This morning we went welly boot shopping. Not the most enthralling task but necessary all the same if the children will insist on wading on in to any water we see.
This afternoon we went to the Laing Art Gallery. Nana and Hermione attended a session called 'Mother Nature'. There had been about a dozen other home educated children there.
The session involved working in teams to create a picture from a written description they were provided with. They then had to find the painting which they had reproduced within the gallery (the description being of an actual painting the gallery was displaying). I guess this is something you could easily do independently and it need not necessarily be of a painting in a gallery - it could be of a particular kind of tree, animal or structure.
While they beavered away me and Miles had fun in the hands on gallery for under fives. It's a lovely little area which Hermione and I used to visit a lot when she was younger and we lived closer.
When we returned home our order of Horizon books had arrived. The next set of maths books are pretty much like the first just obviously getting progressively more challenging. The spelling and grammar books arrived too. I've just glanced through them and they appear to have some great activities in them which I hope will encourage Hermione to write, but they are also rather biblical and geared up towards a structured five day week. I think they made need a little bit of tinkering but then they'll be just fine.
Having been round the hustle and bustle of town I couldn't wait to get out into the garden. I know the weather forecast is poor for the weekend but I've planted out some runner beans and peas. They are really starting to bolt in the heat of the house and I'm worried that I'll be left with weak straggly plants. If they are finished off by a late frost I'll just start over again as I've plenty seeds left over. I love it when the pea and bean wigwams are up, it makes it look like a real veg patch. I'm even hoping that we might knock up a traditional looking scarecrow this year too. I remember seeing them in gardens as a child. I've ordered a Worzel Gummidge DVD from Amazon Rentals to help inspire us *grin*.