Sunday, 24 July 2016

Busy weeks (27-28-29)

I haven't been able to post updates about Finley's days in the past three weeks as our laptop was away for repair. I was able to still take photos though so you're getting a real feast today!

Forest school on Monday mornings - playing with ropes, making a pulley contraption, cooking popcorn on the fire, fiddling with bits of wood, playing hide-and-seek between the trees...

Recently Finn has been very interested in large numbers (You saw his infinity book in the previous post). I showed him how to use beads to match quantities to number symbols; he was very pleased! We took turns asking each other for bead quantities, practicing such vocabulary as unit, ten, hundred and thousand.

He has been noticing and making patterns everywhere! 

Improvising a yoga pose after working very hard on his magnet construction.

 Climbing to the very top of a hay bale pile at a nearby farm.

Picking our own raspberries and tasting a few.

Shadows with daddy at bedtime. 

Learning to sew buttons. 

Daddy showed him how to make 3D shapes with paper.  

Finn turned 4 and a half and got a small trampoline to celebrate! 

A rainy day obstacle course... 

Which later on turned into a rollerblade training ground.

Finn is so into chapter books that we always have a few going at any point. We needed more bookmarks so made a few and decorated them with watercolour paints.

 One of Finn's latest read is The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. We have since read Sophie's misfortunes (Les malheurs de Sophie) by La Comtesse de Ségur (in French), and have started Charlotte's Web (our 3rd or 4th time), Les petites filles modeles (Comtesse de Ségur), The Secret Garden, and The Enchanted Wood again. Who knows which ones will be read to the end! I don't think it matters, as long as he's enjoying books.

 One morning Finn asked me the sum of 18 + 18. I encouraged him to find out by himself using glass pebbles. Then he asked to find out the sum of 36 + 36, which we did with the glass pebbles again. However, 72 + 72 was too many for our pebbles and we had to use the beads! Finn was so excited about it all that he wanted to keep going, adding sums to themselves. We got stuck at 576 + 576 though as we ran out of beads!

Reading the Beano with friends at the park.

He attempted to make a bubble snake! Fun!

 I have been taking him to a new class called Mini Professors. It's a kind of science club for children aged 3-5. We have been three times now and the topics have been maths, rainforests and shapes. Finn loves the hands-on experiments and it gives me a bit of a break planning activities (not that I plan that much) during the last stage of pregnancy.

 I made more "beads" (out of paper and cardboard) so Finn would be able to keep working on his sums.

 I think here he was exchanging 10 tens for a hundred.

Interestingly, while the only difficulty in adding large numbers with the beads is remembering the various steps, Finn is still a way away from mastering simple additions. I thought he would enjoy using the small number rods to figure out some easy sums of his choosing. He did but not as much as the bead work.  

That's it for the last three weeks!

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