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January 2021

What a month January has been. Our main topic was space, as the Twins have shown a huge interest lately. You can read all about that under topics - science -Space 2021 for a lot more detail on what we got up to from the planets to Constellations, zodiacs to astronomers, space shuttles to astronaut food to an escape room. 

    Daddy now has Fridays off which has really helped our home ed routine. With childminding three mornings a week it was becoming stressful to juggle everything, so now Button does her normal English, Maths, reading and now Lego filming each morning still then the days we don't childmind are filled with baking and art.

     Fridays and Saturdays have now become about topic learning and more English for Button with Daddy. The Twins, meanwhile, have started doing reading eggs and mathseeds each morning as well. This frees up our afternoons to explore the topic related toys we have out, board games, gardening and whatever else the children want to do. It's a lovely balance of structured work and child led learning and play. 

    This month the children came up with loads of fun space games for their free time but we also fitted in board games, letter crafts and writing and some number games.

    Daddy also set Button a task to learn about an artist each week: how they paint or draw and then to do her own piece of art work similar to theirs. Her first week she went for Frida, her second favourite artist. She studies the artist on her own for a bit of independent learning, but the art work we all do together. It's a nice activity for the Twins as well as it starts to expose them to artists and their work. We're not expecting them to be able to copy the art work but it's nice to give them some time to express themselves and to practice their mark making. This week she selected a picture of a fruit bowl done by Frida so I choose the orange with a slice taken for her to focus on. Button did amazing with this, taking her time and really focusing on the lines and shades. The next day I gave them all a cut apple to draw. The Twins drew brillant round circles with a line for a stalk and coloured them in red and green. Buttercup even added a person in her picture grabbing the apple. It's great that they are taking on board what we are drawing. 

    We have only just started the Twins with reading eggs and mathseeds and they are loving it. We were lucky to get it free for a month for them to give it a good trial before we bought it. In that time they have managed to do ten levels on mathseeds and love the games and videos on reading eggs. It's been brillant to see them so excited to learn. We were in no rush to do this sort of learning with them but rolled with it as they were so keen. 

     January also saw us plan our veg patch. This was brilliant as all the children planned what they wanted to grow after reading our Osborne book on planting veg and then we drew plans of our veg patch. I loved watching them get so passionate about it. 

     More exciting news in the children's eyes is that we set up their fish tank which was their Christmas present. They now are the proud owners of a cat fish and 5 guppies. 

  The Twins also had their first learning subscription this month. We have signed up for them to receive a letter from Banjo Robinson, a travelling cat. It comes with a map of the world to follow his travels, stickers, a recipe card and paper and an envelope so they can reply to him. You can then add a p.s to his letters so he can reply to any messages etc. They were so excited to get something that was for them through the post. They drew him pictures and wrote their names. It really encouraged them.

 

It's been a pretty successful month with all three kids really buying into it. Next month, the Twins will be studying 'Tiddler' and learning about winter. Button, meanwhile will be learning about the World Wars. Then we will all be starting on our Europe project. 

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