The Calm after the Storm

As much as we enjoyed the few days away they have been followed by a need to slow down and stay in. To be honest we’re ready to pull up the drawbridge now and lock ourselves away until Sept. Rather regretting that I still have at least 3 home ed group sessions and a trip or two before the end of term.  We’ll enjoy them I’m sure (I have exciting plans for them 😉 ) just feeling lazy.

In our lazy spell we’ve read lots, watched documentaries about trains, played lots of Mathletics, made word tags for creative writing prompts, designed and made a suspension bridge from random bits, then played with making pegs fire across the room, spent too long removing the corpse of a humungous spider that Pete had managed to crush inside my curtain, watched and talked about politics a lot, made a water wheel and a knitting spool and played far too much computer.

Bank Holiday

Not all days can be wonderful and exciting, some days just are okay days, today was one such day.
We’d intended to go to the May Day celebrations at Little Woodham but were put off by the weather forecast. Was the wrong call in the end as the rain stayed away but never mind.
We pottered, did bits of Maths and English, chatted lots, read, played computer and had a very long game of Risk.

Another Few Recovery Days

Wednesday’s jolly up to London combined with the hayfever mugginess left us very tired.  Thursday was a bit of a washout, not a lot achieved and we’d waited in for my Dad because I forgot he was doing something else.
Friday also had the feel of a potential washout day, so decided to embrace the abandonment of academic work and get out in the sunshine. 
Sam wanted to go to Fareham and we were intending on a charity shop forage.  However, Pete dropped us off the other end of town and after a potter in Waterstones and Game, we started Pokemon hunting as we walked up to the bakers. We decided to abandon shopping then in favour of Pokemon so walked up the hill and along Fareham Creek with a playground trip.
Once home military strategy has been the order of the day; computer based for a few hours and now he’s playing Risk with Pete.

Big Day Out and the Aftermath

Wednesday was our third trip to Kidzania.  Here’s posts from trip 1 and trip 2, showing you how much we loved them. Trip 3 was a let down mainly as there was far to few staff on for the number of children in there (school groups so prebooked and known about) and the kids managed so few activities. They enjoyed themselves and it was a lovely social day. But bit of a let down after the other sessions.

As I’d lost Monday to hayfever brain fog, Tues to answering last minute queries and organisation for Kidzania and Weds we were out from 7 am until gone 9pm. Thurs and Fri were spent desperately scrabbling around trying to fit work in to hours I normally wouldn’t. Sometimes it’s needs must though.

Comfortable morning’s work achieved on Thurs before trampolining. I tried to get a photo but he was too quick and too many other children about.  So here he is bright red and sideways.

We had to run some errands after.  Which we didn’t actually manage thanks to poor show by others. We did cheer ourselves up with some charity shop bargains though.

Sam complained of feeling ill on Friday. Another day we’d have got on with it but I was more than happy to leave him to reading about Japanese warlords while I worked.  In the end we did do most of his day’s stuff just later in the day.  Another tick for flexibility.

I Can’t Think of a Title

I intended to write a long post about home-educating when you feel low and anxious but mood has picked up during the day and time is running low. 

It was definitely a day for taking it easy.  Sam spent ages on Mathletics playing the problem solving games.  He then decided to start creating a Latin dictionary for himself.  He’s been doing French as well as Spanish on DuoLingo for the last few days. There was more microbit programming.  Sketch Tuesday was an aquarium theme so men getting eaten by giant sharks.  We watched 1900 House and Robot Wars, then chatted while Sam played Roblox and I stitched. 

Juggling it all

Been a hectic old day of trying to do it all and I am exhausted now so another quick one.

Again I have to say how pleased I am at how Sam has become so independent and focused at managing his own workload.  He is really just getting on with his core work with very little input from me now.

Which is good as I have been balancing work and home ed group responsibilities for much of the day, including meeting with the police to discuss what they can do for us. 

Sam on the other hand has got on with maths, English, Latin and Spanish. I read to him over tea and biscuits and helped to a small extent with constructing a Knex bridge. 

He opted to stay home and see Grandad while I went out to meet the PCSO.  I believe board games were played but by the time I was home it was on to the computer. 

Evening was spent watching the last two episodes of Victorian Bakers.

Time for bed now as falling asleep as I type.


