Week 11 ~ Poorly Sick

Pig in bed

A slow week this week…Elianna was feeling under the weather on Monday, which by Tuesday had turned into a sore throat & heavy cold. Rose followed along shortly afterwards, but as is typical for our girls, had a lighter version of the same illness as her big sister.

Monday did prove exciting however, as on Monday evening, Rose found a duck outside our house! She worked hard to catch Jemima (as Rose called her) & brought her indoors for a quick ‘check up’.

Rose & Jemima

All seemed well, so Rose & I set off to our local pond, fumbling through the woods in the dark to get there.

Jemima was given a fond farewell & took to the water like the proverbial duck :)

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We did a little light nature study, observing & painting autumn leaves. Elianna only got one Latin lesson done this week – direct objects, subjects & predicate nominatives. Rose is steadily working through her English From The Roots Up flash cards, which are proving to be most interesting. We read a fair amount this week, watched the film version of War Horse, and lots of Horrible Histories (Including the WW1 special that was on BBC recently).

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Rose had fun at our local park on Thursday. She adores animals & met up with a local cat, Arthur, whom she had not seen for a while. She also enjoyed ‘ploughing’, having been completely fascinated with the process shown in War Horse.

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Rose also enjoyed making a ‘house’ for our cat Micheal this week. She took a large cardboard box & painted it in cheerful colours, and made a door & chimney. Unfortunately Michael wasn’t particularly interested…

Do you remember the wool felt that the girls dyed to make bookmarks? Eliana made two this week & Rose is finishing her last one and watching ‘Walking With Dinosaurs‘as I type…

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Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

Marie Curie

Albert Einstein & The Theory Of Relativity

The Children Of Odin

What is the animal kingdom?

What is a mammal?

War Girls

A Child’s History Of The World

The Story Of Painting

Happy Weekend!

Week 10 ~ Martinmas

We began the week with the girls putting the finishing touches to their poppy collages:

Poppies by Elianna

Poppies by Elianna

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The girls also made lanterns for Martinmas.

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We made stew & St. Martin’s Horseshoe Cookies.

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Elianna has been working on Prepositional phrases in grammar.

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We both really enjoy grammar! The lessons are short & sweet & we have a giggle whilst we work. Who says grammar is boring?

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Elianna has been wearing ‘Victory Rolls’ this week. She adores this hairstyle & I think she looks gorgeous with them. She is still working on her self initiated study of the Norse gods & goddesses family tree, & has chattered non stop about the biography of Marie Curie that she is reading. The Water Babies has provoked some great discussion this week, as have our readings of Poems of the Great War. We have discussed, amongst other things. The Quakers, conscientious objection, commercialism, ‘death of innocence’, the Bible verse ‘To train up a child’, the analogy of ripe fruit and sweet blossom, plus the effects of war.

We have been playing a smashing game called Math Wars. Rose is learning her times tables and it is a good review for Elianna.

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I found this Kumon book in the attic whilst having a sort out. It is aimed at younger children, but Rose has been loving making the paper crafts. To be honest, I think she would have found it too frustrating at the younger end of this book’s recommendation.

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Elianna is still working with clay at the moment. She has a real passion for all things ‘villain’ at the moment & has been creating little clay pieces to represent various villains.

I have changed science again!!! I love BFSU and I am sticking with it for Elianna, but there was too much differentiation required for the girls to teach them together, so I have opted for something different for Rose (so I am not teaching the same lesson twice!) Rose learns well through stories & doing, so I am hoping that Sassafras Science – Zoology will be a great fit!

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In BFSU, Elianna has been learning about the particulate nature of matter. Here you can see she has been experimenting with soil, clay, and air.

Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

Favourite Grimm’s Tales – The hut in the wood.

The Water Babies

Marie Curie

What is the animal kingdom?

What is a mammal?

