One of the things I love about home education is that there are so many different opportunities for learning. Here are just a few of the things we’ve been doing recently.
Last Saturday we were invited to an event at the shipyard where my brother works. The shipyard have been building an offshore patrol vessel for the Irish Navy, and there was a brief handover ceremony which involved swapping the British ensign for the Irish flag. Tabitha really enjoyed watching the brass band playing. My brother pointed out the bits he built, such as the back of the ship and the mast. Then we spent over an hour exploring the inside of the ship, including engine rooms, control rooms, messes, officers’ cabins and the Bridge. Aaron’s favourite bit was the cannon on the front deck! We weren’t allowed to take photographs but it was a really interesting experience.
Don’t look at the next photo if you are squeamish! We were out walking when we noticed a crow eating some carrion. We watched it for a few minutes and then went closer so that we could have a proper look at the dead pigeon and its intestines. Tabitha was very interested, but Aaron was less keen!
We switched over to Singapore Maths a while ago for both children. I really like that it is based on a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach, and we can use many of our Montessori materials and other manipulatives in the lessons.
This morning we watched the partial solar eclipse from our balcony. We are just inside the 90% coverage zone and were fortunate to have clear skies, so we had a great view! It didn’t get dark but there was a strange, unnatural gloominess, and it got very cold!