Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sports Day - Edenbridge

Theo has been having swimming lessons and fencing lessons at the Seflags home ed group in Edenbridge for a few weeks now, everyother week.  This was the last sports day before the end of term.

Theo is not quite swimming unaided yet, but getting there.  He confidently does what he is asked in class.  The class is small, with usually just four pupils.  He has been fencing for a shorter period of time, but takes part in the classes, organises getting his own kit on and is now not dependent on my getting it and helping him, but takes help from other adults when needed. 

Theo has a number of friends in the group, William being one of his special friends, but mixes with the other children of all ages.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Skiing Holiday contined...

After ski school on day one, we all went back up the mountain to a cafe for a drink.  Unfortunately we missed the last lift down so this outing entailed skiing down a blue run after just one day's lessons.  

Theo didn't have enough skill to do this, so was skied down by his Dad but the older members of our team managed...just.

On the second day, we returned up the mountain in the evening for a brilliant skiing display by all the ski instructors.  This showed the history of skiing, and was very entertaining.

By Wednesday unfortunately Theo had a cold, so did the morning lesson, but by lunchtime was not happy to return to class.  After a late lunch where he had the best ice cream in his life, we went swimming in the hotel spa.

Theo did Thursday's class, then spent the afternoon with his brother, who had by that time finished his 3 day snowboard course, and friday was spend as a family on the mountain, investigating the sister resort.  Theo overall was not too sure that he liked skiing, but understandable however with his cold.  We will organise some lessons at the snow dome in Hemel before skiing next year.  Friday afternoon was spent making a snowman, while we took turns to stay with him leaving the others to ski as a party.  

Gains from the holiday:  The chance to fly in an aeroplane for the 1st time since he was a baby, made friends in class, stayed in a hotel, was part of a group, learnt to ski - would have done more but for the cold, learnt about different currencies.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Skiing holiday - Obergurgl Austria

As part of a party of 7, we arrived at midday today for a weeks skiing. Theo has done one skiing session before at the ski centre in Hemel Hempstead, but will join the kids beginner school tomorrow.  Theo's 21 year old brother will join snowboard school tomorrow, having learnt originally aged 13. Our friends will join adult ski school and we get to refresh our skiing skills with a trip to the top of the resort, and a nice hot chocolate!

Theo is drawing skiing passes for the family and is learning a little about time zones.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Classical Spectacular - Royal Albert Hall

Wow, we enjoyed a fantasic performance by the Royal Philamonic orchestra.  This was the schools program. For the home educating families we had the additional treat of watching the show from a box.
We followed the show with a run around in Kensington Gardens for the children. We had run into lots of other familys we know, but spent time in the park with twins of similar age to Theo. 

A quick coffee at the Giraffe establishment and we were off home to pack for our skiing holiday.