That pretty much sums up the week 😉
First an update on our never ending catalogue of physical woes. The asthma attack of the weekend thankfully was a one off, still a bit sniffy and wheezy but not a hindrance. I’ve an infected toe, which is fine without shoes but turns into a painful bleeding mess when I wear shoes so that has definitely been a hindrance. We’ve made it to groups but not managed the walks I had wanted to, think they might be out for this week too 🙁 Jack seems to have ‘grown in to’ asthma unfortunately and is suffering badly so have had him off school one day to make a start on getting a formal diagnosis and treatment sorted.
With Pete home one day and Jack another besides maths and english other things slipped by the wayside. Taken time to relax and read, watch tv, code…
Sam still spends as much time as he can on Scratch (we found a book on Scratch games in the library last week and he is workingalthough he is enjoying Code Combat too. I am plodding through the FutureLearn app course. Outside my comfort zone by a long way but still trying.
We made it to code club on Tuesday. I have no idea how Sam got on to be honest. I left him to it and worked with the younger ones. We need that separation sometimes. We headed straight home after as my toe was a mess, I had next day’s group to prepare and it kept doing this.
Snow and hail!
Weds was our ‘Great Home Ed Bake Off’.
So Sam spent Weds morning baking. He had a plan to adapt a brownie recipe to make ‘golden crown jewel brownies’. The event had a royal birthday theme. Unfortunately they didn’t quite come off and while not as unpleasant cooked as they looked raw they weren’t nice.
It didn’t matter. We had a lovely group session, made play dough cakes, modelled balloons, coloured, crafted, played with friends and ate cakes.
Here are some of the entries courtesy of a better photographer than me! I can model balloons though which I was too busy doing to get photographs 😉 The future is bright for cake eating at home ed events, the judging was tough!
Think this will be a regular event.
Thursday was supposed to be an at home day but turned into a take Jack to doctors day and then no idea what happened with the rest of it really. There was cleaning and camp prep.
Friday started with more camp prep – edible brownies. Camp tradition now, I always send brownies to camp. Jack reckons he never sees them after they get there so the leaders must eat them. I have pointed out that they will keep them separate as they know they are okay for Sam to eat but he’s not convinced 🙂
We spent most of the day catching up on all the hands on project stuff we haven’t got round to the last 2 weeks.
For science we continued looking at weathering and slopes in particular.
Angles of rest and failure.
We tipped jugs of different materials to compare the steepness of the slopes that they made. Then mixed the materials together for a small sensory tub 10 minute play 🙂For the angle of failure we rolled a jar half full of flour to see the moment the slope slipped.
We did more investigating of cliffs by making a playdough slope, covering it with sand and then spraying the sand so it got wet. Very wet!
We looked at binding agents and compared the strength of sand castles made with distilled water or salt water. We moved on to rivers and looked for our local rivers on a map.Then we talked about how rivers form and permeability. We made a funnel from a plastic bottle and buried it and timed how quickly 500ml drained through. We then compared different soils. We cut the top off plastic bottles, covered the end with dishcloth held in place by an elastic band. Stood the top of the bottle in the base and filled with soil. Then poured through 300ml of water and watched which drained quickest.
Exploring what happens if you put the cloth over the end of the tap.
We finished off the work with art.
Sandwich sculptures from cleaning cloths inspired by Claes Oldenberg’s BLT
Plus another look at Jasper Johns. This time at his Flag artwork. I was aiming for a bit of discussion can flags be art but the answer is yes apparently.
I asked Sam to use bleeding tissue paper to make a flag. Really pleased with result.
Then it was off for a weekend camping with the Cubs. Luckily the huge downpour that hit had stopped by the time they got there and it has been sunny but cold since.