War Girls

Poems of the Great War

The Kingfisher history encyclopaedia – a great book I have forgotten to mention before. This forms the ‘spine’ of Elianna’s history lessons.

Encyclopaedia of World History – Rose uses this one.

A Child’s History Of The World

Happy Weekend!

Week 9 Back to routine

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We resumed our lessons this week after a week long break. I have added a WW1 slant to our reading, with this week being Remembrance Sunday.

Tuesday was a busy day as we went to our local cinema for the Into Film Festival showing of Maleificent. I loved it! The girls enjoyed it too :) Then in the afternoon they went to a ‘Genetic Jewellery’ session at UCLAN. They made the most amazing necklaces that contain their own DNA!

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Wednesday was Bonfire Night, so we read & talked about Guy Fawkes & the Gunpowder Plot. We stayed at home in the evening and gathered around our fireplace to enjoy pasta soup, toffee apple pudding & s’mores.

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The rest of the week has been our usual lessons..though Elianna has taken a brief detour from Medieval history to study WW1. We took a break from The Water Babies to listen to an audiobook of The War Horse. It was a very engaging story that made me cry, but fear not! There is a happy ending.

Read Alouds Are Always Listened To Whilst Snuggling In PJ's Under The Covers!

Read Alouds Are Always Listened To Whilst Snuggling In PJ’s Under The Covers!

A new book arrived for Elianna this week: The Children of Odin. Still completely obsessed by Norse myths, she has been working on a Family Tree of the gods & goddesses whilst on her break.

Rose has been learning some Greek & Latin roots with English From The Roots Up, which is short but sweet & keeping her attention. We have also been playing math wars which is proving to be a painless way to learn the tables.

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Art this week has been creating a Poppy Collage. The girls created different papers with paint, by printing with cling film, bubble wrap, buttons, even wheeling a toy car through wet paint! I will post pictures when this project is complete!

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We watched a super video about the instillation of ceramic poppies at The Tower Of London. We also watched another short film that showed the Tower itself. At the end of the film these words were shown, from the poem by Robert Laurence Binyon:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Rose said they were the saddest words she had ever heard…

Science this week was explorations into whether air has weight & occupies space:

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We experimented with balloons, bottles, & water, weighing empty versus full balloons & the age old experiment – pushing an ‘empty’ bottle down into water & the bottle stays ‘empty’.

Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

Favourite Grimm’s Tales

The Water Babies

Marie Curie

The War Horse

Where The Poppies Now Grow

The Little Hen & The Great War

War Girls

Poems of the Great War

Happy Weekend!

Week 8 ~ Budding Chemists

With Friends At UCLAN

With Friends At UCLAN

This week we have been listening to Handel; notably The Water Music & The Royal Fireworks. Ellie was working on her Latin lessons, Rosie played. I asked them to try to picture in their minds what they imagined to be happening….

I had planned our pond study for Monday, but when the time came it was lashing down with rain. So we had nature study indoors & sketched Mallard ducks from our nature guides.

Rosie's Mallards

Rosie’s Mallards

Ellie's Mallard

Ellie’s Mallard

We were very fortunate this week to take part in a Cosmetic Chemistry workshop at UCLAN (The University of Central Lancashire) with our local home ed group.

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The girls made bath bombs & lip balms & learned about the chemistry behind them. They had a marvellous time and the lab was fantastic!

We are still reading through The Water Babies. This is such a beautiful & dense book. This week we had quite a discussion about ‘The Hippopotamus Major’. This is a reference by Kingsley to a debate that raged in Victorian Britain between Thomas Huxley & Richard Owen. Central to the debate was whether or not the human brain was unique in having a hippocampus minor….or do apes have them too…

The Water Babies also led us to look at ‘The Triumph of Galarea’ by Raphael. If you have not yet read The Water Babies, I would strongly recommend it! I did not read it as a child & I have really missed out!

