Shalford Park, the River Wey and Skittles Experiments – Another Week Flown By!

Yet another week has flown by, it is hard to believe that Jack has been out of school for four months already! and also how quickly things change, back then I was the one with all the questions and now I find myself helping, reassuring and advising other parents. Glad I can help others and it has been a great four months, very busy but fun and easier in some ways.

Jack has gone back to being more into Reading Eggs and Reading Express this week and has now completed all the maps and some other bits. He also earned another reward on EdPlace 😀 We worked on fractions using playdough and halves and doubles with a pot full of 1ps. Telling the time is coming along too, Jack had real problems with understanding the passage of time; tried a stopwatch and all sorts but in the last few weeks digital seems to have clicked and he is understanding much better. Like being able to read did, I think that knowing how to tell the time will help him a lot because he will be able to see things coming up easier and I can say ‘at 12 ‘o’ clock we are……’ or say he has X minutes left on something and he will know what I mean.
On Wednesday we went to Shalford park and then walked back to Guildford along the River Wey, spotting interesting things, collecting leaves to go with the ones from Alice Holt, testing what floats and feeding ducks along the way.

When we stopped for some lunch we carried out some impromptu science experiments using Skittle sweets and water. I suggested Jack put it in the water to see what would happen. Once he saw the colour was rubbing off he decided to see what would happen if he left it in their for longer and longer and what would happen to the water and Skittle. He then tested how the Skittle and water had changed in taste too. That then led to what would happen if the Skittle stayed in the water until we got home? So he carried it home in a little pot. I was surprised by how quickly it dissolved (I made Skittles vodka once and still had sweets left after a week soaking) and became ‘Skittles drink’ lol

 On Thursday evening we went bowling. Andrew and a friend of Emily’s came with us. First time Andrew’s been in at least a year and he won! Then today we went ice skating after not going for a few weeks and Jack had a really good skate. He stayed on for an hour and may of stayed longer if we hadn’t needed to get home by a certain time. I think we will only going every fortnight as it seems to work better, I think he gets a bit bored of it otherwise. That way it can alternate with swimming or other activities and keep variety without it being overwhelming for him.

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