Monday, 22 October 2012


Good afternoon.

It's dull, drizzly and was foggy this morning.  Not the most inspiring of days and a not so inspired Callum either.  He was up at 9.30am, so not horrendously late, but had no get up and go.  We dossed about on the sofas drinking tea and watching The Wright Stuff until 10.30am (news and social studies covered, haha) and then he went off and had a shower.

I had a tidy and then we decided to do a couple of science experiments.  One was dissolving magnesium strips in vinegar (the only clear vinegar we had was rice wine vinegar, but it still worked).  He measured out the vinegar in a test tube, cut up a piece of magnesium and place it in the vinegar.  It immediately started to bubble (producing hydrogen gas).  He then had to heat the test tube over the methylated spirit burner to get the reaction working really well so that he could put on a lid (loosly I might add) and then wait 30 secs before removing the lid and putting in a lit match to get a 'pop' from the hydrogen gas burning.

The two ingredients we used

The magnesium strips (we only used 2cm)

We had to put the test tube aside afterwards as we couldn't dispose of the magnesium strip down the sink until it was dissolved away.

After the experiment was finished, the magnesium strip had been completely dissolved

We then went on to make some sodium hydrogen sulphate solution which we would need for the next couple of experiments.  This involved using sodium hydrogen sulphate from the kit and water.  He had to again use the spirit burner to dissolve the solid in the liquid before adding more water to give a solution.

Clearly labelled so we don't confuse it with anything else

Must admit Callum wasn't looking to keen on continuing after doing this, so I asked if he wanted a little break whilst I cleared up.  Although he loves chemistry, we haven't done a great deal of it and I still think he worries about the chemicals especially if they have warning signs on them.  We used rubber gloves and goggles today.  The rubber gloves were a nightmare to put on and he got stressed.  He also got stressed about using the spirit burner and the tongs, but I want to persevere with it as we are doing simple stuff at the moment and I think he'd like it when it becomes a bit more complicated.

We wanted to have a go at finding energy from foods, but couldn't find a thermometer that we could use safely.  Callum was obviously not very forthcoming with doing anything else, so I asked him to have a look on Khan Academy for some maths stuff while I popped up the town to get some extra bits and pieces.

He finished off the addition and subtraction section and earned two more badges and he also had a look at a trigonometry video.  He says he kind of understands, but will need a few more looks.  Hopefully he does understand as that was the bit I hated most at school.  I can do it, but just don't like it. haha.

I went in search of a non-digital thermometer with no luck!!  Bought some extra pairs of rubber gloves, some hydrogen peroxide and some disposable gloves and some matches for our science kit.  Will have to get a thermometer online, but have managed to track down a wine making one for about £4.  Might have a look in Wilkos to see if they do them before I order though.  Didn't even think of using a wine one.  Der me!

Anyway back to Callum.  He still wasn't really up to more experiments and as it was nearly 2pm I gave up.  Don't think we've done too badly today considering.

On a different note, we went apple picking at Gore Farm yesterday with two other families (both schooled children) and the following piccies represent the hour or two we were there.

Happy mummies!

Callum 'lining' up the apples

The 'girls' picking from further down

Tomorrow is Faversham with Mad Science.  Just hope Callum feels a little more up for it than today.


Saturday, 20 October 2012


Good afternoon my lovely peoples.  Yes, I know, it's Saturday and I'm blogging which I don't normally do, but I didn't do one on Thursday or Friday, so I think a very quick update is required.

Those on Facebook will know that I totally lost Thursday as I had the mother of all migraines and Callum, bless him, looked after me by making frequent cups of tea whilst I buried myself under the covers and tried not to throw up.

Friday, I felt ok, but, and anyone who has ever had a migraine will understand, I felt a little 'hungover' shall we say.  You get this feeling that if you turn your head too quick or move too sharp it will come back again, so I gingerly went off to Ice Skating after having dosed myself up with paracetamol.  Callum, as usual, didn't ice skate but sat with us at the table and played on his DS.  I don't know what he gets out of it, but he obviously gets something otherwise he wouldn't want to go.  One of these days, I'm hoping he'll go off and talk to some of the other older boys.

