Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Places to go, things to see.....

List of stuff to do over the summer.

Prehisto Parc et Grottes de Reclere

Dino Zoo, Parc Prehistorique

Chateau de Prangins

The Lavaux Express (train ride through the vineyards) - done with friends. Not as unique as it may have been as we had been hiking there the previous weekend

Swiss Vapeur Parc - M and A went with E & M when they went camping. Definitely worth a visit, although apparently m got bored after about 90 minutes.

Chateau d'Aigle

La Grotte aux Fees

Fondation Pierre Gianadda

Lac Souterrain St-Leonard

Papiliorama, Kerzers

Blonay Steam Park

Chateau de Chillon

Musee et Chiens du Saint Bernard


Musee de l'Alimentation

Hotel le Relais les Crosets (feeding the animals)

Mines de Sel, Bex (although A may have to do this one with M, as I think it may terrify me, being that far underground!)

Chez Gaby

Friday, April 18, 2008

They Exist!

Swiss home-edders that is.

On Thursday we went to the Swiss Games Museum to meet some people from the Swiss Homeschooling Forum.
There were 6 adults and 13 children of varying ages (M was the youngest I think) and one family had even travelled from Basel (they are the only homeschoolers in the county!).
It was nice to meet them, and to know that we aren't alone.

Our decision to home educate seems to be looming ever more momentous in my mind at the moment as I am so conscious of the fact that M's friends are all going to school in August. The "S" word keeps going round my head, particularly as M is always so keen to play with his friends.
The fact that I know lots of home-edding families who have 3,4 or 5 children, and very few with only one has also been concerning me. I know that if we were in the UK it wouldn't bother me as much as the 'scene' is so much bigger.

Anyway, we wandered around the museum for a while, trying out some of the games including Huli Gatta which I want to make a board for at home and Wackel Brucke (which we didn't really play, as I couldn't understand the German instructions!)

Ended up buying Camelot Jr which M loves and is doing really well with. He breezed through the first 13 challenges and I was a little concerned that it was a waste of money, but they definitely get a lot harder!

I'm going to make a list of places we want to visit from and aim for one place a fortnight and open it up to the forum, so we can hopefully have a more regular meet up and start to build a sense of community.

No firm plans for the weekend, although I really desire some sleep (don't know why I'm so knackered). I also have a lot of book orders to sort through, and of course we half put up the doors on the wardrobes, so that needs finishing, so I'm going to see if A will take M to the robotics festival tomorrow so I can tackle the mess!