Week 29 ~ Happy Birthday To Me!


Rose began the week with a rather cold fishing trip with a friend. They didn’t catch anything, but had fun feeding the swan, and then playing in the woods together, as all little girls should.




Read aloud time. Rose is still Fairy Tale mad. Which I adore. Hans Christian Anderson is absolutely my favourite. He makes me cry. Every. Time. Michael the cat likes to listen too.


After a very cold start the weather has been glorious this week, so lots of time outdoors. Apart from my Big Girl, who likes to do her lessons in the peace & quiet of our spare room, but sat quietly in the garden under the shade of our beautiful Magnolia tree to read.



Did I say quietly?

This week has been bug-tastic for Rose. She has spent most of her free time hunting them. Remember the Bug Barn I bought for next year’s school? It is being used already ūüėČ

But that is a good thing!


Rose has taken to finding exhausted bees, feeding them honey, they watching them zoom away. Unfortunately one of the bees died & my little nature girl was really quite devastated. I found her sobbing in the kitchen. She says that she does not like the idea of the little creatures dying alone…

It was tough, as she really was devastated. I told her that Jesus said that not a single sparrow falls to the ground without our Father in heaven knowing about it. We also talked about how she had been with that little bee in his last moments to give him comfort. Then we both had a little cry.

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My little nature girl has also enjoyed browsing Amazon for animal books she would like to read next



And using Google images to look at photos of the animals she has been reading about


It was my birthday this week, and I had a smashing day. I had a trip to the local art shop & bought some new paint & charcoals. I also received some lovely arty presents, including a wonderful new travel paint brush.

Elianna has done some amazing figure drawings this week, which I have neglected to photograph. To be fair, she does tend to show them to me when I pop in to say goodnight on my way to bed! My little night owl sits in bed sketching away…

I painted a picture of my horse, Kate (no longer with us, but very much in my heart) She was a treasure



Finally, today Elianna went to the cinema and for pizza to celebrate her friend’s birthday. She has chattered about the film non stop since. It is a good job she enjoyed it, as my husband had already bought tickets to take the girls to the same film tomorrow!

Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin.

Books we are reading this week;


Poems To Read To The Very Young

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

A Child’s History Of The World



Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl

The View From The Oak РThis is a smashing book, recommended by a wonderful friend. A great living science book.

Happy Weekend!



Book Of Insects

Rose Dressed Up As A Bee Keeper
Rose Dressed Up As A Bee Keeper

If you saw my last post about our 2015-2016 school plans, you will have seen that I plan to use Memoria Press’ Book Of Insects with Rose.

The course is built around a reader compiled of classic stories written by Arabella Buckley and Julia McNair Wright in the late 1800s. I have bought the whole shebang Рthe reader, the student book & the teacher guide.

Rose is my little nature lover. She loves creatures of all kinds. All kinds from the lowly maggot, through to a majestic elephant, she loves them with all her heart. What she does not love, is writing! So quite possibly the student book will go unused. But that does not bother me too much. Most of her lessons are completed orally at present, and the ones she does write for, there is often much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Over a paragraph. Sigh. However, when she does write, she writes in beautiful cursive, so that has to be something…right..?

Back to the insects. I plan to do a lesson a week from the Memoria Press guide with her. You can see a sample lesson in the above link. The lessons follow the readings in the Arabella Buckley story book & are extremely structured. There are lots of opportunities for sketching, which she should enjoy. One never quite knows with Rose ūüôā

I have bought some other things to use for this study:

A Bug Barn which has lots of accessories.

Buzzing! Discover The Poetry In Garden Mini-beasts. The reviews on this little book were smashing, so I could not resist.

RSPB First Book Of Mini-beasts A good, basic field guide to mini beasts in the garden.

I intend to keep an eye out for any other good quality read aloud with insects as a focus Рplease do let me know if you have any recommendations.

2015 ~ 2016 School Plans


I have finished my plans for our 2015 – 2016 school year!

Without further ado, here they are in all their simplistic glory ūüôā

Rose Year 5 (Grade 4)

Maths: CGP, Lots of maths games, & review

Science: Memoria Press Book Of Insects, lots of activities, lots of Nature Study, plenty of    living science books.

