Wednesday, September 20, 2006


September is proving a busy work month - another meeting today but only for a couple of hours. Its a good job every month isn't so demanding otherwise I would have to rethink the whole work thing. Children come first in my book and if work starts to impinge too much on our home education then it will have to go. At the moment I have to admit the money is useful, I think we would seriously struggle on only Nigel's salary and things like piano, swimming and athletics would be difficult to fund not to mention the book purchases. Just as well we haven't reached that point yet, The Book People magazine arrived today and I couldn't resist some of the titles, including:

Shakespeare Stories - 8 books for ages 8 to 2 years.
Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Hamlet.

Birdhouses - templates and instructions to create 20 attractive and entertaining homes and feeders for your local bird families. Designed to be made in a weekend. Thought this would be good for DT projects along with the Usborne book on Card Making.
Thea and James really enjoy making their own cards but the designs shown in my card book are too fiddly and complicated.
Whilst I was at my meeting Thea researched the Titanic on the web using Nanna's computer. Follow up work to yesterday's visit; her idea not mine. She found out the following:
  • The Titanic had 2,227 passengers
  • 705 survived
  • The ship was designed to hold 30 life boats but only 20 were on board
  • The Titanic is 12,500 feet down
  • Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the Titanic tradgedy, died 6th May 2006 at the age of 99.
  • The Titanic boasted electric elevators, a swimming pool, a squash court, a Turkish bath and a gymnasium with a mechanical horse and mechanical camel.

During the afternoon Thea, James and I spent a fun couple of hours constructing a legobeach complete with pier, cliff lift, lighthouse, speed boats, submarine, sand castles, beach centre and surfers.

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