After we got home and I was given another batch of paracetamol from my wonderful friend Lorraine because it was raining and I didn't want to walk up the road just for painkillers, he disappeared off into his bedroom and I curled up on the sofa and caught up with some telly.  Feel really knocked out if I'm honest.

And today?  Well, we've both had haircuts.  We then walked down and picked up his friend Callum D and they are now both upstairs playing with matchbox cars and a loop da loop thingy and giggling.  His friend will be here all day today which is nice as they don't see each other as often as they used to and tomorrow we are off apple picking at Gore Farm.  Am seriously hoping it doesn't rain!


Banana Bread that Callum made on Wednesday
As you can see we've already nearly finished it!

Making the mincemeat the other week

Xmas mincement ready to go in the jars
Wish you could smell it, it was gorgeous

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Only a short one today as not much going on.  Woke with major headache this morning and Callum was up late.  Cuppa made for me, bless him, and then off he went for a shower.  This gave me a little time to wake up and sort myself out.  Another cuppa and a chat followed.  Talked about TV shows, Tivo box useage and what we were going to attempt to do today.

Whilst I stripped the beds and put the washing on, he went up and cleared down some of his Tivo box to give himself some extra space as he's convinced there will be some programmes he's going to want to record coming up very soon.  He tends to record, but not delete, so his box was getting a bit full. He also tidied up a bit which was a bit of a shock.

Headache still not brilliant, so had to take some tablets which I hate doing and chilled out a bit longer as I was starting to feel a bit sick and I'm prone to a migraine if I'm not careful.  Callum, of course, didn't care as it meant he could go on the computer without feeling like he should be doing something else.

So what exactly did we do today.  Well, as we had some bananas that were going black and I had some veg that needed using up, we both headed off into the kitchen to cook side by side.

I chopped root veg up and put into a baking tray with salt, pepper, chilli, garlic, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric.  Callum got all the ingredients out to make banana bread.  He weighed it all out apart from the marg as he hates the feel of it and refuses to touch it or weigh it out.  He followed the recipe and used the dreaded food processor to whisk up the butter, sugar, banana and egg.  I know he probably would have been better off doing it manually, but I want to challenge him to use some of the equipment which he has a fear of.  The food processor scares him because it's fast and noisy, but he managed it today stepping well back before turning it on.  He even greased and lined the loaf tin himself today, using oil to grease the tin rather than use marg and he set the oven temperature.

Both cake and veg were put into oven and we went back to doing what we were doing with another cup of tea.

"So Callum, what 'lessons' did we cover?"
"Ummm, chemistry!"
"Because of the chemical reaction between the liquid and the baking powder and the heat of the oven."
"What else?"
"Ummm, maths because I weighed out the ingredients."
"How did you know what to do?"
"I read the recipe."
"Literacy!  Coz I had to read to find out what I needed and what to do with it."

So, there you go, even doing something as straight forward as making a cake uses various forms of lesson.  It might not be advanced.  It might not get him a degree.  But I know he can now read a recipe and cook for himself, even if it is just Banana Bread. hehe

Cake has turned out brilliant by the way and we've just had a slice each with another drink.

As to the veg.  I set half aside to make a spiced root veg soup for tomorrows lunch and the rest was cooked up with coconut milk and fresh coriander and eaten with boiled rice spiced with cardamom for dinner.  We also rinsed the butternut squash seeds and dry roasted with a bit of salt to nibble on and to sprinkle over the soup tomorrow.  Just got to make up some soda bread to go with it now.

Anyway, that's it. Cya tomorrow.

