This morning we went to meet up with Nanny, Granddad, Uncle P and Aunty S to have a family photo shoot (our present to Nanny for her 65th). It was good fun and the hour flew by. B decided at one point he didn’t want to have pictures taken and the ladies were very good with him. I am looking forward to seeing the pictures next week, although the cost of the prints is pretty high (starting at £95 for a 7” piccy!!!!!)
Yesterday we made our own glue. We used milk, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. It was great fun, Ot practised his measuring using a jug and a syringe, B practiced using a syringe to measure 10ml and 5ml and did lots of stiring. Tig checked the measurements and practiced measuring 1ml, 5ml and 10ml using the syringe. Tig did the heating part of the experiment.
We added 25ml of vinegar to 125ml of milk, heated gently until little lumps formed, took it of the heat and continued to stir until no more lumps were formed. Next we filtered it, using kitchen roll and a funnel-everyone practiced folding their kitchen roll. Once we’d separated the curds (solid) and the whey (liquid) we scraped the curds into a tub and TIg added 15ml of water. The last step was to remove any unreacted vinegar using the bicarbonate of soda. We added half teaspoons and listened for the bubbles of gas being formed. Once there was no more gas being produced we adjusted the amount of liquid by adding more water.
Once our glue was made we tested it on some pieces of paper and glued 2 fajita kit boxes together-it was pretty strong, but you needed to wait quite a bit for it to dry!
It was a fun experiment and the boys are considering going into glue making business!
After we’d finished B did some playing with magnets which he rally enjoyed.
Well, it is nearly the end of October and the end of half term. It has been a busy week and a busy month. We have been working away at the usual stuff, some story of the world, writing up Kasim’s Story, practicing some different sentence types, our maths, reading, spelling and more! B has been focusing on learning to read, lots of reading, sounding, reminding of phonics, practising sight vocab but not all that much reading eggs.
Tig has been working hard on getting his jobs done and dusted as has Ot who has been a superman-I’m hoping the break of half term won’t mean we have lost our super focused approach to jobs.
Art wise, we have been focusing on mark making (more of a practise than moving on) but it helps a lot with motor control-we need to give it a bit more focus next month to make sure we are really using small fine marks and trying out different types of marks. We’ve also done really well finishing off mosaics that are hanging around, only a few more to get done
We spray painted our batik’s from T Club… (B, Ot, TIg)
Ot and B did a bit of painting-a rainbow ship (Ot), and making greys (B).
Tig fancied drawing and painting so found instructions in a book…
Story of the world wise, we have reached the crusades and there was some interesting discussion about how wars started, who was right or not and it led to an understanding of how these things can grow and grow because no one is really willing (or able) to compromise and is too close to the situation. We looked at some different places on our maps, finding Italy, France, England, Jerusalem and more.
We reviewed sentence types a little but we need to do some more work on this and get back to regular writing too. We had a lot of days when there wasn’t the time (or inclination) to ‘do’ story of the world so we need to find our groove again!
Reading wise we’ve been doing some verbal comprehensions with Ot and TIg which they both enjoy as well as reading our own books.
Maths has been a lot more maths whizz than book maths. Ot’s weakest areas are pencil and paper addition and subtraction (this may be because he doesn’t sue pencil and paper for maths Whizz tests…) and his strongest are decimals and fractions. His current maths age is around 8.4 which is more than his 7 and a half years but only an average usage of 13 minutes a week. Tig is struggling with pencil and paper x and division (again no paper being used) and his maths age is around 9.4 however this is based on an average usage of 6 minutes per week….not a surprise then! I definitely need to get on top of this if they are doing whizz instead of mommy maths! I am disappointed but not worried (Tig has been using chunking which is not a method that he likes for the division and I think that like anything it’s only as reliable as the amount of data it has-not a lot!) B has been working on addition within 10 using the number friends and number formation as well as number sequences forwards and backwards. A lot of our focus has been on reading and practicing those skills this month and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.
