Last week I posted here about what Baby Girl has been doing, this week it’s Youngling’s turn.
Youngling would be in the final year of primary school now. Last time I posted about him this is what he was up to.
He began the week with a bit of reading: ‘Gruesome Great Houses’ – a Horrible Histories book he picked up from the library on Saturday. He really likes the Horrible Histories books and we have quite a few at home. He was pleased to see a new one in the library.
We go to a home ed group on Mondays. This week we had a visitor, who brought us some owls to see. He took pictures of the owls, and answered some questions, remembering that yellow-eyed owls are diurnal, and trying to guess the heaviest part of an owl (he guessed torso, but the answer was feathers). After the talk, Youngling held one of the barn owls.
He had a great time, chatting with friends, climbing trees in the grounds, eating snacks, and helped tidy away the chairs and the playdoh at the end of the session.
Back home, he used Duolingo to practise French and had a run in the garden and a jump on the trampoline. Youngling likes to get outside and move a lot!
When he came back inside, he did a couple of pages of his maths workbook. He has a Minecraft book, which he’s really enjoying. None of the maths is new to him, but it’s a fun way to practice his skills.
Youngling settled down to relax and play on his phone for a bit. He looked up some more information about the black barn owl he held today.
Another home ed group this morning: roller skating. I love the very cool way Youngling skates with his hands behind his back.
After lunch, he did his Duolingo practice. He’s really enjoying using this app to practice his French. He particularly likes being able to choose whether to use his phone or the PC.
In the afternoon, he carried on with his creative writing project. He spent quite a bit of time on this: reading through a short description and highlighting good points, mistakes and parts that could be improved; then using the skills he’d learned to improve a piece of descriptive writing he did last week.
He made himself and his sister a snack. Then he had a run in the garden.
When he came inside we did a maths project. We’ve been working through Maths Games Lab together and today we made Sierpinsky Triangle collages. Great practice of accurate measuring and cutting.
He played on the trampoline for a bit, taking advantage of the last sunshine of the day. Then he came back inside to play Minecraft.
We go swimming on Wednesday mornings. Youngling particularly enjoys using his fins to swim very fast.
Not being much of an early riser, he ate his breakfast in the car on the way back from swimming. At home, he did some calculator practice, working through a series of puzzles where you do a sum then turn the calculator upside down and read the word. It’s slightly tricky as some numbers are used to represent multiple letters. He also spotted a mistake, and we chatted about exactly what we needed to change to get the right answer.
We dropped off a hoover for his oldest brother, and visited his pet snake. The snake shed its skin recently, so Eldest kept the skin to give his younger siblings. We took Eldest out for lunch and Youngling chatted to him about work and our planned trip to Stratford.
Once Eldest left us, Youngling and Baby Girl helped me with the shopping. Youngling’s very handy at running back to aisles to grab things I forget!
Home again, he helped unload the car, ate an apple, then did some programming on Scratch. He’s currently making a game about defeating an evil wizard.
Duolingo first thing this morning. Then he carried on with his calculator maths games, until the rest of us were ready to go out.
He was eager to get to the library and swap over his books. He spent some time browsing and choosing. Then we went to MacDonalds for lunch. Youngling lost a tooth. He drew while we waited for our food, and helped tidy up when we were done.
We popped home and he began reading some library books, snuggled up with the cat.
Since Mr Frogotter isn’t around today (also the reason for our lunch out), Youngling didn’t fancy staying home while Baby Girl had Gymnastics, so he came with us and sat in the car. While he waited for us, he read a retelling of Chaucer’s Takes. On the drive home we chatted about the difference between this retelling and the one by Marcia Williams (here) that he’s read before. He still has the same favourite (The Nun’s Tale), but he thinks that The Parson’s Tale is ‘even more inappropriate for children’ in this version! We’re considering having a Chaucer project, but Youngling thinks it might be inappropriate for Baby Girl. We talked about different ideas of childhood throughout history and how what’s suitable for children has changed as people have come to expect more privacy.
Back home, he had a quick run in the garden – it was spitting with rain – then came inside to carry on reading his library books.
He began the day snuggled under a blanket, reading library books. Once the weather cleared a bit, he ran in the garden and played on the trampoline.
On request, he came in to unload the dishwasher. After a bit more reading, he did some French with his sister and me. We’re working through a book of French phonics songs, aimed at helping improve our pronunciation. We practiced the previous two songs, and learnt a new one today. Then Youngling completed the accompanying worksheet.
He carried on with his calculator maths – he’s progressed to making whole sentences.
After lunch, we set up a crystal growing experiment. Youngling took photos of each step. He’ll print them out to put in his science book when we finish the experiment. He got a little thermal printer for Christmas and he uses it to add pictures to all his experiment write ups.
Youngling and Baby Girl went to play outside and take it in turns to jump on the trampoline.
This week has been the conclusion of our ladybird project. Our ladybirds emerged from their pupas and we released them into the garden. Youngling has been taking pictures of their progress, and he printed off a sequence to stick in his science book.
I got out a ladybird craft to do. Youngling is very good at sharing with Baby Girl and they worked together to produce a beautiful picture.
Youngling did most of the sewing, and let Baby Girl put on most of the stickers. There was a discussion about the nose, Youngling said it wasn’t accurate as ladybirds use their antennae and feet to smell, but Baby Girl liked it, so he let her put it on.
Middly came home from work and set up an Easter egg hunt for the younger two. Youngling had a lot of fun hunting for eggs, and was happy to share his haul.
He played on the PC for a while, and did some more work on his wizard game in Scratch.
This year we’ve been working on social skills with Youngling, and it’s lovely to see him developing a group of friends. He’s more confident in social situations and finding groups much less challenging.
He loves English, and is very keen on Shakespeare. We have a trip to Stratford planned this summer to see ‘As You Like It’ – his current favourite play. I’m also planning on bringing more poetry into his studies.
Reading through his week, I saw quite how active Youngling is. He is a very calm child and, when he’s doing something, is perfectly happy to sit still for a long time. So, I hadn’t really noticed quite how much time he spends running around. It’s a lot!
Maths isn’t his favourite subject, and it can be tricky to maintain his interest. Variety helps, I think. As well as arithmetic, he practices geometric drawing skills and using a calculator.