Designing computer games, being in film shoots, cooking feasts and much more

Wow, we are well into 2014 and I realise I have not posted anything on this blog for ages.

It’s partly because we moved out of our apartment. I’ve written a bit about that on my scimum blog. The end of Term 4 2013 kind of petered out because my man and I were too busy trying to find a new place to live to pay attention to the boys’ schooling.

Not that they did nothing – far from it. Pokemon Boy had to work to a deadline. This was imposed because we would have no internet broadband access once we moved out – what a terrible thing! He worked pretty much around the clock to complete his Game Design 2 project for Youth Digital. He’s such a perfectionist that he would have spent twice the time on it if allowed, but I forced him to submit his game with a few bugs in it. He scored just short of full marks because of those bugs. He probably won’t forgive me for this… but I think he has learned about working within time constraints.

Most photos of Pokemon Boy look a lot like this.

Most photos of Pokemon Boy look a lot like this.

As a reward for working so hard on his Game Design courses, Pokemon Boy now has the Mod Design course. He is working all hours designing his own mod(ification) for Minecraft(TM) and learning a bit about Java in the process.

Drama King joined a talent agency. He had a few auditions in Term 4. He missed out on a part in the Opera Australia summer programme but they told him to come back when his voice was more developed. He did, however, get to be an extra in a long-awaited sequel to an iconic Australian film trilogy. He had to have his head shaved for the part (and so did the male and female leads) and so I bought him a funky new hat to make up for the head shaving. He was only at the film studios for one day’s shooting in the end but it was a great experience for both of us.

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Drama King at about the time he joined the talent agency

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Drama King after a day on set

Drama King and I also sang in the community choir at the Manly Choral Concert.

Funky new hat (ready for singing in the choral concert)!

Funky new hat (ready for singing in the choral concert)!

Drama King cooked loads of meals including his “Mexitalian Feast.” He was inspired by Heston’s Feasts (which we borrowed from the library on DVD) and so his Italian food project morphed into a feast for his homeschooling friends and their parents. He cooked a three course meal for 15 people, including home-made dips to start with and home-made gelato to finish. Sarah and I were busy waitressing, so the food photos below are not of the feast itself but some other meals he has cooked for us.

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Baked potato ‘boats’

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A delicious meal largely prepared by Drama King

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Our outdoor table ready for Drama King’s feast

Reptile Boy‘s reading has zoomed up several levels (however you want to measure it) and he is reading text in all situations including food packages, signage and poems at our regular Poetry Teatimes. He started a lapbook about colour although that fizzled out and I didn’t have the energy to restore his interest. He has completed All About Reading Level 1, All About Spelling Level 1 and Math-U-See Alpha. We do a tiny bit of spelling and handwriting but he is already independent enough as a reader. So I am largely leaving him to his own devices while I wait for new curriculum to arrive.

Reptile Boy and Drama King spend a great deal of time creating battles between invented creatures, and it was good to see some arithmetic involved in working out how much damage one of them did to the other.

You will have to ask the boys exactly what was going on, but for some reason it required long multiplication!

You will have to ask the boys exactly what was going on, but for some reason it required long multiplication!

All the boys learned about Earth and Space Science in my science classes, culminating with the older children giving a talk about a planet of their choice.

Clearly he gave the talk before the head shaving.

Clearly he gave the talk before the head shaving.

Reptile Boy, Drama King and I visited Sculpture By the Sea.

See my scimumblog for more photos.

And I almost forgot: Pokemon Boy and Drama King read some of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories and wrote their own in a Brave Writer online class.

Illustration for How the Rabbit got his Squeak, by Pokemon Boy.

How the Rabbit got his Squeak, by Pokemon Boy.

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About scimumsam

An ex scientist living in Australia, currently tutoring maths and science and homeschooling my own children. I blog about science and maths education on NurtureLearning.com, and homeschooling (infrequently) on lookingslantwise.
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