Spelling we have been using spelling time-enjoyed by all. Ot has been getting lots of 100% but his word lists are quite short, I need to review Tigs as one was huge! B and I have been working on phonics and sight vocab here.
We are hoping to include an ICT activity each day plus a Science Sunday has been suggested by Tig.
We have had friends round for Mine-Craft playing, Wii Giants, arty mosaic making and playing which has been great. I think the guys get a lot out of smaller groups and meet ups and it helps Ot to settle the more we see people. I think some science/art/ICT sessions around our house (or others) might be good fun.
We went for a walk in the frest and found all kinds of mushrooms/toadstools…
At T club we have had a Viking day, dinos (put that in September’s round up oops), we have a science in a suitcase workshop next week and then it’s November! We didn’t have a session in half term which has given me a bit of breathing space-lovely!
At forest school we have lit fires, played games, made boggarts and had lots of fun! One activity that B enjoyed (and Ot) was whittling with potato peelers and making Elder beads. B turned his into a puppet and made up a story after wards!
There has been lots of playing cooperatively, and otherwise on Mine craft and the newest craze to sweep the household is bad piggies and Jurassic park on the ipad!
We visited Gulivers Kingdom at the end of September
Navigating the maze
Digging for fossils
Getting eaten by a Triceratops….he thought we were huge autumn leaves!
Driving cars and spotting dinosaurs
Putting out fires
Riding up on the ballons…the Matlock Eye! I love this piccy of B
Around the pirate lagoon (three times I think I had to do!!!!!)
Lovely views form the chair lift
B’s favourite pirate!
We visited Lego Land in half term
That, I think is us up to date! Hoorah!
Well, it was a busy month. We started a lot of new activities and found that we had something ‘on’ everyday except for Wednesdays-my favourite day as we get things done without feeling time pressured and there’s always time for some craft caving!
On Monday, Tig has music sessions at Forest arts. The children are working on Keyboard and drumming skills and playing as a group.
On Tuesday we have T-Club
These are some photos from our sound session. We looked at vibrations, ben really loved the experiment with the tuning fork on a drum with grains of salt. We made kazoos using elastic bands (they sounded just like a little owl bird call!). We made sound waves, played parachute games, Rich went into French and had good fun with P. one of the moms bought in a Doppler machine and Tig really enjoyed listening and hearing about how it worked.
We went on an imaginary journey to Africa, there was loads to do! B and Ot enjoyed programming the beebots and sending them to different locations, thinking really hard a bout the sequence and clockwise and anti clockwise turns. All of the guys made their own salt dough map of Africa showing the Nile, The Andes, Lake Victoria and Kilimanjaro, they are just waiting to be painted. We also had a go at some flour and water batik as Africa is famous for it’s many different weaving and textile techniques-great fun and very effective! There were pictures to paint, cutting and sticking and as our jam jar science we created clouds with shaving foam and added coloured water to represent the water droplets getting heavier until they fall as rain-this liked to our story. There was also a tasty African treat to make and taste as well as African instruments to experiment with and enjoy.
We had an arty theme based on a Katie Morag book, Tig and Ot mad their own version of Malevich’s Dynamic suprematism; B enjoyed looking at leaves using the light boxes and using the computer microscope. He spotted lots of different kinds of leaves in the picture of a Tiger in a storm. All 3 boys enjoyed making apple pies, inspired by Constable’s hay Wain. Ot made a salt dough leaf with veins, petioles, and a blade. Everyone enjoyed investigating which kind of paper was the most waterproof and we were all surprised by how long water could sit on printer paper without dripping through! All 3 enjoyed listening to the story and Ot loved eating his apple pie! For our jam jar science this week we did some quick felt tip chromatography to see what different colours inks were made of and how they would dissolve and separate in water.
We also had our first birthday and celebrated with a party and our very first theme of dinosaurs. everyone enjoyed playing with some dino toys, doing some painting and crafts as well as eating lots of lovely party food and cake. We played some quick parachute games and J did her first around the world session! We didn’t get time for jam jar science but we had great fun rescuing dinosaurs from ice using just salt and water!
