Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What do YOU want to do?

Inspired by a blog post by Jax, I asked Dr John what he wanted to learn about. I phrased it a few ways, and he came up with the following:

What do you want to learn about?
  • England - what people do there (?!), especially Gran
  • North America - the Native Americans and just America
  • Egypt (I suspect he means the Ancient Egyptians than anything else)
What do you want to know about?
  • Planets, the sun, cows, ducks and dinosaurs
What questions do you want to know the answer to?
  • Why does snow melt and why doesn't the sun melt?
Where would you like to visit?
  • Bees making honey
A varied collection of things there!

So, of course that has led to one of my favourite pastimes - looking for books!

I'm going to order a couple of books about America in the hope that we can refine the subject a bit more:

We already have a few books on native Americans, Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle (Picture Puffin) and More Than Moccasins: A Kid's Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life amongst them.

Ancient Egypt is fairly well covered too, with a fairly good section in Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Ancient Times: 1
Egypt (See Inside) and Egyptians (Usborne Beginners)

I don't have much on cows or ducks, but have a lot of info on planets, the sun and dinosaurs including a solar system model that needs to be finished.

We plan on going to the bee museum too. I find this a strange one as Dr John is quite vehement in his reluctance to even try honey. I don't think that me explaining that the nectar is turned into honey in the bees stomach and then is regurgitated helped very much!

I did also ask if he wanted to learn to read, to which the reply was "of course!".

At least now, when he wants to do anything on these things I may be able to cover them!

Although it may be a while. At the moment, he is watching The Magic Roundabout for the second time this morning, as this time he is doing the quiz that goes with it. He seems to like quizzes, particularly associated with a film or programme. He discovered the quiz that goes with the Magic School Bus dvds yesterday and enjoyed them. Of course, if I asked him questions about the film, I probably wouldn't get a response!

Yesterday, at Dr John's request, we made some gingerbread men. They were yummy and it was good to see Dr John being a little more interested in food and cooking.

Later we go to the doctors for hopefully a referral to a dermatologist for Dr John's eczema. I get the feeling his paed is more a cure-it doctor rather than a preventative type, so hopefully I won't have to fight too much.

Tomorrow, another home ed get together. Its a shame we'll have to leave early to go to yoga, but its great that people are keen on these meetings. I desparately want them to become regular events. I guess I should think about what we can do in the winter.


Jax said...

all sounds good - great to hear I've been inspirational ;)

vicki said...

I love it... There is a ladybird book on the life of the honey bee, which if you can get hold of it takes it all further... :d

Also bee movie.. whilst not accurate in many aspects, it certainly caused debate in our home.... and ended up with a discussion on diets vegan and vegitarian etc etc..