|Learning those all important baking skills|
|Fresh out of the oven|
|The recipe said wait until it had cooled down...we didn't!|
What's that you say? This is supposed to be a homeschool blog? Oh well, yes. I supposed we should do some "school". We got back into the swing of things this week - Wombat Girl freely admits she missed doing school work (because, yanno, she couldn't do it by herself...). Video Boy was good without it!
After my sojourn marking writing, I felt maybe we should be doing writing on a more regular basis and maybe incorporate a little more formal study of grammar and sentence structure and the like. I came across Excellence in Writing on April's blog Learning Alongside. In particular I liked their e-books (can't be bothered for stuff to come over by mail!) and their Rockets, Radar and Robotics Technology-Based Writing, which is a good intro to their style of work. I'm a bit naughty and didn't buy all the DVDs and other stuff that goes with it, but I'm sure we'll be able to muddle our way through.
We did the first exercise on note-taking and key word outlines. No tears! A minor miracle! So I'm hopeful that we will be able to incorporate some of this into our 'program' (like I have it all planned out...).
|Look Ma! No tears!|
|The textbook has links to the Cabri geometry software, |
which brings some of this stuff to life
|Nerd boy adding up angles in an octagon!|
I also scored some bargains at Aldi, which the kids have benefited from. First up was a you-beaut version of Marble Run, including gears! Wombat Girl has wanted to investigate gears for a while now (and I will search out some good kits to do that properly) so she really enjoyed putting it all together and Video Boy dragged himself away from YouTube to join in the fun too:
|Check out all that cooperative learning!|
They also had Zoobs on sale! We added 250 pieces to our measly collection and the kids covered some more floor space with constructions. It was interesting to see how their approach varied - Video Boy loved following the instructions to create cars etc and Wombat Girl loved seeing the patterns in things and creating her own version of DNA.
And finally our trampoline bit the dust. Admittedly it is well-used and exposed 24/7 to corroding sea air. It basically fell apart and was beyond repair. Luckily Kmart is having it's annual big toy sale (for which the kids are finally too old for most of the plastic junk) and had tramps on sale! We don't use the super-safe bubble-wrapped enclosure because we prefer to let our kids live on the edge, but we now have some very happy jumpers and as a bonus for me (and the neighbours) this one is squeek-free.
|The old, corroded trampoline|
Oh and speaking of neighbours, our new ones have proven to be remarkably quiet and respectful. I've never been so happy to be wrong in all my life!