This week we have looked at Three Names, a FIAR text by Patricia MacLachlan. It was ok. Hermione liked it but I have to say I wasn't overly impressed. It tells the tale of children on the prairies and their one room school house. We talked about the prairies and looked at pictures of prairie landscapes on the Internet. We found North America and Canada on the map and placed our story disc there. We discussed the title before reading the book and considered how important a title is. We did some other bits and pieces too but I wasn't particularly inspired so we probably didn't go as far as we could have. One thing it did inspire me to do though was to order a copy of Little House on the Prairie from Amazon Marketplace. If Hermione likes it I may buy a series on DVD as I'm dismayed with some of the crap that is on childrens tv these days. I wandered in the living room the other day to hear a character in a childrens programme say 'arse'. It was on a cable channel probably aimed at the 8 -12 age range. I was shocked. The children hear enough 'earthy' language from me on occasions without it being on the tv!
We haven't done anything with the computer for a while so I decided to look up a few online games this week. We found a game which involved sorting odd and even numbers, one where the player must insert the correct mathematical sign to show greater or lesser and also quite a few phonics games. They went down a treat. I must confess to sometimes feeling like a lazy parent when we do quite a lot of computer stuff. I try not to but do feel I need to be actively doing everything.
We are still full of Halloween spirit. Hermione and Craig went to a Halloween event at Hardwick Country Park on Friday night. There were crafts, story tellers, a scary walk and other stuff. They had a good time. Tomorrow night is the Halloween bash at Badgers.
We have been to Whitworth Country Park twice this week. It is beautiful there. We took bread for the ducks one day and discovered that deer can swim - well we knew they could swim but hadn't actually seen it before. Poor things must have been really hungry.
The apples in the walled garden are past their best but the grapes are good. Miles couldn't resist but try them.
Hermione has spent quite a bit of time this week making a heart shaped felt handbag. It isn't finished yet but it's coming along nicely.
Miles had a 'first' this week. He stayed for song time at gym class. Usually at the first sign of people sitting in a circle he runs to get his shoes. I'm not sure what brought about the change but this week he wanted to stay and even joined in some of the actions. He is generally coming along great. He really is mischievous and has a great sense of humour. His speech is improving a lot too. For a long time his only words were mama, boob, bra and burp. Thankfully he's expanded his vocabulary and can say quite a few things now. Oddly he's stopped calling Craig dada and now calls him 'that mama', the emphasis being on 'that.' He makes me laugh.