Thursday, 19 May 2016

Harry Potter Day

Every few months at our local themed session, we hold a vote as to what themes to cover in the next few sessions. The kids choose some and the adults choose some. This month, by very popular demand, the theme as chosen and voted for by all the children was Harry Potter :)
There was lots of role-playing outside involving various Harry potter characters. There were cloaks, wands and a cloak of invisibility.

Activities included Sparkly magic pictures...

...potion making....

...making The Monster Book of Monsters...

....Create your own Spell...


....and various Harry Potter themed games.

You can download a copy of the 'Create Your Own Spell' activity sheet (designed by Boykin) here.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Radish

After keeping an almost daily blog for a month, it seems like such a long time since I've posted ;)

So, what have we been doing in the last 6 days?
We ignored April Fool's day by accident and  went to a local Home Ed craft group where Boykin tried his hand at reverse glass painting. He was very pleased with his efforts. It's quite tricky in that you have to paint first the parts of the design that you would usually paint last. I remember that we did something similar with a chocolate kit that we had once....

On Saturday, The Girl started her Duke of Edinburgh volunteering activities at the local library. I'm really impressed with how well organised they are. She came home with forms to sign, information about what is expected of her and how they go about supporting D of E volunteers at all levels. She has a lovely mentor in one of our local librarians and I'm sure she will get a lot out of it :)

We had a couple of easy going days spent mostly at home. It involved some maths, some movies and some music. Oh, and lots of Agatha Christie.

Tuesday was book group day. Hence the abundance of Agatha Christie in the previous few days. I really recommend The Double Clue . It's a collection of four short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. We none of us guessed whodunnit. We took the Cluedo Board Game to book group to play, in keeping with the theme. I'm glad we did too because the local library was pretty noisy with a craft workshop going on. I'd forgotten that things like that happen in there during school holidays. At one time we'd have been there joining in, but they're both a bit big now really :/

After book group, Boykin went to his friend's house for a birthday sleepover. The Girl treated me to a splendid evening of games, chocolate and a film and I treated her to Chinese takeaway. We played Ticket to Ride Europe and Scrabble  . We decided to watch Slumdog Millionaire while Boykin was away because he is too young for it. I think I'm too young for a lot of it too. It's a good film but I found parts of it are very distressing :( You can read about it on IMDb

Today, there was more music practice, more maths and lots of shelf building and I cooked dinner for a change :)

Maths involved surds and tricks :)

Oh, and do you remember that Boykin was observing seeds germinating? Well, one of them survived and produced a leaf as well as a root. He planted it in a plant pot yesterday and today it had nicely perked up. The Radish :)

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Challenged!! - Days 29, 30 & 31

Well, I almost succeeded in blogging every day for a month :)

The last couple of days have flown by with me doing a lot of work which meant they've taken full advantage and have caught up on lots a little screen time. No.1 Son bought Boykin a subscription to Marvel comics which means he has access to 17,000 of them online. Consequently, Boykin has been catching up on his reading ;)

He did fond time for a bit of maths. He's still working on transformations and did some tessellation.

The Girl has been getting back into the swing of things with maths, music practice and Marvel comics. She's still cooking all the meals but hasn't been able to continue with her garden project due to weather, visiting and visitors.

We've had visitors every day for the last three days. There's been lots of playing out for them and cups of tea for me. It's been lovely seeing old friends again :)

Tomorrow, we're going to a local Home Ed craft group, so things are starting up again after the Easter holidays. It feels weird though that we have another week at least before all their non-HE classes and groups start up again. Although, it is quite nice having more days at home to be able to be more relaxed about life, just like when they were little :0)

Monday, 28 March 2016

Challenged!! Day28

A pyjama day.

They decided on our activities for today :)
We played City of Zombies, had a talent show, watched Avengers Assemble, played Disney Infinity and ate lots of chocolate.

An Easter extension day :)

Challenged!! Day 27

Easter Sunday.
Church, chocolate, egg hunts and family. Not necessarily in that order :)

Happy Easter!!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Challenged!! Day 26

It's been a very sociable day today.
Boykin was on Skype with local friends making Mad Libs and playing Minecraft. The Girl was in town with one of her friends, shopping and having smoothies.
In the afternoon, Boykin and myself went to a cheese and wine do at the house of friends we met at his old dancing class. Turns out their boy is hoping to start at the same drama place that I've just signed Boykin up for :)
The Girl and her friend came back here for tea and the three of them have spent the evening playing NintendoLand.
It's now time for bed, in light of the clocks going forward and there still being an Easter egg hunt to set....

Friday, 25 March 2016

Challenged!! Day 25

Good Friday.

We went to the children's Stations of the Cross service at our local church. It's very interactive with activities at each station ranging from drawing lots to considering grieving mothers of the modern world. It ended with an egg-and-word hunt round the church. They had to work together to rearrange the words into a few sentences that summarised the Easter story.

Following on from plot generators, Boykin found a Mad Libs generator. He typed in his own story and decided which words would be added by other people. He had to identify adverbs, adjectives, verbs and nouns. I had a go too and its not as simple as I thought. I forgot to take plurals and tenses into account so it didn't read quite as well as it should've done, but it was still funny.

I recommend having a go with your own children. It's a funny way to help learn grammar, practise spelling and encourage creative writing :)