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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

2014 - Week 27 and 28

The past two weeks haven't actually involved much in the way of formal homeschooling.  We have had what I call, Life Interference.  I have been busy plastering over our old fireplace bricks (there is no fireplace, just the ugly messy hapdash bricks on the wall and a hearth).  Because our main learning area is the lounge and our HS materials are stored on the hearth, the place has been too messy to really get into anything properly. Then too both of my kids are currently coughing, sniffling and sneezing from colds that came out of nowhere.

But we have still managed to do some things along the way.

I have read aloud a few stories.  Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Three Little Pigs being the main ones.  We also watched the Disney Cinderella movies and the Disney Sleeping Beauty.  I am not sure I know of any pigs movie I would want to add at the moment, so we didn't do that one.

The Three Little Pigs led to the most interesting conversations.  We discussed the obvious, what is better to build with, taking our time rather than rushing.  But we also moved on to discussing how there are no wolves in Australia, except in the zoos.  This then led, somehow, to discussing the fact that dinosaurs are no longer alive and that humans never lived at the same time as dinosaurs.

The information about no humans with dinosaurs led to my son wondering where the first baby came from and he suggested that perhaps an animal turned into the first baby.  Which, if you believe in evolution is quite an interesting assumption on his part.  So I tried to explain evolution in the most simple way I could, using generic terms and the conversation ended with the Wench saying, "But I don't want to be a monkey, I don't like monkeys, I like giraffes." - Yes, she did kind of understand the concept, she just didn't like the idea of being somehow related to those awful monkeys.

The Wench has done a little bit of work on CVC words.  She wants to read, she wants to learn, so I thought it was time to give it a try.  Personally I think she is doing well.  Sometimes she is able to figure out the word, when she listens properly, other times she can't find the word.  This is fine, it took a month or more for the Monster to figure out the connections and truly listen to the sounds to form the words, so I figure the fact the Wench has managed to connect some sounds and words is actually really good.

We did some work on rhymes, Row Your Boat was a failure last week.  The Wench was unable to say "merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily" and the whole thing ended in tears - I tried to explain that its a bit of a tongue twister, but she felt personally offended by the rhyme, so we had to stop.  We moved on to the Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear rhyme, which also involves following the bears movements and we had a lot of fun with that one.  After all that the Wench comes to me yesterday and shows me she has apparently been practising the whole week and can now manage to say the merrily part of the rhyme, so both kids are adamant we go back to that one again soon.

We cooked pancakes, it's about all I could manage with no stove, just an electric frying pan, no large oven and,then our kitchen light blew so we were in darkness for a few days.  There has been a lot of art work, the kids have spent their "free" time drawing, colouring, cutting, gluing and then cleaning all the mess such things entail. Of course they have also had the fun of watching me get annoyed when a plaster mix doesn't work out properly, when plaster drips from the wall and gets wasted, and then the fun of watching me scrape, scrape, scrape.  The wall looks much nicer than it did though, and it isn't even finished yet, so that's good.

I am hoping it will all be finished before next week, and the kids feel better, so we can get back to work.