Elianna has again been creating with clay. This time a plaque for her room with the name she would rather like for herself – Pandora – inspired by her readings from Age of Fable. She is fascinated with Runes & so has also written Pandora in Runes.

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Science this week was BFSULesson A2 – Solids, liquids, and gases. We worked through the lesson, copied the main points into their science notebooks & made a little ‘foldable’ to show the main points of the states of matter, such as molecular structure.

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We also worked on pumpkin inspired art that was a complete flop, and had Rosie in tears! We were making a wax resist picture, which we painted over with black acrylic paint. I fear I must have watered the paint down too much as once it washed away, it left just a grey residue, instead of a fine, bold black. No after photos I am afraid, too many tears :(

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Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

The Water Babies

Boys & Girls Of History

Twilight Child

Age of Fable

The Story Of The Romans

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

Fire Cat

Marie Curie

I wonder Why Camels Have Humps

I wonder why snakes shed their skin

Lizards & Snakes

Children Just Like Me

 We are taking a weeks break from our studies next week. I shall be taking the time to flesh out my plans for November, and also our ‘Advent School’ for December. Two new books are also awaiting my attention…’Consider This: Charlotte Mason & the Classical Tradition‘ & ‘The Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook‘. I am so utterly excited to have some time to read them both. I also have quite a bit of pre-reading to do for our studies. I like to read ahead as much as possible, so I ‘know’ the books we are studying and can come up with ideas for discussion & also to be aware of any other books, myths, poetry etc that is alluded to. I also have a copy of Anne arriving today, which I am so extremely excited about. Ellie will be reading this one, but it will be a while before she gets to it.
Happy Weekend!

Week 7 ~ Clay & Wool

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We have had a cold and blustery week with patches of sunshine ~ the dark nights are drawing in. How I love Autumn!

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Lessons have progressed as usual. The girls are really enjoying The Water Babies, as am I. It can be extremely wordy, with long descriptions that can go on for pages. But it is a really beautiful book that has really captured us all.

Homeschool's Cool :)

Homeschool’s Cool :)

Ellie is progressing well with her Latin lessons & has progressed far beyond me.

Latin Lessons

Latin Lessons

Do you remember that Rose was writing her very own ‘Naughty Animal’ story, as planned in my Beatrix Potter enrichment lessons? She has been working on a ‘Tale of Wayne The Rabbit’. Slowly, but surely. Little by little. She works on her illustrations during read aloud time, and writes during her writing lessons.

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(please excuse errors!)

Pond Study this week focused on the girls special trees – Ellie’s is an Alder, Rose’s is a Beech. We looked at the leaf shapes & arrangements, among with generally observing the changes in our pond & its surroundings.

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The girls worked on their nature journals when we got home.

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Ellie has become very interested in wild & wonderful fashion & decided to make herself some shoes from wooden blocks & clay!

Shoes!

Shoes!

The First Shoe!

The First Shoe!

Disaster has struck as we have run out of clay! A trip to the craft shop is needed!

Rose is very much enjoying using cuisenaire rods for maths & made me a ‘maths milkshake’ :)

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Do you remember that we dyed some wool felt a couple of weeks ago? I was planning for the girls to make bookmarks, and Rose has finished hers.

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Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

The Water Babies

Boys & Girls Of History

Twilight Child

Age of Fable

The Story Of The Romans

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

Fire Cat

Marie Curie

King John & Magna Carta

I wonder Why Camels Have Humps

I wonder why snakes shed their skin

We have a poorly wee girl here today, so this afternoon shall be a lazy one.

Happy Weekend!

Daily Rhythm

Our Calendar

Our Calendar

I thought I would share our daily rhythm. I take a very structured approach to educating my girls, which makes me rather an oddity amongst my home educating friends, who mostly favour an autonomous approach.

How our days generally progress:

Monday – Thursday

7am – The girls get up, bring pillows & covers down to the living room & I read aloud for an hour while they eat breakfast.