Not really sure where this last week has gone. It has not been either restful or productive. One to write off.
Generally lost my mojo and feeling irritated with the world.  Actually not the world, just certain aspects of dealing with Home ed group stuff. 
Work hasn’t gone smoothly, struggled with motivation and found a big problem that can only be blamed on me which, while I think the worst is fixed now, didn’t help mood.

What have we done?

We wrapped up our human body project by reading about death and thinking how evolution might take humans in future.
We built Kinect bridges with friends.
We went in to town to run errands.

There has been baking.  It was my birthday mid week so Sam made a cake.

Lots and lots of DS play after he bought a strategy game for it.
New How It Works Magazine has been devoured and discussed.
There was an animal handling session at the local home ed group.
An afternoon with grandad.

Plus some slumped in front of the tv time watching documentaries about castles and archaeology.

Taking our Time

Friday was a much better day. 
It started with watching a documentary about conception, Sam was quite disgusted and Pete was sitting at the table cringing and asking if I was sure this was appropriate.  They do make me laugh 🙂
We quickly did English and Spanish.
Maths had us making and using timelines.  Rather than make one of his own life, since we have done that many times, we got down the What on Earth Wallbook and did a question and answer session.  We must be the only home eders to really not like these.  We find there is far too much info on them for us to absorb, neither of us do busy pages.  Looks good on display though but this is probably only the 3rd time we’ve used it in about 5 years.
We had two days worth of Latin to do so we revised every flashcard and then recycled them ready to start a different course after half term as this one isn’t working well any more.  The big pile is the right pile 🙂
It was now about 10 am and the day had reached a crossroads. So I gave Sam the choice, we only had one item left on the list for the day a ‘winter story walk’, which would involve going out, but we did have left over items from Thurs which could be done mostly from sofa.

He opted for out so we headed down the beach.  We talked about what we could see, hear, smell, taste and touch so he could do a descriptive piece when we got home.  We skimmed stones, built stone walls and watched the tide destroy them and paddled.

Sun came out while we were down there so we spent a bit of time geocaching (3 logged).

We were at the village by now so popped in to a couple of charity shops, had lunch in Subway and first ice cream of the year.

I managed to update Pokemon Go while Sam had his ice cream so we did some Pokemon hunting on the way home.

When we got home Sam wrote up his creative writing piece and then played on his kindle.
In the evening I managed to win at All The Kings Men (bit like chess)- twice!  First win ever I think.  After a very rare take away curry I settled down to watch a documentary on the history of archaeology while I did some sewing.  Sam went to bed but got up again (bit unsettled a night for some reason) and watched the documentary with me. 

Fasting and Friends

Thursday was a rubbish day really.  Most of morning wasted at an appointment that never happened. I usually try to keep appointments to Fridays/holidays so they don’t mess with our routines but for medical tests you go with what you can get as they trump other stuff.  Can’t look after others if don’t look after myself.  I’d fasted for this test too so wasn’t feeling all that well by the time I cut my losses.
Then despite it not being half term yet in our county the trampolining place was crammed to the rafters with other people’s kids! I escaped to the cafe only to find a party in there making that unpleasant. Plus they don’t sell drinkable coffee.
Productivity not surprisingly low so we end the half term with jobs on our planner which is not what I would want.
Positives of the day were finding out that Sam’s military strategy computer games have given him an unexpectedly good knowledge of world capitals. I got to sit and chat with people I don’t see much of at trampolining. Then I found Sam huddled in a corner with a group of friends that were his good group of friends 5/6 years ago but we haven’t seen that much of for a good few years but you wouldn’t know that from how comfortable they were. Oh and I got a bear hug from my friend’s daughter – with mine not huggy types I have to rely on others for those bone crunching kids hugs.
Days like that happen though and onwards and upwards and all that.


Topsy Turvey Day

Isn’t an exaggeration to say I really love home ed today.  Having had Jack home sick for a week really does highlight how much less of an impact ill health has when home eding.

Today Sam was complaining of feeling ill.   He fell back to sleep on the sofa so I left him there and when he woke 3 hrs later he stayed there and watched the last two episodes of Sam Willis’s Outlaws series as he fancied rewatching it after recent weapons series.

It was about 1pm by then and he made lunch and seemed fine.  So we did English, Latin, Spanish and Maths inc playing a time game.  Then curled up and did some reading of Factory Girl.

He then played on the computer and baked a cake.

Do have to love the flexibility and freedom home ed gives.