PS:  Callum has another loose tooth and the other one that caused him so much grief has come out.  It's like having a toddler again.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012


Funny old day today.  Woke this morning with no get up and go unlike yesterday; funnily Callum woke up feeling the same.  So what did we do?  Well, we made a cuppa and curled up on the sofas and had a chat.  Something we do on a daily basis in the week; sometimes they are short talks, others (like today) are a lot longer.  We talked about Christmas, DVDs, films, Halloween, trampolining, the state of the house, renting vs buying, neighbours pros and cons, money, savings, bills and jobs.  We were still talking and in pjs when Terri turned up at 10.30am.  Hey ho.

Continued to chat until about 11am and then it was a dash to get dressed and make some toast and get ready before heading off to trampolining.  Private lesson today;  it's been a month since his last one as he wasn't well when he was due to have one last.  Has managed the class classes (??), so not been a total lack of bouncing.

The class went really well today and I got my first telling off of the day.  Callum reuses drinks bottles for water to take with him wherever he goes and he had a Mountain Dew bottle that he'd had ages.  So much so that it's been washed so much that the label had gone completely white and was hanging off.  He refused to rip the label off and both Kim and myself always remark on it.  When I had my 'moment' the other day with regard to the tea in the bed incident, I had a bit of a blitz and .... threw the bottle away.  He didn't say anything at the time, but I was chastised about it today.  Whoops!

Anyway, back to the lesson.  Callum is looking a lot more controlled and Kim got him to do some combination moves into a routine with a somersault to end.  The whole routine went well, so just the dreaded somersault to crack.  His rollovers went well and he was landing on his bottom but was able to go straight to standing.  He had a go at some more somersaults with the mat and again positioning was good and he landed to then roll up to a stand.  He just has to get the legs out straight at the right time to get to stand straight from roll.  Kim got on trampoline and they had a practice with Kim holding Callum's wrist and shoulder.  Somersaults nailed this way, but when on his own, they still aren't quite there.  Having said that they are improving every week we go and his control of the moves is getting so much better.  I don't think, well I hope, that it will be much longer before he finally nails the somersaults proper.  More practice on rollovers needed.  Callum pleased with himself and so was Kim, so all good.  And Terri, who hasn't seen him for a while was impressed with his height and movements too.

Off to library to pick up reserved book; Ian Fleming Casino Royale and also discovered the other book we'd reserved was in too, Junk by Melvin Burgess.  So Callum should have plenty to keep him reading for the next week or two as long as TV doesn't get in the way.  We've decided to leave Brave New World for a while and go back later.  I know that they did a dramatisation of it a while ago, so might see if that is available on DVD.  Might be easier for Callum to watch than read.

A nose around Indian supermarket for rice papers, which they didn't have, and £10 spend on various things that I decided to stock up on and then Subway for lunch.  Second telling off of the day came when we'd finished and were packing up to leave.  I was sorting out the rubbish (Subway has far too much waste material if I'm honest, so might have to comment about it on their site) and I accidentally threw his drinks cup away.  Wasn't entirely my fault as Terri handed it to me and without thinking I shoved it in the rubbish bag and put it in the bin.  Whoops!  In case you didn't know you can refill your drink once more and Callum normally does.  Of course, because I'd thrown away the cup, he couldn't and I got a bit of a moan shall we say.

Pound store for severed body parts, Savers for face wash and WHSmiths for maths book and then home.  Was nearly 3pm before we got back, unpacked, made a cuppa and sat down.  Needless to say we didn't do anything else today.  Art and Craft will be done tomorrow instead.  Cardboard trees need to be made.

Since then he's been back on the computer playing Roblox and game on Facebook.

So not much, well no work done today, but that's how it goes sometimes.  Lots of discussion, a bit of bouncing, shopping, eating out and spending time with the family which is all good, so I'm not worrying about it. We'll get it done another day.

Tomorrow intend to nip to Chatham to pick up some fabric and then get on with some arty, crafty stuff for the party.  Might even get a banana cake made; Callum's second favourite cake after chocolate brownies.


