Week 14 ~ Advent School

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Not many photographs this week as the photographer has been very poorly!

We have continued with basics; both girls continuing with their daily maths, Rose is steadily working through her English From The Roots Up flash cards and Elianna is learning to sing ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ in Latin.

We have played math wars, read lots of Christmas books & made Christmas cards. We also had fun with some Christmas science activities.

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We have also enjoyed picture study using ‘The First Christmas’ As described on Amazon:

“The story of the first Christmas long ago is captured here in all its mystery by some of the world’s greatest painters. The beauty of the familiar words of the King James Version of the Bible weaves the glorious images together to create a new work of art: a Christmas story that will be treasured by readers young and old.”

My friend has kindly taken my girls to our local home ed group Christmas party today, I was too poorly to go, so I am hoping to make a full recovery over the weekend then we can crack on with gift making next week.

Some of the books we have been reading this week:

Advent Calendar Type books:

The Animals Advent

A Book Of Christmas

Advent Storybook

Other books:

A Christmas Carol

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas

Lots & LOTS of Christmas stories & picture books.

Poetry:

The Puffin Book Of Christmas Poems

Art:

The First Christmas

Happy Weekend!

Week 13 ~ Advent School

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This week the girls are doing minimal lessons and our focus is on preparing for Christmas

We begin our day with our Jesse tree. We have been doing this for years, & I couldn’t find the original devotions I printed out, but there are so many free ones available now on the internet. I made a lot of our decorations & the girls made the rest when they were very small. The Jesse tree tells the story of Jesus’ coming from Genesis, through to His birth.

We are using our read aloud time to read poems from this wonderful little book:The Puffin Book Of Christmas Poems, then after opening our several (!) Advent calendars and Advent books, we are reading whatever takes our fancy from the Christmas book basket. Lastly, Elianna & I are sharing reading aloud A Christmas Carol.

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The girls are both working on their maths, then Latin for Elianna, English From The Roots Up flashcards for Rose, and she is reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever aloud to  me.

We have made our gingerbread house, and our Christmas cards (the girls used their thumbs to print reindeer heads)

Our Advent elf, Jingle reappeared on the first day of Advent, as he does each year :)

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As requested by Rose, I knitted him his own little jumper to keep him warm…

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Friday is Elianna’s 12th birthday, so we have a full day planned, with lots of wonderful birthday fun ahead!

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Some of the books we have been reading this week:

Advent Calendar Type books:

The Animals Advent

A Book Of Christmas

Advent Storybook

Other books:

A Christmas Carol

The Light In The Lantern

Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas

A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree

Lots & LOTS of Christmas stories & picture books.

Poetry:

The Puffin Book Of Christmas Poems

 

Happy Weekend!

Week 12 ~ Loose Ends

This week we are finishing of odds & ends, to be all ready for Advent School next week!

We have finished off The Water Babies and had some wonderful discussions including a marvellous one about hope. In the Water Babies there is talk of Promethius & Pandora. When the box is emptied, Hope lays at the bottom. Elianna then shared how in  Albert Einstein & The Theory Of Relativity, a culture is mentioned that has no word for, or concept of, the future. And therefore no fear or hope. This was fascinating & we chatted for a while about life without hope or fear.

She has finished off Albert Einstein & The Theory Of Relativity & War Girls, both of which she has very much enjoyed.

Sunday was Stir Up Sunday. Here are some of our pictures of stirring & wishing :)

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At Rosie’s direction, the girls made the sweetest Christmas stockings for their Guinea Pigs

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We have been cracking on with maths, history, science & Latin as usual. English was left this week. Everyone was tired after lasts weeks bout of illness & we have only been making it to read aloud time at around 8 O’clock, so I took English out of the day to relieve time pressure.

I finished Elianna’s lesson about matter this week, and we snuck in some art: Early winter sky scapes

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Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Water Babies

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

Albert Einstein & The Theory Of Relativity

The Children Of Odin

War Girls

A Child’s History Of The World

The Story Of Painting

The Story Of Music

101 Facts About Guinea Pigs

Happy Weekend!

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!