It was an interesting week this week - it's school holidays so our normal activities are stopped. We continued 'lessons' though as we're taking time off in November. We got through some of what we had planned, but I had a migraine most of the week, so I was at a slower pace - I got through Tuesday & Wednesday with the help of Nurofen, spent most of Thursday curled up whimpering on the lounge (my friend Nurofen was not helping!), and got through Friday with more Nurofen.. Better now though.
English: Almost finished Charlie & the Chocolate Factory together, interspersed with other smaller books from the library. Pete & Billy are still reading The Hobbit together once a week.
Maths: Leap into Maths Yr 1 workbook - Unit 8
Science & Technology: Weather unit - Finished filling out a daily weather chart (just the basics - ie sunny, rainy, cloudy). Created a poster of what clothes to wear when it is hot, cold & rainy. Watched 'Scope' about poisons and toxins.
He has been creating pictures using KidPix, updating his blog and sending emails.
HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): Read a European folk story (the Bremen Town musicians) and made a picture about it using KidPix. Read about the "The Beginning of Life" (early blue-green algae & pre-cambrian creatures) and the "Shells & Skeletons" (Cambrian creatures such as arthropods).
Creative & Practical Arts: We watched a play at the Civic Theatre called 'Emily loves to bounce' - excellent! We also visited the art gallery.
PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Swimming for fun with friends.
On Friday I implemented a 'no-tv through the weekday' ban.. This is one of those decisions that will be as hard on me as it is on Billy - not because I watch TV but because I use it as a babysitter too much :(
I've never really had a problem with how much TV he watched as he mainly watched Nick Jr and Playhouse Disney. All of the shows on those channels are either educational or morally 'nice' so I didn't have a problem with it. Now though, he's declared himself too old for most of the shows on there, and has discovered Nickolodeon and Disney channel. I consider the majority of the shows on there to be utter cr@p! It amazes me how it goes from nice educational shows for preschoolers, and then suddenly once they go to school, the shows are just rubbish. Not only do I think the shows are too old for him in the main, they are pure 'entertainment' with very little redeeming values! Anyway rant over..
He's really addicted to the TV to the point that it's interfering with normal life - he's constantly watching the clock to see when the next show is on, wanting to hurry up and finish school work so he can watch something, wants to plan his activities around the TV schedule :( No more! I've decided the TV goes off at 9am on weekdays and is not to come back on until at least 3pm - unless I give him special permission. I was going to say he can watch educational DVDs, documentaries etc, but I've decided he just has to go cold-turkey.
We have friends who put the TV away on Sunday night and don't get it out again until the next Friday - but the other male in the house couldn't handle that either!! I'd be happy to never watch it again!