Week 37 ~ Our Last Week!

We made it! We made it to the end of our school year!

Our last few weeks have fizzled slightly..we have had a lot going on here; I am currently working on a project, and we had the girls changing bedrooms, which was a lot of work.

This week has been minimal; reading, Latin, maths, and a little science for my big girl.

Rose was intrigued by her eyes this week and took many, many photos so she could look closely at the colours.

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She also set up scenes for her guinea pigs, and took lots of photos to tell a story. This one features Nibbler as a bank teller:

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And here is Prince Albert. His story was all about his day, beginning with shots of him in ‘bed’.

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Rose got another new fish: Bob. This of course involved another trip to the pet shop, which is Rosie’s favourite trip out ;)

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We had friends over one afternoon and watched the Big First Aid Lesson by St. John Ambulance. This was a smashing little course to raise awareness of very basic first aid.

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Listening to the Faraway Tree and playing with her toy animals

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We took a trip to The Lady Lever Art Gallery. I was so very excited to see The Scapegoat by Holman Hunt, The Blessed Damozel by Rossetti, The Beguiling Of Merlin by Burne-Jones, and Snowdrift by Onslow Ford. Elianna particularly liked the sculptures & was fascinated by the way the body could be sculpted in marble. Rose loved whizzing ’round and seeing everything! They had the hand-held ‘telephones’ which presented a short talk about varying art works, so this was right up Rosie’s street.

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Here are our sketches from the museum:

Elianna’s sketch of the sculpture ‘Venus’ by Lorenzo Bartolini

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Rosie’s sketch that she did not write down the name of the painting.

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My Sketch of The Scapegoat by Holman Hunt

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For our last day of lessons, we met with friends and went to have ice-cream, and then on to the park.

Here are the girls doing their best superhero poses :)

 

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Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

The Magic Faraway Tree

I struggle to keep track of Rosie’s reading; she tends to read a lot of nonfiction, dipping in and out of what appeals at any one time.

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners. She completely adores these books & we are usually getting a couple of new ones each week.

Plus many others..

Elianna:

Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief

Horrible Histories Woeful World War Two

The View From The Oak – This is a smashing book, recommended by a wonderful friend. A great living science book.

We are now officially on our summer break :)

Happy Summer!

Week 36 ~ Busy, Busy, Busy…

We have had such a busy week here. My big girl moved bedrooms, which involved a lot of building and moving of furniture, organising, moving, and re-homing books. I am utterly exhausted!

Lessons have been minimal this week;  lots of reading and daily Latin, plus the girls following their own interests. For Rose this has meant heaps and heaps of nature study, for Elianna, she has been drawing on her new tablet.

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I am astounded at how quickly she has learned to used this thing! And very proud of the art she has created.

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Rose has been rescuing bees again

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This week was a sad one for Rose as her Siamese Fighting Fish passed away.

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Here you can see Groot in all his former glory, swimming alongside tank mate Esme

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She already had two Balloon Mollies in her aquarium, so she went to the pet shop and chose two new ones to ‘keep the others company’.

Here you can see Simon (the black fish) who is an old time resident, along with new tank mate, Helius.

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And here is Sol

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The fish all appear to be happy campers & Rose is over the moon with them.

Little Passports arrived this week. This month’s country was Britain! Here is Rose looking suitably proud after building Big Ben :)

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Rose has had a mystery this week. Her dad put out some past-their-best apples into the undergrowth in the garden one evening this week. Rose woke up the next morning to find two apples strewn on the lawn; one with a sizeable chink (or chunks?) missing. Out came the pH testing paper & guidebook, and she has begun to come up with her theories. So far she is think it may be either a fox, or a squirrel…

Science club this week was more on photosynthesis. Unfortunately I forgot to take our weekly photo until one of the girls had left…so the two remaining girls used a pineapple as a stand in!

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Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

The Magic Faraway Tree

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners. She completely adores these books & we are usually getting a couple of new ones each week.

Frog and Toad books

Animal Tracks And Signs

Plus many others..

Elianna:

Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief

Horrible Histories Woeful World War Two

The View From The Oak – This is a smashing book, recommended by a wonderful friend. A great living science book.

Next week will be our last week before we break for summer…

Happy Weekend!

Week 35 ~ A Museum Visit

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My big girl, working on her maths..

Little girl working on her Latin roots..

