A snapshot into our life 30.1.18

January 31st, 2018

I thought I’d write a quick list of all the things we did yesterday… we had a day at home waiting for an Amazon delivery. Most days we go out so whenever we have a whole day at home, I have to be prepared to pop out at any minute if I feel the kids need it- sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.

Morning

  • face painting dragons; Oscar did his own, I did Joshua’s
  • dressing up
  • making a rocket on our beds to go to the moon and looking at the story whatever next
  • drawing
  • looking at their glow in the dark boots and tops
  • imaginative play with teddies and transformers

Afternoon

  • garden play
  • collecting bugs, climbing and pruning
  • magnetic play; finding out things that are magnetic around the house
  • reading eggs on the computer
  • Splatoon on the Nintendo Switch, watching the television
  • building with sticklebricks and Lego

Evening

  • Joshua set the table for dinner
  • catch and hide and seek
  • dancing to music

National curriculum subjects covered at the least: literacy, art, PE, science (biology and physics), music, home economics.

5 years 11 months, 3 years 7 months and 7 months

January 5th, 2018

5 years 8 months, 3 years 4months and 4 months

October 5th, 2017

Homeschooling year 2!

September 23rd, 2017

Wow! I can’t believe that we have been home schooling for a year already. I remember thinking that it might seem like a lot of long days and be hard thinking of new experiences but looking back it seems to have gone quickly.

It was a good year. We got into our own routine each term with different activities and plans. There’s plenty of play in our curriculum which is a big plus for me and the children (one of the reasons we chose to home ed.)

Oscar has matured and in some ways I feel that if he could start reception now, I’d probably give it a good go. We’ve had good fun trying; gymnastics, forest school, swimming, craft groups, theatre groups, library groups, park/forest meets, church groups; and having another child, Charlie!

We have had busy days and quiet days but have mostly been out and about around 3/4 times a week. I think we’ve got the balance right with that one. We always have a couple of hours at home to recharge and play and, we do a good variety of activities/socialising.

This year, again, as we’re in September I feel slightly nervous about our choice. It seems a bit more ‘real’ I suppose this year with Oscar as he would be starting year 1. Last year we lost lots of friends who were starting school and this year, we’re losing another couple of friends who are starting reception. It’s all a bit more scary.

However, we’ve started to get into our routine and flow again and there’s different bits and pieces to be excited about. We have a few ‘school/educational’ trips planned having already been to Legoland; and are planning on trying some new activities such as karate. Here we go.. Bring it on!

Caroline x

Oscar’s questioning!

July 30th, 2017

Oscar has had some fab questions these past few months. I really enjoy seeing the children learning and thinking about things. Here are a few…

What if there wasn’t any colour? Can animals poo when they want? What are the clouds made of? Does it hurt when you die?

And here’s Oscar as a ballerina.

5 years 5 months, 3 years 1 month & 1 month

July 19th, 2017

Thinking

June 9th, 2017

Just a tidbit from our conversation tonight. Oscar says he thinks in

pictures and video, not words. Personally, I think in words mostly.

Times tables with the baby

May 30th, 2017

Oscar is singing songs to the baby. He was making up songs featuring lots of numbers, and then he is literally singing the 2 times table. I didn’t realise he knew it!

2 fives are 10
2 threes are 6
2 nines are … a long number
2 ones are 2
2 twos are 4

5 years 3 months & 2 years 11 months

May 11th, 2017

Wind up Robot

May 8th, 2017

I love the retro wind up robot we got at the science museum today.