Sunday, 17 September 2017

Busy week - 11-17 sept 2017

This post will be very random as I have lots of photos I can't seem to put in any sort of order and too little time to figure it out. 

It's not unusual for Finn to wrap himself into his cosy blanket and lie on the floor while listening to an audiobook. On Monday morning we lost him for the world of The Enchanted Wood (Enyd Blyton). 

Noah is becoming more and more confident on his feet and has been working hard at pulling objects behind him as he takes a few tentative steps. 

Finn had been asking me to quiz him on additions so I thought he would enjoy filling in an addition chart. He did it in one sitting, immediately figuring out the pattern, and asked me to print out another one straight after. The next day I showed him a subtraction finger chart with accompanying subtraction equations slips to fill in. He took to it easily and has been working on it daily. 

We went to a new Forest School as Finn outgrew our old one. We now go to a fantastic forest school session with a little group of home educators. The immediate difference was the attitude to risk taking. At the new setting the children are encouraged to trust themselves to try new and potentially dangerous things. They are free to handle tools and fire. 

Finn was so proud of his car.

I love this photo of Noah I took in our garden. Whenever the weather is dry enough I let him explore freely. He stays there, often alone as Finn and I are not always inclined to join him, for up to an hour going about his business. This summer he ate all our raspberries while we weren't looking. He loves to play with soil and mud. Sometimes I catch him sitting quietly, observing a butterfly. 

 Photos in random order, sorry! At Forest school again, Finn helped peel some apples while another child mixed batter to make apple fritters on the fire.

One afternoon Finn was very into making a doll's house out of cardboard.

More random forest school photos!

Finn has taken a liking for nature journaling. We loosely follow a nature curriculum and the topic this week was seeds. Finn decided to draw a butterfly instead.

Then he draw some of the acorns we found, all over his double page! He came up with the idea of adding up the acorns from both pages to find out the total. I helped him write it out... and catastrophe, he forgot how to write an 8!

Salt tray to the rescue, phew!

On Saturday morning I took him to a trial class of Stagecoach, a dance/singing/acting class. He liked some of it, but is still very immature emotionally to get much out of it. At the moment I think this sort of thing causes more anxiety than enjoyment, but he may want to continue anyway. I'll follow his lead. He enjoyed the acting very much.

In the afternoon we went to a children's story event which was fantastic. The children had to find book characters in the ground of the manor, which were real people dressed up. It was so much fun!

 Finn got to enter a raffle for completing the character hunt, his very first.

And he won a book! He was ecstatic.

On Sunday we went to Winchester science centre for a Lego event. Above is a Lego bridge that anyone could help build.

Finn loved all the hands-on science exhibits.

Tonight after dinner, he wrote us a message in hieroglyphics. I am really impressed at his drawing stamina, which has come in leaps and bounds recently.

Also this week, but not pictured, was his great developing interest for Greek Mythology. What fun we had exploring mythical beasts, heroes, gods, myths and legends. I bought him this book which we have loved reading at bedtime. We quiz each other on Heracles's twelve tasks, Theseus and the minotaur, Perseus and the Gorgon, Bellerophon and Pegasus... We're excited to learn more about the myths and ancient Greece.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Busy Week is back!

Yey, here I am again, once again motivated to try and keep track of our lives through this little blog. There is so much I want to remember and taking the time to take photos and record our days has to be a priority. They grow so fast...

So here are a few snippets from the last couple of weeks.

For those of you who lost track of us during my long blog hiatus, Noah is now a year old and getting into everything. He explores constantly, is always on the move. At mealtimes he sits in his chair for about 5 mins and then stands up on it asking to get down, or climbing onto the table. Recently he has taken to emptying kitchen cupboard so he can climb in!

Noah on his first birthday. We could hardly get a smile out of him all day as he was teething.

His present from us was a small wagon. Not intended for children to sit in but he hasn't quite got the idea and thinks it's an indoor pushchair or something!

I made a beautiful flowery, fruity raw vegan cake for his birthday.

Two little boys all ready for a cycling adventure when most children were back at school.  A picnic, library, park. I like to keep things simple.

Back at home we sat in the garden reading our new library books. Finn was very happy to find this book about mythological creatures. He has been very interested in monsters and dangerous creatures, but since reading Harry Potter he really wants to know more about creatures such as dragons, Phoenix, trolls, werewolves... A great topic which will very likely lead him to Greek mythology.  

