Week 19 ~ Candlemas


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.


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.


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…


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…


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..


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.



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!


4 thoughts on “Week 19 ~ Candlemas

  1. Hi Lynn – sounds like a great week 🙂 Did you use a hard copy or a kindle copy of the Little Garden Calendar for Girls and Boys? I’m trying to work out if the kindle copy includes the pictures and whether they are any good or not! I’m not a kindle reader myself but both dds are very comfortable reading from them! Thanks in advance for any advice!

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