Lego Creations

Well it’s finally happened Lego fever has hit our house. This has been a long anticipated event for me. I’ve been waiting and waiting for the boys to want to build with their Lego but it just wasn’t happening. They had a few different sets but they just weren’t playing with them. Then it suddenly dawned on me it was the way it was presented and that’s when I had the brilliant but very simple idea to throw all our bits in one box and let them use their imaginations to build and … It worked!

   
 
By simply throwing them all in this box and letting them use their imaginations all sorts of creations have been made. 

Here is one day’s worth of creations:

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
Here is another days worth of creations:

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
This has been fantastic for afternoon rest/quiet time as it keeps them occupied and happy. 

So what was it that made the difference? I worked out the boys were looking at the Lego boxes and instructions that came with the pieces and getting overwhelmed by how complicated it looked. We initially made up the trucks and cars as per the instructions for them as the kids wanted them made up but then didn’t play with them after that. So by pulling everything apart and popping them in a box together with no instructions they didn’t get caught up making it try to look like the picture and their imaginations could invent some new creations. 

Admittedly the boys are only 4 and 6 years old but they are still more than capable of creating some awesome vehicles.  

Looking forward to more of their creativity. 

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Letter and Number Recognition fun activity

It’s funny how when you’re homeschooling you become more aware of how simple everyday activities can be a teaching opportunity. 

Take for example our latest breakfast time ritual. On the days when we have eggs on toast about twice a week the kids love tomato sauce on toast. 

Somehow it came about that we starting drawing on the toast with the squeeze bottle of sauce. It started off as smiley faces, then the first letter of each person name, then we’ve moved on to numbers. 

  
The younger ones now tell me the letter or number they want written and then we say it together. I’ll usually say the letter sound and we talk about words that start with that sound. 

  
Our oldest writes his own which has been fantastic to practice letter/number formation and also for fine motor skills. It can be quite a challenge to get the letters just right. 

Just recently the kids have been asking for double digit numbers including our 2 year old which is a great learning experience and so much more interesting than just reading it off a sheet of paper. 

What different or weird ideas do you use as “teaching” opportunities?

Update on Veggie Patch

Here’s some photos to show how our herbs and veggies are growing.

Sweet peas just emerging

  
Sweet peas really emerging …

  
Spinach just emerging…

  
Spinach getting bigger …

 
The corn is growing bigger but seems to have slowed done now. Not even sure when it’s supposed to be planted but it’s probably not the right season. Still it’s fun to see it growing.
 
We planted some spring onions too which are doing nicely…

  

The parsley is really thriving. It looks so much healthier than when we bought it.  

 

Can’t say the same for the basil it looks practically the same as when we first bought it. We’ve used a few leaves in our cooking to try encourage more growth but doesn’t seem to have made a difference. 

  
The kids have lost a bit of interest in watching things grow but once we start being able to “harvest” some of our goodies I’m sure their interest will return.   

D is for … Dinosaur

Last week our Kindy boy was learning about the letter D so what better to learn about than … Dinosaurs!

To start the week off on, Monday morning I set up our water table with a dinosaur habitat …

 
This was enjoyed by all the kids! One side we had water with rocks and then ‘land’ in the other! The land was actually bi-carb and by adding in a squirt bottle of vinegar it added another element of fun!

They loved seeing the foaming bubbles when the two mixed together!

Our whole plastic dinosaur collection got to enjoy being washed in foaming bi carb and dipped in water to clean off!

   
  


The table was left out all day and the kids added more to it over the day …

 
They added leaves to the water to make a ‘swamp’ and had lots of imaginative play! 

This T-Rex is carrying it’s baby!

  
They then moved on to play more “imaginative” games in the backyard making a home for a cockroach in a box complete with a bridge made from a palm branch …

  
I’ve learnt to get used to all the “beautiful” and “cute” insects that they adopt!

They then used a slide as a stretcher to carry sick people …

  
This was sparked by our Anzac Studies the week before Anzac Day which they still keep talking about! (Might write a post about this later if I remember)

We then enjoyed “Dinosaur” pie …

 
Thanks to a dinosaur sandwich cutter Master 4 received for his birthday!

Followed by “Dinosaur Fossil Footprint” biscuits …

 
It was a really great start to the school week while we learnt about Dinosaurs!

