It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted – we’ve been to stay at my parents’ in Nottingham for a week and pootled about doing all sorts since then. We don’t seem to have anything ‘long-term’ on the go at the moment, which I kind of miss. But the girls seem happy to be dipping their toes in and out of all sorts…
D has been doing lots of dot to dots in an ancient Usborne book of ours. She’s really getting to grips with reading larger numbers and she looks for them everywhere – on buses, computer games… everywhere! The other week in the car she asked what a googol looked like so as we had a spare minute before art class I looked it up and we all learnt that it has 100 zeros! Who knew?!
She’s also been busy on Teach Your Monster to Read and is now confidently reading sentences out with a look of pride on her face. :)
We’ve been doing a bit of science too! The girls loved doing this density tower, and were running around trying to find different objects to throw in and guess how far down they would sink! It looks a bit of a murky mess, but it still worked. :)
We read How the World Works and the girls showed an interest in the little book inside that shows the continental drift. As luck would have it, The Kid Should See This had a video on the man who discovered and named the pangea: Alfred Wegener, and we watched it together. This led to watching a video on snow circles, an acorn and the far side of the moon! I LOVE that website.
We were all excited to see THREE planets in the sky at once the other night: we saw Jupiter, Uranus and Mars. We couldn’t quite make out Venus as it was overlapping Mars and we then forgot to go out again later after they had moved apart but it was great all the same.
The girls’ love of Peter Pan has resurfaced! I downloaded a free Kindle copy of Peter and Wendy which I’ve been reading to the girls while they busy themselves with colouring or Minecraft. I’ve never read the original before and it’s actually quite an easy read and as the girls know the story inside out they are keeping up very well, with just the odd question about a big word or an old-fashioned phrase here and there.
This had led to watching the films (I think we have all of the Peter Pan related ones) and various Tinker Bell films too. There may be a project on the horizon as both girls have expressed an interest in making a fairy house like Lizzie’s in The Great Fairy Rescue.
M has continued to do her coding on the wonderful Khan Academy. She is still playing around with shapes: it’s SO mathematical and she’s managing and learning really well. In a few weeks I may gently nudge her forwards a bit but first I need to learn it myself!
This week, M and D have spent a lot of time in their Rapunzel princess dresses, which led to them both wanting to make crowns, a sceptre and an orb. We’ve done the sceptres (painted wrapping paper tubes) but haven’t got around to making orbs yet – hence the balloons in the picture! This led to us watching Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation which was pronounced ‘too slow’ by M. We then did our own coronation, and M was in fits of giggles as I pretended to be an old codger shuffling forwards with the crowns…
D was telling J about it all the next morning and reassured him that it was ok as her coronation was just pretend and the Queen is still alive.
Morris was intrigued by the rustley dresses and kept photo-bombing the coronation pictures.
And lastly, some paintings by M!