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Surprising Thursday

With the schedule (ha) in place for this year, Thursday can drag.  Nothing “planned” until late afternoon, when Mr. D. goes to Ninja class.  Yes, Ninja.  Martial arts (Ninjitsu) crossed with lots of acrobatics and gymnastics.  Small classes so far – which suits us even if it doesn’t help the family teaching the classes – and lots and lots of energy required.  Marvellous stuff.  Mr. D. loves it, too, which helps.

Today that changed.  Thanks to another wonderful homeschooling Mother in the Comox Valley, a newish shop in Courtenay is holding beading classes for home schooled kids; such was the demand, there are now four different groups going.  Class will only be once per month but that is just fine.  It is cheap.  They make something.  They make something pretty (Mr. D. likes his pretty).  The shop is called “Shipwrecked” and there is a pretty strong pirate/skull theme happening inside.  Woot!  Mr. D. was right at home.  Made a beautiful string of beads today, with charms, on brass wire and with brass clasps.  Teacher explained about brass and its connection to sailing vessels and this made our lad super-happy.  Mr. D. has always had outstanding fine motor coordination (even when he struggles with writing) and he loves the fiddliness of projects like this.  At the end of class, Mr. D. of course wanted to buy everything in the shop; he is our proto-consumerist (where did we go wrong?).  He ‘made do’ with a new winter hat – made in Nepal and in Nepalese style but with a skull pattern on the front!

This morning was different, too.  Hubby took some time out from work and he and Mr. D. sat together at the dining table to take apart my old computer tower.  They only got so far today – no small components undone as yet – but it was a good start.  Our natural born tinkerer was in heaven.

To fill in a small amount of time, we turned to a book provided by NIDES called Cornerstone.  We read a poem, and a story, then Mr. D. had to crack a code to read a letter.  I got him to crack the code, transcribe the words, then read.  He loved it – codes and our boy go together like peaches and cream.

Just to make our day complete, we found that the photography competition has had its deadline extended; this means that Mummy won’t have to stay up late tonight uploading and selecting photographs, when I would rather have Mr. D. handle the technicalities and make the decisions.  Yay!

Tomorrow holds Museum Science and then tutoring at NIDES, which coincides with Literacy Day.  NIDES will have guest speakers talking about careers in literacy, such as songwriting and storytelling.  Mr. D. will enjoy that sooooooo much and is really excited to be going.  That should be a good start to our weekend.

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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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