Tuesday, 19 July 2011

So everyone is busy then? Goodo!

Its been quite the hive of activity over here this week so far. Daddy was back at work yesterday and so we were back trying to find our routine, which is a)more difficult without a car and b)strange when everyone else is gearing up for the school holidays. A little bit like limbo, we walked to our local shops for supplies which was nice and we are very lucky to have an ok selection of shops in our village including a craft shop, charity shops x2, a good library and a swimming pool. We popped into the library for the second time in four days! They will soon be sick of seeing us in there I think. Signed up for the summer read, which is circus themed, although Bailey declined on the grounds of him being too old and Piper said it was pointless due to her being able to read the 6 required books in 1 afternoon! I really can't argue with her there she is the fastest reader but I felt a tad sad as they have taken part in the library's summer reading challenge for years! I guess another part of having more grown-up children that I will have to get used too. Piper found the books she wanted on the Victorian's, Cordelia found books on the Tudors and Ruben on Ancient Greece. Will it be stressful having four children all doing a different topic each? Yes very likely!
 Back home and time for a little bit of very silly play doh time. Ruben was in a very silly mood and decided to completely destroy my lion army with his play doh caterpillar. He is having a death and destruction phase at the moment. And also an extremely frustrating over-emotional phase too. He literally bursts into tears over pretty much anything! Hoping its just a phase and won't last! Think its a little bit of tiredness as he's up sooooo early everyday, even though he's in bed by 7-7.30 every night. No idea how he would go on at school being so tired by 10am but thankfully not an issue for us.

 He took this photo after making his name out of playdoh. Sometimes I think he is better with my iphone than I am!
 The afternoon brought us some cooking, no photo's as I was too busy! I made roasted butternut squash soup, which was very filling and very tasty and roasted red pepper and chickpea hummous. Cordelia helped out with the hummous, she's very practical in the kitchen. The blender did not like the lumpy chickpeas so that was quite a lot of messing about. Still it was very yummy. Cordelia then decided to do an experiment after helping me sort their tea (none of the children would eat the soup!) of pasta and bolognaise. She wanted to see if she could cook the pasta just in warm water, it didn't work but at least when she leaves home she won't be one of those people that can't cook pasta!! Silver lining in everything today it seems!

 Meanwhile Bailey has found himself a new obsession, which is nice, he has swopped his xbox controller for my camera and is entering a stock motion competition with Mega Blocks to win some Halo mega block figure packs. Apparantly you get a pack for each entry you submit so he is in the middle of planning several different ones. Either way I'm not complaining, I'm happy to see him outside and being productive. As well as this he has also started working on Twelfth Night.
 The girls were sad to here one of their very bestest friends was feeling rather poorly and so decided to make her some get well soon cards that involved their mutual friend Barbie. These were Piper's cards, Cordelia sealed hers in the nevelope before I had chance to take a photo but they were also very sweet. They also sent a card to their friend's sister as they didn't want her to feel left out.
Oh, and we also watched this http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012ltz9/Classroom_Secrets/ together which was very interesting viewing. I laughed quite a lot actually at themy  children's comments on the behaviour of the other children, in particular they were very appalled at the behaviour of Maisy but thankfully did not know or read the swear word she wrote on her whiteboard. Yet another good (hunfred!) reasons why we home educate.


  1. Here is West Sussex the theme is circus too. S signed up on Monday and read two books so went back today and the librarian told her to slow down!!!

  2. Wowsers you guys are a busy bunch! I'm finding it tricky managing the different ages at the moment - 2,5,8 and 9. My 9 year old is sometimes just as demanding as the youngest! What are the ages are your guys?

  3. I feel so lucky that my girls like doing the same subject at the same time. Sounds super busy at your house x

  4. Hi KP, at least you know she is enjoying it! I have friends who's children won't read books for pleasure at all. Thank goodness for libraries though, I would not be able to afford all the books the girls read! At least rate they will be reading adults books next year. I think children's books are actually better written than most adult books!

  5. Hey Motherfunker, thanks for stopping by! Yes it can be very tricky with different ages! My four are 13, 10, 9 and 7. Quite close in age, which sometimes works brilliantly for playing, other times not so well. And I agree sometimes the older ones need more attention than the younger ones!

  6. That's great Lisa! I wish mine would do that sometimes. I'm finding that I am now doing things with Ruben that I did back when we first started out home educating so at least I am (almost!) prepared
    Zoe x