 

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This week we took a trip with friends to Bolton Museum. We travelled on the train and visited the aquarium

 

 

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The Egypt room

 

 

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From the local room:

Look at this exquisite maths book!

 

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This exhibit pretty much broke my heart. An partly completed layette. Left with the needle in place. Never finished.

 

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Rose bought some papyrus ‘paper’ from the gift shop & made a message with hyroglyph stamps that we have: “I love mummy & dad”

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Science club this week was botany. I am using Botany In 8 Lessons

 

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The little girls went to the park, then played with sticker books

 

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The big girls’ plant cell shrinkies

 

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Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin. The new resource for Rosie’s Latin & Greek roots we are both really enjoying. She is coping with the extra writing well ;)

Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

The Enchanted Wood

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners. She completely adores these books & we are usually getting a couple of new ones each week.

Animalia: Welcome To The Museum

A Child’s History Of The World

Elianna:

Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief

Horrible Histories Woeful World War Two

The View From The Oak – This is a smashing book, recommended by a wonderful friend. A great living science book.

Happy Weekend!

 

 

Week 33 ~ Plants & Animals

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Little Passports arrived this week! Rose was very please with her India themed package – especially as it included a wee tiger. Apparently, one cannot have enough soft toys…

Here is Elianna working on her end of unit (Chemical Fundamentals) science test. I was really pleased with how fully she answered the questions…years of narration are paying off!

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At the park

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A huge hit in our house this week has been Animalia: Welcome To The Museum. A museum of living things in a book, it has kept Rose enthralled for hours this week. She has  measured almost every creature in the book. I have the accompanying activity book on pre-order :)

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Here is another lovely activity book. Smashing activities, gorgeous design, and quality paper. What more can a girl ask for?

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Elianna is still reading Mockingjay

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3D shapes have been another huge hit with Rose this week. We got them our for our maths lesson & they just caught her imagination. She built a ‘coal mine of the future’ which was complete with a restaurant & playground (Rose gets the important things in!)

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She went on to build lots of other imaginary buildings & had a delightful time.

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Architects wear red hats, apparently.

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In other news the caterpillars have all cocooned. Here they had begun preparing. We are all very excited!

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The girls began a Botany unit in Science Club this week. We are using Botany In 8 Lessons, but we are working slowly through the text, so it will take longer than 8 sessions :)

Today we covered photosynthesis, respiration, & the girls began to make plant cell shrinkies…to be completed next time.

 

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Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin. The new resource for Rosie’s Latin & Greek roots I began using last week is still going strong, though she is annoyed at having to write sentences (our previous work was all done orally) Getting this child to write, is like pulling teeth! Thank goodness for Charlotte Mason & short lessons!  This is a smashing printable, with really great graphics to colour in.

Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

The Enchanted Wood

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners. She completely adores these books & we are usually getting a couple of new ones each week.

Animalia: Welcome To The Museum

A Child’s History Of The World

Elianna:

Mockingjay

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl.

Almost done!!! We are taking a holiday next week, so fingers crossed she will have finished it by the following week.

The View From The Oak – This is a smashing book, recommended by a wonderful friend. A great living science book.

Happy Weekend!

 

Week 32 ~ The Chemistry Of Cake

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Lots of opportunities for nature study this week! I visited the park with Rose, who had a good time with the pigeons.

Unfortunately our cat caught a young Blue Tit this week. It was very sad, but it did give us the opportunity to study the bird close up.

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My sketch, too.

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In better news, Rose planted a Horse Chestnut last autumn, & it appears to have grown, despite coming out of its pot in the gales we had during winter! Fingers crossed for our wee seedling – Rose is hoping to plant it out in the woods when it is big enough.

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The caterpillars are coming along nicely. We have been measuring them daily & recording their growth on a graph in our nature journals.

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Elianna working on her maths – the four processes with negative numbers at the moment.

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Rose has been observing snails. A lot. She pays a huge amount of notice to creatures & this has led to lots of smashing questions on her part. Plus snail races…lots of snail races. If you too would like to hold snail races, you can find printables here.

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The winners had podiums…

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Maths & Language Arts

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Rose has been busy rescuing more exhausted bees…

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We heard on Radio 4 that exhausted bees need our help, so Rose has been paying close attention whilst out in the garden. She has her own pot of cupboard which she keeps in the science cupboard, ready for insect emergencies!

