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!

Week 30 ~ Sunshine & Showers

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We have had some extraordinary weather this week; sleet & hail in the mornings, followed by lovely sunny afternoons.3

Rose had fun playing with her friend this week. Can you spot a guinea pig in a basket?

Rose did some crafting

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Built a hide-out with sofa cushions (do you see a tiny waving hand?)2

Maths is not too bad, after all…3

A doggy friend came to visit4

We have a new game – armies!

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Then there is always strangle your big sis while she works on her maths :)7

Some of Elianna’s art work I have been meaning to share, & have not been able to grab her sketchbook long enough to photo

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For history this week, Elianna has been reading about Medieval art, while Rose has been reading about Greek Gods in A Child’s History Of The World. Rose has worked on copywork, a conversation lesson & dictation in Primary Language Lessons, Elianna has done dictation, writing solid paragraphs & various other exercises in Intermediate Language Lessons. Elianna has been cracking on with Latin & Rose with Greek & Latin Roots.

There has been lots of review for all in maths, then a focus on the four processes in negative numbers for Elianna, and Rose has worked on lots of place value & basic addition & subtraction.

I am giving myself a shot in the arm regarding nature study, by reading lots of books that never fail to inspire me:

Keeping A Nature Journal My all time favourite!

Type Lessons For Primary Teachers In Nature, Poetry, & Art

Natural Science Through The Seasons

I am keeping nature study simple & do-able by focusing on these three prompts from John Muir Laws:

I Notice, I Wonder, It Reminds Me Of…

We did some family study of dandelions & I Rose & I studied the tadpoles in the garden, & all the lovely cherry trees in bloom

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Science club this week was all about the periodic table & molecular structure. This is working so well for us. Elianna is enjoying working with her friends & they are able to share & discuss their ideas.

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Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin.

Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

The Enchanted Wood

A Year On The Farm

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners: We have a lot of new one arrive this week, including Special Forces, Army, Poisonous Animals, & others

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!

Week 29 ~ Happy Birthday To Me!

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Rose began the week with a rather cold fishing trip with a friend. They didn’t catch anything, but had fun feeding the swan, and then playing in the woods together, as all little girls should.

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Read aloud time. Rose is still Fairy Tale mad. Which I adore. Hans Christian Anderson is absolutely my favourite. He makes me cry. Every. Time. Michael the cat likes to listen too.

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After a very cold start the weather has been glorious this week, so lots of time outdoors. Apart from my Big Girl, who likes to do her lessons in the peace & quiet of our spare room, but sat quietly in the garden under the shade of our beautiful Magnolia tree to read.

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Did I say quietly?

This week has been bug-tastic for Rose. She has spent most of her free time hunting them. Remember the Bug Barn I bought for next year’s school? It is being used already ;)

But that is a good thing!

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Rose has taken to finding exhausted bees, feeding them honey, they watching them zoom away. Unfortunately one of the bees died & my little nature girl was really quite devastated. I found her sobbing in the kitchen. She says that she does not like the idea of the little creatures dying alone…

It was tough, as she really was devastated. I told her that Jesus said that not a single sparrow falls to the ground without our Father in heaven knowing about it. We also talked about how she had been with that little bee in his last moments to give him comfort. Then we both had a little cry.

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My little nature girl has also enjoyed browsing Amazon for animal books she would like to read next

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And using Google images to look at photos of the animals she has been reading about

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It was my birthday this week, and I had a smashing day. I had a trip to the local art shop & bought some new paint & charcoals. I also received some lovely arty presents, including a wonderful new travel paint brush.

Elianna has done some amazing figure drawings this week, which I have neglected to photograph. To be fair, she does tend to show them to me when I pop in to say goodnight on my way to bed! My little night owl sits in bed sketching away…

I painted a picture of my horse, Kate (no longer with us, but very much in my heart) She was a treasure

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Finally, today Elianna went to the cinema and for pizza to celebrate her friend’s birthday. She has chattered about the film non stop since. It is a good job she enjoyed it, as my husband had already bought tickets to take the girls to the same film tomorrow!

Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin.

Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

Poems To Read To The Very Young

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

A Child’s History Of The World

Elianna:

Mockingjay

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl

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

Happy Weekend!

 

 

Book Of Insects

Rose Dressed Up As A Bee Keeper

Rose Dressed Up As A Bee Keeper

If you saw my last post about our 2015-2016 school plans, you will have seen that I plan to use Memoria Press’ Book Of Insects with Rose.

The course is built around a reader compiled of classic stories written by Arabella Buckley and Julia McNair Wright in the late 1800s. I have bought the whole shebang – the reader, the student book & the teacher guide.

Rose is my little nature lover. She loves creatures of all kinds. All kinds from the lowly maggot, through to a majestic elephant, she loves them with all her heart. What she does not love, is writing! So quite possibly the student book will go unused. But that does not bother me too much. Most of her lessons are completed orally at present, and the ones she does write for, there is often much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Over a paragraph. Sigh. However, when she does write, she writes in beautiful cursive, so that has to be something…right..?

Back to the insects. I plan to do a lesson a week from the Memoria Press guide with her. You can see a sample lesson in the above link. The lessons follow the readings in the Arabella Buckley story book & are extremely structured. There are lots of opportunities for sketching, which she should enjoy. One never quite knows with Rose :)

I have bought some other things to use for this study:

A Bug Barn which has lots of accessories.

Buzzing! Discover The Poetry In Garden Mini-beasts. The reviews on this little book were smashing, so I could not resist.

RSPB First Book Of Mini-beasts A good, basic field guide to mini beasts in the garden.

I intend to keep an eye out for any other good quality read aloud with insects as a focus – please do let me know if you have any recommendations.

2015 ~ 2016 School Plans

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I have finished my plans for our 2015 – 2016 school year!

Without further ado, here they are in all their simplistic glory :)

Rose Year 5 (Grade 4)

Maths: CGP, Lots of maths games, & review

Science: Memoria Press Book Of Insects, lots of activities, lots of Nature Study, plenty of    living science books.

English: Primary Language Lessons. Copywork & dictation.

Literature: Our three main texts:

Lassie Come Home, Heidi, & I think Lamb’s Shakespeare

Poetry: Poetry For The Grammar Stage (once a month) lots of lovely poetry reading every week.

Language: English From The Roots Up

History: A Child’s History of The World

Classical Studies: D’Aulaire’s Book Of Greek Myths

Art Study: Degas & Michelangelo

Elianna Year 8, Grade 7

Maths: Lets KS3 & Review

Science: Science club, using Letts KS3  lots of activities, lots of Nature Study, plenty of    living science books.

English: Rod & Staff 5 for Grammar, Warriner’s for composition.

Literature: Our three main texts:

The HobbitThe Wind In The Willows, & I think Macbeth

Poetry: Poetry For The Grammar Stage (once a month) lots of lovely poetry reading every week.

Language: Latin Prep Book One

History: Continuing with using The Kingfisher Encyclopaedia as our spine. Outlining & lots of good books.

Classical Studies: The Trojan War

Art Study: Degas & Michelangelo

Art & crafts, days out, an abundance of free time…