The past few weeks home-school and the start of the big meltdown……. i mean countdown

We have 11 weeks until we leave our flat, me and Oliver are then heading to France to stay with my parents for a couple of weeks David will be joining us in the 2nd week as he is sorting out some last bits and bobs.We then return to Hastings and have booked a week in a caravan on a local holiday park and then we leave on the 15th June….nervous…..yes 🙂 We have also been looking into Hep a/b jabs as these are advised, and think i need a tetanus booster so need to pull my socks up and get down the doctors. I have been looking into how to carry our money when we are away both our regular debit cards have horrendous foreign transaction fees, so we have maxed out a special travel card and heard that travellers cheques are really cheap to cash in when in Thailand, so we have been going to our local bureau d’change with £1000 wads to get changed up I’m sure they must think some serious money laundering is going on :). We have also started to sell the last bits of big furniture and re-paint some bits as well, so we have been really busy getting organised with lots of booking of hotels and flights and lots of list making and also home schooling Oliver.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING ON THE HOME SCHOOL FRONT

We have got into a really good routine with Oliver’s schooling, we attend the kids local gym( http://www.1066gym.co.uk) every Monday with the local home-school group and with a couple of home school families who we have grown close to over the past few months, I think me and Oliver get more from smaller meet ups with 2 or 3 familiar families rather then the big free for all of home school meetings. We are starting a new forest school next week, he has swimming lessons and he also meets some school friends every Friday for a fun swim at our local fun pool with slide and waves.
We have also been using the Singapore maths curriculum, we went through two or three different maths curriculum’s to find one that suits Oliver and can honestly say this is working pretty well so far, we have just ordered the workbooks from http://www.amazon.co.uk and complete a unit each week, this takes about 1-2 hrs, the book also has review sections, I think the Singapore curriculum covers Science as well but we are covering Science in different ways so will not use it for this but for maths, it is getting the thumbs up from us, we will be taking the next two follow on workbooks with us on our travels.
Oliver also has a scrapbook, which he loves doing, we are on our 2nd one already as he loves sticking leaflets, tickets and photos of special days out, he also writes a few sentences on each page.
We have also come up with a system called write,say,create……Oliver write’s 5 new words each week, he read’s them out and then creates a flashcard for each word, he must have 100 words now and he enjoys doing this, so he is using his phonics knowledge, he has really good awareness of phonic sounds,how split digraphs work and simple grammar.
We have definitely started being more structured in our learning, but this little bit of structured learning really suits Oliver and he enjoys all the “lessons” we do, and actually asks to do them and knows it’s part of his week.
We have enjoyed a few days out but due to the abysmal weather over the past couple of months we have been indoors ALOT, which drives me insane but we have enjoyed some craft sessions using fimo (clay) and Oliver really enjoyed using acrylic paints on a canvas.
We had a great day out to Brighton Sealife centre, Oliver gets in free(thanks Blue Peter :)), and we have, the past few days had some good dry weather so have gone on a little fossil hunt, which Oliver has shown a passion in so have booked up on a local fossil hunt which is run by this company http://www.discoveringfossils.co.uk/fossil_hunting_trips.htm
this is at the end of the month so will update on what it’s like but does look fun.
engrossed in his work
fossil hunting rocks from the beach

walk through tunnel, we had to turn the flash off the camera as some of the fish are light sensitive

walk through tunnel, we had to turn the flash off the camera as some of the fish are light sensitive

amazing day at the sealife centre

amazing day at the sealife centre