It was a Deep Space Sparkle project on flamingos, so first I showed the boys a Youtube clip of a flamboyance of flamingos doing a mating dance - very amusing. Then we watched the clip from Fantasia 2000 set to Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals, and then watched the video instructions from DSS. It's part of her sixth-grade (year 6 here) curriculum, so I knew it might be a stretch for Youngest, but he was fine. I didn't get to do my own picture this time as there wasn't space at the table (the boys were using A3 card) so I was free to help Youngest, and he did really well. I never tell the boys what level the art lessons are aimed at as I don't want to set limits on their expectations - it's all about enjoyment and freedom in self-expression anyway. As usual, I love the finished results...
Today has been a much gentler day. The boys all started with Literacy Planet, which they set to whatever level they want, so they can do super-easy lessons if they want/ need to. They also did a book quiz (free PDF here) on "Weather" by Catriona Clarke, and then we did a spot of creative writing. We started off by doing an exercise on 'cliche-busting', as found on the internet. As part of the exercise we all had to come up with new ways of looking at and describing things. We particularly liked "eyes like beach-balls" (Youngest), "rough as the road" (Middle),"spiky days" (Eldest), and "as soft as Mummy's tummy" (me). Then I asked the boys if they could write a poem or piece of descriptive prose using at least one of their new phrases.
Night is Lovely
Night is lovely
It's black like an 'off' TV
owls, hedgehogs, badgers come out at night,
suspicious about our black camera-trap.
Stars and the moon come out as well,
making it feel a friendly black.
Where Rain Comes From
If you have wondered
where rain comes from I'll tell you.
It comes from men driving clouds
When they are sad
they cry sky tears
which turn into rain
The Man on the Other Side of the Road
There's a man across the road
Who claims he's friends with a toad
He wears a top as white as sheep
He walks down the hill without making a peep
From inside his room
He makes quite a boom
From a machine he won't show anyone soon
He wears an odd hat
That holds a sleeping tail-less cat.
You could say he's bizarre
When he's driving a car
Especially when he doesn't take it that far.
Despite being weird he's quite a nice chap
Who takes care of a snake that likes to sit in his lap
An in case you wondered, the man across the road
Is actually friends with a toad.
Any resemblance to anyone is purely coincidental and I apologise if I offended anyone :)
I do love the writing they produce - it's one of my favourite bits of Home Ed, getting to see and enjoy their creative 'masterpieces'!
Finally today we watched a DVD on Earth Science while we had lunch (the boys really like the 'rock' song on the three types of rock), and now Daddy is taking the boys out. That was a much better day - here's hoping the rest of the week stays this way now!