Last week A was grumbling that 'we never win anything', then later that same day I got a call from a local library to tell me we had come second in a competition and won £15 worth of book tokens! So yesterday we went for the presentation and had our photo taken for the local paper - very exciting. For the competition we had to go round the high street finding books in shop windows, writing down the authors names, and find the secret phrase made up from the first letters of the authors surnames. So now we must get to a bookshop and spend our winnings.
We also met up with some friends yesterday who had been away since the beginning of July, and whom we had really missed, so a good day all round.
Had a lie-in this morning, listening to Radio 4' big_bang_day stuff. I found it all quite mind boggling, but very interesting, I think A dozed through most of it - it didn't seem to inspire her! She has been quite caught up with her current 'saving the earth' project, focusing on animals at the moment. She's been using a number of books, plus googling things, and coming up with some interesting facts and info and some great drawings. She's doing most of it by herself and seems to be really enjoying it.
Maths is becoming a bit of an issue, not because A cant do it, but (as I think I mentioned in a previous post) she is very quick to give up, and becomes quite frustrated and cross about it. When I sit and go through it with her she does understand and can work things out. We've been using a couple of different workbooks which seemed good and quite 'fun', but I'm wondering if I need to find a different approach and different resources to help her. Any suggestions very welcome!!
Working backwards here - Monday was a beautiful day, after Tai Chi we spontaneously decided to head to the beach and enjoy the sunshine, so we had some chips at the little cafe and then went paddling in the sea and collected loads of shells for jewellery making. Then it was back home to our trampoline classroom for some project work and discussions. We both commented how wonderful it was to be able to get out and enjoy the last of the summer, and how much we are loving home ed :)