On Monday Elianna & I went to a local-ish home ed meet for older children. Rose stayed with her Granny & Grandad, whilst us ‘big girls’ went off for the day.
More model molecule making for Elianna this week, plus she is making her own Periodic Table.
Rose has been busy as always. Her bean experiment is rocking, & all the plants she is growing are shooting up! She definitely has green fingers!
We have been reading The Childhood of Hiawatha from The Song Of Hiawatha & Rose has begun a watercolour of the forest & Hiawatha’s home…hopefully more on that next week. Still going strong with our Greek Myths, we have also been reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales this week.
Elianna has begun a new art project – a sketchbook into which she is gathering ideas for work on ‘Mythical Creatures’ I am hopeful that this will produce lots of lovely creativity, effort & development.
Plus all the usuals – Maths & English for both girls, Latin for Elianna, Latin & Greek roots for Rose.
Rose & I have really been enjoying reading A Little Garden Calendar For Boys & Girls. What a smashing book! It goes through the months of the year, following the gardening adventures of a little boy & girl.
We went to our local garden centre & Rose chose runner beans, radishes, Sunflowers, corn & salad leaves (very much like the children did.) She has planted them up to grow in the window, again, just like Davy & Prue in the story.
She has also been excited about a ‘spinner’ toy she received this week. It loos like a small gun, & shoots a plastic wheel high into the air. She spent ages outside working out how the angle it is shot affects the distance it will travel….
Elianna has been busy reading The Care & Keeping Of You. This is a smashing book for younger girls learning about their changing bodies. She has read it several times & is currently focusing on the chapter about a healthy diet. She has begun to incorporate a couple of healthy snacks every day because of her reading & has been researching recipes using the various fruits & vegetables discussed. Which can only be a good thing 🙂
Rose & I have finished Charlotte’s Web. She had to read all of the last couple of pages, a again, I was in tears! Our next read aloud is D’Aulaire’s book of Greek Myths.
Science has been messy & fun with this activity. It is right up my girls street, lots of mixing & fizzing!
Elianna joined in, as it worked out nicely as a discussion point for an acid being a chemical that wants to get rid of a proton, & a base being a chemical that wants a proton, which is what she is currently learning about in her science studies.
Rosie’s bean growth experiment is coming along nicely.
She is keeping a record of what is happening & is full of joy each time she sees a change.
The girls have been working hard as always on their basics; English, Latin, & Maths. Elianna is still working on the Future Learn Archaeology Of Portus course. Lots & lots of reading this week.
Elianna made herself a necklace.
She was inspired by Steam Punk & is really pleased with it. Another of her ‘middle of the night’ creations!
Finally, we rounded off the week by making Chocolate Mousse for Valentine’s day. The girls licked the bowl & declared it a success!
I began this week in a very chilled out frame of mind after spending the weekend at a silent retreat. This is my third silent retreat & I was really looking forward to it. The peace & quiet, and time to be alone with God was amazing.
Then back to earth with a bump on Monday 🙂
Monday was Candlemas, so after lessons we made beeswax candles (no photos sorry!)
Rose has been investigating how sweets dissolve in different liquids. We used this experiment here. We discussed acids & bases, tested the various ph of the liquids, & then looked up our results on the pH scale.
We chatted some more & Rose wondered how the results would be affected by temperature, so we repeated our experiment with heat. Rose was really surprised at how marked the difference was.
Charlotte’s Web reached the critical point of the story this wee, so I roped in Elianna to popcorn read with Rose, as I always cry…
Rose has also been reading through our Abel & Cole weekly notes to find some things she might like to cook. she has some lovely ideas stored away for St. Valentines…
Rose had some exciting news this week. We have some friends who recently adopted a stray dog. They spend a lot of time out & about & were looking for a dog sitter for the days they are not at home. Enter Rose..
Isn’t she lovely! Her name is Mini, & you can see her here with our dog, Boomer. Rose is over the moon. She would spend all her days with animals, if only she could.
Elianna is still studying Atoms & Elements. This week she built a model of a Diamond Molecule.
And then she ate it 🙂
Rose & I have begun to read A Little Garden Calendar For Boys & Girls. So far this is proving to be a lovely read. It takes you through the gardening year, in the story of a young boy & girls & their ‘chief gardener’.
“The story of the first Christmas long ago is captured here in all its mystery by some of the world’s greatest painters. The beauty of the familiar words of the King James Version of the Bible weaves the glorious images together to create a new work of art: a Christmas story that will be treasured by readers young and old.”