Monday, 15 October 2012


All I can say is well done to Callum today.  Not only did he end up doing 3.5hrs of maths, he also coped with a slight disaster.

I woke up in lots of pain, but with a 'need to tidy up' head on me.  As Callum wasn't up I decided to get on with clearing up which meant me blitzing cupboards and shelves instead of the normal dust and sweep.  Callum woke up when I was about half way through and, as it was Monday, he switched on the computer to get on with his computer studies.  However the new Ruby scheme on Code Academy wasn't up and running (or at least he couldn't log in) so he went onto Khan instead.

He wasn't sure what to do, so we had a look at the current maths and science that we are doing and he looked up those as best he could.  We are looking at powers of 10 in maths and chemical reactions in science.  The trouble was Khan didn't have anything he could find on powers of 10 and all the chemical reaction stuff was too complicated and aimed at older students. He opened up Bitesize instead and had a go at a couple of activities on there.

I finished up the living room and had a quick tidy of the dining room table so I could go through the workbooks and see what else we could find to do while I finished up.  However, still nothing more to be found on Khan, so I suggested he finish off the 'areas of triangles' sheet we had.  Simpler said than done however as all the easy stuff was done and all that was left was the areas of isosceles triangles.

This involved looking up the formula and then trying to explain what it meant before he could even start to solve the questions.


This meant we had to go over square roots and then grab paper and pen and calculator to work it all out.  Wasn't something that I was prepared for and Callum, although understood it, wasn't really up for doing it.  However he did manage 3 out of 6 of the triangles, which I was very impressed with as he did struggle.

He decided to go back to Khan and have a look to see if he could find anything easy to finish on. I like him to finish on something positive if he's done something he's found really hard. While he was looking I noticed that there was a family tree type display of different maths sessions and asked what they were.  He explained that it started with easy peasy and then the branches went off onto more and more difficult things.  I said that it would probably be a good idea for him to start at the top and work his way through.  I knew that it meant doing really basic stuff, but revision is never a bad thing and it would mean he would progress naturally through the work.  We could then tie that in with the books and sheets that we are using when it gets to the work we are supposed to be covering now.  I'm trying to push him at the moment to get him back up to speed and I know that he can do it, but there will be bits he'll breeze through and others that we'll need to cover more in depth and I'll deal with those as and when he hits them.

As he was doing the easy stuff and gaining his awards on the site he carried on for another 2.5 hrs!!!  Only stopping to have some lunch.

Ah yes, lunch!  Disaster time for a while.  Callum's new teeth are coming through thick and fast at the moment and as he bit into a piece of carrot, one of the old back molars decided to dislodge.  Not enough to fully come out unfortunately, just enough to make it loose and to make it bleed; a lot!!!  We ended up having to make a plug from rolled cotton wool to bite down on until it stopped.  Callum's solution of constantly rinsing his mouth with water and spitting out the blood wasn't working and probably not helping it.  However the makeshift plug did eventually stop the bleeding and he attempted to finish his lunch by eating on the opposite side of his mouth.

"Soup for me tonight mum!"  was his response after finally finishing his sandwich and that's what he had.  
Hopefully tomorrow he'll have forgotten about it and the tooth will come out within next few days.  However, I do think a trip to dentist is in order as a few of the new teeth are not pushing the old ones out, so he'll end up with quite crooked teeth if we don't get them out soon.  Am dreading that visit!!

After his mathematics marathon he disappeared into his room for a couple of hours, but is now back downstairs on the computer playing some war game, so laptop for me tonight.

Trampolining lesson tomorrow and hopefully a bit of art and crafts with big sis.

So will cya later folks.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 14 October 2012


"Mum...can you wash duvets?"
"Just wondered!"
"What's happened?"
"What's happened?  You don't just ask to wash a duvet off the top of your head."

OMG I'm thinking, please not what I think.  I have to say that at this point I'm laying on the sofa watching telly and relaxing with a cuppa as I've decided that, as my hip is really hurting today, I'm having a day off.

