We are settling into a gentle weekly rhythm. Monday is usually allotment day. The children recently made a wormery at a friend’s house, so we took it up to the allotment and unwrapped it to have a look inside. We could see where the worms had tunneled through the compost and sand.
In addition to handwriting, maths has become part of our daily routine, whether it’s in the form of workbooks, practical activities, Komodo or board games. Next week I want to add in some daily reading practice. Our structured work does not take very long each day.
The children are enjoying the novelty of having a TV screen for the first time since Aaron broke the last one over three years ago. As before, it’s not hooked up to the aerial so we only use it for DVDs and online media. The Magic School Bus has been very popular and I’ve been letting Tabitha watch Numberjacks while Aaron does his work.
Tabitha recently spent her pocket money on a loom band kit and impressed me by making some single chain bracelets without any help.
As always, Aaron loves inventing things. He often tells me about things he is going to make when he is older to solve various problems, although I’m not sure this fighter plane will be much help!
On Thursday we went to a “not back to school” picnic with lots of other home educators. It was nice to catch up with some friends we haven’t seen for a while. Despite a cloudy start, the day turned out surprisingly hot. I didn’t get any other photos as the children were too busy running around!
In the evening we went to the funfair with Colin’s family. I’m not keen on all the music and noise and flashing lights, but the children had fun and Tabitha only freaked out a couple of times at some foam and some fake smoke. They had a set budget for rides and chose what they wanted to go on.
Fridays are Colin’s day off, so we usually go out somewhere as a family. Today we did the dreaded shoe shopping for new winter boots. Aaron got his first pair of lace ups, so now he’ll have to learn to tie them! On the way home we went to the playground, where Tabitha climbed higher than she ever has done before, and then hunted for conkers in the park.