Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Finally feeling well enough to post. Our household with the exception of Nigel has been hit by a particularly nasty strain of the flu virus. After feeling wretched for almost a week the kids and I have decided that we are not attending anymore home education events that are held indoors as they appear to be breeding grounds for some very nasty bugs. This is the second time that we have all been quite ill after attending such events. I can't understand why some parents think it is acceptable to take their sick kids to events and spread their germs around the rest of us. Well we have had enough if they won't stay away we will. Just in case anyone thinks I am being unfair and that we could have picked the germs up elsewhere you only have to look at the evidence. We are not the only family to have been hit by the offending bugs after attending the two events. The incubation period from initial exposure to development of symptoms also ties in with the event dates. So I have to say the evidence is pretty strong. Well rant over and on to other things.
RANT FREE ZONE
My mum recently purchased two very good kids books from The Book People which deal with the physical and emotional issues of growing up. I am well impressed with these publications despite their pink for a girl, blue for a boy stereotypical covers. Thea has read the one written for girls from cover to cover. Just wish they had been around when I was at school much more informative and far less embarrassing than any sex education lessons I had to endure - still cringe now thinking about them.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
On Sunday we decided to go for a walk with some friends. Although the weather was misty it was noticeably warmer than earlier in the week. After 12 years in a wardrobe and a rucksack the Kissu (storm shelter - perhaps best described as a tent without poles) was finally put into action. The kids had great fun trying it out and it made a cosy retreat for our snack. Even the dog joined in on the fun - see last photo. Can't imagine what any passing hikers made of the whole episode - must have looked very strange!
Today we went to the first meeting of a home education group in Durham and had an enjoyable time playing games and making valentine mobiles. Lets hope the group is now able to build upon this successful first meeting. There is certainly a need for more of these types of events across the North East region.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Just heard from Nigel we are emigrating to Scotland. Guess that means the DIY will be stepping up a gear. Perhaps its time to write to DIY SOS with a desperate plea for help. I think I could live with the embarrassment of appearing on TV if it meant everything was finished in a weekend.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
We have been exploring the concept of triangular numbers - a number that can make a triangular dot pattern. Good job I bought the Primary Maths Dictionary as I don't remember ever doing triangular numbers at primary or secondary school. After working through some examples Thea rushed off to get a box of Tobelerone and swiftly arranged the sweets into a triangular number configuration. Thea then raised an interesting point - how can 1 be a triangular number, it doesn't make a triangle. After some consideration she then said if the dots were triangles as opposed to circles that would work, see picture below.