I know I should be doing a daily blog, but to be honest we really haven't done enough to warrant a daily one. Weather has changed here in the South and it's become hot, very hot! It appears we will have to get used to swinging from jumpers, raincoats and wellies one day to vest tops, sunhats and sandals the next without a period of acclimatisation in between. Add to this the fact that, as previously mentioned, Callum is reading until all hours and sleeping in later (Issac Newton's theory springs to mind "every action has an equal and opposite reaction") and we don't exactly have a lot of room in the day for getting things done before Phil is home and chaos reigns. Phil is also an Aspi (undiagnosed), but is one for strict routines (his, not ours) and woe betide we alter those or get in the way of them. So anything we want to do that requires the kitchen, utility room or the TV and often the garden too has to be completed before 3.30pm! Bit like school really. I know he would argue that he isn't like this at all, but having experienced the hrumphing and the moaning, I beg to differ.
So this week; what have we achieved? Monday wasn't too bad as we managed to write up our visit to the Imperial War Museum that happened the week before. We did separate write ups for each part of the day as the Art Exhibition was going into the colour and light project we are supposed to be doing and the museum part is in the unrelated days out folder. It appears we are doing rather a lot of those and I might have to go through it at the end of the 'school' year and perhaps pick bits out to expand upon into projects for next year. The write up took rather longer than expected as, as usual, we got sidetracked by conversation, questions and online searching. That's the one big thing that I love about home education, it can wander off topic, go onto lots of different pathways and then come full circle back to where we started. Found a really interesting website whilst having a conversation on timezones (don't ask how we got onto those as I can't remember) which had lots of other stuff on it too. We ended up 'playing' on here for ages:
Tuesday was Faversham meet. Callum happy as quite a few of his mates were there, so he didn't end up reading the whole time. I did find it particularly funny though when I went to look for him as his mate and himself were in the computer room (no surprise there) but at opposite ends of the room talking to each other on Roblox (no surprise there either). Oh and he actually spoke to another adult! Well, I say spoke he answered her polite enquiries with stilted two word answers, but it's better than nothing. Davinia, you are honoured! hehe
Wednesday I didn't see him all day pretty much. Terri was over and as she needed to use the computer, he was upstairs in his room playing with his tanks and watching Family Guy and Have I Got News For You on his telly (he has Tivo in his room). Lots of laughter coming from his room with the added occasional 'explosion' from his game he'd made up.
Today he didn't surface until 9.50am!!!! And even then he was a bit lethargic - he'd been reading until gone 11pm the night before again. So we decided to have a PJ day and watch a documentary that I'd recorded about why we need the moon. It was really interesting and the presenter, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock was brilliant as it was explained in easy to understand terms (good for me as well, haha). It isn't on iPlayer that I can see, but the link below has some information and clips. Well worth watching if you can find it.
This afternoon we dug out Callum's Alpine trough (well it's an old sink to be precise) and repotted with some salvaged old plants and some new ones we bought at the garden festival a few weeks back.
We just need to get some more gravel to fill in the spaces, but it's now looking a lot more healthy than it did as it was overgrown with weeds and unwanted seedlings.
Anyway, that's about it. Ice skating tomorrow and then we are intending to plant some more seeds in the garden and into pots in the afternoon.