Nature

We spent half the day in the woods and in the country park today. It’s only a short (10 minute walk) from the house to the park. Lots of cute little creatures around. But, I’m not allowed to tell you about them as Abbie is writing a blog post tomorrow with photos!!!!

I’m looking forward to going to my first HE meeting on Monday (evening meet for adults only). And on Wednesday morning we will be attending a group meet. Hopefully lots of children there and things to do.

Joint/Duo Reading 2

Abbie used to love reading from age 3 until she was 6. After year 2 at school she really didn’t enjoy it anymore and especially not out loud. We never found out the reason why. So we were so surprised today when she was doing the duo reading with my husband. Three times she carried on reading after she had read ‘her page’. It was funny to hear her ask “how many pages have I read?”

We hope we are turning a corner now and she will start to enjoy it again and read for fun.

Joint/Duo Reading

We have started reading today. We decided on a new strategy, a version of joint reading which we named duo reading. We have had a copy of  Blitzcat by Robert Westall for a number of years and we then found The Robert Westall Box Set but kept the single copy. So now either me or my husband have one copy and A has the other. We read a page and she follows, then it’s her turn. This enables us to point out when she either adds words in or misses them out (which she does on a regular basis).

We have also found that she is more likely to ask about words that she doesn’t know the meaning of.    

Countdown Until The Home Ed Starts

I’m sat here now with 18 hours to go until I have to go to school and hand in the dereg letter. Lots to do, we are probably going to have a structured day. Some people do no formal lessons at all, others do almost school at home. I think we will be going somewhere down the middle.

We have been out this morning to the local car boot and managed to pick up a copy of Great Wonders Of The Modern World (8 DVD Box Set) I think we will watch each DVD before she sees them and make a list of questions for her.

We also picked up exercise books and work books. Whether these will be used once we have settled down is another matter completely.

I’m also looking on various sites (I have never had as many bookmarks in my life) and seeing what we might be interested in. Luckily she loves maths so I’ve found several ‘games’ with involve maths to some degree. I think I will give her this tomorrow and then do a worksheet on shapes.

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/activity20/activity.swf