The rest of the week we read dinosaur books from the library and did some dinosaur worksheets!

 
  

This is a cut and paste dinosaur we did!

We had a great time learning and playing with our dinosaurs to learn about the letter D! 

Veggie and Herb Patch

 
We’re attempting to grow some veggies in a newly cleared part of the garden!

Being our first attempt, not sure how it will go but it’s such a great learning experience for the kids and they are so excited to find out each day what’s happened!

  
This plot is actually some corn we grew from popping corn believe it or not! The kids started this “experiment” in a class they participate in at our Homeschool Co-op! 

We’re just continuing it by planting in the garden to see what happens!
 
This plot has a row of Sweet peas seeds at the back and Spinach in the front! We were going to plant some Broccoli seeds too but after a bit of reading found this needed to be started earlier this year to plant out the seedlings now!

Nothing has sprouted yet but we’re watching!

 
This Sweet Basil was grown from seed a couple of months ago, unfortunately it got devoured by ‘something’ while we were away! It’s making a recovery now so hopefully it will grow back nicely! 

   

These two herbs, Parsley and Basil were bought in very average condition and we’ve managed to bring them back to life! The parsley in particular was very sick so was surprised it made it!

The kids are loving helping to get a bunch of herbs to put in our dinners so we’re hoping they can soon pick some peas or grab some spinach as well!

Will try to take progress photos to show the growth over the next few weeks!

What are you growing in your Veggie patch?

 

Crazy Kitchen Cook Up

So this is not a Homeschool post but wanted to share my adventures in the kitchen this morning…

So I started off making some popcorn for snacks this week:

   

then thought I’d better make a cake too:

 

Which then lead me to think about lunch … So I cooked up 500g of mince (I’d bought 2kg), some carrots and cabbage I had in the fridge to make ‘Beef & Veg Chow Mein’:

 

While that was on the stove I thought about what to do with the other 1.5kg of mince I had left. So while I was on a roll I pulled out my 2 slow cookers and made ‘Porcupines’ in one:

 

And a “Huge” pot of Pasta sauce, adding some more grated carrot and zucchini that needed to be eaten:

  

The kitchen smells amazing and I’m pretty chuffed with myself! 😋 

We’ll be well fed for days! Yay me!

What have you got cooking today? 

What’s your favourite family meal to make?

Meet the Troops

Before beginning to share our life we thought it would be a good idea to introduce the “small people” who play such a large part in, well ….. everything Homeschooling! 

Because let’s face it if they didn’t exist neither would our Homeschooling Adventures! 😀

  

 

Master 5 (turns 6 in June) – Year 1

Natural Born Leader of all the other “small people” in his clan! With a passion and love for others he’s a real people person! Takes his job as “big” brother very seriously and loves his “little” brother and sister! Forever curious and highly intelligent, this boy can ask some good questions, which always keeps me on my toes! He thinks, talks and walks 100 miles an hour! Full of energy I get exhausted just watching him go! (Note the eye patch, he’s also a huge Octonauts Kwazii fan! As are all our kids! Also notice the mess, not made by him, and grazed knee … that’s real life people! 😜)

  

Master 3 (turns 4 end April) – Kindy

Our beautiful, sensible, nature loving boy with an awesome sense of humour, who is the perfect compliment and best friend to his “Big” brother! A natural hands on learner with lots of commonsense to boot! Bare feet and mud are his idea of perfection! Wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes a farmer one day with his love of the outdoors and animals! He can keep up with his brother in the energy stakes, so glad they’ve got each other to bounce off! He also takes his role as “big” brother to his “little” sister very seriously and always makes sure she’s not left out or left behind!

    

Miss 2 (turns 3 in November)

Our beautiful angel girl! She does her absolute best to keep up with her brothers whom she adores (the feeling is mutual between them all 😊)! Not afraid of much, willing to get muddy, capture wild insects, but also dress up and be pretty! Definitely daddy’s little girl and mums little shadow! She’s very precious! Doted on by all in the family and with 3 “men” in the house to look out for her she’s well protected!

So there you have it our precious blessings who needless to say we love to bits! 

Next up we’ll share what we’ve been doing in our homeschool so far this year!

Hello and Welcome!

 

 

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