Week 22 ~ A Week With The Annes

On Monday Elianna & I went to a local-ish home ed meet for older children. Rose stayed with her Granny & Grandad, whilst us ‘big girls’ went off for the day.

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More model molecule making for Elianna this week, plus she is making her own Periodic Table. 

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Rose has been busy as always. Her bean experiment is rocking, & all the plants she is growing are shooting up! She definitely has green fingers!

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We have been reading The Childhood of Hiawatha from The Song Of Hiawatha & Rose has begun a watercolour of the forest & Hiawatha’s home…hopefully more on that next week. Still going strong with our Greek Myths, we have also been reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales this week.

Elianna is really enjoying Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl. She would happily spend all day reading it if she could! I have begun reading Anne Of Green Gables aloud to her, as I had really wanted to reread this myself, & it wasn’t happening, so I am reading it to her. Love!

Elianna has begun a new art project – a sketchbook into which she is gathering ideas for work on ‘Mythical Creatures’ I am hopeful that this will produce lots of lovely creativity, effort & development.

 

Plus all the usuals – Maths & English for both girls, Latin for Elianna, Latin & Greek roots for Rose.

Some of the books we have been reading this week:

D’Aulaire’s book of Greek Myths

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

A Little Garden Calendar For Boys & Girls

The Way Science Works

Who is Jane Goodall

 

The Children Of Odin

The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners read by Rose…

I am finding these ‘teacher guides’ helpful:

A Guide For Using D’allaire’s Greek Myths In The Classroom

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher Guide

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher’s PDF

Happy Weekend!

 

 

Week 21 ~ Half Term

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I realised on Monday that it is half term here for the local school children, so after a 10 second consult with my husband, I declared it ‘half term’ here too :)

The girls have still been busy:

Dissecting fish (We used this helpful video) Utterly amazing! Elianna looked at the gonads under the microscope & they were full of eggs!

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One of the seeds in Rosie’s bean experiment became mouldy, so she cut it in half, plus a healthy seed to compare…

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We made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

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Rosie & I went to the Ash Wednesday service at church & were marked with ashes (please excuse the terrible photo!)

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Lots of reading aloud to Rose. Here she is working on her sticker book whilst I have been reading.

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We had visitors, both photographed & non-photographed :)8

Little Passports arrived from Australia

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Much has been growing…

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We must start separating some of those plants soon.

Some of the books we have been reading this week:

D’Aulaire’s book of Greek Myths

Just So Stories

The Care & Keeping Of You

The Children Of Odin

The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

 

Happy Weekend!

 

Week 20 ~ Thinking About The Garden

6Rose & I have really been enjoying reading A Little Garden Calendar For Boys & Girls. What    a smashing book! It goes through the months of the year, following the gardening adventures of a little boy & girl.

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We went to our local garden centre & Rose chose runner beans, radishes, Sunflowers, corn & salad leaves (very much like the children did.) She has planted them up to grow in the window, again, just like Davy & Prue in the story.

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She has also been excited about a ‘spinner’ toy she received this week. It loos like a small gun, & shoots a plastic wheel high into the air. She spent ages outside working out how the angle it is shot affects the distance it will travel….

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Elianna has been busy reading The Care & Keeping Of You. This is a smashing book for younger girls learning about their changing bodies. She has read it several times & is currently focusing on the chapter about a healthy diet. She has begun to incorporate a couple of healthy snacks every day because of her reading & has been researching recipes using the various fruits & vegetables discussed. Which can only be a good thing :)

Rose & I have finished Charlotte’s Web. She had to read all of the last couple of pages, a again, I was in tears! Our next read aloud is D’Aulaire’s book of Greek Myths.

Science has been messy & fun with this activity. It is right up my girls street, lots of mixing & fizzing!

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Elianna joined in, as it worked out nicely as a discussion point for an acid being a chemical that wants to get rid of a proton, & a base being a chemical that wants a proton, which is what she is currently learning about in her science studies.

Rosie’s bean growth experiment is coming along nicely.

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She is keeping a record of what is happening & is full of joy each time she sees a change.

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The girls have been working hard as always on their basics; English, Latin, & Maths. Elianna is still working on the Future Learn Archaeology Of Portus course. Lots & lots of reading this week.

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Elianna made herself a necklace.

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She was inspired by Steam Punk & is really pleased with it. Another of her ‘middle of the night’ creations!

Finally, we rounded off the week by making Chocolate Mousse for Valentine’s day. The girls licked the bowl & declared it a success!

