Week 37 ~ Our Last Week!

We made it! We made it to the end of our school year!

Our last few weeks have fizzled slightly..we have had a lot going on here; I am currently working on a project, and we had the girls changing bedrooms, which was a lot of work.

This week has been minimal; reading, Latin, maths, and a little science for my big girl.

Rose was intrigued by her eyes this week and took many, many photos so she could look closely at the colours.

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She also set up scenes for her guinea pigs, and took lots of photos to tell a story. This one features Nibbler as a bank teller:

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And here is Prince Albert. His story was all about his day, beginning with shots of him in ‘bed’.

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Rose got another new fish: Bob. This of course involved another trip to the pet shop, which is Rosie’s favourite trip out 😉

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We had friends over one afternoon and watched the Big First Aid Lesson by St. John Ambulance. This was a smashing little course to raise awareness of very basic first aid.

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Listening to the Faraway Tree and playing with her toy animals

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We took a trip to The Lady Lever Art Gallery. I was so very excited to see The Scapegoat by Holman Hunt, The Blessed Damozel by Rossetti, The Beguiling Of Merlin by Burne-Jones, and Snowdrift by Onslow Ford. Elianna particularly liked the sculptures & was fascinated by the way the body could be sculpted in marble. Rose loved whizzing ’round and seeing everything! They had the hand-held ‘telephones’ which presented a short talk about varying art works, so this was right up Rosie’s street.

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Here are our sketches from the museum:

Elianna’s sketch of the sculpture ‘Venus’ by Lorenzo Bartolini

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Rosie’s sketch that she did not write down the name of the painting.

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My Sketch of The Scapegoat by Holman Hunt

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For our last day of lessons, we met with friends and went to have ice-cream, and then on to the park.

Here are the girls doing their best superhero poses 🙂

 

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Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

The Magic Faraway Tree

I struggle to keep track of Rosie’s reading; she tends to read a lot of nonfiction, dipping in and out of what appeals at any one time.

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners. She completely adores these books & we are usually getting a couple of new ones each week.

Plus many others..

Elianna:

Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief

Horrible Histories Woeful World War Two

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

We are now officially on our summer break 🙂

Happy Summer!

Week 36 ~ Busy, Busy, Busy…

We have had such a busy week here. My big girl moved bedrooms, which involved a lot of building and moving of furniture, organising, moving, and re-homing books. I am utterly exhausted!

Lessons have been minimal this week;  lots of reading and daily Latin, plus the girls following their own interests. For Rose this has meant heaps and heaps of nature study, for Elianna, she has been drawing on her new tablet.

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I am astounded at how quickly she has learned to used this thing! And very proud of the art she has created.

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Rose has been rescuing bees again

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This week was a sad one for Rose as her Siamese Fighting Fish passed away.

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Here you can see Groot in all his former glory, swimming alongside tank mate Esme

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She already had two Balloon Mollies in her aquarium, so she went to the pet shop and chose two new ones to ‘keep the others company’.

Here you can see Simon (the black fish) who is an old time resident, along with new tank mate, Helius.

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And here is Sol

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The fish all appear to be happy campers & Rose is over the moon with them.

Little Passports arrived this week. This month’s country was Britain! Here is Rose looking suitably proud after building Big Ben 🙂

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Rose has had a mystery this week. Her dad put out some past-their-best apples into the undergrowth in the garden one evening this week. Rose woke up the next morning to find two apples strewn on the lawn; one with a sizeable chink (or chunks?) missing. Out came the pH testing paper & guidebook, and she has begun to come up with her theories. So far she is think it may be either a fox, or a squirrel…

Science club this week was more on photosynthesis. Unfortunately I forgot to take our weekly photo until one of the girls had left…so the two remaining girls used a pineapple as a stand in!

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Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

The Magic Faraway Tree

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners. She completely adores these books & we are usually getting a couple of new ones each week.

Frog and Toad books

Animal Tracks And Signs

Plus many others..

Elianna:

Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief

Horrible Histories Woeful World War Two

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

Next week will be our last week before we break for summer…

Happy Weekend!

Week 35 ~ A Museum Visit

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My big girl, working on her maths..

Little girl working on her Latin roots..

 

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This week we took a trip with friends to Bolton Museum. We travelled on the train and visited the aquarium

 

 

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The Egypt room

 

 

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From the local room:

Look at this exquisite maths book!

 

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This exhibit pretty much broke my heart. An partly completed layette. Left with the needle in place. Never finished.

 

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Rose bought some papyrus ‘paper’ from the gift shop & made a message with hyroglyph stamps that we have: “I love mummy & dad”

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Science club this week was botany. I am using Botany In 8 Lessons

 

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The little girls went to the park, then played with sticker books

 

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The big girls’ plant cell shrinkies

 

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Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin. The new resource for Rosie’s Latin & Greek roots we are both really enjoying. She is coping with the extra writing well 😉

Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

The Enchanted Wood

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners. She completely adores these books & we are usually getting a couple of new ones each week.

Animalia: Welcome To The Museum

A Child’s History Of The World

Elianna:

Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief

Horrible Histories Woeful World War Two

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

Happy Weekend!