Dylan shows how to fly a Space Ball from the Science Museum.
D: Did you know, we’re going to have a king next? Why do we even need a king and a queen?
Me: Some people like the fact that our country has a king or a queen – it gives us a rich history of true stories.
D: But they’re just normal humans like us, so why should they be a king and queen? Why should they be rulers?
Me: In our country, the monarchy passes the power to the government so that rules are more fair and it’s not just down to the king or queen.
D: And what does Mr Government do?
Me: The government is made up of lots of politicians.
D: I know. But what do they do?
Me: Well, it depends on who has been voted in by the people, but basically they argue with each other lots to decide on what’s best for the country and make lots of rules.
D: But why do we need them to make rules? Why can’t we just do what we want?
Me: Ah, you’re talking about anarchy! If you could do what you wanted what would you do?
D: I’d have a story CD every night until I didn’t want them any more.
Me: It’s not the government who says you can’t have a story CD every night – it’s me, as your parent.
D: Well I don’t think you should make rules either. I like story CDs! Can I have one tonight?
This weekend was mostly spent getting rid of dead or broken things in the garden and building an engine!
I was allowed to do most of the ‘fixing it together’ bits for the engine, whilst Dylan watched SpongeBob SquarePants (thank you, Dylan)! But he did help out when it came to the testing.
I’ve missed our ‘dining room table activities’. It feels like ages since we last cranked up the music and took some time to share some time. So, this morning we did: art, table tennis (as you do) and, of course, lunch.
‘Land of the dinosaurs’ by Dylan Piper
‘Transitions’ by Becky Piper
Dylan created his first game: ‘Cat & Mouse’ on the Raspberry Pi this afternoon using 16 steps on Scratch. Actually, those few steps did turn into a few more as there was quite a bit of experimentation with the ‘costume’ options and ‘shrink’ sprite tool… Needless to say, he thought it was awesome, before he headed off to play Wormy, Tetromino For Idiots (which he thinks was built by some bully) and Squirrel Eat Squirrel (where he managed to achieve the status of ‘Omega Squirrel’).
Still need to sort out the audio on it though…
We’re rounding off the day with some comedy and Britain’s Got Talent auditions on Catch Up :)
The gleaming garden glittered as snow laid itself on the countryside like white blankets.
Main bedrock = Jurassic (175 mya), Northampton Sand.
Also mudstones, shale, sandstones, limestones and chert. Glacial (2 mya) upper beds.
Middle Jurassic (165 mya), Blisworth Limestone & Blisworth Clay.
Dylan’s two goals for 2015 are to achieve his Chief Scout Bronze Award and to find his own fossil. 👀
So, today we went out fossil hunting in two Northamptonshire locations – Weldon & Roade. The former is a working quarry and the latter a disused railway line.
We managed to bring back quite a good selection of specimens to investigate further…
If there are any fossil experts out there who can help us to identify them do shout!