Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
melting the chocolate, butter and golden syrup
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Here is her second.....
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Here is a photo of the children learning the beginning of the dance steps. I didn't take any photos of the final dance as I got roped in with some of the other mums to do the dance myself!
After piano we had the first session of the book club at our house, which I think went really well! We ate biscuits and cake and chatted about Peter and The Starcatchers (and that was just the adults ha ha) The book for next month was picked out of a hat; Little House On The Prairie...... watch this space.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Roasting the peppers.......
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Trips we already have organised: Banbury Museum Jitterbug & Jive, Bodleian Library Printing Workshop, WWII Secrets and Spies trip, holiday to Florida
Places we would like to go this year but need to organise!: Cirencester Museum, Science Museum, Alton Towers, Cotswold Forest School day, Horse Trust Sanctuary, day trips to Southsea & Boscombe, camping holiday
Activities we would like to do / do more of this year: Make something from the sewing books N got for xmas, learn how to knit again and keep practicing, make something with the lino printing kit we have, use the waffle dust we have to marble a 3d item, get better at using the sewing machine, cross stitch, make a guinea pig run with Dad for the garden, make a bird box, weekly cooking, make more jewellery, use the french knitting kits we have, keep updating the timeline
It will be interesting to see how much of this list we have got through by the end of the year (I will be checking!!) Of course with home education I don't think you really can plan ahead too much. Its okay to have a rough idea of the things we would like to do, but trips are kindly organised by people that are simply great, you couldn't have planned that. Maybe we will watch something on the television or read about something that will inspire us into a new project, that is the part of it I love, being able to follow your interests at that precise moment and as children are growing all the time physically and emotionally, their interests change as well.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
We sat down and did some more of our rainforest project, (I bravely said it would be finished by the end of the month!!) N's friend called early afternoon for a sponaneous play date, which was lovely, N had lots of fun. Her friend has puppies at the moment, so obviously N came home wanting one!! My sinuses are playing up and one side of my face is VERY painful! Hopefully my Sinutab is going to clear it up a.s.a.p. I seem to be addicted to Style Boutique (xmas present from Hubby & N ) on the DS, now I know why N can play on it for hours and not get bored!
Tuesday Well its almost lunchtime and N has been up in her room reading for a couple of hours. Her hunger will bring her downstairs eventually! We have gymnastics this afternoon and a list of stuff to get through before then! I have been inspired by reading some other home educators blogs about setting out goals for what the children want to do in the next 12 months, trips already booked and one hoping to be arranged; I think we will discuss this over lunch as a family and see what our lists are!
Saturday, 8 January 2011
Friday, 7 January 2011
Everyone was together again for Hubby's birthday, which was lovely and the last time for a while as they are back to college / uni next week. It's great seeing them so much over Christmas and new year.
We wait until his birthday to say that our seasonal festivities are truly over (the last party for a while!), and of course the decorations need to come down the next day. (which also equals cleaning all the grot which has settled over the last 5 weeks!)
Today we decided to unveil the 'crystal growing' experiment. Now we are not experts (which is clear from the photos) but it doesn't look anything like the picture on the front of the box, which begs the question, are the photos on the box tempting you to buy actually taken of a crystal grown from this kit?
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Here's another classic cuddle Pepper and Ralph style........
Today she wanted to try another recipe from her new cookery books, and she made this lebkuchen from the Germany section of the Usborne Childrens World Cookery book. They seemed tricky to make, mainly because they are just different to the 'UK' kind of biscuit.