Little Star Homeschool

"Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." Plato

Robert has been busy the past few days...24 CD Roms came through the post from a Daily Mail offer. He has encyclopedias, quizes and atlases and best of all a new copy of World Explorer because his old one got scratched.

He also received his set of Horrible Geography books from the Daily Telegraph. We collected the Horrible Science set on holiday - WHSmith was only a short walk from our flat.

Then today we got an email from the editor of CBeebies Weekly asking for our address so they can send Robert a goody bag for having his photo published in the magazine. We sent in a pic of him holding Number Zero from our set of felt NumberJacks.

Lisa rang to put off her usual November visit until December - just after Christmas...a little longer to wait to see Harry again.

We did the usual Jack O Lantern carving today and made small carrot cakes with halloweeny orange icing.

Spotted a wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) flitting about on the garden yesterday. This is the first time we have seen one on our patch. Our conifers do attract the birds because they harbour many different kinds of insect. We have seen plenty of sparrows and blackbirds this year and Robert was hoping to see a robin on the garden but no luck so far.

Tuesday we went stick collecting, picking up fallen branches to paint. Some looked like animals - a giraffe, snake, horse - and some didn't. That was after we wrapped up Harry's birthday present and got that sent off. I don't think he will get it by today though 'cos of the postal strikes. Robert chose this Activity Tunnel for Harry. Tuesday night Robert fell to sleep listening to the CD that comes with Poetry Speaks to Children one of his favourite books nowadays. Yesterday, after getting the Tesco shop done, we visited Queen's Park. Robert busied himself making friends.

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