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May
05
2014

Mundaring Sculpture Park and Weir

Last time we were out this way was a few years ago for a Truffle Festival.  This time round we came out this way on the weekly excursion (which he hadn't done for a couple of weekends due to some major works including replacing the fence out the front and helping friends lay some cable to a shed) and because 7yo heard there was an art gallery.

We stopped by the "village" to pick up maps and things for 7yo's collection and she also bought a butterfly spotter's book and to hit up the bakery for lunch.  We took the food to the Sculpture Park and the kids had a play at the playground before we checked out the sculptures, read  and followed the track up to where there were some rail switching levers and an amphitheatre.  Ru put a performance on the old platform (now a stage).

Apr
25
2014

Not schooly stuff

i love you in Duplo

Duplo "i LOVE U" by 9yo with a little blue heart in the O

Picture of Hootabella the puppet owl

7yo's pic of Hootabella, one of the owls from the Giggle and Hoot show on ABC4Kids.  She has since added in a magic wand and we will be sending it in to the Giggle Gallery along with one she helped 5yo with


Plaster of Paris "fossils"

Apr
23
2014

1900s

me: We're going to find out how people lived in the 1900s!
7yo: how long ago was that?
me: so long ago not even Great Nanny was born then.
7yo: the Stone Age?
me: ...[trying not to laugh]...not that long ago.
7yo: Romans?
me: not that long ago either.
7yo: [thinking]...Tudors?
me: that's probably closer.

Apr
15
2014

Duplo tablet stand

5yo likes to watch mocies on his tablets when he's eating alone, but sometimes struggles to hold the tablet up with one hand, and often gets told off for gooping up the tablet if he uses both hands to eat for whatever reason (I've also tried not allowing him to have the tablet while eating but that doesn't always work).  Yesterday after watching 5yo struggling to eat a bowl of pasta while watching a movie, 9yo built him a tablet stand out of Duplo:

Think if being a pro gamer or footy player doesn't work out for 9yo, he could be some kind of engineer.

Mar
24
2014

Aviation Heritage Museum of WA and Army Museum of WA photo post

On two different weekends, we hit up the Aviation Heritage Museum of WA in Bull Creek and the Army Museum of WA in Fremantle.  I think the boys got more out of those trips than the girl did so next stop might have to be the Perth Museum (she has a special liking for the butterfly corridor) or Art Gallery and I suppose SciTech or the Zoo can also be considerations, somewhere she enjoys at any rate.  Both these places are great, the guides are extremely helpful and are often floating not far away and are happy to answer everything about everything.

Aviation Heritage Museum of WA - Mar 03

Feb
27
2014

Unschooly things

Yeh I'm not doing the week by week anymore.

In addition to pocket money, daily bookwork is really good for basics when I'm sick or otherwise blargh from staying up too many late nights in a row and the kids are not (if they are sick they get to veg out and I try to get them to watch docos, we have recently discovered the TED Education Youtube channel and the kids have been consuming the snippets rabidly.  There are full lessons on the TED-Ed website but we haven't really explored there yet.  The animations are short (usually under 15mins) which is perfect for 5yo's attention span, and could potentially skim a huge variety of topics in 2 hours.  Just off the top of my head from passing they've watched clips on the Higgs-Boson field, icebergs, eel migration, vampire mythology, why glass is transparent and the Fosbury Flop.

Feb
07
2014

Attitude

As he approaches 5, the 4yo has been much less...well...4.  While still prone to bouts of 4 year old raging tantrums, he is much easier to reason with and manage because he listens sometimes.

The attitudes of the bigs hae shifted dramatically from towards the end of last year where I have no idea what was going on (but the stress I was feeling at the time wouldn't have helped) but I was fully prepared to pick up enrolment forms from the primary school down the road.

Jan
24
2014

Breakthroughs

Tao seems to finally be over his writing hurdle.  Yesterday he reported that writing seems to be a lot easier, and as a result he hasn't actively resisted/refused doing bookwork when I've put out the call to come and do it.  Maybe he's also realised that if he just comes and does the two pages he can go back to what he was doing quicker than if he tries to ignore me, then has a tantrum and argues about it, then does it with all of us in a cranky mood and then isn't in the mood to do whatever it was he had been doing beforehand because the world is obviously dead set against him having any fun whatsoever.  He still needs to work on some letter formation and is occasionally writing some things backwards but it seems to be coming a lot easier to him now which is great.  I've told him it will get easier as it goes into muscle memory and his writing will slowly get neater the more he practises.

Dec
03
2013

!schooling 0000M00x - M06z

Weeks are getting slower as far as socially accepted "schooling" goes and ramping up with Silly Season.

We did our usual park meet and roleplaying and a quick stint at the library this week but missed out on a chunk of the boring every day stuff such as grocery shopping as Cub has been very 4 lately and taking him out anywhere is more unpleasant than it needs to be.

Tao has been endlessly procrastinating the bookwork lately and then "forgetting", Ru has generally kept it up.  We've shifted onto the 2014 program for pocket money at their request ages ago but they still haven't worked out what they want to do for projects, but none of my ideas are quite good enough.

Both found a cat mandible in the garden (which I initially didn't recognise as a cat mandible due to a brain fart and thinking there should have been more teeth), I suspect they may have dug up he grave of the cat that had to be euthanised beginning of last year.

Nov
20
2013

Potions

Week has been flat tack.

But today they made potions.  Supervised from a distance as today is a work day.  Ingredients included a small tub of yoghurt, jellybeans, cordial (even though I told them no food items they could consume directly when they asked if they could make potions ie before they'd had a chance to gather ingredients, they tried to claim they had somehow assembled these things before I'd told them no food items), citric acid, bicarb, vinegar, hippie lice shampoo (contains only eucalyptus and melaleuca oils) and hippie plant-based detergent.

Tao made a big potion in a "cauldron" (big tin bucket with two handles, it's supposed to be a drink holder) which smelled nice and bubbled lots when you stir it.  We had a brief chat about what makes the bubbles when he dragged me out to see.

Ru assisted and then went to have a picnic on the cubby house.