Friday, 2 May 2014

Literacy games and Arbeia Roman Fort

We played one of our favourite literacy games this morning before we went out - word wall. I wrote 30 words taken from Harry's latest reading books on post-it notes and stuck them on the hall wall. He had to read them before he could remove them. I wrote some single letters for Peter to do the same. They like jumping around to get the notes!

We then went to meet other home educating families at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields. It was a lovely sunny day too. We looked round the barracks, Centurion's house and Commanding Officer's house, comparing the differences. We used some of the schools downloads on the way round, which ask questions and have areas to label.

We went up the reconstructed West Gate and saw a weapon display and enjoyed the view from the top. Harry and Peter enjoyed collecting herbs to make Roman medicine!

We also used the indoor learning area and 'excavated' some Roman artefacts.

There is a good park close by so we went there for an hour afterwards so the children could play together.

It's been a very active day as Harry also had his enjoy-a-ball class this afternoon. He was very tired! Peter started a number sticker book during the class.

We played a new favourite game at bedtime and have used it a few times this week - Roald Dahl Brainbox. There are lots of different topics available for this game and I am sure we will be getting more. The point of the game is to study a card then answer a question on the back from memory relating to the picture and text. Harry is really good at it and we haven't managed to beat him yet! We are all really enjoying reading and listening to Roald Dahl stories at the moment so this game complements that perfectly and it's some good extra reading practise for Harry.

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