Home is Good

Had a pleasant day at home today.

Despite having to wake Sam his core work happened very quickly and efficiently.  Found an area of maths I thought he’d understood which he obviously hasn’t but this being HE we’ll just have another look tomorrow and if that doesn’t work we’ll leave it a week and try again and if that doesn’t work his brain isn’t ready to grasp it.  We’ll leave alone for a while and come back to it at some point, probably to find that by then he has processed and knows it.

After the core work we went to have a look at our pit trap from last night.  It was empty but Sam had a bit of a bug hunt.

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Sam’s friend then showed up for some Xbox time and I caught up on some housework which had slipped while I’ve not felt well.

As we were eating lunch more friends showed up for Spanish.  So more chat, play and Spanish tutorial.

After Spanish when everone had left we tried to capitalise on the strength of the sun and build a solar oven.

It’s a shoebox lines with black paper sitting in at larger box packed with newspaper.  The flaps of the box are cut narrower before being taped into place.  Once the food was added we taped clingfilm over the top.  We rested an old picture frame with foil around it to reflect more sun into the box.

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We tried baking cakes.  Limited success.  They definitely rose and started cooking but then I think the sun moved.  I think we needed to start earlier and site the oven in a better spot.

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Sam spent some time trying to set fire to a piece of paper using a magnifying glass, but fortunately lost interest.

18 months after first getting it I finally (with not a little difficulty in the hole making department) set up the swing ball.  For Jack to spend an hour trying to kill me with it!  The boy is lethal.

20150611_14 I had put some of the cakes in the oven so the boys decorated them.

20150611_17Jack and I played cards, Sam and Pete played something to do with Dragons.  Then Sam built some foam gliders.  Plan is to take them to the field tomorrow.  I was trying to get him concentrating as he pokes out his tongue and looks cute.



Quiet Days

We’ve stayed very close to home the last few days. Not got many photographs.  Guess that’s a good thing as means I’m joining in 😉  Furthest we’ve been is the bottle bank but we’re lucky enough that even that’s a nice trip as it’s on the beach.

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So what have we done?  We’ve messed around with the dictionary practising skills there, usual handwriting etc, lots of Live Mathletics (lost pretty much all of Monday morning to that), quite a bit of Duolingo.  Lots of Story Cubes as a new set (actions) fell through the door yesterday.

We’ve been reading for our Rainforest project, watched some of The Living Planet and Sam painted the box that we are building a forest in.

Friends joined us for a nice relaxed science session.  The theme was sound.  We looked at how it travels.  They felt the vibrations in their throat  and then watched them on the end of tubes.  We made cup and string telephones and a giant knot.  We also made bottle glockenspiels.  Finally we listened to sounds bouncing off different surfaces to try and hear which worked best.

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Was a hard sacrifice drinking all those bottles.  Dedication 😉

I’ve been trying to catch up on some work projects I’ve let slip.  Conservatory full of cows now.  Still behind but getting there.  Also had guiding and home ed goup admin to catch up on.

I’ve now got some sewing to do too as Sam returned home from Cubs with these.  Very proud to have his Chief Scout Silver Award.


Water, Water, Everywhere

Core work got done nice and quickly yesterday.  Nothing really to note.

Mid-morning we were joined by friends for science.  It seems ages since our last session due to holidays and illness.  We’ve been a bit haywire since Christmas really as life has got in the way.  To be honest neither family had done our usual prep but we were both keen to get some normality and routine back.  I’m not sure masses was gained educationally, but hopefully groundwork was laid and as we dig in to the background it will make more sense.  Kids had fun though and adults managed some juvenile sniggering so all good :).

Heat was the theme.

We filled two jars with warm water, took temperature and predicted which would cool faster.  Took the temperature later and discussed why.


The big challenge of the day was getting the steam boat to work.  Had to relocate from garden to conservatory and then dismantle the boat and abandon the candle for bare matches but got there in the end and was quite impressive.
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Then we were showing how heat makes things expand.  Balloon on an empty bottle, pop in hot water and the balloon inflates.  Pop it in iced water and it deflates and flops (rather comically :D).

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They were aiming for ‘thoughtful, scientist faces’!

Finally we looked at convection currents by boiling some sequins and watching them rise and fall.20150429_8

We had a trip to the park before friends went home.

After a late lunch Sam helped with some crafts for work.

Then we went swimming after Jack got home.  Not been swimming for ages and very unfit.  Trying to find a way to get it in to schedule regularly.

Home Sam swallowed tea and was off to Cubs where he went pond dipping and found a dead shrew.  I managed some work, guiding admin and a check of camping supplies.

Long but good day.