"Ummm, I spilt my cup of tea all over the bed and it's gone right through the duvet."

Thank God I think.

"Did you strip everything off?"  I ask, hopefully.

"Yep.  And I've put a towel over the patch on the mattress."
"Ok, cool.  Let's have a look and we'll get washed what we can."

So, bed stripped and in wash.  Duvet won't fit in machine, but as it isn't what I was dreading, I'll dry and air it only.  A quick visit into the bedroom also throws up the fact that both sides where Callum could have put his cup of tea are full of sleep mist, a pack of cards, 2 half empty water bottles, an empty packet of crisps, a jar of sweets and umpteen empty fortune cookie wrappers.  Hmmmm, not best pleased, so slightly lost my temper and we had a bit of a tidy up.  Explained that if, instead of just dumping stuff, he actually put things away or in the bin (that's my biggest bugbear), he'd have plenty of space for cups of tea or plates of toast.  Don't think it will change anything but hopefully, if I keep telling him, one day it might sink in when he's about 40!

That was Saturday morning and once that incident was sorted he disappeared back into his den and wasn't seen again until the evening when we all sat down for tea and Wipeout and then again a bit later for Merlin.

Today, I wasn't feeling any better and in fact felt a bit worse as I suddenly came over feeling really sick half way through Merlin and still don't feel 100% now.  Was going to be going out foraging today, but didn't, so have we seen Callum today?

Well, I popped in to see him this morning and he was on his DS in his pjs.  He popped down about lunchtime to grab food and then he disappeared again.  And he came back down for dinner and is currently on the computer.  So it hasn't been quite as bad as I thought, but it hasn't been as far off.

Not that I really mind.  He's a teen and having already gone through one child as a teenager I'm pretty sure it isn't going to be that much different with the second and I'm not going to feel offended by it as I know it isn't anything I've done.  He'll grace us with his presence when he wants food or drink or, as about half an hour ago, a hug and then he'll disappear again.  Will just make the most of his company when I have it.


Friday, 12 October 2012



It's the end of the week and we are knackered!  Been a bit of a busy one.

Frankenweenie was fab on Wednesday night, but we did have a bit of a moment as didn't realise, until we got there, that it was in 3D!  Callum hates 3D, big time, and so had the right hump to begin with.  At least he went into the theatre though which was something I wasn't entirely sure he would do and certainly isn't something he would have done in the past.  In the past, he would have just thrown a wobbler and walked out, but he went in, found a seat right in the corner, at the end of the aisle and sat himself down and contented himself with having a grumble about 3D being a waste and how he hates it and how it hurts his eyes, etc, etc.  He then started having a moan about every other little thing he could find to moan about; sounded like a proper grumpy old git to be honest, but better than walking out.  He stuffed his face with half his popcorn and finally settled in to being a little less hostile.  Phew!

Whilst waiting for the film to start he decided to have a little think about the piped music, wondering and asking whether the music was individual to each screen or piped into whole theatre and just cut out when film starts.  Must admit, I have no idea, but assume it's whole theatre.  Unfortunately I didn't make a note when I came out so will never know, luckily Callum had forgotten about it by then.  Any ideas?

As the film was a premiere preview there were no previews of up and coming films, which he moaned about, whoops!  But he did wear his 3D glasses, even when he didn't need to, and he watched the whole film with them on.  The film was brilliant!  Funny, sad and a little scary.  He enjoyed it and I think he forgot he was wearing the glasses to be honest.  He said that he liked it as there wasn't loads of stuff jumping out at him, which is true, there wasn't!  He has now told me that, apart from the glasses often giving him headaches that that is the bit he really doesn't like.

