No crunchin' here
A bit more Maths workbook has been done, and much playing with the abacus has ensued, with natural learning tumbling from that. "Look, I've made some rows of sixes here. Six sixes! I'm going to count them all.." etc. I never did get to the end of Lockhart, which I thought I'd read to the end before but it turned out I'd abandoned it halfway through that time too. Does he provide any solutions, in the end? I suppose he must, and I must read it eventually. It's here on my browser, but I'm procrastinating.
Lyddie has been quietly developing her reading too. I noticed last night that she had a Dr Seuss book in bed with her and was working through the words with her finger, whilst I read my book. I have to pretend not to notice when she's doing these things, or she stops and asks me to read to her instead.
A few days ago, she asked me what other countries looked like, so we did some google image searches and found some stunning landscape shots from different parts of the world. Then we got chatting about buildings, particularly major ones in the capital cities.
We compared, for example, the Pentagon with the Houses of Parliament and the Kremlin:
and wondered about the startling differences in style between the three.
Lyddie wants to learn something about the North and South Poles next, especially to google for images of them. She loves the process of keying something in and seeing what comes up.
We spent a lot of time relating all of these pictures to maps, starting with this page and looking at the different sections, according to her request. She's very keen to know the shape of certain countries, and what other counties they're near, and how a person might get there.
The teenagers are still quietly learning too: Zara and I were watching a flock of seagulls flying below the kitchen window the other day and she explained the science to me of how they each know where to fly, without crashing or going the wrong way. (I wonder if she'd like to read Jonathon Livingston Seagull?) She went on to explain how it works with swarms of insects and shoals of fish too. Apparently a fish has the equivalent of a line of ears all down its spine? Makes my back go tingly!
I love the fact that they're free to pursue that kind of knowledge for no other reason than curiosity and the pleasure of learning.
Our home ed meetings have started again and are a great success. Very busy! With lots of new families and children of all ages. We're very happy with the way they're going.
Oh and finally, some shared painting:
We can, I promise you, afford more than one piece of paper! But the pleasure of this was apparently in the cooperation.