Our Nature Journals Week 9

We have experienced so much variety of weather this week! Shrove Tuesday was freezing cold, with heavy rains, sleet, and eventually snow.  Although this week has been very chilly, some sun has punctuated the otherwise grey skies.

The snowdrops are still blooming, both in the woods and in my garden, and frogspawn is beginning to appear.

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Rose did a handsome sketch of the Magnolia buds on our tree.

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Her typewriter is currently in favour for all narrations.

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I sketched a Daffodil (March is here!) and one of the wee Wrens that visits our feeders.

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Happy March!

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!