Thursday we continued to plan the Halloween party we are holding.  He's decided that the living room should represent the journey to the land of the dead with a red ceiling and black cut out trees.  Oooookaaaaay, let's see how we can do this one.  So 20mins later, 14 metres of red lining material ordered online and nearly £40 spent I think we may achieve something suitable; at least it'll be reusable unlike attempting to cover ceiling in tissue paper (our first thought) which would have probably cost just as much and would have ended up in the bin and it'll be far better than Callum's next suggestion (admittedly jokingly) that we could paint the ceiling with red paint - I think not!

Had a good look at the games we'll be attempting and had a think through how we could tweak our original ideas (well, mine and Terri's) to actually make them work within the space we have.  Have decided that there is a least one game he won't/can't join in with as he'll know in advance where things will be, but then if Terri's friends turn up then it will work out ok.

The afternoon was trampolining class which went according to plan and he practised some more somersaulting.  Then Carol and Lauren came back for a cuppa for an hour; Callum and Lauren being on the computer for Roblox.

Then, in true teenager style, he disappeared into his room for the evening.

Today, he woke up with headache!  Can tell he is now getting older as you'd have thought his head had fallen off.  He flumped on the sofa, flumped on the dog and huffed and puffed as if he was dying.  I dosed him with Calpol, made a cup of tea, gave him a cold flannel and sent him back to bed for an hour.  He woke up fine and devoured 3 lemon and sugar pancakes and another cuppa before we headed off to Dockside with Terri to buy even more Halloween bits and bobs.  I already have more Halloween decs than Xmas, but each year end up buying more.  I'll be able to open up my own shop one day, either that or we'll have to start a Halloween Party Organiser business. ;-)

Back home and, yet again, he disappeared into his room and, basically, we haven't seen him since apart from coming down to collect dinner and grumping a goodbye to sis when she left.

Nothing planned for this weekend, so doubt if I'll see him before Monday!  Oh the joys of teenagers.  Hehe.


Wednesday, 10 October 2012


Hello lovely peeps, sorry didn't post yesterday, but find Faversham really tiring.  No idea why as I'm not exactly running around, but lots of people and lots of things going on and a train journey there and back always knackers me.  Callum finds it the same, to the point where he dozed off on my shoulder on the train home.

So what did we do this week?  Well week 2 of Mad Science for an hour to start with which was an interesting look at some basic forensic science tasks.

We started off by getting into groups and the kids were given a ripped up sheet of A4 paper with a message on it.  They had to sort out the paper to read the message and then, using a dictionary, they had to figure out some of the message as it was written in Spanish.

Next we did some testing of acids and alkalines using litmus paper and then another group activity using foam skeletons.  Each group was given a bag of bones and using the skull had to find the right bones to go with the right body.  Each foam piece had a coloured man on the back and your group's colour was determined by the skull.  The kids had to visit each group and swap pieces to end up with their own complete skeleton.

Much noise and running about ensued!!!

Finally back at the tables they were given A4 sheets of plain paper, some pipettes and some paint and they had to produce some splatter blobs using the pipettes at various heights from the paper.

A lot of the smaller (and even some of the older kids) had had information overload at this point, so ended up making pictures rather than splattering, but it was all good fun anyway.

Obviously between all this activity the guy explained what the tasks were, why they were used and what they would obtain from the results if used at a real crime scene.

After the session, Callum  ran off with Stewart into the computer room and I didn't see him until it was time to clear up and go home.  He's really enjoying the Mad Science; joining in and working well with the other kids.

Today, was seeing his sister day.  But we managed to finally complete the sheets of maths revision questions I gave him weeks ago and he got a score of 55 out of 57!  So really pleased.

And this afternoon they have been baking.  Completing and now cooking the Creole cake that we set up the fruit for last week and making 16 chocolate cupcakes which will go in the freezer ready to be iced for Halloween.  They are now both watching TV together in the next room

All off to pictures tonight to watch Frankenweenie.

Cya later.

Monday, 8 October 2012


Good afternoon people.  Hope that I find you well.  It's very wet here and dull and overcast, but can't complain as 1) we have had so much dry weather that the garden still needs the rain and 2) we weren't planning on going anywhere today, so weren't going to get wet.

