Jonathan and I had plans for today. Yesterday Jonathan had made some shortbread and crispie cakes at the HE meet – but they weren’t dairy free (I hadn’t been on top of things enough to remember to take alternative ingredients) so he couldn’t eat them. He was happy to give them away to the rest of us but I promised him that we would do some dairy free shortbread today, the other thing on the cards was some more Hama beading.
Despite going to bed at a reasonable time Jonathan didn’t wake up until 10, so Rebekah and I had plenty of time to sort out a very yummy quiche and a bacon sandwich before getting on with things with him. One of the things I love about home educating is that the children can get the amount of sleep that they need (well except for those doing paper rounds and at least they can go back to bed if they need to) when they need it, most of the time, he better get up in time for us to meet up with friends for a walk tomorrow!
So the day started well I’d printed off some bird sheet from the nature detectives site because yesterday we’d been bird spotting when we were waiting for Ruth to finish her 4×4 challenge meeting. I am so rubbish at bird identification that I couldn’t even manage to recognise a chaffinch but we remembered what it looked like and looked it up on the bird spotter sheet. So Jonathan ticked off all the birds he had spotted.
As he is interested in all birds of prey I also printed off the owl collage sheet too.
When he started this he asked me “Is there any Home Planet or Material World to listen to?” I am so proud of him – he might not be able to spell “found” (see bird sheet) or even write consistently in lower-case letters but he is 8 and he wants to listen to radio 4 science programs! I heard something about R4 and R7 wanting to encourage younger listeners we are definitely doing our bit here!
We now got a text asking if Jonathan’s friend could come over while his siblings and Ruth and Rebekah went to cut down trees or something in the rain with the rangers (this is their regular Tuesday afternoon session), we agreed that this was good as long as we carried on with the things we wanted to do.
After we’d finished with home Planet we moved on to Radio 7 and Matilda on Big Toe Books ( we did A Hat Full Of Sky last week).
Lunch time and the yummy quiche and then Samuel came to join us.
We made the shortbread (dairy and wheat free to cope with everyone in both families dietary needs)
and then moved on to more craft activities. Jonathan decided to give Samuel the choice of making camouflage arm warmers or doing some Hama beading (at some point in the morning’s proceedings Jonathan had managed to make a Hama Bead giant).
They decided on the arm warmers and made them very quickly, the most difficult part was cutting out the felt.
Wristies finished it was time for them to head off and play Lego. the whole time everything else had been going on there was loads of discussion about Dungeons and Dragons and setting up their characters.
Samuel left and Jonathan finished off listening to Matilda. He played on Runescape, had dinner and did the dishes then watched a children’s wildlife program Deadly Something or Other on the iplayer with Ruth and off to bed.
I have no idea really what the girls have been doing all day – it has involved musical instruments, cooking, playing hockey and volley ball, being out in the woods with the rangers and heading off to play rehearsals – they just turned up at meal times and asked for food and money!