Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Monday 15th -
Numeracy - Cuisenaire worksheets/number stories using the rods and counting in two's up to the value of 50.
Home Front - Cutting and gluing the base plate for the Anderson Shelter/Garden Model. Benedict also watched the second instalment of The 1940's House entitled "Women at Work". Since the Grandad in the programme was "away on important war work", the eldest boy Ben aged ten years, assumed the role of The Head of the House. The war cabinet asked him to undertake the role of Fuel Warden, he had to calculate the family's fuel usage and reduce consumption as per the guidelines of the day. The family were only allowed three bucketfuls of coal per day to run the boiler, all lights had to be turned off in rooms not used and each member was only allowed one bath per week of no more than five inches of water. Benedict was especially keen to undertake such a role in this house, so watch this space!!
Gardening - Planted more seeds and watered the existing seedlings in the mini greenhouse.
Literacy - Benedict has just moved up a band to level seven of The Oxford Reading Scheme, he read the first three books in that series: Red Planet, Lost in the Jungle and The Lost Key.
Tuesday 16th -
Literacy - Read The Broken Roof from The Oxford Reading Scheme and when tested on his spellings knew them all apart from the word "said".
Numeracy - Cuisenaire worksheets on interchanging numerals and rods to make number stories.
Space Odyssey 2010 - We looked at The International Space Station (ISS), we discussed the similarities between the ISS and an ordinary home, what materials are used in the construction of the ISS and why and what work is being carried out on the station. Using his Space book as a guide Benedict coloured in a printed sheet of the ISS.
Literacy - Spellings, knew them all apart from "are", read The Motorway from the Oxford Reading Scheme and practised handwriting using the rhyming word sheets.
Numeracy - Two times table using the clock face and printed cards and Cuisenaire worksheets for addition tables and number patterns. Benedict found looking for a pattern really easy with the rods but found the addition table more challenging when using a number sequence.
Home Front - More work on the Anderson Shelter/Garden model.
Thursday 18th -
Science Meet with the Lancaster and Cumbria Home Ed groups. Everyone met at the Maritime Museum and representatives from British Energy, Lancaster City Council Library Service and The Sea Life Centre led workshops on Electricity and its generation, Weather and The Solar System and Rock Pool Life. The activites were enjoyed by all and it was good to meet with other local Home Ed families.
We spent the day with the Cumbria Otherwise Group. After a bring your own lunch the kids and adults settled down to painting miniature canvasses. We were blessed with lovely weather and Benedict had fun running around with newfound friends. In fact he had a hypo as a result of all the extra activity!!
Below are sample pictures from the week:
Times Table Clock Face
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
With help Benedict managed to plan his drawing of the Anderson Shelter and accompanying vegetable garden. We talked about the importance of growing your own crops since the ships were needed for carrying ammunitions and soldiers. As a result the Dig for Victory campaign began and all householders were encouraged to do their bit for the war effort. Benedict decided that in his "garden" he would grow, cabbages, carrots, potatoes, onions, swedes, leeks, tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber.
After lunch we had intended to put the plan into action and begin constructing the base plate for the model. Unfortunately a combination of high blood readings as a result of the cold virus left him feeling quite unwell and he ended up in bed for the remainder of the afternoon.
Having the sleep made all the difference and he had brightened sufficiently to help make the currant scones for tea. Once the evening pots had been cleared Benedict helped put fresh bed linen on his bed and then spent some time working on the Meccano Space Shuttle. As I write he is now watching a documentary with Dad based on The Solar System.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
We actually managed to complete all the task on our list today, which
was excellent especially since Benedict has been struggling with a cold
virus and the diabetes has been off whack. He completed three pages in
the cuisenaire rods workbook, two pages of rhyming words and
handwriting practise, counted in twos up to fifty three times, finished
reading The Dump and watched the first instalment of The 1940's House.
The programme sparked a whole barrage of questions, thankfully we had
resource books on hand to verify the details. I had to reassure him
however that what he was watching was pretend and there really was no
need to blackout our house! This little chap sure has a vivid
Benedict also managed to attend his 45 minute sports session at
enjoy-a-ball. He has great fun with kids his own age, some much needed
sport activity and his coach Gareth is very understanding with regards
to the diabetes. I'm just about to google Anderson Shelter! since Sara
has brought home some corrugated card and we are hoping to make a
miniature version of the real thing. Hopefully there'll be pictures to
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
We saw, 3 Buzzards, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin and we heard a very loud Hedge Sparrow, as the name suggests we could not see it as it was hiding in the hedge! We also saw some very pregnant and very tired looking Ewes... well as a mummy myself I thought they looked very fed up and tired, ah I remember that feeling well!
Looking across to the fells we saw pillars of smoke rising into the blue sky. Heather was being burnt to make way for new shoots, these in turn would provide food for the Grouse as well as protection for new nest sites. All part of a delicately balanced eco system, so its no wonder we need to take care of God's good Earth.
Further along we made our way across a rickety, rickety bridge but alas no Trolls!! We did however learn and discuss the importance of the flood defence system in this area. If the river rises above a certain level the gates are closed down to the river and the excess water is diverted into man made trenches leading to specially designated open land thus preventing flooding in the town.
On the way home Benedict being a friendly and sociable chap chatted to the Postie on his rounds and a lady weeding her front garden! We were more than ready for the lunch awaiting us upon our return: Chicken, leek and potato soup, Baked potato and salad followed by stewed apple and ice cream!
On the return journey home we called in at the garden centre and bought an indoor lightweight mini greenhouse which will enable us to get a head start on our planting, thus hopefully allowing us to keep an eye on the seedlings and prevent any pests from dining on them when they are young and tender!!
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
three hypos today, two in quick succession and a further one five hours
later. Considering it takes twenty four hours just to recover from one
hypo and confusion and poor concentration are a side effect from
plummeting blood glucose, we downed tools at 12:30pm today and the
remainder of the day was spent quietly building with lego and duplo. So
just for the LEA record this day has officially been registered as a