Our original day was supposed to run like this:
Callum get up
Callum have shower
Computer Studies
Science Theory
Friend round to play

However, it kind of ran like this:
Me up
Me plan lesson
Me waiting for Callum
Me giving up waiting and making tea and toast and taking Callum breakfast in bed!!!
Callum get up and have shower
Lots of discussion and moaning from Callum.
Computer Studies and Science Theory gets combined
No friend to play   :-(  but meet up online on Roblox   :-)

Callum has taken to watching comedy on TV at night in his room and normally he stops about 11pm. However, last night he was still up watching until about midnight, which meant I had to wake him at 9.30am this morning in the vain hope that we might be ready by 10am to start 'lessons'.  We spoke, again, about it this morning once he was finally up.  I don't mind him watching TV, but he needs to remember that 'late' nights should be Friday and Saturday and any other night should finish about 10.30pm with a bit of reading to calm him down so he can get some sleep.  He then proceeded to say that the book he is reading, Brave New World, is too hard to read at night and he hasn't got another book.  Not a problem, but would have been nice to know earlier.

Much discussion ensued about how I agreed that BNW is a bit hard going and perhaps he should read it in the day as part of lessons and that we should pick another book off the list that better appeals to him that he could read in the evening.  We also discussed recording programmes that are on after 10/10.30pm so he can watch them earlier in the day (he does have a recordable box in his room).  At this he decided to have a moan about the fact that Tivo doesn't have a delete folder option and that deleting individually annoys and frustrates him.  Looks like that task will be down to me then.  But at least I think he's agreed that recording would be a viable option.  Just got to get him to choose a book now.

Finally we get started on 'work'.  We finished off Plants project by writing up the leaf experiment that was overdue and then collating any bits and pieces that we had lying about before putting in Science folder.

Slippery Leaves - how leaves lose their moisture.  Leaves had Vaseline rubbed into them as follows: left to right; underside (the vein side), none, all, topside.  Then were left hanging in the sunlight for about a couple of weeks.
Leaves before experiment

Leaves after experiment
Then he had a go at some Bitesize activities on BBC website with regard to Acids And Bases And Metals and Behaviour of Matter.  We are now going to look at Chemistry.  The plan being 4-6 weeks on Biology, then the same amount of time on Chemistry and then same again on Physics, then back to Biology and so on.  This project will be on the behaviour of chemicals and matter; acids and alkalines being something we looked at last year.  He did pretty well considering we haven't really covered all the work yet.  Scoring 9 out of 14 for the Acids one (the questions he got wrong were subjects we hadn't covered at all) and 5 out of 5 for the Behaviour of Matter test.  So very pleased with himself and so I am.  That's being pleased with him not me being pleased with me, haha.

He also completed a bit of 'homework' from last session of Mad Science at Faversham which was code breaking and then we discussed chemical reactions and what I was hoping we will achieve over the next 4-6 weeks.

He did look up some videos on chemical reaction on Khan Academy, but they were a little too advanced (college level) for him to understand.  His description of a 15 minute video where he lasted 5 minutes:

"Got it, got it, yep, understand, no, lost it!"

The fact he lasted a 1/3 of the video was impressive enough for me!!

This afternoon he was supposed to have a friend over to play, but due to weather and logistics it just became impossible for him to be here, so they arranged to meet online on Roblox instead where they could play and chat together.

Anyway, that about sums up our day so far.  Nothing planned for later, so he'll probably do the usual computer/TV combination with dinner thrown in somewhere.  Tomorrow we are back at Faversham for more Mad Science and a social meet up.


Friday, 5 October 2012

Good afternoon!  Yes, an early one!  More through necessity than anything else.

