What has worked for us
- Middle Son has more independence, this year, about his work. He has the plan for the main subjects at the beginning of the week and can work through at his own speed. This means that he did his first maths exercise without any teaching, it was revision, but then talked to me and used a Khan Academy video to reinforce concepts in further exercises. I mark daily to check that he hasn't run into problems.
- Practical kitchen chemistry to look at the differences between reactions and changes in state: heating and cooling egg white and chocolate respectively.
- New Berol felt tips and A3 paper have lead to a frenzy of drawing from the younger two.
- Cooking for our Venice unit. Post about this later, I hope.
- Music from the Four Seasons lead to excited dancing from Mr Exuberance and Miss Belle.
- Friday afternoon outside for the younger ones with tree climbing, dens
and writing in the dirt.
What I need to think about
- Books for Middle Son. He is reading fast! My plan is to read just ahead so I can talk to him about the books but he is making rapid progress through the Silver Sword. I need to get reading.
- Activities for Mr Exuberance. He is living up to his internet name which is meaning that I need to provide plenty for him to do while his sister is working. Activities that have been useful this week have been drawing, Duplo, marble runs, puzzles, play dough plus cutters, books and painting.
What I've been thinking about
- When I was in medicine, we used to talk about reflective practice. This is a useful concept, for me, as a home educator.
- New books and curricula take a while to settle. I can begin to see how I need to jiggle things to make them work well.
Hope you have had a good week.