Bean couldn’t quite believe the elaborate carvings on this one.
So, we are in our third week of home education, and we are still alive. And we still have our sanity (well, what we had of it when we started anyway). The first week was a struggle. Keen to take the advice we were given, and give Bean time to “unschool”, there was no structure to our week at all, and it didn’t work for us. Bean was bored, but unwilling to do any of the activities or projects suggested. Of course, he was also getting used to the idea of not being in school with his friends.
It was a hard week for all of us and at the end of it, he told me that he didn’t enjoy being home educated. We had a chat about it, made a plan and set off anew in the second week. More structure. Maths every morning. Guitar every day. Reading. Something from our project list. And it worked! Well, it worked in that we saw our happy boy again, and he enjoyed what he did. We didn’t always do something from our project list. He didn’t read every day (but some days he read for hours). He did maths and guitar every day though. Continue reading
… a vertigo sufferer and a teacup ride?
I found out the answer to this little puzzle on Saturday, when we took advantage of our inclusive tickets and explored the rest of the Twin Lakes park. How bad can a ride be, especially when my little, dinky Plum passes the height restrictions (as long as an adult rides with her)? That was my reasoning, and as the ride began, my answer was “not bad at all”. I was feeling almost smug that I was on a ride that rotated. For at least 30 seconds. Continue reading
Yesterday, I took Bean and Plum to Twin Lakes to have breakfast with Santa. We got up whilst it was still dark and set off early – we had to be there by 8am. The children had no idea what we were doing; I didn’t tell them what we were up to until we got to the reception and we were waiting for an elf to take us to breakfast.
Plum was mildly excited, but clearly didn’t quite comprehend what was going to happen. Bean, on the other hand, nearly burst into tears he was so excited. The grin didn’t leave his face for the rest of the trip. We were soon collected in small groups by an elf and taken to the breakfast room where we were greeted by Mrs Claus and a very friendly Rudolph. Plum immediately gave Rudolph a big hug. Continue reading