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.
Sunday was Stir Up Sunday. Here are some of our pictures of stirring & wishing 🙂
At Rosie’s direction, the girls made the sweetest Christmas stockings for their Guinea Pigs
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
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’.
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 🙂
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).
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.
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…
Elianna has been working on Prepositional phrases in grammar.
We both really enjoy grammar! The lessons are short & sweet & we have a giggle whilst we work. Who says grammar is boring?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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’.