Tabitha learned to knit a few months ago and has been doing really well with it. Her first piece had quite a lot of mistakes but her second had only a few. Then she wanted to learn how to change colours so she chose some yarn from the shop and has started knitting stripes.
We were recently invited to join a couple of other home educating families for a little art workshop. The children learned about Matisse and had a go at making their own collages. Aaron was originally planning to do a knight but changed to an underwater seascape, and Tabitha created a mermaid. At home, her Artventure lessons are very useful when I need her to do something independently.
We’ve been playing some new board games. I particularly love this music one which teaches note recognition, rhythm, facts about composers, orchestral instruments and so much more!
I enrolled Aaron in a Homeschooling With Minecraft class based on one of the Magic Tree House books to learn about the Middle Ages. I read him the first book in the series a while ago and neither of us liked it as the language is boring and repetitive. However, the books are great for independent reading as the print is large, the chapters are short and the words are simple. Aaron has read other chapter books with me, a page at a time, but this is the first he has read all by himself and he is whizzing through it! I ask him to narrate a summary of each chapter and then he can log onto the Moodle to read the week’s lessons and watch the associated videos. He also has weekly building challenges to complete in-game. He has very much enjoyed playing on the server with other children, which requires lots of spelling and typing!
At this time of year I often find myself wishing we had a garden, so instead I’ve been collecting some outdoor toys that encourage the children to be more active. I have this idea of taking our school books down to the park with a picnic rug and spending the day there, learning and playing. Hopefully the sunshine will come back soon so that we can actually do it!
Last weekend we went to the summer fayre at my grandma’s care home. The children had a great time having their faces painted, playing mini golf and throwing wet sponges at one of the carers in the stocks!
Colin is currently working as a manager in a charity shop and has been bringing lots of stuff home, either cheap bargains or things that the shop isn’t allowed to sell. One evening he walked in the front door carefully carrying a box which had lots of holes punched in it. We all rushed over to see what it was and discovered a very realistic-looking guinea pig! Tabitha was a little disappointed that it wasn’t the real thing as she has saved up enough birthday and Christmas money for a hutch/cage, but unfortunately we don’t really have enough room.
Aaron was very pleased to take his cast off, he was beginning to find it rather itchy and uncomfortable. He was also upset that he couldn’t go swimming or to the beach! His wrist is still a little painful if he puts his weight on it.
Aaron had his second karate grading this week. He got an “A” pass which he was thrilled about. At the beginning of the year he kept saying he wanted to give up karate, but I encouraged him to keep going and recently he has been really enjoying it. His sensei sometimes tells him that he has great natural ability but needs to work on his concentration!
Tabitha was given a butterfly kit for her birthday and the caterpillars arrived about a week ago. She spends ages each day watching them, measuring them to see how much they’ve grown and observing when they have moulted their exoskeletons. Yesterday they climbed to the top of the pot, hung in a “J” shape from the lid and began to spin themselves into chrysalides. It was fascinating to watch!
Esther is growing and developing so quickly. She likes to stare at these black and white patterns above her changing mat. She also seems to be trying to bat things with her hands and managed to grab hold of a plastic link toy. She smiles much more now, especially for her big brother.