Saturday, 31 December 2011
Thursday, 29 December 2011
She has a step-by-step guide on how to build/customise your own yearly planner which promises to make planning your home school experience run a little bit smoother.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
I think the idea is that knowing why your child is acting up (and that it should only last a short time) will help you have more grace and give you strategies for helping them through a difficult time.
Like I said, I haven't read it, but if you are interested, the wonder weeks are giving away the introduction and first chapter on their website Christmas Giveaway.
Saturday, 10 December 2011
We have joined up with a homeschool co-op where we live and now attend a 'musicianship' class on tuesdays. The teacher is brilliant, totally sensitive to our special educational needs, and the children are learning pitch, rhythm, conducting and having a great time.
The games they play often involve using their whole bodies to show variance in pitch or volume, and listening carefully, as well as having a chance to try out different instruments.
Afterwards there is a choir with some older children, but sadly we've not managed to stay for that so far. The first week we went Cosmo was overwhelmed with so many people and got very distressed so we left. This week some of the older children weren't being very nice to him. He didn't seem aware, but I couldn't stand by and let them bully him even if he didn't know it. I called him over and he suddenly realised something must be wrong. Incredibly embarrassed he demanded that we leave right away, so we did.
I'm really hoping we'll manage to stay for choir at some point before christmas (only one session left).
It breaks my heart to see him being picked on, but then I remember that this would have been ten times worse in school, and that I wouldn't have been there to intervene.
I'm so grateful that we still have the option to home educate in this country. If we didn't, I think I'd emigrate.
Friday, 9 December 2011
Here are some of the uses we have found for it:
- Building towers (obviously)
- Sorting (by size and or colour)
- Following instructions to build a specific item
- Social stories (using the characters to act out situations we might encounter)
- Pattern recognition
- Building words (use dry wipe marker to write letters on blocks)
- Building sentences (use dry wipe marker to write words on the blocks)
And I'm sure there are many more too. Please comment if you think of any I've missed.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
So when he wanted a birthday party, you can understand me having concerns. Having spent the weeks running up to his dinosaur party excited and preparing, he spent the hours before in tears because he was scared. It was all fun in the end though.
So this year he wanted a 'Space Party'. Despite spending much of the morning balancing between tears and giggling manically he managed to stay downstairs for the entire party. There were some tears and I was sad that he refused to be part of a group photo at the end, but overall I'm glad we did it.
As with the dinosaur party, Cosmo was involved in all of the preparation, from making the pinata's and wall decorations, to baking his own birthday cake. We learnt loads during the process and spent hours on youtube watching astronauts in zero gravity training and space shuttle launches. He even made a playlist that he wanted to have on in the background of the party.
If you want to see a video of the party it's here: