Picked up several good books in the Red Cross yesterday and am planning to require a certain amount of purposeful or focussed activity each week as I still think that boredom is our largest problem here. I don’t want it to take a long time, and I’d rather avoid work for the sake of work, so I’m basing it mainly on their lists of what they want to learn, so we should all be happy.
For Big I found Focus on Literacy: Pupil Textbook Bk.5 which looks quite good – it has 30 units in it that are supposed to be covered one a week in school, and will easily make sure that she’s getting the basics. When I got it home I realised it’s exactly the right school year for her too, although I’d chosen it because I’d flicked through and thought it looks about the right level for her.
For both of them to share I picked up Flower Fairies of the Autumn. I don’t know whether other ppl’s children are as utterly oblivious as mine are to the world around them, but I am forever telling them to open their eyes and look about. With this and the usborne spotters I am determined to get them observing nature and recognising plants, insects and animals.
To follow Small’s expressed interests I found Space (DK Eye Wonder) and Outer Space (Funstations). Along with George’s Secret Key to the Universe which he’s still dipping into every now and then, I think we’ve got a pretty good basis for a space/ science project.
The final book turns out to have been part of a set. I don’t know what the rest of the set was like, but the maps and geography activity book I got for 25p is excellent. Another little project to come on maps, coordinates and so on I think 🙂
And of course we already have maths, in the form of My Pals are Here singapore maths. So I think we’re pretty well set for some routine work, which we can work more interesting projects around as and when the fancy takes us.
Until the next time we all fancy a change 🙂