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Flu Flown

It finally feels as if the stomach flu is leaving our building.  Finally.  We’ve been slack on the home school front during this time.  Lots of movies (War of the Worlds followed the next day by E.T. the Extraterrestrial), more “Merlin”, a haircut, a few play dates, some sentence writing, some Life of Fred, and lots and lots of reading.  This is improving really fast and in no small part due to NIDES and his marvellous EA there who tutors Mr. D. twice per week.  Ploughing through RAZ online reading – started the school year in level AA (still) and now is finishing off C.  Yay!

Science at the Museum has been concentrating on the Solar system and we’ve done some background work on Pluto and dwarf planets.  Lots of posters made.

Greek mythology is being revisited – and the Mensa for Kids mythology unit.  Contemplating Duke University TIP courses online for Mr. D. – there are a couple I think he would like and be capable of, especially those dealing with mythology and with King Arthur.  It would stretch his writing – which is still slow – but we would do this in another medium, perhaps.

Off now to upload some photographs Mr. D. has taken with his camera; NIDES is having its annual photography competition, which is great fun, and this will be his first time entering.  Not sure of the quality of the photographs – I wasn’t around when he took them – but he did take some wonderful photographs with his father’s camera the other day.  An improved camera may have to be on the cards for this year.

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Introducing …… 2012! Ta Da!

Yup.  Back to home school.  Lucky first day fell on a Tuesday so it was e-class day at NIDES (now called Navigate at NIDES).  Two children both at a brick and mortar school.  Bliss.  Slept on the couch for an extra hour (or two).

Today first day for Mr. D. at home.  Woe.  Parts went well, parts not so well.

We did another chapter of Life of Fred math; we mostly finished a poster of the Greek gods with Mr. D. doing all his own writing; we recorded a version of Mr. D.’s Greek God songs he has created (didn’t get to Jesus, the Christmas Goddess yet but I know he’ll repeat this personal favourite).

After lunch, we visited Fabricland and picked out some wool and needles for Mr. D. to start knitting a scarf – he is very excited about this project.

When Ms. E. gets home from French Immersion then all hope of schooling goes out the window so today they are watching “Back to the Future” whilst I try and update this blog and all my other media.  Snort.

Of our list of projects and topics for today, we did not get to finish the pirate puppet, we did not do his short daily writing assignment, and we did no RAZ online reading.  But hey – he found leaky batteries in his old snap circuits; took apart this Christmas’ snap circuit remote control car which isn’t holding charge so he figures he should start from the beginning again; he crafted a pirate anchor and another pirate map (placed in a bottle, even) and a few other things so I can’t really say his day was wasted.  Just unconventional.  Just how I like it.

Life of Fred was all about ships leaking and large boats so Mr. D. was introduced to the Titanic.  At lunch, Dad got out some ice cubes and put them in a glass bowl with water so it became obvious how much was above or below the water line.  Then he threw in some milk to see what an iceberg would look like with bad visibility.  Thus, Mr. D. no longer thinks that someone just fell asleep but he is big into blaming this on human error without much thought at all.

On a side note, he continues to delight by using his good manners.  This is especially thoughtful on the days when we don’t think it will happen.  Recently, both kids have been to the cinema to see Chipwrecked (chipmunks, d’oh) and with Dad to Mt. Washington to go tubing in the snow.  Both activities organised by Waichay Fellowship Centre – home to the keyworker for FASD in this area.  Quite (sadly) a large group of kids get together for these activities.  Mr. D. has been winning hearts left, right, and centre by being well mannered.  YAY!

Less positive is our lack of playdates lately – combination of holidays, parental illness, kid illness, and just feeling out of touch with people.  We have to rectify that.

Just a couple of pictures to follow, mostly from Mr. D’s choir at the NIDES Christmas Concert organised by the senior kids leadership group – absolutely amazing hard work from all.

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Chemistry curriculum contest

Wow – great deal!

http://www.freelyeducate.com/2011/12/giveaway-one-complete-set-of-friendly-chemistry-over-100-value.html#tpe-action-posted-6a00e55098fdaf8833015437f2783c970c

Just the thing we’d love for our 7 yr old scientist.  So proud that he got to join the Grade 4-7 class today at e-class for salmon dissection discussion!  Boy loves his salmon, that’s for sure.

 

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Guitar

These are “stills” of Mr. D. practising the guitar.  As it takes a long time to move video to YouTube then to here, I am saving that for later in the week.  Not always melodic, but always inventive.

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So let us start with dissection!

Oh my goodness – have I got a lot to post; not even going to do it in chronological order because I can’t be sure I would get it right.

So – we’ll start with a recent dissection lesson.  Daddy and Mr. D. tackled a chicken leg & back, peeling the skin, removing and pining down the skin, identifying the parts, separating bones and then cutting meat off bones.  A lot of fun was had even though the chicken was still a little cold to the touch.  Fun?  Yup.  That’s one of the things that passes for good times around here.

Unlike the last few days for Mr. D.  You see, his little sister turned 5 yesterday.  The big party was Saturday and then family dinner and gifts last night.  You know how most kids are not angelic and dislike other kids getting gifts when they don’t?  You don’t?  Your kids aren’t like that?  Take that bad attitude and pump it up on ‘ROIDS because we are talking serious meltdowns because we only gave him two gifts for his sister’s birthday.  It isn’t as bad as it sounds – he isn’t a bad kid and frankly was not completely in control of his own reactions – we know it is a stressor for him, we’re just not sure what to do about it.  Anyway, we have survived and now only have Christmas to get through until the birthday blitz starts again in March.  Phew.

The photos:

Our Glossary of words learnt, or re-learnt, during this process included:  muscle, skin, membrane, fat, blood, veins, nerve, bone, tendon, joint, kidney, spine, and hip.

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Hello world!

Well.  I wonder if anyone will be interested in the adventures of yet another home schooling mother with her wonderful/gifted/eccentric/delightful/well behaved/ angel?

Not falling for it?  OK.  How about the sometimes adventures and even some learning with a busy mother and a child with great curiosity and many challenges?

Mr. D. is six now.  He home schooled for the third term of Kindergarten and now he is in Grade One.  I know – I am surprised, too.  How did we get here?  Instead of having to sit with us each day – including the explosions, the tantrums, the crying – you can visit and just see the work and our progress.  There may even be interesting links.  For now, I’m off to take more pictures, sort out pictures, and generally get organised.  Wish me luck!

The Mad Inventor Strikes Again

Mr. D and his invention

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