Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Pancake Day (a little early for us)

E came over to join us last night and the 3 'youngsters' made pancakes together. We were considering calling up the Guiness Book Of Records to witness how many people could make pancakes in the worlds smallest kitchen, but figured they would be busy.

 There was some expert flipping.....
and eating....
they all had fun, and it was a really lovely moment I won't forget and joking about my small kitchen aside - it was really special to see it filled up with family.

The Maths, The Witch, and The Soda Bread

N's performance on Friday of the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was great, (despite screaming hysterics on Friday morning that she couldn't possibly do it!) and I managed to watch it without crying!!

We started off our week yesterday as we mean to go on with cookery and maths.

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall had inspired me with his ever so simple soda bread. I thought it would be perfect for N as she loves making and eating bread, but waiting for the dough to rise needs so much forward planning. This recipe really is so simple for children to do all on their own.

It looked beautiful when it came out of the oven. All you need is;

500g plain flour
1 and a half teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
400ml yoghurt

stir it all together and bake for 30 minutes.

However M was the only person who actually liked the bread, it was a bit too stodgy for N and Hubby. I vow to make a gluten free version to see what its like!

While the bread was cooling we started to learn about Mean, Median, Mode and Range. I found some good worksheets at;

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Ebay, Pepper and Drama

I'm still not keeping up with my blogging, I am struggling to find the time. N has been sorting out more things to sell on Ebay, (seriously who knew she had so much stuff).

Pepper has been feeling unwell, but Ralph has been on-hand to make her feel better......
N is at a drama workshop in Oxford - Put On A Play In A Week - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, we are very excited about seeing the play on Friday.

Next week is about:

Knuckling down into our maths work as N will have to take a SAT, before starting school, if she is given a place.
Reading (N is still reading about 3 novels a week!)
French (the secondary school 'tour guide' did ask N how much French she knew, as they are expected to be able to count and make minimal conversation before they start!)

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Going To School

N has decided that she would like to go to the local secondary school in September, when she would be entering year 7. We went along to the school this week to have a look around.

N really enjoyed the tour, her favourite parts were; the canteen!, the new music block and of course the library. We have filled out the application form and just need to wait and see now if she will get a place as we have missed the first round of applications.

It will be such a major change for us all, we'll just have to wait and see what happens.........(fingers crossed for a happy ending!)

first wish completed & M moves in.....

I haven't posted recently, we have been so busy.

N decided she wanted to buy herself a double bed, and set about sorting out mountains of things in her room that could be sold on Ebay in order to pay for it. The last 10 days we have been drowing in a sea of parcels to send off, yes we made the mistake of listing 70 items all at once. It seems like a good idea at the time until all the listings finish on the same day and need sending off!

All of this means that N was the first person to complete a wish on the wishing wall.

M (N's 20 year old brother) has moved in with us this week and we are all really excited about it, M & Hubby have worked really hard to get all of his belongings squeezed into a VERY small bedroom, but it does help that he is super tidy!!