Thursday, 12 April 2012

Saxons Workshop - Orpington Museum

Building Self Esteem - Things To Look Forward To

Recently, we have been engaging in a number of activities focusing on building self esteem.   Today, we have compiled a list of things to look forward to.  We plan to update the lists each week.

Japanese Anime - Reading From Sub Titles

Owen is not keen on reading books.  However, he watches a great deal of Japanese Manga with English subtitles.  As a result he is becoming a competent and fast reader.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Mud Bath Fun

The Naked Egg

a few eggs
white vinegar
a container big enough to hold all your eggs and a cover for the container
a big spoon

Here’s how you dissolve the shell from your eggs:
1. Place your eggs in the container so that they are not touching.
2. Add enough vinegar to cover the eggs. Notice that bubbles form on the eggs. Cover the container, put it in the refrigerator, and let the eggs sit in the vinegar for 48 hours.
3. Use your big spoon to scoop the eggs out of the vinegar. Be careful—since the eggshell has been dissolving, the egg membrane may be the only thing holding the egg together. The membrane is not as durable as the shell.
4. Carefully dump out the vinegar. Put the eggs back in the container and cover them with fresh vinegar. Leave the eggs in the refrigerator for another 24 hours.
5. Scoop the eggs out again and rinse them carefully. If any of the membranes have broken, letting the egg ooze out, throw those eggs away.
6. When you’re done, you’ll have an egg without a shell. It looks like an egg, but it’s translucent—and the membrane flexes when you squeeze it. Very cool!

When you submerge an egg in vinegar, the shell dissolves. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which breaks apart the solid calcium carbonate crystals that make up the eggshell into their calcium and carbonate parts. The calcium ions float free (calcium ions are atoms that are missing electrons), while the carbonate goes to make carbon dioxide—the bubbles that you see.

How To Make a Trebuchet Catapult

Self Portraits

Owen's Self Portrait

Anya's Self Portrait

Owen's Chocolate Easter Nests

  • 1 normal-size box of Shredded Wheat (16 large biscuits or 500g bitesize biscuits)
  • 400g milk chocolate, supermarket own-brand is fine
  • 2 100g bags of Mini Eggs
  • Bun cases

Crush the Shredded Wheat biscuits into a bowl using your hands or a food mixer
  1. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in a microwave on a low heat, stirring every 30 seconds
  2. Pour the melted chocolate into the bowl and mix with the crushed Shredded Wheat
  3. When mixed and all the Shredded Wheat is covered with chocolate, spoon the mixture into bun cases and press down in the middle of each to create a place for the eggs
  4. Press two or three Mini Eggs into each nest
  5. Leave to set for at least 2 hours (or less if refrigerated)

Trampoline Fun - March 2012

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Building Self Esteem Using Photography

Photographs have the ability to capture an emotion in just a moment. A photograph also has the ability to capture a moment that someone might not be aware of, showing his or her true personality. Owen and I have created a display of a selection of photos taken in environments that best express Owen’s personality including favorite places, favorite activities, his friends and his pets.

Sunday, 1 April 2012