All ready for fruit and leg shopping at the market today.
All ready for fruit and leg shopping at the market today.
We have had a quiet couple of weeks, mostly just taking it easy at home and thinking about work and subjects to study. Jack has been going to Pokemon club each week and we have had some good Times Pokemon hunting and managed to claim a few gyms too.
On Monday we went down to Brighton to the Lego shop and for a day on the pier. They have an all day ride pass for £9 which is good value considering the rides are normally £2 each. Jack loves the bouncy castle and inflatable slide but he had a few goes on the others too. Rowan had his first ride on the carousel and enjoyed watching the sea gulls as always.
Jack is interested in starting a Spongebob project so I am going to do some planning for that. Thinking we can do some media studies, video making or stop motion, marine biology, voice acting, writing scripts, arts, making costumes maybe as well as facts and some episode or film reports. I have been looking at the Earthschooling curriculum and think some of the blocks would be good for us too.
This week has been fairly quiet really as we have been thinking about new subjects and where to go with things we are continuing with. Bought a few Eyewitness Project books as Jack enjoyed the last one he did, Medieval Life, Dinosaurs, Prehistoric Life and Rocks and Minerals. Jack is interested in dinosaurs and fossils again and has been working on a course run by Coursera for a few weeks. It is mostly video lectures which he enjoys a lot more than reading or writing. We are hoping to make a trip to the Natural History Museum again soon.
On Thursday we went to Islington to drop Emily off for an event at the O2, so while we waited for her we had a look round the charity shops and had lunch on Islington Green. Jack bought some Bamboozled jelly beans and then had fun hoping he got the real flavours and not things like dog food and baby wipes! Ha also found a Harry and the Dinosaurs book and a Garfield DVD.
On Saturday the summerhouse that is going to be a big project of ours this year was suppose to be delivered but unfortunately I had a call saying it wasn’t ready just yet which is a shame. But as its turned out it has been quite wet this week so far so we may not have had a chance to build it anyway. On Sunday we had a day out on Horsenden Hill in Greenford with family.
Once again I have realised that we have missed the start of 30 Days Wild. I’ve signed up now so will see how it goes. I don’t know if we will do everyday but perhaps we can do the activities over a longer time. Today we’ve taken some photos in the garden, mostly of flowers and the veg patch which is doing really well with all the sun and rain.
Our week looked at lot like this… with soft play, lots of maths, Literacy planet, snake feeding and spotting pheasants thrown in.
First up, carrying on with a project on Japan and getting everything cut out and stuck in a project book.
Next was a lapbook on classifying animals as part of a zoology course from All in One Homeschool
And finally Mayan pots for ancient art, can you guess? also from All in One Homeschool. I really like the site and Jack is enjoying working through it and being able to see what is coming up. There are so many great resources and it is all really flexible. I skip over the heavier religious stuff and add in or leave bits out here and there but finding most of it to be great, either to work straight from or get ideas. The site is split into two levels and covers up to American grade 8, which is for 13-14 year olds and Jack has been completing most of the work for both levels! It is set up so both are listed together which makes it easy to look at what is there rather than having to switch to another age. But anyway… Mayan pots made from salt dough.
We have been working on lots of practical stuff recently and Jack has completed several DIY badges including Rocketer and Chemist. He has also finished his Discover Art Award, tried Airhop and we have met up with several local families for activities.
Jack’s writing is improving very slowly and his educational psychologist is going to look into occupational therapy for him, which is great as it is something I have asked doctors about several times and just been fobbed off. He has very little strength in his hands or wrists and honestly appears to struggle to even hold a pen correctly at times. However slow I know will will get there and in his own way 🙂
My posts have gotten so behind there is probably loads to share so will post a few pictures of recent projects. Jack has a real interest in Japan so we have started working on a Japan Lapbook which I am going to expand. This week we are going to make a Christmas wreath for the front door and turn an old duck house into a hedgehog hut. I am hoping we can use that for the Wildlife Trust Kestrel Award now Jack is old enough to take part. We bought some hedgehog food so it will be good to see if we get any prickly visitors. I spotted a fox in the garden a few nights ago and our squirrel is still visiting daily hoping for nuts.
I have decided to go with the framed idea for Jack’s DIY patches as it will keep them protected and can be hung up rather than being in a drawer.
Yesterday we made melted crayon art, first trying out dot painting (by heating the crayon end with a candle and pressing it to the paper) and then sticking the candles to canvas and melting them with a hair dryer. Painting with the melting wax creates a texture like oil paint once it has dried but doesn’t stay melted long enough to paint much. They did not come out as well as some others we saw online but it was fun to do. This morning we had a go at melting the crayon bits leftover into other crayons as well. Cookie cutter crayons mostly snapped or cracked taking them out but we have a few heart shaped ones that worked out well. Also used an ice cube tray to make some shaped liked Lego bricks
After using cookie cutters to cut shapes from the still soft wax, Jack turned the wax over and was intrigued by the patterns formed and how all the colours had blended into one piece but hadn’t mixed. He wants to keep the pieces but it is very brittle so I don’t know if it will last long.
As part of the DIY patch Rocketeer Jack wanted to make balloon rockets from a science experiments book we have which turned out much better and was a lot of fun. Jack loves balloons anyway and will play with them for ages happily.