Jigsaws, I think we can safely say jigsaws have been the theme of the week. Kanga has spent pretty much every wakeful moment of this week working her way through our entire jigsaw collection single handedly numerous times. Out sitting room floor has taken on a Roman Mosaic feel to it. Occasionally she has let others join her but she is very clear that they must do their own jigsaws and let her do hers herself. A trip to that charity shop is needed to get some new supplies and to up the game for Zog and Bob and no doubt Kanga who has clearly mastered 24-30 piece puzzles.
Zog continues to source out letters and spell African animals. He also kept the Speech Therapist engaged for 45 minutes on Tanzania and the buffalo. She declared that he was doing just fine. We have been working on identifying capital and small versions of each letter this week.
All three have loved and loathed the weather this week as the thunder storms have limited out door time, but the swamp that has formed in the back garden has also been a source of great fun when the sun has come out.
As I continue to learn to hold still and let Bob work maths out in his own way we are making head way though there are still moments when I really wonder if we are making strides. In light of this continued battle I am looking at trying out a Life of Fred maths book which many other home educating families speak highly of and see if his way helps.
Bob is also working on a talk on Spitfires and I am discovering that with this project he can in fact write perfectly well, though still doing copy work as he will not rely on phonetic sounds for spelling. He is so like me in that regard and his reading is all done by sight learning of words and his ability to remember. It always fascinates me how he can remember words having been told them once but does not remember to make his bed in the morning. We have also tried a new tactic with comprehension/narration skills this week thanks to a passing conversation Mark and I had, as I was mentioning how Bob could never answer my questions of a passage I had just read aloud and Mark commented that neither could he if someone else had read the passage and so I got Bob to read the passage and then to answer questions and narrate in his own words and he could do it with no problems. I got him to read the passage twice, the first time writing down words he did not understand and getting him to look them up in his dictionary. Then he would read it a second time with an understanding of those words, before asking him the questions. It was a joy and we breezed through the lessons that way.
We are also enjoying Springwatch on IPlayer which provides plenty of thought and imagination and Bob continues to re-enact much of each episode out and about in the garden.
I have tried this week to be more gently on us all and give us all more time and space and I think we are finishing the week off in a far better place than we were in the middle of the week. I continue to wrestle with the idea the boys need more structured activities when I hear the list of clubs and groups others both at school and home educated are doing and the fact that when left to their own devices they come up with some awesome games and great ways of resolving the inevitable conflict moments that arise between each other and in turn that motivates their learning.
For us this is now the final stretch of this year’s learning and so I am ensuring that basics are covered even if not every lesson is going to get finished to enable us to make a good start the following year when I will be teaching both of them as Zog will be official school age come November.