Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Quick piccie update for this week ...
We're getting ready for Halloween. The 3 home grown pumpkins are ready for carving on Saturday, Ben's drawn a spooky Halloween banner (and is itching to put up the Halloween decorations) and Katie made this lovely pom-pom cat.
Lots of reading. Katie has always read books, several in an evening, and now Ben has hooked onto the reading lark. He gets through lots of library books, just like his sis.
Katie's updated her horse project with information on horse feed.
Ben has been doing lots of Lego, he never tires of it! This week he's been building a train station with side car park.
Whereas Lego is Ben's "thing", tack making is certainly Katie's and she's been making mini saddles and bridles this week with left over pieces of leather and some wire she found in the craft cupboard.
Ben and I have been using the Junior Electrics set. We love this, it often gets brought down from the top of the cupboard as it is so easy to use and understand it makes learning about electrics great fun. The other set, from the Science Museum, we finally put together this week (we've had it a few years!). It's ten times more complicated (we find) and doesn't explain everything so easily, in fact we couldn't get the first test (to make a door bell sound) to work. Have given up on this one and will stick to the good old trusty Junior Electrics!!
The RSPB Action Awards booklets have finally been finished. Phew! We started this project with one of the HE groups in a few years ago, then restarted it at home a couple of years ago, then decided to really work hard on it this year and get it completed! Katie and Ben used home made note books to record all their findings and have decorated it throughout with drawings and photos, poems and charts. I think they're lovely and really hope they'll be awarded their Bronze medal. They had to cover 6 topics (out of 28) for this medal and chose feeding birds, birdwatching, minibeasts, counting butterflies, getting creative, and energy conservation/recycling.
Sadly I haven't got photos of Katie picking up and having a go at the guitar. I decided to have a strum one day this week while Ben was Legoing and Katie picked up where I left off. Have seen some easy guitar books in The Book People catalogue which I may buy for her.
On the maths front we've looked at all forms of symmetry - I think we've exhausted it now as yesterday Katie's head crashed onto the desk resembling either dead or fallen asleep form bordom! Some good links out there, but this one put their brains to the test more than the others.