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Here is a wee video of Rose & her latest bee friend..

Science Club this week was a round up of our first unit – Chemical Fundamentals. The girls baked fairy cakes & we spent time discussing the chemical reactions taking place. I made myself a print out of info gathered from around the ‘web all about the Chemistry of Baking A Cake. I am happy to email a copy to anyone who would like one.

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Playing with a friend

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Rose has been enjoying Eco Kids Magazine. We subscribed last week & the first issue arrived very quickly. Because of the time we ordered, our second issue arrived this week, too!

Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin. I found a great new resource for Rosie’s Latin & Greek roots; Greek & Latin Roots: Interactive Notebook. This is a smashing printable, with really great graphics to colour in.

Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

The Enchanted Wood

A Year On The Farm

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

A Child’s History Of The World

Elianna:

Mockingjay

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl.

This is really dragging on now – the child needs to finish this book, but she has really lost interest.

The View From The Oak – This is a smashing book, recommended by a wonderful friend. A great living science book.

Happy Weekend!

Week 31 ~ Crystals & Caterpillars

A lovely week! Monday was a bank holiday, so was a much enjoyed rest for everyone.

Rose researching the preferred diet of the Painted Lady in one of the first books I bought on our home ed journey: the wonderful Colour Identification Guide To Caterpillars Of Great Britain1 Elianna writing a story on the computer as part of Intermediate Language Lessons. It is rather strangely named ‘The Dorito, The Millionaire, & The Peach’. It is a funny story ;)2 Michael the cat 3 Rose discovered that Pak Choi makes the prettiest rose-shaped prints 1 She was also really excited to discover a huge crystal in our salt grinder & promptly removed it to look at it first with the magnifying glass & later under the microscope. She had a good search through the salt & collected varying crystals, looked at sugar crystals, Rose Quartz, & finally had a look through this book: Collecting Rocks & Crystals. 2 3We went shopping & bought a new box of sea salt, just for Rose. The girls had fun searching through for more crystals. 5 We dedicated Thursday to learning about why we need governments, types of governments, & of course, the general election. There were some smashing one minute videos on the BBC of the main candidates giving Party Political Broadcasts especially for children & young people. We discussed a lot & the girls filled in their own ballot papers that I had made for them, so they could have a go at ‘voting’. They came with us to the polling station. Then we waited…. I was awake from 3:30am on Friday, not helped by my constant hitting of ‘refresh’ on the election results. Rose & I got up at a decent hour & watched the votes come in. It was a fun break from our usual routine & I learned a lot myself! I would highly recommend ‘Who’s In Charge?’ As a smashing resource to learn all about different governments. 1   Science club was smashing again this week. What a great group they are. We discussed chemical reactions & conservation of mass. We watched a video showing the reaction between Iron oxide & aluminium, did the old bicarbonate of soda & vinegar activity, burned paper to show how chemical reactions differ to physical ones, talked a lot about cake, (hey! it is chemistry, after all!) & watched this smashing Harry Potter video about conversion of mass. We should be finishing up this unit on Chemical Fundamentals next week, then moving on to Botany In 8 Lessons for our next unit.   2 Elianna’s Latin lessons are coming along nicely, though we won’t be done by summer. That is ok, we are going to be using Latin Prep One in autumn   3 Rosie’s Caterpillars arrived today! This is our eight year of home ed & our eight year of having caterpillars from Insect Lore 5 We both plotted their length on graphs in our nature journals, & shall continue to do so, until they pupate. 6

I also subscribed Rose to the Eco Kids Magazine this week. It arrived very promptly today, so I will get back to you with what we think of it next week.

We also caught a smashing couple of BBC programmes ‘24 Hours In The Past‘ which puts six people as working class folk in Victorian times. We have watched the first two programmes & they were superb.

Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin. Maths almost killed me this week. Forgetting the rule for dividing decimals by decimals is really not the way forward…

Books we are reading this week;

‘Who’s In Charge?’

Rose:

The Enchanted Wood

A Year On The Farm

Collecting Rocks & Crystals

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

A Child’s History Of The World

Elianna:

Mockingjay

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl.

This is dragging on now – the child needs to finish this book, but she has really lost interest.

The View From The Oak – This is a smashing book, recommended by a wonderful friend. A great living science book.

Happy Weekend!