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 girlΒ for braces. On top of that Elianna & I have bothΒ feltΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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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 OneΒ (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:Β 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 beenΒ 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 begunΒ 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. Β 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 beenΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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. WeΒ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 beenΒ 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!

Week 15 ~ Not Back To School ~ Again!

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I wasn’t really ready for this week…I wanted to carry on lounging around in my pyjamas eating mince pies..but, here we are, back to lessons πŸ™‚

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We have enjoyed some lovely walks to our local pond.

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The birds have been very hungry.

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As have the squirrels!

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Rose has been completely fascinated with veins & arteries. We are huge fans of Bill Nye videos here & I found this one for her on Blood & Circulation.

Elianna has been studying all things matter, atoms, & molecules. She also watched a Bill Nye Video: Atoms & Molecules

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Eliana found a way to help Rose concentrate on her times tables…a shoulder massage πŸ™‚ You have to love big sisters ❀

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The girls received puffy paints for Christmas. Here is Rose having fun decorating an old tee-shirt.

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Early morning maths.

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Reading about Martin Luther King.

Elianna is now completing a lot of her work independently. At the beginning of the week I go through her assignments with her & she adds her plan sheet to her lesson plan book. She really enjoys the autonomy, it makes her feel rather grown up. We meet up for various lessons, but as we are quite Charlotte Mason in our approach, the lessons are quite short. I suppose most of her learning comes from reading, then processing the information either by writing about it, creating something inspired by her learning, or through discussion.

Rose made a lovely wax resist winter scene this week & Elianna has been drawing a LOT πŸ™‚

Some of the books we have beenΒ reading this week:

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

The Story Of The Romans

Charlotte’s Web

Odd & The Frostgiants

What is a Living Thing?

The Way Science Works

The Big Book of Dinosaurs

A Child’s History Of The World

The Story Of Painting

The Story Of Music

Happy Weekend!