My friend has kindly taken my girls to our local home ed group Christmas party today, I was too poorly to go, so I am hoping to make a full recovery over the weekend then we can crack on with gift making next week.
A slow week this week…Elianna was feeling under the weather on Monday, which by Tuesday had turned into a sore throat & heavy cold. Rose followed along shortly afterwards, but as is typical for our girls, had a lighter version of the same illness as her big sister.
Monday did prove exciting however, as on Monday evening, Rose found a duck outside our house! She worked hard to catch Jemima (as Rose called her) & brought her indoors for a quick ‘check up’.
All seemed well, so Rose & I set off to our local pond, fumbling through the woods in the dark to get there.
Jemima was given a fond farewell & took to the water like the proverbial duck 🙂
We did a little light nature study, observing & painting autumn leaves. Elianna only got one Latin lesson done this week – direct objects, subjects & predicate nominatives. Rose is steadily working through her English From The Roots Up flash cards, which are proving to be most interesting. We read a fair amount this week, watched the film version of War Horse, and lots of Horrible Histories (Including the WW1 special that was on BBC recently).
Rose had fun at our local park on Thursday. She adores animals & met up with a local cat, Arthur, whom she had not seen for a while. She also enjoyed ‘ploughing’, having been completely fascinated with the process shown in War Horse.
Rose also enjoyed making a ‘house’ for our cat Micheal this week. She took a large cardboard box & painted it in cheerful colours, and made a door & chimney. Unfortunately Michael wasn’t particularly interested…
This week we have been listening to Handel; notably The Water Music & The Royal Fireworks. Ellie was working on her Latin lessons, Rosie played. I asked them to try to picture in their minds what they imagined to be happening….
I had planned our pond study for Monday, but when the time came it was lashing down with rain. So we had nature study indoors & sketched Mallard ducks from our nature guides.
We were very fortunate this week to take part in a Cosmetic Chemistry workshop at UCLAN (The University of Central Lancashire) with our local home ed group.
The girls made bath bombs & lip balms & learned about the chemistry behind them. They had a marvellous time and the lab was fantastic!
We are still reading through The Water Babies. This is such a beautiful & dense book. This week we had quite a discussion about ‘The Hippopotamus Major’. This is a reference by Kingsley to a debate that raged in Victorian Britain between Thomas Huxley & Richard Owen. Central to the debate was whether or not the human brain was unique in having a hippocampus minor….or do apes have them too…
The Water Babies also led us to look at ‘The Triumph of Galarea’ by Raphael. If you have not yet read The Water Babies, I would strongly recommend it! I did not read it as a child & I have really missed out!
Elianna has again been creating with clay. This time a plaque for her room with the name she would rather like for herself – Pandora – inspired by her readings from Age of Fable. She is fascinated with Runes & so has also written Pandora in Runes.
Science this week was BFSULesson A2 – Solids, liquids, and gases. We worked through the lesson, copied the main points into their science notebooks & made a little ‘foldable’ to show the main points of the states of matter, such as molecular structure.
We also worked on pumpkin inspired art that was a complete flop, and had Rosie in tears! We were making a wax resist picture, which we painted over with black acrylic paint. I fear I must have watered the paint down too much as once it washed away, it left just a grey residue, instead of a fine, bold black. No after photos I am afraid, too many tears 🙁
We are taking a weeks break from our studies next week. I shall be taking the time to flesh out my plans for November, and also our ‘Advent School’ for December. Two new books are also awaiting my attention…’Consider This: Charlotte Mason & the Classical Tradition‘ & ‘The Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook‘. I am so utterly excited to have some time to read them both. I also have quite a bit of pre-reading to do for our studies. I like to read ahead as much as possible, so I ‘know’ the books we are studying and can come up with ideas for discussion & also to be aware of any other books, myths, poetry etc that is alluded to. I also have a copy of Anne arriving today, which I am so extremely excited about. Ellie will be reading this one, but it will be a while before she gets to it.
We have had a cold and blustery week with patches of sunshine ~ the dark nights are drawing in. How I love Autumn!
Lessons have progressed as usual. The girls are really enjoying The Water Babies, as am I. It can be extremely wordy, with long descriptions that can go on for pages. But it is a really beautiful book that has really captured us all.
Ellie is progressing well with her Latin lessons & has progressed far beyond me.
Do you remember that Rose was writing her very own ‘Naughty Animal’ story, as planned in my Beatrix Potter enrichment lessons? She has been working on a ‘Tale of Wayne The Rabbit’. Slowly, but surely. Little by little. She works on her illustrations during read aloud time, and writes during her writing lessons.
