May 2014

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There was a partial solar eclipse and we thought the best place to view it would be the Sydney Tower Eye. I dug out the special glasses I’d bought the last time there was an eclipse, and we all had a look at the sun on the journey there. Sadly it clouded over shortly before the eclipse, but it was lovely to watch the city as the sun set. We picked out landmarks and discussed how many office lights were still on even at 6pm.

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We took Astra’s computer to our friends’ house so they could all play minecraft together on the same wifi. Astra loves minecraft.

DSC02584 (400x300)I don’t tend to write about minecraft, or to tag it, but there is so much learning that goes in when Astra is playing, both with this and Animal Jam, another game she plays. Money, Numeracy, Time, Shapes, relationships (since she is usually playing with other people), design, maps, reading and writing, problem solving, planning….

 

We went to the Powerhouse again, with a group of home educators. We’ve visted the games exhibit several times already. This time Astra wanted to play some of the old fashioned arcade games. We agreed that they were much harder than the games she is used to. We noted that Minecraft was designed by a Swede, interesting in that one of the other big games, Angry Birds, was designed by a Finn.

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There was a short workshop available, to make your own slime, so Astra took part in that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course did lots of dancing.

We went for a walk in our local bush area. We were thrilled to find some ducks and geese who appeared to be expecting bread. Next time we’ll bring some, we both miss feeding the ducks.

We talked as we walked, about the plants and animals we were seeing. We talked about the army barracks that used to be here, and how their use had changed over time until they were eventually demolished.

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We walked a fair distance, most of the time with Astra pretending to be a puppy. So for her it was mostly running!

We came to some signs indicating various different walks. We’re looking forward to checking them out but ┬áthe sun was going down at this point so we turned back for home.

On the way back Astra noticed the flood level meter. She notices ALL the signs lately, and uses them to practise her reading. When I explained that this one was to measure the depth of flood water she was in awe, wow, it actually gets to 2 metres deep??

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Andy took Astra to see the new Muppets movie. When they got home she told me about the film, how she’d enjoyed it and the basic storyline. We talked about the cup she brought home, if it was worth paying extra for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also visited an entertainment cengtre where Astra won a few small toys. She told me that the doll was really poorly made, that it wasn’t going to last long, and that it was probably made by people who didn’t get paid fair wages.

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The Easter Bunny (with help from the Easter Bilby) left a treasure hunt for Astra. She solved all the clues herself.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the gifts the bunny left was a rainbow loom. Astra made herself a bracelet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are the, ‘Mummy-Daddy-Astra Team’.