May has been a rather stressful month for our family for several reasons and I haven’t been taking many photos recently, but here are just a few of the things we’ve been doing.
Aaron has been working on column addition, including renaming. I have to pay attention now when he is doing worksheets to make sure that I get to the correct answer before he does! Our Montessori materials still come in useful for explaining and demonstrating concepts.
I spotted these reusable icecubes in Poundland and thought they would be great for the light panel. Tabitha enjoyed making repeating patterns and building with them. I also made an activity for matching upper and lower case letters.
Aaron’s reading has really taken off lately, mostly due to computer games like Scribblenauts which require him to read and write. I recently discovered an online maths game called Prodigy which he loved at first, but after a while he got fed up of not being able to get pets and items on a free account. It’s a Canadian company and they don’t accept Paypal, so unfortunately paying for an account is not really possible. He’s also been working through some Scratch projects from Computer Coding for Kids.
Tabitha and I had a special “girls’ day out” at the theatre to watch a dance show organised by her ballet teacher. She wasn’t in the show this year as it was organised before she joined the class, but she was thrilled that Grandpa, Uncle James and Auntie Jess all came to watch her last lesson before half term.
My mum took us to the theatre to see local school children performing their interpretations of BBC Ten Pieces. The children especially loved “Hall of the Mountain King” and sang the tune all the way home. The next day we watched the DVD again and the children were much more interested in it than they had been before. Aaron has also started learning “Hall of the Mountain King” as a duet in his piano lesson.
Aaron is very excited about his upcoming karate grading. He is practising counting to ten in Japanese and has spent the last few days finally learning how to tie a shoelace knot. After his karate lesson we often go to a nearby park with other home edders, which is one of the highlights of Aaron and Tabitha’s week. Tabitha has reconnected with a girl she knew as a toddler, they play together while their older siblings are doing karate and it’s lovely to see her forming a close friendship.