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.
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.
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 😉
I have been doing quite a bit of painting myself this week. Here are some water colours I have been working on
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 🙂
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;
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
I am finding these ‘teacher guides’ helpful:
I have completed my plans for the 2015-2016 school year, which I am very excited about. I really must post them soon!