Friday, 24 April 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up 24/4/15 - Blog Hop

It's Weekly Wrap-Up Time thanks to Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers :) 

This week was week 1 of Term 2 for us :)  Autumn weather finally arrived and we have been busy and tired. 

It's also been one of those weeks where I had grand plans to do a lot of socialising and it just hasn't been able to happen. I've felt awful having to keep messaging the lovely mum organising everything to yet again cancel, but it's just not been our week LOL.  As much as I've tried.  Hopefully I am not alone and you all have weeks like that too? 

So what have we done? 

The weekend was a busy one.  Sunday father and son ventured out for a day trip to the Army Base at Oakey (about 2.5 hours drive from us) where they had a "Fly-in" and the boys got to check out a Catalina, had a tour, met up with a friend and soldier from interstate and got a personal guided look at things. Of course they came home with more to add to the library (book, poster, etc) so after they got home rather tired they had to sit and read the book LOL.  

First up Monday morning was our first session with Ben from The Music Bus! It was brilliant and my son loved it :)  He played the keyboard and the drums, learning a lot and surprising us with how much he was able to do so quickly including being able to read music for the first time! Check out my blog on that here

Then we were due to head into the city to the Museum with friends but after so much excitement from our music session, my boy found himself too excited and overwhelmed and hyper thanks to his ASD issues so it became a home afternoon.  That sounds calming and peaceful but not the case in situations like this unfortunately. 

Tuesday was a new literature unit and book: The Wind in the Willows. 
We started the book. Had both read aloud time from me, and reading time for Warrior Kid to practice.  We got the first 10 chapters done and watched one of our DVD's up to that same point. We looked at a children's picture book version and discussed what was the same and the differences and reasons for different types of books and content for the target age audiences.  

Wednesday was Horse Riding day at Riding for Disabled. This is our third year going riding and it's been fantastic for my boy.  That mornings lesson was really good but with some new/different equipment and set up.  Getting used to a different saddle and stirrup length (as he has grown) meant he was uncomfortable and due to his joint and muscular issues it meant he got very fatigued and very sore.  While he rode brilliantly and the instructors were very impressed (which makes him happy), it was a hard morning. So much so that my 10 year old fell asleep in the car on the way home and then after having some lunch at home, went and slept on the couch for over an hour. 

Thursday was yet another Podiatrist appointment for adjusting Warrior Kids orthotics. All is going well which is great but means another few weeks of getting used to them again. We managed to get some more school work done and some more reading of The Wind in the Willows. 

And Friday - here we are.  Today is dedicated to more study of ANZAC day for us.  We have some more books to read and DVD's to watch and some ANZAC biscuits to make so will be a busy home day with an early nights sleep - we are going to brave going to a Dawn Service ... 5am at our local Veteran's Club to pay our respect to all the Australian and New Zealand soldiers past and present. Let's hope we can go this year as in the past it's not been possible with Warrior Kid's ASD issues and other health issues.  Fingers crossed this is our year. The centenary of Gallipoli. I really want to make it this year. 

Then the plan is to come home and watch the big parades on TV like I've done every year since I was a young child.  Sad to say there is less and less of those men left marching each year.  The change from the huge marches when I was a child to now is quite drastic and sad that our kids won't really ever understand just how many fought and died, survived and marched in years gone by. 

So that's us for the week. See you all next week! 

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