Daily Drudgery - or - Life is Sweet

July 16, 2015

Learning about another country – climb aboard Emerald Airways!

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Mummy is the pilot, steward, baggage handler and passport control!

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We started the day off with a little reading test. I was curious as to how a ‘Reading Age’ was determined, so after a little search I discovered the Burts reading test, which has been revised over the last few decades,  and I used the Cambridge University data charts rather than the ones I printed, which were a little out of date. Indi’ s reading age was 7.2 years (7.5 on the old charts!) which I was pleasantly surprised by considering he is still 5, though I knew his reading was a strength. That morning I had spent an hour reading to him, and him to me, and we enjoy a great deal of reading like this every day, even at weekends. Stories at bedtime sometimes take 30 mins, though this is shared with Daz otherwise I’d go stir crazy! We have seen his comprehension go through the roof because of this, as he is reading EVERYTHING. Reading Eggs, the massively popular online reading programme, is also used almost daily, though Indi prefers Mathseeds,  the numeracy version. We also update his reading book daily, and are thankful for the plentiful supply at the library. Out of interest I tested Will who, despite being a weak speller, came in at 11.8, just over a year older than his current age. Interesting, though all that sort of fluff really doesn’t matter. Just useful ammunition for any negative comments that come my way!

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Anyway, today was all about travel and holidays! We were going to do a little exploration into the island we are to visit soon. First we found Gran Canaria on the map, and discussed its proximity to other countries, and the ocean it is surrounded by.

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Then we talked about preparing for a holiday, and what you might need to pack depending on where you’re going.

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Then we looked at a map of Gran Canaria, and found out where the airports were, which airport we would fly into, and how long it would take to travel to our hotel. We discovered the island wasn’t very big at all! We then tried out some simple Spanish words and both boys enjoyed shouting them! We also practised the phrase ‘5 ice creams please’ which I’m sure we’ll be using a lot!

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We printed out some Euros and cents from our Education website and talked about the denominations. Oddly, we had no real ones in the house! Dollars, Krona, Rupees but no Euros!

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Indi then wrote a list for what he might need for a holiday in a hot country by the beach.

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He then studied his real passport.

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We talked about what the categories meant, and why passports need updating regularly, particularly when you’re young.

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He then completed his own play passport, where he wrote a description of his appearance.

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Then the boys packed their bags!

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We took a ‘taxi’ to the airport and I checked in their bags, and gave them their boarding passes once they handed over their tickets.

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They also bought some last minute travel insurance, before heading down to their gate.

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On board they bought refreshments after watching the safety announcements. Here Indi is paying by card!

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Gran Canaria was the garden, and soon after that Indi switched his attention to something else, but he loved the activity and of course I loved the role play!

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Later that day Indi made some chocolate coins with a kit one of his Aunties gave him some time ago. A very productive day!