Started off a good day.  Both up, although I woke Callum at 9am with tea and pancakes (lucky boy), and dressed and ready to go ice skating.  Callum was incredibly helpful; bringing in the milk, helping me with laundry and tidying stuff away.  Was in a good mood and looking forward to going.  So off we went to skating with the lovely Lorraine and Biscuit.  Double checked the prices at the front desk as Callum doesn't actually participate in the lesson and we have had issues in the past with reference to amount needed to pay.  Was quiet today when we arrived so I could ensure they fully understood that, although part of the home ed group, neither skated, so would just be spectators.  Was confirmed that we only had to pay £4, which is what I've been paying luckily, but one week I was charged £8 (although I still only paid £4 in the end).

Was very busy and very noisy in the cafe today.  Haven't seen a few people for a while so was nice to catch up.  Callum played on his DS with the occasional interaction with Erica's boy, cups of hot chocolate were drunk by us adults and all seemed well.  Then as it was getting near to lunchtime I asked him if he wanted some chips.  He said "no".  Ok, bit odd, did he want a hot dog?  Again "no".  He was looking a bit pale, but his cheeks were bright red and were very hot.

"Are you ok?"
"No, too noisy!"
"Have you got your ear defenders?"
"Do you want to sit outside for a bit, you're very hot?"
"No.  I'm not hot!"

Hmmmm, got another drink for him, but he still didn't look right and started laying his head on the table.

"What's up?"
"Feel sick and my head hurts."

So, Lorraine and Biscuit kindly let us leave a bit early today.  Callum dosed with Calpol for the headache and took himself off to bed.  He's been there ever since coming down only when the postman arrived with his helicopters.

Meanwhile I put the mincemeat in jars and have got green tomato and orange marmalade on the go.

Am hoping he'll feel better tomorrow as I'm out with my daughter and he's home with dad.

I really thought we'd cleared it, but obviously not.  Oh well, a dose of elderberry syrup for the vitamin C is needed, although he doesn't like that either.


Thursday, 4 October 2012


Good evening.  Sorry been no posts, but we have both been feeling yuck all week.  Started with sore throats, then headaches, then feeling dizzy and really, really tired.  Callum still a little lacklustre today, but I'm back to bouncing self after overdosing on Vitamin C.  Unfortunately Callum doesn't like Vit C tablets or drinks, so have been making sure of plenty of fluids with the occasionally dose of Calpol and lots of rest.  So this week has been a bit slooooooooow to say the least.

Firstly last Friday:  held a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.  Had a few friends round for tea/coffee and cake (some, I made, some, people bought with them) and Callum had some friends to play.  Had a really good day and raised nearly £70.

Saturday and Sunday Phil was working, so Saturday Callum lazed and pottered about, but Sunday he went to his friend Callum's house again where he had a fab time and stayed for dinner.

Monday he woke up not at all right and we ended up lazing on the sofa together watching telly.  I'd recorded Animal Farm a few weeks ago, so we ended up watching that; writing up a little review on Tuesday (it's one of the books on the recommended reading list for his 'school year' so he doesn't 'have to' read it now, but maybe he will later as he did enjoy the movie although he did find it very sad.

Tuesday, we did a little bit of maths and he had a look at negative numbers of Khanacademy, but he felt very rough and so after about an hour he took himself off to bed and spent the rest of the day sleeping and watching a bit of comedy on telly.

Wednesday we were both feeling a bit better, but just very very tired.  So didn't really do a great deal of anything apart from discuss what cooking we wanted to do for Christmas and writing out a shopping list.  Off shopping that evening and then set up the mincemeat to soak overnight in the orange and lemon juices.

Today, both feeling a lot better.  So mincement finished off, now just needs to have brandy stirred in and put into jars.

We also set up the fruits for the Creole Christmas Cake which we are going to use for small cakes for Halloween as we are doing a Voodoo/Zombie theme and are looking at cooking from New Orleans.  AND we did some science Bitesize tests and activities on the BBC website.

Tomorrow ice skating.

Am hoping we are back to normal again, but considering we've been ill, have still managed to cover some English literature, some computer studies, some science, some maths and some cooking, so really not that bad! hehe