I can’t believe that this was the last week of half term already. We started the week with a CSI session organised by one of the other parents. There were problems to solve and clues to figure out who murdered who! It was great fun and then the boys went to a birthday party (which even involved letting the sensory seeker skip swimming). The following day was our relaxed Tuesday where I told the boys they could utilise the internet to learn whatever they wanted to. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the 10 year old was on YouTube discovering more about other children whose lives weren’t as easy as his (those who cannot see, those with too much skin etc). Then we went to visit their Great Nan on our bikes to see what she needed in the way of food shopping before getting our hairs done. In the afternoon there was the usual Explore Learning and swimming lesson.
Wednesday my husband’s car had to go into the garage so we took him to work before cracking on with some Maths, German and Non-verbal reasoning. We then went into town and visited the local market where we bought a logic book. Followed by the free local library session which was about the local battle and covered History, Geography and Art. We popped into the bank to pick up some Euros and I found it increasingly disturbing how strangers feel they are able to just talk to my children in a different way because they are not at school (they were sat at a table within sight as I waited in the queue). As it was almost my birthday we treated ourselves to a meal deal at Morrisons that includes the salad bar. Next the boys did their home education sports session before meeting up with other home educators in the park. We then collected their dad from work, had dinner and the 10 year old watched more videos on YouTube of kids with additional needs before heading off to Explore Learning for his 11+ session.
As we were going to be away the following week the 10 year old did the material he would do in the 11+ the next day. Whilst The Sensory Seeker started thinking about nouns and verbs from given subjects (eg all the nouns he could think of to do with Birthdays, and Space). Later we did some reading and the 10 year old made me a birthday cake. We played some board games – and that was just the morning! In the afternoon we went to Forest School where we ate the dandelion jam we made the previous week and The Sensory Seeker used a knife to whittle some sticks and chopped wood for the fire. In the evening our eldest son came home from University as a surprise for my birthday.
Friday was my 40th and so we all went to McDonalds for breakfast before taking the teen to school. The boys generally enjoyed playing games whilst I got on with packing. In the evening I had a party which the boys came to and had dinner. The following day we travelled down to Dover and stayed overnight at a B&B. Sunday we took the Ferry over to Calais and drove to Brussels. We enjoyed waffles and visited some local famous attractions before getting some much needed sleep.