Wednesday, 20 July 2011

A Changing Rhythm

I'm caught between winding down for the Summer and attempting to keep to some learning rhythm for the sake of everyone's sanity and well being!  This week has seen us tackling math, literacy and spelling on a daily basis.  The whole programme takes just over 1 1/2 hours and thereafter the day is free to do as one pleases.  This afternoon however Benedict was quite happy to spend some time working on the space lap book, followed by a session on "form drawing". 

Form Drawing is a new concept for us and I'm pretty sure we did not follow the rules exactly... Benedict wanted to incorporate the chosen shape into a series of rockets and I guess the process is meant to be more of a rhythmic meditation!  Still he completed the task and was pleased with the results and in my book that's OK.  After all, learning whatever form it takes is meant to be enjoyable.

Whilst we spent time in the learning zone Pip had interesting travels of her own; a charge around the park in the morning followed by driveway caravanning and garden helping in the afternoon.

I can foresee a quiet Summer with the occasional trip out/ activity session and for the best part this is fine by me!  I'm hoping to spend some time finishing some long awaited sewing, resting if possible and  planning our curriculum for September.  Thankfully I'm not on my own as I've joined Melisa Nielsen and others, in a grade three yahoo focus group.  I think this next year is going to be OK.  

 Squidgy play therapy.


 "Look mama, I've put my boots on!"


 Form drawing.


 Lentil and aubergine bake with crispy breadcrumb/cracker and cheese topping.  The recipe is from the mystic cookfire with a few changes of my own.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like things are feeling more balanced right now? :)

    I think turning form drawing lessons into something else is entirely fine and proper - in fact if the "feel" of that line suggested "rocket" to B I would rejoice that he is so in tune with the process. ;) I certainly encouragaged Jenna putting little fishes around her full sheet of wave shapes!

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  2. What a cute picture of Pip! Your summer sounds very much like mine, we are doing math and English regularly (just with the addition of a main lesson block on mineralogy right now). The afternoons are used for planning.

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