Saturday was a busy day with Cricket for the boys at 8.30am and the girls had a fancy dress party to get to after lunch.  The boys and I were invited to join the party for dinner.

 

Josh did well again at cricket with 6 runs, and 2 wickets for 5 runs on the bowling side of things, and one catch!  Daniel’s catching has improved almost instantly and he was much more alert throughout the session this week.  Before the session we discussed the whole idea of staying on your feet and being ready for whatever happens even if nothing is happening at the moment.

 

Meanwhile back at the ranch…. The girls had finished tidying up the house, finished preparing their costumes, gift cards made and then they settled in to watch Narnia again.  (They watched Narnia Friday, Saturday and Sunday so they are full bottle!)

 

The girl’s party was for “Mad Scientists”.  It was interesting to see their personalities come out in this scientist stereotype.  Jess just couldn’t bring herself to tousle up her hair as if an electric current had hit her – she wanted smooth, serious, maybe absent-minded mad scientist.  Nomi on the other hand, wanted everything out there!  We moused her hair, we gelled it, we waxed it, we sprayed it!  It was messy, gunky, out there hair!  She loved it.  I bought them both a pair of glasses, Jess wore hers neatly parked on the end of her nose, Nomi kept crossing her eyes which were magnified under the glass!  Nomi and I made a little excursion down to the incinerator and rubbed soot on Nomi’s face and clothes.  We wished we had waved her jacket in some smoke for that fresh explosion smell but we didn’t think of that till we were in the car.  Nomi carried around a history book (only made sense to her for it to be a history book not a science book??), notebook and pens.  Jessica carried around several test tubes (I have a vase that consists of a wrought metal frame holding several test tubes).  Each tube had coloured vinegar to which she added bi-carb when she had an audience.  It fizzed and bubbled nicely for her!

 

I am always thrilled to see the kids learn at party times so from an educational perspective their day included:

  • Art – drama – stereotyping, costumes, role-playing
  • Science – as they discussed various science words and experiments
  • Health – as they talked about stereotypes, healthy and not so healthy
  • LOTE – they tried to find some Latin words that would fit the situation

 

The boys and I had a lovely afternoon, me scrapping, Josh reading, Daniel on the computer and watching a Space video.  I spent some time watching the video with Daniel, as you never know if it is going to come from an Evolutionary perspective.  It didn’t so Daniel was taking it all in.  The main thing he talked about was the huge-ness of the universe.  He tried to make up a scale himself as he was telling me all about it.  He was really excited to be going to the Conley’s as they have a telescope and it was a full moon but unfortunately frogs were found in the telescope and though they were able to be got out, they left their “smell” behind and the lens were a bit yucky!  So we will have to do that another time.

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