100 Home Ed Days (8-12)
I haven’t been as good at taking photos for this project as I had intended – we get caught up in what we’re doing and I forget to take a photo. I think it’s fair to say it’s going to take more than 100 days to get to through the 100 days of the challenge. Ahh, but who’s counting? It’s the taking part, not the sticking to the rules that counts. Or something …
Anyway, enough waffle, on to the latest sets of snaps.
Over the last few days, we’ve entered new waters on Khan Academy, which is the website we use for Maths. We use it most days, sometimes for one set of questions, sometimes for several sets, depending on how taxing the topics are that day. Recently, Bean has “mastered” (the top of five skill levels awarded) all of the areas he had already started work on, which means that now he has to move into areas of maths we’ve never looked at before. So far, so good.
We’ve played a few games over the last few days too – Uno, which is always a firm favourite in our house (and which Bean is a bit of a demon at) and Sudoku, which is a new thing for Bean and which he decided to have a go at. He found it tricky at first, but once I showed him a couple of methods for working it out, he got on really well.
Plum has been using Reading Eggs* again over the last few days. She’s been using it for about 7 months now and loves it. It’s a system of learning to read which uses a variety of games and is split into short sections. Plum likes the games and the characters, and giggles a lot at their various celebrations. She asks for the “Mmmmm Game”, as she calls it, every day (so named because the first phoneme was Mmmm and she thought it was hilarious). She’s still only three, so clearly there is no rush for her to be reading, but she enjoys using it, and as far as she is concerned, she’s just playing games. She can recognise about a dozen words in the games now, and at one point this week, read a sentence independently. She was certainly pleased about that!
Finally for this round up, some real world education. That’s one of the things a lot of people forget about home education – children get to learn the life skills they will need alongside all the other things they can learn. About once every eight to ten weeks, we drive to a butcher to buy our meat in bulk. We’ve found that the meat is better quality and much tastier than the meat we can get at the supermarket, and it’s much cheaper too, because we buy it in bulk. Here, Bean is carrying a tub of 5kg of chicken fillets to the car, having had a discussion with the butcher about the prices of various options and why it’s better than the supermarket. In case you’re interested, that tub of chicken cost us £20 – £4 a kg for chicken breast fillets.
Back with more home ed days photos soon (I hope!)