And here they are. This week's photos for #100HomeEdDays.
Last weekend, I wrote how much I like doing this project. I still do. I love the little glimpses these photographed moments give into our lives and I know that in the years to come I will be delighted that I took these pictures.
That's all they are though, glimpses. Each photo has a back story and each focuses only on a single event in each day. So, this may be a bit of a longer post as I try to fill in some gaps.
The bedtime stories include books that have been ongoing for a while (Our Island Story ); a book of their choice to follow up from our last book group book (Four Children and It ); and this month's actual book group book (The Phoenix and the Carpet ) which is on the Kindle. It's the first book I've read on the Kindle, and while I appreciate being able to change the size of the text as my eyes are no longer what they were, I don't appreciate not being able to judge how long it's going to take to read a chapter. I'm definitely still a lover of actual, physical hold-them-in-your-hands-and-smell-them books.
The colourful streamers are from the local Whit walk which was re-instigated about 4 years ago. We had lovely weather, a full brass band and were given free cups of tea in the park afterwards. It's a small affair and nowhere near as big an event as the Whit walks that take place every year in Saddleworth, which really is an event worth visiting whether you are religious or not.
The local cubs were taken litter-picking around the village as part of a community week project. This is Boykin's anti-litter poster that he requested was included in the #100HomeEdDays pictures :)
On Tuesday, The Girl made some cards. She is hoping to sell her designs at an upcoming Home Ed camp craft market. Any leftovers will be put up for sale in my Folksy shop :)
Wednesday was our local HE group themed session. This group has been running for a good few years now and we try and let the children have some say in what themes we cover. This month the theme was Chocolate & Sweets. As you can imagine, it was pretty popular ;) They learnt about the Mayan hot chocolate drink and made some. They got to have a go with a chocolate fondue, make chocolate truffles and coconut ice, learn some global chocolate facts and taste-test chocolate to make a graph. I am using the HOAC Chocolate Lapbook as my main resource with my children as we are continuing this project at home. There also this free Chocolate Unit at HSS.
Thursday's photo looks like the laundry pile :/ It's actually a picture of all Boykin's changes of clothes for that day. Martial arts, dancing and drama all need different sets of clothes. In between his activities, The Girl also has martial arts, singing lessons and choir. Thursday is now the new Monday in terms of juggling.
Which brings me to Friday. They spent most of the day with their dad, but still managed to fit in some impromptu learning by investigating leaves through a 30x Pocket Microscope. Again, Boykin requested that this photo was included :)