A weekend trip to Oxford Natural History museum for a crafts session about ancient Egyptians. Finn really surprised me by wanting to take part when usually all group activities (with instructions!!) are a no-no. I guess he's growing up...

Nature journaling - Garden spiders! One of them has built a web on the outside of one of our windows, at child's eye level, which is perfect for drawing from observation from the warmth of the house.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Busy week (45)

The start of the week was very quiet for us as Finn had a cold, which was then transferred on to Noah. Finn was supposed to spend three full days with the childminder as she had space on more days than usual but I decided to keep him home so he could rest and recover. He was frustrated as he loves going there. Here are a few photos from home.

A very excited baby!

He doesn't look ill, does he?

Quietly looking at pictures in books all snuggled up on the sofa.

I have been reading "Baby-led potty training" by Amber Hatch which has motivated me to do a bit more "pottying" with Noah. We did EC (elimination communication) with Finn as a baby but I hadn't really taken the time to get it going with Noah. This week at home was a good opportunity for lots of nappy-free time. A couple of days only after I got more serious I got the impression that Noah was starting to understand that he could control his bowel to some extent. He definitely holds for a bit before I hold him over a potty. Babies are amazing!

A friend sold me a wrap! I'm so happy with it, I've been trying different ways of carrying Noah. I put him on my back all by myself, I was so proud I had to send Chris a picture at work.

Some rough and tumble play with my big boy. We did a few rounds of wrestling and stopped after he was sick. Oops!

He was well enough on Friday to go to a home educators workshop to build Lego bridges. He was very proud, and Chris had taken the day off to be with us.

We had a lovely lunch at Ask (who have a vegan menu, yey!)

Finn had tomato sauce EVERYWHERE!


Later in the afternoon we took Finn to his new dance class.

On Saturday we stayed home because we had been so busy the previous day, but we went for a torch walk after dinner which was good fun. We even ended up in a pub for drinks completely unexpectedly!

Today Sunday we packed a picnic and headed off to Appleton playground. The weather was beautiful, clear skies, low warm sun, a gentle breeze... very Autumnal.

Noah and I had a go on the big swing... He doesn't look particularly happy but he was very calm.

And then Finn was introduced to table tennis (after I beat daddy even though I was carrying a baby, haha!).

The evening was sweet...

Daddy made us a lovely vegan Sunday roast while we played with the wrap. Finn declared that he was a pirate sleeping in a hammock on his ship and we had to make a mast with sails.

Now all are in bed and I'm nodding off myself...

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Busy week (44)

I was surprised to find very few pictures of our week. We did so much!

On Monday we went to a great workshop for home educators; building catapults! Finn loved it and designed his own catapult. As his assistant I was dubious as to whether it would work but it did!

The children had to fire different objects and measure the distance travelled by each one.

During one of Noah's long naps Finn and I had a look at his baby blog which he loved. We watched a video of him doing housework as a toddler which prompted him to do some chores around the house. He decided to hang out the washing - with a twist; He first arranged the chairs so that he could jump from one to another in a circle. Each time he reached the clothes drying rack he would hang one piece of clothing. Efficient? Not so much. Fun?  Yes :)

Back to an old love of his, building with cardboard. He made a great car all by himself.

Both boys admiring a beautiful mobile I bought on Etsy.

Sadly those are all the photos I seem to have taken.

There has been a shocking amount of Lego play and audio books, as usual. We organised a little Autumn celebration with some friends at the park which was really nice. Finn dressed up as a wizard and was very proud of his flying broomstick (an actual, large stick) and his wand (a smaller stick with a cardboard star at the end).

On Friday we went to our home ed co-op where one of the mums organised an activity about constellations and the stories behind them. Finn was a bit too hyper to want to participate though.

Since I have run out of photos I will say a bit about the books we are reading.

We found this one at the library and really like it. I'm not much into monsters (Finn loves them) but this book is different in that it shows creatures from ancient folklore and classic legends, telling a little bit about each and whetting your appetite for more. I see it as a good introduction to mythology.

 For a while I have been wanting to introduce Finn to Peter Pan so have been borrowing different versions from the library to first read myself. I love the original but thought it would be a bit much for Finn. I was really pleased to find a graphic novel version with the actual words from the original in a way that is easier to digest for younger children. Finn loved it so much!

This sticker book has been fantastic. It digs deeper than the Usborne sticker books we have had in the past and perfect for Finn right now. I think it would make a great present for any child. Look it up!

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