Saturday, 13 April 2013

In which we whizz through a fortnight

It's sooo busy here at the moment... the children's interests, outings and activities, keeping up with Moppet and her quickly burgeoning climbing abilities (read: actual ladders), renovating various bits of the house, and working on a couple of projects that are hopefully going to give us the financial basis to keep on home educating... so all in all there hasn't even been a minute to blog. And even now it's going to have to be a summary at top speed. So, deep breath, and...

Sprout's Easter Minecraft constructions...


...Squidge and my experimentations with drawing letters and pictures with hand sanitiser and setting light to them...


...Moppet being into *absolutely everything* and now able to climb ladders and the like...


...indoor Easter Egg hunt due to unseasonal snow...


...making chocolate crispy cake nests and pulling faces...


...making chocolate coins...


...raiding the junk box and gluing and painting...


...decorating a new corkboard to display artwork on...


...making art representing a cross between Amnesia and Slender (when you looked at it normally you could see one, when you held it up to the light you could see the other)...


...painting themselves...


...gardening when the snow *finally* melted...


...blowing bubbles in the park...


...launching stomp rockets...


...and generally playing with toys in the fresh air...


...making jelly sweets with a Doctor Dreadful kit...



...Moppet enjoying throwing things out of boxes and then going round and collecting them all back up and putting them back in the box...


...Sprout with his mockup of the new Hackspace sign (where he went along and did some circuit soldering to build a light-sensing robot from a Maplin kit)...


...all three children playing cars together...


...being The Croods...



...going climbing at the park...


...fossil hunting at the old pit mound...


...bike riding...


...playing with big brothers...


...looking at the bird box cam at the birds building their new nest...


...Squidge taking apart a wind up torch and a laptop with a screwdriver...


...trying to catch a glimpse of the vole living in the compost heap...


...making pickaxes out of paper and paperclips...



...rocking...


and lots and lots of bouncing!


Squidge's favourite thing of the week was making turtle bean burgers and onion rings, from scratch, with Gruff. It took all evening but they were awesome and he was so proud!

Can't go without mentioning my two favourite Sprout conversations of the week... the first when he was asking me what grades were, and after I explained it he said they really shouldn't go in that order, but rather each letter should represent a word and then the grades would go in the order of how good the words were, then he went down the alphabet telling me, A would be for Amazing, B for Brilliant, C for Cool, etc I love seeing how his relationship with words is growing!
The second conversation made me smile even more in view of the fact that the person that said to me, "Well there are things that a child just has to know that they're not going to just come across,
and it's your job as a home educator to make that learning fun." here, he was talking about fractions. Now, my view is that if there's something a child needs to know to live in the world, they're going to come across it in the world, and if they're never going to ever come across it, then they don't need to know it unless they want to. So hurray for Sprout working out fractions without them ever having been introduced as this completely discrete entity away from any sort of use! Because while snuggling own to sleep the other night he said to me, "You know when you give something a rating, is the number on the right hand side of the line the highest the one on the left hand side can go?" Indeed it is. Denominators and numerators, tick! "So if you have ten out of twenty, then that's the same as half?" Indeed it is. Division, tick! Simplifying a fraction, tick! And all because it was a useful thing to do something he wanted to do. Who'd have thought it, maths is actually a real world tool!



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