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Some of the books we have been reading this week:

Charlotte’s Web

D’Aulaire’s book of Greek Myths

Valentine’s Day Is

A Little Garden Calendar For Boys & Girls

The Way Science Works

Who is Jane Goodall

Sinbad The Sailor & Other Stories

The Graveyard Book

The Care & Keeping Of You

A Picture Book Of Anne Frank

The Children Of Odin

The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

I am finding these ‘teacher guides’ helpful:

A Guide For Using Charlotte’s Web In The Classroom

A Guide For Using D’allaire’s Greek Myths In The Classroom

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher Guide

Happy Weekend!

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Week 19 ~ Candlemas

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I began this week in a very chilled out frame of mind after spending the weekend at a silent retreat. This is my third silent retreat & I was really looking forward to it. The peace & quiet, and time to be alone with God  was amazing.

Then back to earth with a bump on Monday :)

Monday was Candlemas, so after lessons we made beeswax candles (no photos sorry!)

Rose has been investigating how sweets dissolve in different liquids. We used this experiment here. We discussed acids & bases, tested the various ph of the liquids, & then looked up our results on the pH scale.

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We chatted some more & Rose wondered how the results would be affected by temperature, so we repeated our experiment with heat. Rose was really surprised at how marked the difference was.

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Charlotte’s Web reached the critical point of the story this wee, so I roped in Elianna to popcorn read with Rose, as I always cry…

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Rose has also been reading through our Abel & Cole weekly notes to find some things she might like to cook. she has some lovely ideas stored away for St. Valentines…

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Elianna began this course on Future Learn: Archaeology of Portus: Exploring the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome. So far so good. Interesting videos & a fascinating topic.

The usual stuff again, Latin, English, maths, Rosie’s Latin & Greek vocabulary cards, memory work, poetry.

Rose is memorising ‘Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost

Elianna, ‘The Bells’ by Edgar Allen Poe

Rose had some exciting news this week. We have some friends who recently adopted a stray dog. They spend a lot of time out & about & were looking for a dog sitter for the days they are not at home. Enter Rose..

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Isn’t she lovely! Her name is Mini, & you can see her here with our dog, Boomer. Rose is over the moon. She would spend all her days with animals, if only she could.

Elianna is still studying Atoms & Elements. This week she built a model of a Diamond Molecule.1

And then she ate it :)

Rose & I have begun to read A Little Garden Calendar For Boys & Girls. So far this is proving to be a lovely read. It takes you through the gardening year, in the story of a young boy & girls & their ‘chief gardener’.

Speaking of all things gardening, we have begun chitting our potatoes, & Rose has begun an experiment with bean seeds.

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Rose has done some nature journaling, Elianna is spending lots of time reading The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables and The Children Of Odin, and altogether this has been another lovely week of home education.

Some of the books we have been reading this week:

Charlotte’s Web

A Little Garden Calendar For Boys & Girls

The Way Science Works

Who is Jane Goodall

Sinbad The Sailor & Other Stories

The Graveyard Book

The Children Of Odin

The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

I am finding these ‘teacher guides’ helpful:

A Guide For Using Charlotte’s Web In The Classroom

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher Guide

Off to meet up with home ed friends this afternoon…

Happy Weekend!

 

Week 18 ~ Snow Days

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This week has been a little…interrupted…

We have had two visits to the dentist (a family visit & a second visit to evaluate my big girl for braces. On top of that Elianna & I have both felt very low on energy, we have had a couple of days-wonderfully-interrupted-by-snow, plus I have been preparing for a trip away this weekend.

We have pootled along, at a slower pace.

Elianna & I have been making models of atoms & elements. Sarah’s post was really helpful. Elianna has made several of them now & I am forever standing on teeny-tiny beads….

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Rose has a new sticker book, all about traditional costumes

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And she is loving this book about Jane Goodall.

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She finished her illustration of Charlotte’s Web, which she is very pleased with & I am loving that wee spider :)

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We have done a little work in the girls English books, & they have done their maths lessons each day.

I realise I haven’t talked much about the ‘everyday’ resources we use – Eliana is working from the decimals book by Math Mammoth, and I use this vintage text with Rose: Graded Work In Arithmetic Year One (I have a printed book, but I recently found this PDF online)

I also use vintage texts for English – Primary Language Lessons & Intermediate Language Lessons.

Elianna uses dictation for spelling – we use the Simply Charlotte Mason Spelling book 2, & for Rose I use The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading as a spelling book.

Elianna has finished researching Medieval Explorers this week, so next week I am hoping to start her on this course: Archaeology of Portus.

It also has to be said, this is the week Rose discovered that she can fit into the wee cupboard in our hall…

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Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Story Of The Romans

Charlotte’s Web

Odd & The Frost giants

The Way Science Works

Who is Jane Goodall

Illustrated Book Of Great Adventures

Exploration & Discovery

Sinbad The Sailor & Other Stories

Marie Curie

The Graveyard Book

The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

I am finding these ‘teacher guides’ helpful:

A Guide For Using Charlotte’s Web In The Classroom

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher Guide

Happy Weekend!

