Week 26 ~ Coal Mining

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The weather has been rather mixed this week, but we have had a couple of lovely nature walks, including one with daddy. As per usual, Rose was off into the water splashing about. Spring has sprung!

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Rose collected lots of lovely, fresh Ramsons, which became part of a lovely dinner that evening.

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Elianna & I travelled on the train to Manchester to meet another home ed family on Monday, so Rose had fun with Granny & Grandad. Tuesday was another day away from home as we visited a local Colliery Museum.

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Rose still has her interest in coal mining, so I was delighted to discover that we actually have a local mining museum!

3What an eye opener, and it really ins’t so far removed from me in both locality & in time. How very different our lives could have been, had we been born a century or two earlier. Most humbling…4

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We had a smashing day with our local Home Ed group, it was a fascinating trip & we ll learned so much. How times have (thankfully) changed.

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Here is Rose ‘clocking on’ for her shift 😉

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10Here is Rose, listening to Fairy Tales. It looks like she is giving the thumbs up sign, but look closely, & you will see her scratching Michael the cat’s chin.12

 

Elianna met with two friends this week for ‘Science Club’ This week we reviewed the particulate nature of matter, atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds. We had some great discussions. The girls are all very enthusiastic & a joy to teach!

 

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Rose got on with some nature study in the garden whilst the big girls worked on their lesson…

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Elianna wrote an ‘Eclipse Myth’ based around British culture. It was a comedic take on the British love of tea & had the moon & sun meeting for afternoon tea…

Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin.

I have very little to report in the way of reading this week;

Rose:

The Song OF Hiawatha

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

Elianna:

The Children Of Odin

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl

I am currently working on my plans for the 2015-2016 school year, which I love to do…I am pretty much there…just undecided on my Literature plans for Elianna…I shall keep you posted

Happy Weekend!

 

 

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!