Archive for May, 2011

Le Mans

May 16, 2011

Possum is 5 years

Bandicoot is 2 years and 10 months

Little Princess is 4 months


Sometimes the best laid plans….


Well the truth of it is that I wasn’t as organised for this round of the MotoGP as I would have liked to have been – my planning was out by a week.

Still we managed to have our French worksheets and discussion about France.

And as for French food and culture, well, umm.  Good thing we know Frere Jacque! In the end we settled for a rather indulgent meal of croissants (the bakery had sold out of breadsticks for my other plans).  There were complaints from Possum that the croissants were plain and not pain au chocolat (what have we done??), so I used large doses of Nutella and a few melted Easter eggs to remedy the situation.

Hopefully I will be better prepared for Catalunya.

Teach them what they love to learn

May 4, 2011

Possum is 5 years

Bandicoot is 2 years and 10 months

Little Princess is 4 months


It might be obvious, but when I have been struggling so much to get by at the moment (what with a new member of the household, lack of sleep, baby reflux, my depression etc etc) and getting the boys involved in any of my homeschool ideas felt like beating my head against a wall, it helped to remember this.  We had a lot of fun doing it last year.

So what do they like?

MotoGP, of course!

They know the riders in all three categories, their numbers, their nationalities, their bikes etc etc etc  So here is what I am going to do.

In addition to all the discussion about riding and racing, times, numbers and other real-life maths, I am going to do a little bit of geography based around each track.

We have a world map on the wall in the lounge room because they love maps and are always asking questions about other countries and places.  We will use this to locate the country in which each round is run.

I will also make a little worksheet for them with a map of the country, showing the capital and the location of the track.  On this sheet, I will also have a national flag for them to colour.  (They already think that flags are really cool.)

And, added to that, we will eat something from that country.  Let’s see how we go.  Hopefully this will encourage more discussion and enthusiasm.


France, here we come!