30 July 2007

A week of teeth

This past week at "homeschool" we studied Dentists and Teeth in great detail. We learned about brushing and flossing, different types of teeth, and we did experiments on eggs to show how different foods effect (or is that affect?) our teeth enamel. On Tuesday last week, Joel said his tooth felt funny, and we discovered it was loose.So we discussed milk teeth and permanent teeth too. And Joel wiggled his tooth.

Today we went to the dentist. The children behaved really well, and co-operated. Their teeth were all fine and the dentist was great! Whilst we were there the dentist by mistake bumped
the loose tooth out. Here is the story Joel composed for school today. I have not changed any of his words:

"Today we all went to the dentist and my tooth came out, because it was loose. Dr Chris was brushing my teeth because I wanted him to brush my teeth. Then my tooth came out. Now I have 19 teeth. I put my tooth under my pillow, that the toothmouse could come. He will leave a coin in its' place. The End."

Though I was fascinated at how much of our week was linked to our school theme, quite honestly I am relieved to see the end of teeth for a while. We celebrated by eating junk food at Wimpy. (Not logic, I know)

Tomorrow we start Fireman and fire safety. One school topic I do not want to bring "home"!!!

28 July 2007

July 2007

Well, it has been a busy few months. Winter has treated us well. We have had many very warm days and lovely walks in between chilly, windy weather.
James is busy building a Wendy house/Fort down at the bottom of the garden. When the weather is fine AND it is weekend, he has been hard at work.

We have also changed our school room and we now have a long desk/counter all along one side. Eventually it will have shelves underneath and we will make one whole other wall for shelves. Above the counter is a new HUGE pinboard.

We have got into a lovely routine of doing school from 9am to 12 am. Some days we finish up early. We always do "work" first, and crafts later. Our day largely depends on Shelley. Joel is reading really well. He likes Maths, but dislikes colouring in. I am busy compiling his mid year assesment/report. Emma has been so keen to join in school that I now have to prepare "work" for her too.

Shelley is a slow teether. She is sporting two new teeth. She crawls around fast now and pulls herself up against furniture too. She is very sweet with the children. She can wave and say "meouw". She really loves Dad, and squeals in delight for him.

I am finding it rewarding being at home with the children. We now have our house help only twice a week and I have not found it stressful, I have enjoyed doing things myself.

Well, there is still a lot I could say about this last month, but I may post again.