Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Home Education in December

Well December certainly flew past and we are already halfway through January. I don't think I will ever get one of these update posts out on time! Here is an update of our home education in December.

December was definitely about the countdown to Christmas for us but of course learning never stops.Alongside the Lego advent calender(which the boys loved), each day we had an advent task to complete and it has been lots of fun. Some of my favourite activities were making Christmas pudding cakes, gingerbread and Christmas cards.

The start of the month saw Seb making use of his birthday presents. He built the Lego train set he received with no help which was a brilliant achievement. He also received a Hot Wires set for his birthday which is fantastic (I really recommend it), he has spent so much time building the various ideas from the book including a radio, burglar alarm and fan, he can do it all independently. Alex loves getting involved with this too.

We have had a few nice days out including Cannon Hall Farm where we met Father Christmas, visited the animals and let off some steam at the soft play and outdoor play area. They had baby meerkats which the boys loved, they are so cute! We also went to Temple Newsam, local parks and the boys went to Lotherton Hall with their grandparents one day. We also visited the panto Barnsley Civic Theatre with lots of other home ed families.

We have read loads of Christmas themed books this month, we had a few from the library plus our own collection at home. Of course there were some new books under the tree at Christmas for us to get into.  What do Grown Ups do All Day? is a new favourite with us all. We also watched some of our favourite stories on TV, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, The Snowman, The Snowman and The Snowdog and Revolting Rhymes were popular with both boys.

Seb has been really into his maths workbooks this month. He finished his times tables book and has nearly completed a more general maths book including place value,  fractions and time telling, I thought it might be challenging but he seems to be flying through it all.  He was so eager he was even working on it on Christmas eve. We used mini marshmallows to help with fractions which went down well! 
He has also started to enjoy writing which is a big leap as writing has never been something good he is keen on. I have left him to it and just encouraged lots of fine motor activities. This on the he has written his own short story and made it into a book, and him and Alex both enjoyed writing at their desk when I set it up with lots of Christmas cards and fun pens. I am going with the new found enjoyment and hoping it continues.

Of course with Christmas came yet more presents. We received lots of games this year and favourites with the boys have definitely been Orchard Toys games, Road Block Jnr and Pipeline. The last two are so good for logical thinking and we have been playing them a lot.

In December we also finally got round to doing the skittles in water experiment which captivated us all.  I love a bit of kitchen science. We got out some paper plates and coloured pens so the boys could draw what it looked like before and after too.

We ended the month with lots of talk about new year. Lots of questions about how many days, weeks and months are in a year. We let the boys stay up for the first time on new years eve, Seb managed but Alex was asleep by 10pm!

Thanks for reading about some of what we did in December. Come back next month to see what we are getting upto this month. 

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