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Offline mierran

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« Reply #160 on: 1/12/14, 21:51 »
It's great that  A got so much out of it. It must be lovely seeing the difference in him in just a couple of months.

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    « Reply #161 on: 4/12/14, 23:31 »
    So we have done study ladder literacy and numeracy at the library this week. we've been to a garden centre and saw real life reindeers. checked out prices and bird tables and houses for our rspb project, we have decided to build our own. 125 for a bird house - are they mad? so we shall hopefully get the boys involved in the woodwork as well.
    at the home ed group tomorrow so seeing friends again.
    our educational Santa themed day trip is now booked for the 17th with a load of home edders. we have got the same price as the school bookings so not too bad.
    took a pic of a fridge magnet today which read "while we teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is about"
    how appropriate is that?
    so far evey morning this week J has been monitoring the weather and copying the picture that is relevant to the day. we have been on the met office website (thanks goldbunny) so our mini weather project is going well. will also try and build the rain measurer (plastic bottle cut up a little) to tie in with 2 wks of weather monitoring.
    A has now achieved , bronze, silver, gold and platinum certificates for his literacy and numeracy. today he achieved abronze trophy for his literacy/numeracy.
    J has only got bronze and silver certifocate but he does get bored quickly and he is only 4.
    we get 1-2-1 time when walking the dogs in a morning. yesterday was A and he was asking how do builders make floors. i answered as best as i could :-)
    today J was observing how busy 1 road was and then how quiet another road is and how although it was quiet lots of people still lived in all these houses. on the main road he learnt how to manage road safety whilst handling a 12 week old chihuahua. so anither good week in home ed land
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    « Reply #162 on: 6/12/14, 10:51 »
    A still not very confident in social settings. he did finally make a flannel reindeer vut mainly hung around my coat tails. not making progress there. at a bit of a loss. thinking maybe we shouod hold back from the socialising aspect - i dont know in all honesty.
    interestingly J also hung on to my coat tails and didnt want to play without either me or dad near him.  bit confused. J is normally a social butterfly. maybe its because their best friends werent there. dont know.
    will have to wait and see what the 10th brings. another home ed trip.
    A is really loving touchmaster. we found extra games on there last night. amazing 11's and triple 13's again using cards you have to make them add up to 11 or 13 before the time limit.
    i later found wordsearch on it and trivia quiz. i like quizzes. on general knowledge (quite hard and obscure questions) 14 out of 20. on just a music quiz which i set up 17 out of 20. i also do ken Bruce pop master on radio 2 whilst driving and usually get between 18-24 points. so all good.
    A completed.pirates game last night. very chuffed with him. unfortunately now he has completed all the levels, he will lose interest in that game. he did with toy story 3, marvel heros, etc.
    however a friend out slimming world sold me about 25 ds games, some of them platform games of some of the movies he likes watching so come xmas day, both boys are spoilt for choice.
    bought some moonsand for J. one is construction themed and some of the ds games will be suitable for him as well.
    got an army tNk and soldiers and more ds games coming next week. A very interested in army stuff atm.
    just hope i can get him socially confident soon.

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    « Reply #163 on: 6/12/14, 15:58 »
    OMG!
    A has just made me so proud today!! after being de-reged he has only done 1 piece of writing, a shopping list, since he left. last week he asked me if he could have a goldfish for xmas and i said "only if you research looking after fish and produce a booklet showing me in writing what you have learnt" he groaned. i said no more.
    today after shopping he asked for the laptop, a booklet and a pen. he has started looking at a website and so far has written 2 sentences with a heading.
    he has written Tank needs.
    get largest tank. smallest tank size for 1 fish is 57 litres. fish grow to 12 inches.
    then he said he had enough for today. i am so proud of him :-D

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    « Reply #164 on: 9/12/14, 14:00 »
    Today J and I have done food technology.
    together we have chopped and fried diced beef. whilst that was frying, we have peeled potatoes, carrots, swede, onion amd mushrooms. we have chopped and diced potatoes , carrots, onion, swede and mushrooms. we then par fried the mushrooms. we have put all our vegestables in a big saucepan and we have have ran water into the pan. we have then boiled a kettle and carefully rinsed the diced beef and then put that in the pan. we have checked the mushrooms are ok and put them in the pan. we scraped the beef stock out of the pot and put that in the pan. we have then put the pan on to cook. periodically we have been chrcking the stew and J was amazed to see the water is now brown, due to the stock. he now knows you canter cook dry veg in a pan as the pan will burn and the veg wont cook. now to check the stew and run a knife through the veg to see if its softening yet. we both said its nice to cook cakes but it us important to be able to prepare and cook proper meals as that is what gives us energy to carry on.  coyple of heart in mouth moments when he used a knife to dice carrots independently and used the peeler with help.
    also showed him where we put peelings and where we put non recyclable items. he was happy to put all the rubbish in the appropriate. places.
    he'll be making a cup of tea by the time he's 6 and a 3 course meal by the time he's 8!!!
    only joking :-D

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    « Reply #165 on: 9/12/14, 15:17 »
    but why not? don't say 'only joking'... i mean, why can't an 8 year old make a 3 course meal? none of the individual parts are all that hard, they just need to work up to it making each section, each ingredient seperately then learning how to plan it so they can serve them all in order ( eg understanding that if you make a cold dessert and starter you can prep them ages in advance leaving less work at the time...) i think it would be a big confidence boost to an 8 yr old to do that..  :)

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    « Reply #166 on: 10/12/14, 23:46 »
    I used to do a lot of cooking etc by the time I was 10. I was the only non veggie so if I wamted meat I had to cook it.

