Tuesday, 31 August 2010

How to treat your guests

When you have guests round for tea it's always a good idea to get them to make their own.

And don't forget to make sure they help clear up any mess.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Yet more moon stuff

This week Oscar and I have been doing yet more moon project.

Oscar has given his solar system mobile a second coat of paint and then added some glow paint before we put it all together. Oscar is very very pleased with the finished product which is now hanging from his bedroom ceiling.

Oscar has also been keeping up with his reading for the library reading challenge.
And yesterday afternoon Oscar got out of going shopping with me as he received an invite to his friends house to play. He had a great time as always playing with Jared and Garth so thank you Emma.

Today we had our home ed group. There has been a leak at the library where we normally meet due to vandals. This has caused some fairly major flooding and as a result the library is going to be closed for at least two weeks. So today a slightly mad mother from the group agreed to have us all at her house. It was a really lovely session. the children made t-shirts to wear to our not back to school picnic next week and also made a banner for the event. After the children had finished their T-shirts they disappeared to talk to the chickens and play while the rest of us had a cuppa and a gossip.

Oscar is very proud of his t-shirt and is really excited about the picnic next week and having a chance to celebrate not going to school. A few people have asked recently if he will be returning to school this September and he always replies with an emphatic nooooooooo and then a worried look at me for conformation. Although he no longer cries when school is mentioned and is now able to go into a school playground to meet his friends he still has a real fear of going to school himself. It's amazing just how much of an impact the 6 weeks he spent attending school had on him.

I think this picture says it all about his feelings regarding his education.

Thank you so much Susie for letting us all take over your house today, Oscar and I both had a really great time.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The Moon and The Solar System

Today we spent the morning working on Oscar's Moon project. Today Oscar learnt about lunar eclipses and what the moon is made of . The atmosphere and temperature on the moon.

NB: When I say Oscar learnt about the moon I actually mean we learnt about the moon as I am learning alot with this project too.
 Unfortunately it's not really something that's ever interested me very much so I will be quite glad when this project is finished. Although Oscar is enjoying it so much  I think we may well be doing more of this in the future.

This afternoon we started to make a solar system mobile. Oscar painted all the planets and will be giving them a second coat later in the week.

Monday, 16 August 2010

All about the moon

Oscar began today with some sums then we started a project about the moon.
Oscar started by learning some moon vocabulary words. I was pleasantly surprised how much he already knew and how much remembered from the earth and sun projects we have done recently and how easily he was able to apply that knowledge to what we are learning about the moon.
Oscar also learnt some facts about he moon and about the size and mass of the moon in relation to the earth.

This afternoon we made some moon, star, astronaut and rocket gingerbread biscuits.

Ta da.


Oopps.....it's been over a week since I blogged so here is a bit of what we have been up to.
We finished Oscar's Sun project,
Oscar learnt about suns spots, earths orbit and the seasons, solar winds, tools used to study the sun, how the sun was worshiped and feared by different cultures throughout history,  ancient astronomers and how the sun affects the earth.

We made some banana and raisin muffins.

They tasted much better cooked.

Oscar also completed a maths workbook and a spelling workbook.
He was very proud when I gave him this certificate that was at the back of the spelling book.
It was a very busy week as usual and lots of fun.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Games, cooking and rain.

This week Oscar and I have spent alot of time playing board games.
We played the Magic Cauldron maths game,

Pop to the Shops,

Maths Bingo and Tick Tack Tock.
 Now Oscar can tell the time using an analogue clock we have introduced him to digital.

We also made some cakes, I don't usually use the packet mixes but at 99p for two boxes they were cheaper than making them from scratch and I knew Oscar would love the Winnie the Pooh decorations.

I bought this old style whisk at a car boot sale and Oscar is fascinated by it. When we had finished cooking he spent ages playing with it and watching how the cogs work.

We decided to liven the cakes up with some extra icing and some food colouring and Oscar was very pleased with the results.

On Wednesday we went to our home ed group at the library. The group has grown a fair bit over the last couple of months so this week we discussed the best way for the group to move forward while the children did some painting.
After the group we went to the park for lunch and the children played in the play area, then it started to rain...
while the rest of us tried to get some shelter under a tree Oscar and his friend ran about and climbed trees in the rain.

This was the highlight of his week.

Monday, 2 August 2010

A lovely surprise

This morning I woke up to find this lovely surprise.
It's really nice that Oscar wanted to show that he appreciates what we do.
He said he loves home school I doesn't ever want to go back to 'other school'.

After a cuppa in my lovely new mug we made a start on our Sun project.
Oscar learnt about the size of the sun, particularly in relation to the Earth and about what the Sun is made of . He learnt about solar eclipse and we found a film of a solar eclipse that Oscar was amazed by. He also learnt about sun spots and we found some great images.

Then before taekwondo we went to the library where Oscar started the summer reading challenge. Oscar was given his poster, a bookmark and a sticker and if he reads 6 books by the end of the holidays he we receive a medal at a presentation for all the children who have completed the challenge.