After Tuesday club we either pop round to a friends for some playing, have some visitors or pop to the soft play near Nanna’s and say hello to Nanna.
On Wednesday we get upto all kinds of things….
A bit of painting, mosaicing, generally lazing, catching up on jobs (although I don’t have that many photos!)
On Thursday we have forest school from 10-12:30
It’s way to busy to take photos although E has managed to send me one or two so I’ll hunt them down. This month we have made journey sticks, played games, explored our bit of forest, worked as teams to roll logs down to our base camp to sit on. A great start.
On Friday the boys go to Grandad F’s and have lots of screen fun plus some long walks over ‘The Back’ to feed the geese and ducks and to the park for some fun and fresh air! Mommy goes to work!
Throughout the month we have been trying hard to get our daily jobs done with lots of independence. our lollipop job sticks help as we can see what needs to be done and choose the ones we want to do and which order. We tend to leave story of the world until last (or do it first) as this is one of our altogether jobs.
(B, Ot, TIg)
(Map work-we found out where Vikings came from, where they travelled to and more…)
We have been working on blind contour drawings and mark making in our art, doing some spelling’s from our writing that we needed to learn, working on our cursive handwriting and formation (all at our own different spots) as well as consolidating some of our number skills and move onto new things.
B working on Mark making
Tig has been revisiting his work on decimals and decimal places as this was tricky and needed some more work-he’s working hard and it’s paying off. He can order decimals to 2dp, compare decimals to 2dp, add and subtract decimals mentally and using standard methods. He is ready to move onto the next chunk (we need to revisit area and perimeter soon too). Ot has been working on learning his times tables and has become fairly fast with his 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and 5’s and is starting to learn his 6’s. He has been using these with multiplying 1 digit by 2 and 3 digit numbers as well as learning to divide 2,3 and 4 digit numbers by a single digit. We have looked at long division but Ot is struggling with understanding some of the steps-however I think that having a method where you can get a correct answer is teh first step and you often find that understanding comes later (it did for me and Ot seems to grasp patterns and things like that in a very similar way to me!). B has been working on number formation, ordering numbers to 10, counting forwards and backwards, learning to sue the cusinare rods, adding using the C rods and counting to 20. He has also been doing lots of comparisons with size using length, mass etc and learning 2D and 3D shapes. As well as revisiting one more and one less.
It was Nannie’s 65th birthday so we went round to celebrate with her, that’s a lot of candles!
We visited the Safari Park…
On Saturdays, we take the boys swimming (which is going really well) and then they go to Nannie’s and stay for the afternoon. When they come home we have a fire in the back garden, toast marshmallows and tell stories.
We continued to try some new recipes and meals, this month’s first’s included paella (which Tig loved both eating and making) and toad in the hole!
What an oops it is too, no blogging since July and it is now October! So much has happened, so many things have been tried, done, improved it’s just too much to try and blog it so I am doing a photo update and then trying to get back into posting a bit more regularly! This is August….
Fishing at Foxhills in the summer hols-enjoyed by all, whipping them out one after the other lots of fun!
The animal man came to Tuesday Club-I enjoyed being his assistant and the guys loved it!
We got the garden soreted, chickens sheds, new shed, now we have a kid cave and a craft cave!
We baked and cooked lots of new foods and recipes and I think we fulfilled our challenge to not eat the same thing for about 3 or 4 weeks. These are cinnamon buns-I had a need to make them!
Bit of face painting-zombie spider man and another black spiderman character….
On holiday in Dartmouth….
FIsh and chips
PLaying at the sandy beach (Bantham?)
Black pool sands, pebble pictures, buried children and lots of fun in the sun….
Visiting the GOlden Hind…
We went using the ferry, much quicker and great fun!
We went over to Kingsferry, on th ferry but there wasn’t much there tbh! Lovely views though…
A family piccy!
We had great fun out at Pennywell farm, lots of animals tohold, games, shows and the guys even got to be the jugglers assistant (not with the axes in the end!)
AT the end of the hols we had a viking workshop at Tuesday CLub…
Then it was September…….