Benedict would have begun secondary education this September and with this in mind, I decided it was time to ditch the unschooling which was not working and to follow a school based curriculum. The course is specifically geared towards home educators so it is not jam packed full of activities, thus allowing us freedom to meet other folks, attend the fortnightly group if the mood strikes and to follow rabbit trails if a subject grabs our attention and we want to delve further.
We are currently on week three of a thirty six week course. Benedict has made good progress with the English, History and Science but the prescribed Maths course is a non starter! Benedict was diagnosed with dyscalulia during the summer and as a result we are following a hands on approach to maths, using puzzles and games to reinforce learning. For the first time ever he is enjoying number work :-)
Our history topic is Vikings (his favourite!), in addition to written work, he depicted a stone painting for art and is currently working on a viking chest. Woa betide anyone who lifted the lid of the chest without permission form the chief!
In science we are looking at classification and to reinforce our learning we made a yeast balloon! Sadly the balloon did not inflate as well as we had hoped, but I think this was down to the fact that the rubber material was quite rigid.
In English we have been looking at parts of speech and Benedict had fun making up silly sentences using various cards:
"Time to check your bloods Benedict!"
Pip is working really hard at school and although she is happy to leave the house in the morning by the time we collect her at the end of the day she is shattered and very grumpy. In addition to her time spent in school she also has weekly spellings, some literacy/numeracy homework and daily reading. She also enjoys out of school activities, namely rainbows on a monday, swimming on a tuesday and ballet/tap on a saturday morning for an hour and a half. Quite a lot going on I know, but I am reluctant to drop down on the out of school activities as she really does enjoy them. She will be ready for her half term break at the end of this month!
I have been busy in the loft room. Pip's head teacher has commissioned five medium sized japanese knot bags! She took the bag that I made her to London a few weeks ago and had so many compliments that she ordered five for Christmas presents! I also had a lovely chat with a family member over the weekend and she gave me the much needed push, to think about my client base for the shop and finalise the website. So hopefully things should be live by the weekend.
We helped Dave's mum and dad celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday. The reception was in the original venue all those years ago. Mum had displayed pictures from the wedding but in between sorting out the kids and chatting I did not take many pictures.
The smaller cakes were yummy gluten free mini carrot cakes and they were delicious!
So that's me caught up! Hoping to blog more regularly from here on! x