On Wednesday we had another workshop at the land-based college, this time it was small animals! First we had a look around outside at the various animals there - otters, sheep, llamas, pigs, chickens, ducks and rabbits. Then, back into the warm classroom for a guinea pig handling session.
J was absolutely in his element here, he adores all animals so the chance to get up close and cuddly with a little furry thing, and he was in seventh heaven! (We don't have any pets at home, something I am working on!) The tutor complemented him on how nicely and carefully he was holding his guinea pig (called Crunchie), so that made him very happy too. After lunch and another look outside (we saw some of the sheep from last time that are still waiting to have their babies, and some cute chipmunks too) then it was time for the ferrets! We were supposed to have a ferret racing session, but because the weather was so cold and damp we just had them inside instead, which I think actually may have been better as all the kids got to take turns leading the ferrets around on their little leads and having more cuddles!
Then on Thursday we had a trip to the fire station. Last year when they ran this trip (just before we started home-ed) the fire men were out on a call when they got there, but luckily for us they were there this time and didn't get called out so we had a wonderful time looking around and learning about all the different bits of equipment. J was very chatty with the fireman leading our group, and only a little disappointed when he learned that they didn't have a pole at this station!
We've also been doing some electronics this week, using this fab Snap Circuits kit that I got for J with some of his birthday money.
We've done quite a few of the projects so far, but there are still loads to try. I saw this recommended on a couple of American blogs, and am very impressed with it. All the various components just snap together very easily, so J can follow the diagrams without my help, even W has been joining in with it too.
Finally, J & W had a game of Blokus last night (one of our favourite games), and W came down and reported that, although J had lost, he hadn't had a hissy fit about it - which is quite a step for him, he hates losing!! J had then made a fab, symmetrical pattern with the pieces, which I promised him I would post on here for everyone to see!