Weds morning was a bit wobbly getting out the house, 2 big days out on the trot took their toll on Sam combined with horrendously high pollen counts. I just said City Museum when I was asked where we were going, decided mentioning we were doing a creative writing workshop would have lead to mutiny. Was the right move, he loved it!
Inspired by some, seriously drab in my view, paintings of wartime Portsmouth he has sketched out a 3 book series of diary style books telling the story of WW3 from the perspective of a dog.
There were other home educators in the workshop, not as many as I thought there would be a free workshop like this posted on the home ed group I thought would get a bit of interest. The ones who were there were friends though so a picnic in the museum gardens followed.
Before home for an afternoon of relaxing (well some work for me) on the Xbox playing wrestling with Jack. Today was supposed to be relaxing but he needed to tidy his room and go to the library. Then he went straight back out since he forgot to buy the Beano. Me, I worked, organised home ed stuff, made plans for a trip away next week (mainly by emailing the places we’d like to visit and asking if they do home ed discount) and cleaned – doing that without having to rush out is the closest to relaxation I get.
Grandpa is staying now for a few days so busy again it is.
After a speedy morning’s work we spent yesterday at the theatre watching Hamlet. Very glad it wasn’t our first introduction as was far from the best performance we’ve seen. I kept falling asleep. We had a hissed conversation that it wasn’t a patch on the David Tennant version (sadly only seen on DVD). Come to the conclusion that Shakespeare in an indoor theatre isn’t right, especcially one that was mostly empty. Very, very excited to have tickets for Othello at The Globe over Easter though 🙂
Hamlet did let Sam indulge in plenty of sarcasm about how cheerful it was.
Neither of us cope well with the clock change and spring time. Sleep patterns go mad, headaches are virtually permanent and we get really moody. Could feel the switch today, getting any form of concentration out of Sam was hard and every time I let my attention wander from him he was gone. Feeling exhausted myself and the smell of the grass when I opened the door to tesco triggered a pounding headache and irritated throat, so it has been a real internal battle to keep a lid on my impatience. I think I managed it. We’ve ended (or close to) the first Monday of the clocks change without anyone crying at any point so that is an improvement on other years.
Been a pottering at home day. Sam made a story jar and wrote a retelling of the Atlas legend.
We read about health care in ancient China and did some Tai Chi.
Sam played with bubble wrap. I would have if he’d have shared 😉
Then he programmed his microbit to act as a Magic 8 ball.Researching hw to use his Skylanders on the DS and playing on the computer took up the rest of the day.
Been a lovely quiet peaceful day.
Latin provided fun as he was working out roots of words. Maths was easier than he expected producing glee. English showed what huge inroads he has made into writing as he wrote a very competent advert. And all done by 10.15.
We read for an hour, discussing in detail as we did, from a non-fiction book about the Victorians. While I did a job about the house Sam read about and wrote a profile on Dr Barnado. Then read some more about Victorian schools and gave me a verbal narration to summarise. We got out the slate and he had a go and writing Victorian script and did some extra sums.
We dug out some more Victorian replica bits for a look and then watched Victorian Bakers over lunch.
We then got distracted by looking at my sewing and sharing stories about the different monarchs.We moved on to Sketch Tuesday whichthis week was feathers. I got into awful trouble for not emailling off last week’s st today’s has already gone! I drew a peacock while Sam did an eagle. We did print photos to copy.
Sam then programmed one of those touch the wire games on his Microbit.
Finally we read a report about the child we sponsor and checked out where he is. Then it was over to Roblox and work.