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Frumpy Friday

Have not had a chance to go through our thousands of photos as yet; all woke up this morning feeling rather tired and wrought, no doubt, in part, due to Ms. E. having her 6th birthday party tomorrow at the skating rink.  We don’t skate.  Should be interesting.  So what do we do for schooling on our half-day Fridays?

Pirate Day, of course!

Started after breakfast with a quick run-around inside and a tidying of bedrooms – ship-shape!  Terribly windy here today so there is less than usual enthusiasm for being outside the house.

Then the we settled to watch a Real Story episode about The Real Pirates of the Caribbean (with special emphasis on Blackbeard – our favourite).

Then the children were asked to draw a pirate themed picture; the picture could be of anything in any form but must relate to pirates.  The results are below!

Then the dress-up fun began – we have enough pirate regalia in the house for a whole fleet of swashbucklers and Ms. E. eschewed the usual wench-role for that of cabin boy, whilst Mr. D. was a staggeringly good Capt’n, eye-patch and all.

By the time the pirates were fed, it was time for them to leave with our respite carer for two and a half hours of outside romp!  Yay!  They were back in half an hour, claiming frostbite!  Ha!  Got them warm, sent them back out to the local creek, which will afford some protection.  Normally they would venture further afield, but father drove off with the boosters seats still in the car.

OK – if we survive the skating rink, I should be back with more soon.

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Ms. E. chose to do a picture of a pirate in the sun – I love her attention to detail here:  the sword, the earring, the radiant sun!

 

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Mr. D. chose to assemble a treasure map (need to do some more work on compass directions), complete with crumpling and, not seen here, ripped edges, added for that authentic feel.

Enjoy your weekend!

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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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How did that happen?

Where is all my time going?  Seriously, that’s not rhetorical – where is my time going?

Well, some of it has been spent on these activities:

Remembering how to count by 2’s and by 5’s.  Repeating how to count out loud by 10’s.  It is this rote work that is the killer for my lad.  Using manipulatives has made it more concrete to him and more like a play activity.

A lot of time has been spent ferrying lad between guitar lessons, gymnastics, extra tutoring provided by NIDES, science classes at Courtenay Museum and Paleontology Centre (lots of Octopus so far), and all sorts of fun things like visits to the Pumpkin Patch!

Guitar lessons are progressing slowly.  When we measure progression we aren’t talking about his ability to play, rather, we combine a few things like paying attention, retention of material heard even if he is moving around furiously while listening, respect to his teacher, and other ephemera not normally the focus of music classes.  After three lessons, he is progressing.  Yay, team!

We’ve spent some time on Dolche words and words in connection with our major interest at present (Pirates, don’t ya know!) and unit studies from ABC Teach and EdHelper and other online resources.  Thankfully, NIDES has a huge choice of subscriptions for us ‘facilitators’ to take advantage of.

In math, we’ve started our Life of Fred “Apples” unit and Mr. D. continues his new-found love affair with math.  We’ve also done some flash card math and made a tiny start on Mathletics for the year.

Our main science focus, aside from the classes at the museum, is a curriculum provided by what used to be Los Banos and it is an elementary, multi-level course on the human body.  We are very, very, close to finishing the section on cells; Mr. D. is in a rush to get to germs and organ dissection, so I’ve deliberately slowed this down so other things can get done.   Another source of great ideas is “Sandwich Bag Science” by Scholastic.  We’ve done desalinisation and attempted replicating a human stomach, but this latter had to be abandoned after the muscular action on the sandwich bag turned into direct squishing of the contents!  We will replicate this experiment in a week or two!

Here are our photos of the ‘action’.

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