Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Quick Christmas Fairy: Week 2

Keeping with the speedy theme, we saw the fairy make instant snow angels...

...decorate the tree with toilet paper...

...spell out Merry Xmas in cereal...

...spray snowflakes on the window...

...and read all the toys a Christmas story.

The end of the week saw Sprout ask if he could start helping with the fairy, so he joined the Christmas magic makers :)
He set up the fairy with a Christmas game and a secret letter...

...and the next night put her starting to paint some festive biscuits :)

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Quick Christmas Fairy: Week 1

We seem to have more than usual on at the moment, so elaborate Christmas Fairy set ups aren't on the cards! Quick and simple is still making the kids happy though :)

Day 1: Bringing the advent calendars

Day 2: Cotton wool ball snowball fight with the dolls and teddies

Day 3: Starting the gingerbread house

Day 4: Decorating the house with bows

Day 5:

(to be added when I find the photo!)

Day 6: Supervising the St Nicholas Day boots full of sweets

Day 7: Watching Xmas films and eating popcorn

Algebra on the Fridge and a Mohawk for Squidge

Gruff took Squidge and Moppet to see Dick Whittington at The Regent, while Sprout and I spent some time together.

Later on the three of them decorated the tree.

Sprout asked about colours that you can't mix other colours to get, and we looked at what are traditionally taught as primary colours and whether it's right.

He also made some snow cones in the blender.

He told me about how he'd decorated his tree and what it symbolised (a spell, a crystal, and a shrine to Christmas).

Advent calendars appeared with the Christmas fairy and some were made short work of :)

The kids drew pictures of all of us to go up in the new kitchen.

Sprout discovered algebra when he was playing with the fridge magnets, and I showed him some of the cool stuff you can do with it.

We played some TF2 together.

They decorated their gingerbread house and tree.

They had a Nerf target shooting competition...

...and Sprout noted down and added up the scores as they went.

We had friends round for a play, and then finished getting our rucksacks packed to donate to The Rucksack Project.
We went to see Santa.

And his reindeer!

They all put their boots out for St Nicholas Eve...

...and found the goodies in them the next morning. :)

Gruff took Squidge and Moppet to the park while Sprout watched some Nerd Cubed videos and we chatted about the safety of various internet platforms when it came up.

We rounded the week off with some Christmas films while Sprout built this house...

...and Squidge requested a return to his Mohawk, but pink this time instead of blue!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Lantern Making and Marshmallow Campfire-Baking

Well we've done lots this week that I've either forgotten to take a photo of or forgotten altogether (due to not taking a photo haha), so I'm going to cobble together a bit of what I can remember!
We pretty much finished the kitchen renovation, which the kids were very happy about, and they now have a breakfast bar which they sit at together chatting and snacking :)

We had our last forest school session where they collected firewood, made pizzas, and whittled sticks to cook marshmallows on. 

A trip to Come Into Play afterwards for a friend's birthday.

Sprout wanted to know what a South Park reference to Nagasaki was about, so we looked it up.

Home ed meet at the park...

Sprout made a plaster volcano and set it off...

And we did a lantern making workshop for the upcoming parade...

...and took a detour on the way back soMoppet  could see the diggers on a building site.

Lots of play together for the boys (they're getting on more and more at the moment, and becoming more proficient at dealing with annoyances).

There's been lots of make believe this week, and songs with our own lyrics and silly dances, and lots of Sprout freezing water in various moulds and melting it again, and various videogames and board games, and the odd bit of arts and crafts, and conversations about game design and story progression and construction techniques and Ebola and AIDS and whether guinea pigs have tails, and gravity and deep space and mass and momentum, and jokes about eggs, and a couple of showings of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, along with a bit of cooking and a noticeable amount of both boys writing (Squidge his name and Sprout things he wants to tell me about games). 

I was smiling the other day about how proficient a reader Sprout is now. I think it's been just over a year (here http://sprout-and-squidge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/learning-to-read-without-being-taught.html?m=1 ) since reading suddenly clicked for him, and he reads fluently now, and some of the long and complicated words he reads without ever having been taught them or 'sounding them out' made me smile with the ease of it :) We were playing the Diversity Map on Minecraft, and he was reading the instructions out to me so I knew what to do. He even added a yadda yadda as he skim read what he realised wasn't entirely necessary :)