    Dd loves helping out in the kitchen. Ds not so keen unfortunately. He would rather play tablet   ::)

    He will however quite happily help decorate cakes.  ;D

    I wouldn't worry too much about the socialisation aspect. We all have points where we don't want to spend lots of time with people we don't know.  I hope their friends are at your next meeting so they can spend some time with them.

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    « Reply #167 on: 11/12/14, 09:23 »
    Thanks Goldbunny and mierran, he's shown no interest in cooking again, so far but take it day by day  :)
    yrsterday, was anither meet up, this an 'education day' christmas themed. we had school group booking prices as a lot of us were going. they asked a couple of addition questions how many stars, how many snowflakes? my 2 werent particularly interested. thwy wanted to get to santa and get their presents. another girl was there that we met last time, so both families went to the ball park there (free for members) she doesnt take any prisoners  ;D A and J loved it. A is ok when he sees people he jnows. He even managed to speak to the mum and tell jer to you tube disney infunity for frozen characters so girl could enjoy it too. he usually speaks through me.
    J was mister independent! kept running off shouting i know where were going and gone. quite a few of the other HE parents were bringing him nack for me as i was on mobility scooter. lots of walking which i cant do. DH was with ne but had take A To the toilet at that point.
    another massive step was we had to ride a train to get back to the centre. so little girl said you 2 are sitting with me at the front. i jad to go the back with rhe mobility scooter. the bous did sit with her and her family and even smiled at the mum. no problems.  ;D
    we git complimented. the mum said how long have you been HE'ing and i said since september. she said this yr? i said yes. and she said wow, i thought you were an old timer as you seem so together and know what youre doing! so i thanked her and said i may look as cool as a cucumber on the outside, inside im a gibbering wreck who worries constantly shes done the wrong thibg for 1 or sometines 2 of her children.  she said it doesnt come across that way  ;D

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    « Reply #168 on: 11/12/14, 09:37 »
    I noticed yesterday that J liked playing thr keyboard as well. there were 4 childrens songs on the board and with help he could plunk.out the tune. i wasnt saying curly c, or any of the letters phonetically, just c, g, f, e etc. and he was getting it. so there may be a kids keyboard and kids song book for J at xmas.
    he also can read some words. also letter recognition. p is for poo, w is for willy and wee. i kid you not!
    he recognises aldi, tesco, xbox 360. ........... i wonder why????
    A wrote a santa letter out the other day. hmm all electronics. just as our xbox has completely died. ouch! so need a new one. cant give batmab3 to J and disney infinity to A with no ruddy console to play them on.

    this woman said just keep doing what youre doing, youre doing great! i said it stresses me sometimes. they like you tube and xbox, its what they do. every day. she said you feel theyre doing nothing. i said exactly. im very structured, like routine. she said kids cant help learning. its what they do. just because theyre not writing, doesnt mwan theyre nit learning. they key board is good for learning how to type. when theyre interested, they will learn. her daughter is self taught to write. she's 6. and she decided a fortnight ago she wanted to write a letter to santa. she got it immediately. now her writing is remarkable, i saw it as she wrote anothef letter to santa in front of us. the mum said it will happen, but in their time, not mine. i just have to trust them. she also said after that i need to deschool, not the kids :) . kids are fine. she said at worst, you could always send them back. i said NO! not an option. so will hust have to trust them.
    you see i do noticew the kids changing. especially A. he wants cuddles at night now

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    « Reply #169 on: 11/12/14, 09:48 »
    We have laughter at bedtime, cold hands competitions and tickling contests. we have fun at bedtime, they relax down quicker and fall asleep easier. it used ti be tears and tantrums. me and them. we get up when we want. so not tired from the night before. A doesnt throw his weight around so much anymore. you can reason wuth him now. J is just starting to get stroppy and test the boundaries. we eat when we want, we go out when we want, we hibernate when we want. we are all relaxed.
    i jusr have to trust them to learn.
    we were googling the organs in our body the other night. picture of skeleton with the organs names and in place. A is fascinated. J wants to know about poo. so we are goibg to produce a booklet qith the various orfans over the next coming weeks. computer based, not writing based.
    so i suppose if i leave them to it, rather than forcing them to learn, they will learn more. it will all be relative in the end, i hope.
    A likes to lie in bed (awake) on his own for about half an hour after us in a morning. We can now allow that and the change in his mood is remarkable. J is very much im awake, im getting up. thats ok too! both, ib the main are happy kids and i suppose that is thw important thing.
    on the day J cooked, A cleaned out the rats cage for me. not a nice job, but he wanted to do it. so i suppose, loosely, he learnt about caring for small animals.  see, i am still justifying everything. i need to stop that, i guess, and just trust.
    but its sooo hard!!!!