8am – They read quietly. Elianna usually reads her ‘Literature’ choice, sometimes ‘popcorn’ style with me, Rose reads a science book.

8:30 – Latin with Elianna, Rose gets dressed & does her chores

9am – Rose works on her maths lesson & then she reads to me from her ‘Literature’ choice (currently Beatrix Potter) Elianna showers, dresses & does her chores.

10am- maths for Elianna, free play for Rose.

10:30 – Writing, spelling, and grammar for everyone. They work from different books, Ellie often takes herself off to her ‘reading room’ to work on this & I sit ‘elbow to elbow’ with Rose :)

Rose’s lessons are usually much shorter than Elianna’s, so get gets lots of chunks to play, throughout the day. She has such a vibrant imagination, I usually hear her chatting away, playing with her bears, or wooden animals, or lego figures…

11:30 -Memory work; poetry, Shakespeare, maths facts, grammar facts, and the periodic table song – but not all on the same day :)

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1pm/1:30 depending on how the day is going!

Monday is usually our Pond Study day, so we are out for the afternoon.

Tuesday to Thursday are for History.

Dependant on the day, Elianna either reads from the Kingfisher encyclopaedia, outlines from what she has read, reads a primary source document & writes a paragraph about it, or reads from a history book & writes a narration.

Rose reads from a history book for around 20-30 minutes.

2pm/2:30 Free time…but no T.V. but often the girls paint, sketch, model with clay, or sew. Sometimes we do watch a documentary or film.

After dinner the girls often enjoy watching a T.V. program with their dad. Rose is tucked up in bed at 8pm & Ellie goes upstairs to read. She reads a chapter from whatever science book I have assigned.

Then she then either reads from her own choice, (currently she is taken with Greek/Roman/Norse myths, or comic books) or sketches & colours.

Fridays are completely different – we still have read aloud time in the morning, plus quiet reading time. The girls add anything they have read about in history to our time line, I have allocated time to work with Rose on anything to do with Little Passports ~ reading related books, looking places up on the map etc.then the rest of our morning is science & art. Friday afternoon is free for outings & meeting friends & family.

This year I have not got into a regular rhythm of picture study. I have ordered a few books from the ‘Come Look With Me‘ series. I will be using these during Friday morning Read Aloud time, so hopefully this will get us enjoying picture study again.

This is my guide for our days. We do not always follow this rhythm…but it gives me a structure to work with.

How do your days flow?

Week 6 ~ Out And About

This week we have been out & about. Elianna needed to see the GP and Rose needed a trip to the radiologist with a suspected fracture to her hand. We also stopped into our local library, where Rose was enchanted with this beautiful tapestry:

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We spent a little time looking for books

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And stopped at the local park on the way home

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We have also been very fortunate to see the BBC’s 10 Pieces. It was truly amazing. A really good introduction to Classical Music. I believe that you can watch it for a few weeks via I-Player. Please do watch if you haven’t had the chance to see it at the cinema.

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After the cinema, we went to visit with some lovely friends & had delicious scones & pancakes. Yum!

And to hold their pet Tarantula!

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The rest of the week we have been ‘getting on’ with regular learning times.

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Ellie is still building Jotunheim

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Rose has spent every spare moment building circuits

We have dyed some wool felt, ready to make book marks, so I am hoping to work on those over the next week and Rose has begun a wonderful little ‘book’ – a naughty animal tale :)

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We have been learning more about energy; this week photosynthesis, and also how food releases energy – we had fun burning various foodstuffs to see which released the most energy.

Banana Bread won :)

Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

The Water Babies

Boys & Girls Of History

Twilight Child

Age of Fable

The Story Of The Romans

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

The Orchard Book Of Roman Myths

D’Aulaire’s Book Of Trolls

Why do trees change colour

Be a friend to trees

Mountains of Usborne Beginners fact books.

Various comic books

Lots & lots of poetry ~ focusing on Beatrix Potter & Walter de la Mare.