Tuesday - helping out at a friends house, boys play with the boys there
Wednesday - Christian HE group meeting, or if I think it's something the boys won't be interested in, we stay at home
Thursday - swimming in the morning
Sat/Sun - Job is off and we relax at home and we try to do one family outdoor thing (like Woodlands (leisure park) or a Kids am movie in Exeter for 1£ pp or swimming, or.....and church on Sunday morning.
And we do impromptu things during the week, like visiting friends, going to an indoor play area, the Zoo etc. Sometimes we have guests. Sometimes Job goes out, or I have a Mom's Night Out.
Sometimes we have four days on the road or with friends, sometimes two, like this week.
About the 'academics'....
So, what suits him most?
The first example that he could learn without me teaching him, was (besides learning how to eat, walk, talk, dress himself, laugh, you name it :))) reading. I tried to teach him, but it didn't work (like I said before), so I quit. And within a couple of months, he was able to read. Fluently.
The second example is learning English. I hadn't learnt my lesson clearly and I bought a curriculum for the boys when we moved to the UK. We did one lesson (Boaz maybe three) and I could just see it didn't work. So I let them go and provided helpful tools; not to force them, but in case they wanted or needed them.
They watched CBeebies a lot, they played online games on the Cbeebies website, they really liked Muzzy, I put English subtitles on as the default on our TV, they played and talked with friends who could only talk English, and started reading English books and game manuals (!!) (Adam). They didn't want to be read to (by me) in English. And they are learning! Because they want to and are interested. Adam reads almost as well in English as in Dutch now. His English is improving every day. He can have conversations in English, he can express himself in English. Boaz and Adam talk in English with each other when they're doing an English game or watching something. They even start talking in English to me, when they forget to switch off ;).
Of course (?), they aren't fluent yet, and they still have a Dutch accent (Levi has an interesting accent when he talks in Dutch by the way...), but it's amazing how much they have learnt already, I'm so proud of them!!
And it's the same for other things. They won't always know EVERYTHING about a subject (like bugs, or trains, or the solar system), but because they're interested, they will dive into it, and remember (especially Adam, who has an amazing memory!). There are weeks that he's reading and watching Star Wars, or Lord of the Rings, or The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (lol, that was a couple of weeks ago) every minute in a day that he can. Sometimes that lasts for weeks (or even months), sometimes 'only' one day.
There are days of playing with the lego the entire day, or reading Donald Duck the whole day, or playing Lego Universe online (another hit!). There are days of playing with the playmobil, painting, cutting paper, dressing up like warriors.
Sometimes I just start something myself, and they will join in. Sometimes one of the kids, sometimes two, sometimes all three of them. Sometimes I leave a puzzle or a marble run on the table, in the box/basket, sometimes I will set it up or start and they might be interested.....
I've taken pictures in our dining room (which we don't use as a dining room, unless there are a lot of people). It's a perfect place to sort of permanently strew things. The room looks different every week, but you get an idea of what kind of things you can strew. I could do an other room next time, if you're interested (yes, strewing happens in every room in our house ;))...