Week 25 ~ Solar Eclipse!

What an exciting week! Lots of science & discovery…

The girls did a fun activity about density with layered liquids, then adding various solids. This was so cool! And easy! The instructions were complete & included all the ‘whys’ as well as the ‘hows’3

 

Here is Elianna working on her maths…

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Rosie playing with her toys, while listening to Fairy Tales. Of which there have been many.  She likes to remind me of the Einstein quote:

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Which usually results in more Fairy Tales :)

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Thursday was glorious! We headed off to our local pond. I sat in the sunshine, reading & sketching. Rose took her bathing things & went paddling! I am not sure it was that warm, but she stayed in for over an hour!

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Friday was the solar eclipse!It was so very exciting! We had friends join us & it was fascinating to watch & experience the changes. We had about 90% coverage here, so it wasn’t completely dark…more like the light at dusk, & everything went very cold..

 

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We discussed ancient Eclipse myths

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then the big girls had their science lesson: pressure in gasses, changes of state, & sublimation.

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The little girls hunted for frogs in the garden…

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Elianna has spent a lot of her free time painting this week, Rose acting out all sorts of games with her toys. Another lovely week.

One more of Elianna’s Molecular models:

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All the regulars, English, maths & Latin.

Some of the books we have been reading this week;

Rose:

Favourite Poems Old & New

The Song OF Hiawatha

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

What Is A Living Thing?

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

Elianna:

The Children Of Odin

The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl

I am finding these ‘teacher guides’ helpful:

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher Guide

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher’s PDF

We are meeting with our home ed group this afternoon…

Happy Weekend!

Week 24 ~ A science-y Sort of Week

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Rose completed her egg experiment by leaving it to soak in coloured water & then after a few days, bursting it. We talked about osmosis & she was utterly fascinated. And it was messy – always a bonus!

Maths is coming along…Rosie is working steadily through Graded Work In Arithmetic, a vintage text which is very solid. This is done orally, or on our whiteboard. It is working right now…

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Greek Myths have taken a back seat this week & lots of Grimm’s Fairy Tales have been read. LOTS. She loves the gore…

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Plus lots of non-fiction reading from her favourite series:Usborne Beginners

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Ellie is really enjoying her reading…The Children Of Odin (Norse Mythology – her favourite) & she is still reading & enjoying Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl.

We made more ice-cream this week, in honour of our read aloud, Anne Of Green Gables. Essentially, you just make a custard & freeze it. It was utterly delicious!

Rose went through the box in which I keep special items for our nature table. She re-discovered the wooden eggs we have & promptly decided to build a bird’s nest. She wrapped up one of the eggs in cling-film, popped it in the nest & has put the nest in a tree in our garden to see if a bird will use it. I love that child…

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Rose cut up the last of the seeds from her bean experiment & added a wee booklet to her notebook (Parts of a seed shape book)

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There have been lots of froggy goings on in the garden, with Rose keeping a close eye on them

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She has observed them, sketched them, & generally just enjoyed being with them, dancing around with glee each time a new globe of frogspawn appears.

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Elianna has been drawing a lot…still inspired greatly by mythology…

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This week I tentatively invited two friends of Elianna to join us for science once a week. This week one of them was poorly, so I was eased into it with just one extra student! We began with states of matter. The girls worked hard & it all went well. Everyone is really looking forward to these lessons as this week I ordered a bunsen burner! Yay!

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More molecule modelling from Elianna….

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All the regulars, English, maths & Latin & another week is over.

Some of the books we have been reading this week;

Rose:

Favourite Poems Old & New – this is my most favourite poetry book, of all that we own!

The Song OF Hiawatha

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

What Is A Living Thing?

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

Elianna:

The Children Of Odin

The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl

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

We are meeting with our home ed groups this afternoon…

Happy Weekend!

 

 

 

 

Week 23 ~ 100 Days Of School

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Wednesday was our ‘100th Day Of School’. We always make it a special day; special breakfast, lessons worked around the 100 theme, a little educational gift…but this year I had forgotten all about it until the day before! So, I played it cool & surprised the girls with a trip to a local farm. (Don’t tell them I forgot!)

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As a bonus, Elianna got time to photograph the Banana Snake they have there. She was so excited, as this will be useful for her ‘Mythical Creatures’ art project.

 

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In other news, Rose is making the Herman The German Friendship Cake, which is the activity for week three of Lent in the 40 Acts family guide.

Essentially a sourdough cake, she made the ‘starter’ on Monday & each day we have to tend wee Herman..

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Elianna has made more molecule models

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Rosie with the white board cloth on her head for maths (it helps!)

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Making hydrogen gas with a 9V battery. We used this video.2

The terminal releasing impure oxygen.

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Rose is here with the results of her ‘egg in vinegar’ experiment. We discussed what had happened (the egg shell – calcium carbonate & vinegar – acetic acid, reacted which produced carbon dioxide gas – lots of bubbles – & dissolved the shell!

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She has now added the ‘naked egg’ to a bowl of coloured water…we shall keep you posted!

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Rose dug out our continents jigsaw, which she hasn’t played with for a while…

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Rose & I have read quite a bit of poetry this week. I ordered a lovely book which arrived this week, so we read Hiawatha’s Childhood again, this time with this lovely picture book.

I read some more of The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables to Elianna. She wrote a description of her own playhouse, as was suggested in this great Anne Of Green Gables Teacher’s PDF, and we made ice-cream!

She has also been busy drawing & painting this week:

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

And finally…our first frog of the year showed his face in our garden pond!

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Some of the books we have been reading this week;

Rose:

Favourite Poems Old & New – this is my most favourite poetry book, of all that we own!

Hiawatha’s Childhood

D’Aulaire’s book of Greek Myths

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

A Little Garden Calendar For Boys & Girls

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

Elianna:

The Children Of Odin

The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl

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

We are meeting with our home ed groups this afternoon…

Happy Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!