English: Primary Language Lessons. Copywork & dictation.

Literature: Our three main texts:

Lassie Come Home, Heidi, & I think Lamb’s Shakespeare

Poetry: Poetry For The Grammar Stage (once a month) lots of lovely poetry reading every week.

Language: English From The Roots Up

History: A Child’s History of The World

Classical Studies: D’Aulaire’s Book Of Greek Myths

Art Study: Degas & Michelangelo

Elianna Year 8, Grade 7

Maths: Lets KS3 & Review

Science: Science club, using Letts KS3  lots of activities, lots of Nature Study, plenty of    living science books.

English:¬†Rod & Staff 5 for Grammar, Warriner’s for composition.

Literature: Our three main texts:

The Hobbit, The Wind In The Willows, & I think Macbeth

Poetry: Poetry For The Grammar Stage (once a month) lots of lovely poetry reading every week.

Language: Latin Prep Book One

History: Continuing with using The Kingfisher Encyclopaedia as our spine. Outlining & lots of good books.

Classical Studies: The Trojan War

Art Study: Degas & Michelangelo

Art & crafts, days out, an abundance of free time…

Week 28 ~ Creativity Abounds!

We are back on track this week; last week we had our Easter break, and the week before that I did not post as everyone was poorly at various parts of the week!

This week has been lovely – we have had some days of sunshine which reminds us that spring is really here!

Primary Language Lessons had Rose write a letter this week, which she really enjoyed, so much so that she wrote two more letters to family of her own choosing. 11

We all played Math Wars several times this week, after not having played it for a while. (One of our guinea pigs is peeking from his wee sleeping bag on the table, but unfortunately the photograph is too dark to show him)


The girls did a fun activity together – The Leak-proof Bag Trick which was all about polymers, a smashing activity that was fun & required no prep (other than sharpening a few pencils!)


Rose rescued a tired Bumble Bee this week. She found it on the lawn, tired out & unable to fly, or even walk. She gave it some honey & watched closely as it used its proboscis to feed. It was soon waving its wee legs around & was flying away in no time at all.

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There has been much creating at our house this week – both girls made signs to put on their bedroom door (they share a room)


Elianna made a card for a dragon loving friend


And Rose is working on a secret painting for me for my birthday (here she is drying it part way through, with my heat gun) Clothes are not essentials for artists ūüėČ


I have been doing quite a bit of painting myself this week. Here are some water colours I have been working on

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Friday is Science Club day. We are working slowly though this KS 3 text which I am pleased with. I loved Building Foundations Of Scientific Understanding so much, and honestly think it is the better book. But, it required too much prep for me & therefore was not getting done, so ultimately the Letts text is turning out to be the better option.

This week was more about atomic structure & we watched some great videos: Models Of The Atom Timeline¬†& This Atomic Structure Activity. Science club is a real hit, I am pleased with how the girls work together & I think they are enjoying working together. Rosie’s friend came over again, so they took our dog to the park & played ‘wars’ while the big girls got on with science ūüôā


Little Passports turned up for Rose, which is always exciting. She decided to organise all the postcards she has received into a scrapbook and played all the online games for this month, which is South Africa.

We did some Nature Study earlier this week. Rose found a caterpillar to study & Elianna drew a fading blossom from our Magnolia tree. Elianna has been reading about Constantinople for history & outlining in her history book.

Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin.

Books we are reading this week;


Poems To Read To The Very Young

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Annotated Classic Fairy Tales¬†Fairy Tales are going down a storm with Rose right now – she is lapping them up, making great connections, asking thoughtful questions, & even coming up with scientific ideas, such as the porridge in The Three Bears cools incorrectly (the Middle Bear’s being the coolest)

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

A Child’s History Of The World



The Annotated Anne Of Green Gables

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl

I am finding these ‚Äėteacher guides‚Äô helpful:

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher Guide

Anne Of Green Gables Teacher’s PDF

I have completed my plans for the 2015-2016 school year, which I am very excited about. I really must post them soon!

Happy Weekend!