After her bath tonight I helped Lx with her homework all about different types of nouns. I wa surpised how well she did with it.
I was so proud of Lx today. She had some maths homework to do and her helper had written on it “See how many you can do in 30 minutes”. She was really stressed about the whole timing issue so we noted the time and she started….
….and then she came in to see me ten minutes later having completed all 20!!(And she only got two wrong that were silly mistakes). They were subtractions where you need to “borrow” from the column above. I was so pleased with her.
In other news it threw it down with rain today as we came home from school (guess who was berated by the children for deciding to walk!!) so we got wet on the way home. Dx and Lx changed straight into their PJs for the rest of the evening.
Dx had made some “breakfast muffins” which were wonderful when he brought them home -warm and fresh from the oven. (Sx made some ham and mushroom pasties at school yesterday – and thoughtfully made a mushroom only one for me 🙂 )
Tonight being a Tuesday – it was homework night. Inspired by a photography course I am on, I thought I would try to get “in the photo” as it isn’t something I often do.
Unfortunately I found that the tripod attachment had gone missing when the tripod was used for the video camera (and was no longer on the bottom of my camera where it belongs). So I had to call in the services of Sx as my “human tripod”
I was more than a little nervous today about taking team photos of all the secondary school sports teams for their year book. I was told there were going to be about 50 teams – and the school had never attempted a shoot like it before!
I had no idea how long it would take but was really impressed when we managed to take the 42 shots it ended up being …in around 90 minutes. Given the number of children involved, the changes of clothes required and the constant threat of rain, it went very smoothly.
In the evening Sx had art homework to do – and much to my amazement he spent over an hour on it. He followed a youtube video in order to produce this drawing.
Last week he had homework to set up a group to play “Hall of Fame” – he worked out what was needed after listening to it a few times and then spent about 6 hours over the week incessantly practising it. I am so impressed with his musicality. But am now heartily sick of the song!
My parents came over this afternoon as they do most Thursdays. Today they got to help Sx with his homework (he was trying to be really good about getting it done as he is currently grounded for two weeks for two lies – one about having no homework over the holidays – and one for saying he had no homework on Tuesday so he could go scootering with friends)
A combined effort this afternoon to discover what the map symbols meant.
Tonight Dx’s homework was “to write 4 sentences about Autumn”. He hates homework at the moment so we had more tears. He did really well though and concentrated REALLY hard on trying to write it up neatly.
(I have also set myself a challenge to photograph our mornings. All this week I hope to take some photos which will document what happens first thing in the morning. I’ll post at the weekend as I hope some of the photos I will end up trying different (and better) angles and compositions through the week – and then i can just post the best ones. Still trying to find inspiration and to push myself… 😀 )
This week has involved almost as much work for me as for Sx as I try to support him through the first tricky weeks at secondary school. I am discovering that unfortunately I have NO hidden talents in the “covering a book in sticky backed plastic” department. I am quite proud of the idea of doing word art to cover them (not least as I can hopefully recycle the designs for subsequent years of secondary school and for all 4 children – until the teachers are able to spot one of our family’s books at 20 paces!
Sx is stressed about the amount of homework (as am I – I still have 5 more books to cover!) so we have drawn up a white board so he can see at a glance what homework is still to be completed and by when.
I wouldn’t want you to think its all fun, fun, fun for the kids on this holiday. Oh ok it is. But sometimes its fun with an educational slant. Or that’s how I try and sell it 😀
I have been trying to get Lx and Dx to just do about 10 minutes of “homework” each day when we are not dashing from place to place. That kind of “Little and often” approach works so well with Lx and she needs a lot of extra help with understanding the basics of maths (she looks so panicked when the words “divided by” crop up poor love) and with her writing.
Generally they do two sentences of “Diary” (preparing them for writing their own blog in years to come?!) and two maths questions followed by some PE (trying to teach Lx to jump by standing on her toes instead of jumping flat footed – and also doing some “clapping simple rhythms back”) As we are on holiday we brought sticker books to do – and Dx was having so much fun he did an extra page before he realised.
His maths skills are whizzing along now – his confidence has exploded and he did his two pages with no help. And although “some” answers were a bit random (!) he did really well.
365 Photo a Day Project Photo
“Breakfast with Santa”
We went for breakfast with Santa today at Cafe Rouge
We came home and watched Home Alone
Matt put the finishing touches to his “bacon vodka” and the accompanying bloody mary mix to give as presents. I made some toffee vodka and chocolate vodka. I fixed together the walls of our first ever “chocolate house” but they didn’t set soon enough for the roof to go on or for us to decorae – something left for some spare time after Christmas