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Monday Moaning

Well.  Not all of it has been moaning.

Started the day with a trip to NIDES for some tutoring – as reading progresses (quickly, but slow chronologically) Mr. D. is exploring more about sentences and structure.  Both his tutor and I have him writing a sentence a day (minimum) to keep the momentum going.

Then we thought homeschool gymnastics would be on but turns out the Monday session is full so we will need to stick to our Wednesday session; all fine except it means that every day in the week has something on and my husband definitely needs to take the car for work and, well, the cost of taxis isn’t getting cheaper!

As a result, nothing much planned for Mr. D. today; that really is always a recipe for disaster.  He went with Dad to check out a new (old, but new to us) dinner table and that was extremely exciting because he got to help load the truck, unload the truck, and talk to the previous owners, one of whom is of Chinese heritage.  Mr. D. still madly in love with everything Chinese.  Strange, hubby wanted to be a Sinologist for a while – until he realised that languages weren’t his strongest suit and that Mandarin was not one of the easier languages to learn.

Consequently, Mr. D. has not had enough movement today and is not settling down to much other than running amok.  I am hoping same hubby will fit in a hike with him but there is only 30 minutes until he picks up little sister so probably not.

We did look at our schedule for the day at NIDES (North Island Distance Education School) e-class tomorrow.  Major theme will be Electricity.  Mr. D. has been playing with snap circuits for a while but has been resistant (yes, a pun) to remembering what is happening in the circuit.  As a heads up we looked at one of the websites they will explore in the computer lab tomorrow and it turns out he knew more than he realised! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/10_11/changing_circuits_fs.shtml)  He’s still bored.  Woe.

OK – gotta go and organise washing up and dinner.


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Power Play!

Mr. D. received a remarkable ‘toy’ for his birthday last year – a new ‘toy’ called Snap Circuits from Elenco.  Why ‘toy’?  Well, I don’t think there is anything toy-like about this system for creating electrical currents – see what you think.

We had our eye on this system for a while and the lovely Pam, toy retailer extraordinaire, from Planet Kid, stocked up on them after we inquired so there was nothing for it but to buy the BIGGER kit for Christmas.  The nice thing?  They integrate so each kit just provides more and more options when they are all combined.

Savvy kids get to learn how to make a circuit, how a circuit can make things work (buzzers, alarms, light bulbs, etc.), how to break circuits and how to apply resistance in a circuit.  Whew!  That’s a whole lotta learning going on.  Some very bright person has designed this system in easy snap ‘bricks’ not unlike a building system and some of the plates are clear so that all the ‘action’ can be seen.

Mr. D. did a lot of these post-Christmas but hadn’t touched them for a while.  He was feeling fairly hard-done-by this morn when we expressed our dissatisfaction with him getting up around 4am to watch cartoons when TV isn’t to be used before 6.30am so while my temper cooled (and I got the classroom warmed up and computers on) I asked him to make me a difficult circuit that used the bulb.  He did.  He even used multiple bulbs.  He created circuits with it for over an hour.  Here are the photos so that Mummy may show off.  *g* Who says FASD/ADHD/etc. etc. kids can’t focus? OK – maybe hyperfocus?

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