After that we tried tipping different ‘snow’ textures (flour, icing sugar, salt and rice) down Sam’s avalanche board.  
The rest of the day was all about games.  We’d ordered some yesterday from the Happy Puzzle Company because they has a sale and we were surprised to find them here when we got home a lunch time today.  Also picked up a 1979’s Rubiks game in a charity shop and Sam had bought a new DS game.
So we have been playing.  

This is the runaway favourite. Pentago – a strategy game that was the one that leapt out at us as very much both our thing and we were right.  Good battle although Sam as always in these things had the edge.

Chimes, Cakes and Conquering

Another at home day as we were waiting in for parcels for tomorrows HE group.
Didn’t have the smoothest start as Sam woke very wheezy but got that under control and the day came together well.  I thought I’d put too much on the planner but in reality we’d done anything ‘schooly’ by around 10.30am (Maths, English, Spanish, Latin and Asia unit study) and wasted the rest of the morning reading about Japan, looking at the globe, playing the tune that was in the book we were reading, listening to it played properly on the koto via youtube, looking up sculptures from Sappro’s Snow festival and writing haikus.
After lunch we watched an episode of Joanna Lumley’s Japan. Sam baked his cake for tomorrow’s HE Bake Off, he taught me how to play Risk and we had baths and reassembled the cake – did not come out of tin easily!