Hi I find it much easier just to keep one document per week for both boys, instead of switching between two and uploading twice, I’m sure you understand 🙂
We had an fantastic time in LA we did loads, learnt and experienced a lot, whilst having fun at the same time. It’s taking quite some time sorting the photos, however we’ll soon be uploading them onto the site along with video diaries and hopefully write-ups!
In conjunction with the above, I’ve started the boys on this years academic work. I brought these new set of books for Caelum which I think are fantastic as they use all the ways of learning, Caelum’s enjoying them too which makes it easier! They’re the ‘KS3 Complete Coursebook (Letts KS3 Revision Success – New 2014 Curriculum)‘ Maths, English and Science,
Tobi has been working on the books that continue on from last year, however I might search for some different ones. We’ve started reading a set of books called ‘The Magic Tree House’, I love these books as they’re adventure books but the children learn a lot from them. They’re for all ages and there’s a web site with games and quizzes on the books as well as worksheets! http://www.magictreehouse.com/
I knew the boys were getting a bit ‘lazy’ and their behaviour was becoming worse, I was also concerned on whether or not they were working at the right level. So whilst they were at their holiday clubs this week (19th – 23rd Oct) I did some thinking on how to improve the situation. I think adding a male to assist might help though I want to look at all the options before just hiring another member of staff. I looked on-line and I found ‘A Star Tutors’ http://astartutors.net/ so I went and had a chat with them. WHAT LOVELY PEOPLE! They weren’t phased at all in the boys being home schooled, no disappointing looks or anything! They genuinely just want the best for children and they’re there to help! Caelum and Tobi have been for tests to see what level they are at and where to work on, the boys enjoyed it and they were so good! They are working on a ok level, they’re down in some things and up in others. The teachers said they’re very bright boys but they’re not using their brains as well as they’re capable of and just need a kick! I’ve decided to send them to A Stars for an hour of maths, an hour of science and 2 hours of English each week to push them. I’ll keep you posted!!!