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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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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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