Week 17 ~ Brrrrrrrrr!

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We had a light dusting of snow at the weekend, which was fun & utterly freezing! We had a lot of freezing fog which made for a bitterly cold day.

On Monday we went to do some nature study at the pond. Rose really observes the fowl closely, she has given various ones names & loves them so very much.

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Eliana has begun to map the pond, roughly sketching the outline in her nature notebook.

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Copywork

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Rosie’s Star Wars snowflake

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Rose has made fresh food for the birds. We are planning to join in with the RSPB bird watch this weekend.2

Elianna is still reading about Medieval Explorers. She is writing a narration for each one & mapping their journeys.  Here she is adding to our history timeline –

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Rose is really enjoying the Sinbad stories. In one of his journeys, he mentions a 100 cubit long fish, so we set out to measure how long that was. That was a pretty big fish!

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She is really taken with the adventure of the Sinbad stories & it also gives her a chance to play with her lego whilst I read.

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Rose & I are still reading Charlotte’s Web together. This week she wrote a character web, & an Acrostic poem about Wilbur. She has also begun an illustration of Charlotte’s web with water colour.

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And finally, perhaps the most exciting news is that Elianna has begun Anne Of Green Gables!

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As usual we are working steadily on maths, grammar, Latin & science – Elianna is currently learning about atoms & molecules.

Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Story Of The Romans

Charlotte’s Web

Odd & The Frost giants

The Way Science Works

The Big Book of Dinosaurs

Illustrated Book Of Great Adventures

Exploration & Discovery

Sinbad The Sailor & Other Stories

Marie Curie

The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

I am finding these ‘teacher guides’ helpful:

A Guide For Using Charlotte’s Web In The Classroom

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher Guide

Happy Weekend!

Week 16 ~ Wild Weather

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Nature study on Monday morning gave us a very wet, windy, & cold start to the week! We have been struggling to get to ‘our’ usual pond for nature study as it is a 40 minute walk & we are a one car family. We have been visiting a nearer pond, which is only 15 minutes or so away.

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It is great fun here as the birds, ducks, & swans are quite tame.

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I often take along my copy of the Handbook of Nature Study, but today it was just far too rainy to open & read it.

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We had a lot of fun observing the pigeons today

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As well as our usual wild bird seed, Rose took them some mealworm. Which, to be honest, they were a little fussy about.

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My big girl, practicing her Latin chants.

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Both girls are cracking on with their maths

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M&M’s always help :)

We have had a big schedule change here the last week & a half & I am loving it! If you remember, I used to get the girls downstairs at 7am & read to them for a good hour. It gave them a chance to embrace the day gently & made sure we got a lot of reading aloud & poetry into our day.

Then last week, I went to wake up Elianna & she was fast asleep. I mean *fast* asleep. I just didn’t have the heart to wake her. So at 7 am I started Rosie on her lessons & she worked through them well & with minimal fuss & grumbles. She had a b-i-g stretch of time to play before we worked on her history in the afternoon, and I began to think we were on to something! I have carried on with this. Elianna has been really responsible, setting her alarm & of her own accord starting her work at around 9am. So much of her work is independent – I give her a lesson plan for the week & we check in with each other throughout the day. A lot she can accomplish alone, some lessons she needs input, but honestly, this new plan is working so well. Except…we are not reading aloud as much. This is a big part of education for me, so I need to find a new place to ‘peg it’.

I shall keep you posted.

Rose has enjoyed learning about coal mining this week. We read about how coal is made in our encyclopaedia & watched a TV program about mining at the start of the industrial revolution. We had a go at replicating a narrow coal mining passage in our living room with cushions, tables, & a quilt. Rose had a wonderful time smashing coal from our scuttle with a hammer :) We found some interesting resources online & Rose drew a fabulous picture of an explosion in a mine. She is really taken with this topic, so I want to research to see if we have a mining museum close by. Being in Lancashire, I should hope we do!

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Eliannna has been learning about Medieval explorers this week & this will be continuing her project next week.

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We have had fun catching up with friends at our local homeschool group today, so all in all a great week!

Some of the books we have been reading this week:

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

The Story Of The Romans

Charlotte’s Web

Odd & The Frost giants

The Way Science Works

The Big Book of Dinosaurs

A Child’s History Of The World

The Story Of Painting

The Story Of Music

Illustrated Book Of Great Adventures

Exploration & Discovery

Snow is Falling

The Tomten

The Story of The Snow Children

Happy Weekend!