Tuesday, 8 October 2013

This morning we went to our Home Ed group.  Four families, including ourselves, have clubbed together to hire a small church hall/room, once a week over the winter.  The idea being that we can do group activities and get together whatever the weather.

Today we did one of the Crest Star science activities, investigating how far cans filled with different things roll.

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The idea really is to get the children thinking scientifically and logically – we got there although I had quite a bit of resistance from my three.

We then played with some playdough, sang some Christmas songs (we are practicing for a Christmas concert), played a game, had some yummy snacks and then did some art activities.  This week we did some castle building (inspired by our visit to Durham yesterday) and also investigated Pointillism.  This was inspired by looking at printed material under the microscope and noticing that in fact it was made up of tiny dots of often a very few primary colours.  We took along our microscope so that the others could see this too and then we tried painting with cotton buds to mimic the Pointillism effect.  We also learned a little bit about George Seurat and looked at his painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” zooming really close in to see the teeny tiny dots.

After Home Ed group we always go to the park to run around as three hours with no running makes everyone restless.  We were lucky to enjoy the October sunshine. Then we came home to work on a Code Club project and play.  We talked a bit more about Seurat and the difference between Impressionists and Post-Impressionists.

Finally, before bed we had story time.  We are reading “The Giants and the Jones” by Julia Donaldson and we are really enjoying it.  However by 8pm it was late and we had to stop reading at a particularly scary point so we are very keen to come back to it!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Hello There :)

It has been a very busy summer and and even busier start to our Autumn term.  We now have a much more laid back schedule which still involves lots of learning doesn’t seem to involve sitting still for very long which at the moment suits us just fine.

As the Autumn term hit we suddenly found an enthusiasm for extra activities.  LB1 has joined cubs (and had his first cub camp!), LB2 has started Beavers, LG is continuing with ballet and tap while LB1 has also started athletics training and both boys are now having weekly swimming lessons.  All go here!

So I am trying to get back to blogging – but also keep things simple as I do not have much time these days and need to study myself when I can fit it in.  So just short updates unless we get up to anything very exciting.

Today was a trip to Durham Castle.  It was great fun and we learned all kind of interesting facts and trivia which lead to lots more talking in the car and when we got home – particularly about the Tudors (a bit of a tangent there!).  We also popped along to see the cathedral and we all agreed that we need to go back and spend a full day exploring the beautiful city.

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