(please excuse errors!)
Pond Study this week focused on the girls special trees – Ellie’s is an Alder, Rose’s is a Beech. We looked at the leaf shapes & arrangements, among with generally observing the changes in our pond & its surroundings.
The girls worked on their nature journals when we got home.
Ellie has become very interested in wild & wonderful fashion & decided to make herself some shoes from wooden blocks & clay!
Disaster has struck as we have run out of clay! A trip to the craft shop is needed!
Rose is very much enjoying using cuisenaire rods for maths & made me a ‘maths milkshake’ 🙂
Do you remember that we dyed some wool felt a couple of weeks ago? I was planning for the girls to make bookmarks, and Rose has finished hers.
I thought I would share our daily rhythm. I take a very structured approach to educating my girls, which makes me rather an oddity amongst my home educating friends, who mostly favour an autonomous approach.
How our days generally progress:
Monday – Thursday
7am – The girls get up, bring pillows & covers down to the living room & I read aloud for an hour while they eat breakfast.
8am – They read quietly. Elianna usually reads her ‘Literature’ choice, sometimes ‘popcorn’ style with me, Rose reads a science book.
8:30 – Latin with Elianna, Rose gets dressed & does her chores
9am – Rose works on her maths lesson & then she reads to me from her ‘Literature’ choice (currently Beatrix Potter) Elianna showers, dresses & does her chores.
10am– maths for Elianna, free play for Rose.
10:30 – Writing, spelling, and grammar for everyone. They work from different books, Ellie often takes herself off to her ‘reading room’ to work on this & I sit ‘elbow to elbow’ with Rose 🙂
Rose’s lessons are usually much shorter than Elianna’s, so get gets lots of chunks to play, throughout the day. She has such a vibrant imagination, I usually hear her chatting away, playing with her bears, or wooden animals, or lego figures…
11:30 -Memory work; poetry, Shakespeare, maths facts, grammar facts, and the periodic table song – but not all on the same day 🙂
1pm/1:30 depending on how the day is going!
Monday is usually our Pond Study day, so we are out for the afternoon.
Tuesday to Thursday are for History.
Dependant on the day, Elianna either reads from the Kingfisher encyclopaedia, outlines from what she has read, reads a primary source document & writes a paragraph about it, or reads from a history book & writes a narration.
Rose reads from a history book for around 20-30 minutes.
2pm/2:30 Free time…but no T.V. but often the girls paint, sketch, model with clay, or sew. Sometimes we do watch a documentary or film.
After dinner the girls often enjoy watching a T.V. program with their dad. Rose is tucked up in bed at 8pm & Ellie goes upstairs to read. She reads a chapter from whatever science book I have assigned.
Then she then either reads from her own choice, (currently she is taken with Greek/Roman/Norse myths, or comic books) or sketches & colours.
Fridays are completely different – we still have read aloud time in the morning, plus quiet reading time. The girls add anything they have read about in history to our time line, I have allocated time to work with Rose on anything to do with Little Passports ~ reading related books, looking places up on the map etc.then the rest of our morning is science & art. Friday afternoon is free for outings & meeting friends & family.
This year I have not got into a regular rhythm of picture study. I have ordered a few books from the ‘Come Look With Me‘ series. I will be using these during Friday morning Read Aloud time, so hopefully this will get us enjoying picture study again.
This is my guide for our days. We do not always follow this rhythm…but it gives me a structure to work with.
This week we have been out & about. Elianna needed to see the GP and Rose needed a trip to the radiologist with a suspected fracture to her hand. We also stopped into our local library, where Rose was enchanted with this beautiful tapestry:
We spent a little time looking for books
And stopped at the local park on the way home
We have also been very fortunate to see the BBC’s 10 Pieces. It was truly amazing. A really good introduction to Classical Music. I believe that you can watch it for a few weeks via I-Player. Please do watch if you haven’t had the chance to see it at the cinema.
After the cinema, we went to visit with some lovely friends & had delicious scones & pancakes. Yum!
And to hold their pet Tarantula!
The rest of the week we have been ‘getting on’ with regular learning times.
Ellie is still building Jotunheim
Rose has spent every spare moment building circuits
We have dyed some wool felt, ready to make book marks, so I am hoping to work on those over the next week and Rose has begun a wonderful little ‘book’ – a naughty animal tale 🙂
We have been learning more about energy; this week photosynthesis, and also how food releases energy – we had fun burning various foodstuffs to see which released the most energy.