This week we have mostly been doing things at home and in the garden, though we did have an afternoon Pokemon hunting in town on Friday.
On Tuesday we headed into London to search for some of the Bfg dream jars. We visited Southbank, the Shard, the Tower of London, the Monument and St Pauls Cathedral and took photos of each jar. We had lunch by the river at the Tower Bridge and Jack had fun playing a game to see how fast he could run to certain things and back.
Using Nessy Numbers Jack can now tell the time using an analogue clock! 😀 He has really struggled with understanding it however I’ve tried to show him. The programme is aimed at children who have dyslexia and has really clicked with him. Using it he is also well on the way to be able to do times tables properly, rather than just adding to get the answer. Awesome!
A photo from a walk on Tuesday
I am about half way through the online course I am creating now. Looking forward to taking a few days off afterwards and we are hoping that the weather will be nice so we can go to Brighton for the day. Hoping to collect some nice stones from the beach and I am sure Jack will 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
Some of a section on Egypt for ancient history, also from All in One Homeschool. I added in a few extra bits from Twinkl as well.
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.
Jack has been looking at various artists as part of his Discover Arts Award. He particularly likes Van Gogh and Pop Art and made this Kirby pop art colouring page as his final project.
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.
Puff Car! – Air powered vehicle – DIY