Category Archives: Classroom

Tens Frames and Farm Life

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I just discovered Singapore maths and so far, I love the concept and it’s transformed Lady P! She is making great connections! I just bought the first textbook and workbook from Maths! No Problem! so I will let you know how they are and review them here! 

Lady P used the tens frame in helping her understand addition facts. She made the connection between 8+6 and 10+4 by moving two different coloured counters around. I watched various YouTube videos by Maths! No Problem and found them interesting! 

In the afternoon, we went on a homeschool trip to the farm! Over 130 home ed people showed up so it was great support!

The kids had a great time and enjoyed being outside all afternoon! They got a chance to brush ponies, feed goats, pet snakes and rats, feed lambs and play with new friends! It was a wonderful day!

Ted Harrison Art

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I have decided to resume our study of artists.  We started a project on Ted Harrison mostly because he’s originally from England but his art is all about the Yukon in Canada; a nice joining of cultures, like our family. 

Lady P loves art so she always enjoys learning about artists and mimicking their work. We watched a YouTube video that took her through the process. I paused it so she could catch up and then resumed.  

We have also started a new routine of writing a daily scripture every morning with the date. I copy the scripture in yellow for cheeky girl to copy and Lady P writes it herself.  We help her find the scripture in the Bible then she copies it out. She feels grown up because she’s finding it in the Bible.  Also, we help her to read it and discuss it. She draws a picture to help her understanding of the text. This incorporates a lot of different skills and topics. Art, bible study, reading, writing and maths (finding scriptures requires her to understand number order). 

Unfortunately, both girls have a severe case of chicken pox so our homeschooling may include many films this week depending on how they feel! We’ve just acquired a massive supply of Barbie films which I find tedious but they love! 

Coniferous Leaves

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Had a really good morning schooling today! Lady P got down to business in anticipation of her friend coming round for a play date. 

She completed her reading lesson; practiced her counting by  5s and 10s; counted backwards from 10 confidently and started to count backwards from 20; sorted coins with their number amounts; wrote some more of her story; compared coniferous leaves to deciduous leaves and made notes.  Cheeky girl practiced counting objects and writing the number down and she practiced the letter c and d and made pictures of things starting with those letters. 

Afterwards, friends came to play all afternoon! It was a good day!

A Good Start

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We have had a brilliant start to the year!  Lady P is working well!  Im trying not to make anything too tedious for her!  She has calmed down now that she has a regular routine!  The summer of no routine didn’t make her overly happy! 

This week has been warm so we spent lots of time outside!

We also did lots of work!  She is progressing through her Reading programme.  We are doing daily calendar time; maths using all sorts of manipulatives including our Spielgaben!  We do daily bible activities and some sensory stuff for the littleuns!

Yesterday cheeky girl got her immunisations and was allowed McDonalds for being brave!  She was excited to have mummy time! Then she had swimming lessons. How has your first week been so far?

The First Day of School

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Yesterday was our first day of school (or no school). We had a good day and Lady P was exhausted by the end (I suspect I got over-zealous).  

I’m still incredibly happy she is home with us.  I suspect she may struggle with attention and although I don’t want to say she has ADHD (because I’m not a doctor), I do feel she is leaning to that side.  I’m teaching her and helping her as if she has ADHD and it seems to work.  It’s hard to say it out loud because everyone says it’s just her age, but I think as a parent, you know when things are not quite right.  We have started cutting out E numbers and sugar from her diet and it’s made a world of difference.  But she still struggles!  

Anyway, the first day was busy as I was working as well.  We did calendar work, reading, art, writing, spelling and maths.  We went outside and rode bikes, played at the park and had swimming lessons. 

Our Curriculum Line-up

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I decided to plan this year loosely around topics the girls have chosen.  Along with the Year One National Curriculum, I’ve added topics they are interested in.

Literacy:

  • Tigers
  • Dinosaurs
  • Chicks
  • Butterflies
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Fairy tales
  • Trees

Science:

  • Seasons
  • Human body
  • Materials
  • Animals
  • Nature journals

Geography:

  • Types of houses
  • Canada
  • The continents
  • The U.K.

Maths:

  • Heinnman maths books
  • Montessori maths curriculum
  • Spielgaben

Lots of sensory bins

PE

  • Lots of outdoor play
  • Swimming Lessons 
  • Dance Lessons

All this may change but this is our year in advance! Once I’ve tidied my homeschool area, I’ll post photos!

Happy home ed everyone! 

Beach, O’Keeffe and Other Things…

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The last few days have been extremely busy!  On Sunday nights, I create a plan for the week.  I have found that this has worked the best for our routine.  Then, I try to cover most of it throughout the week.  Some things happen on different days than the plan but it doesn’t matter.

On Monday we went to the park again and Lady P went on the BMX track with her bike.  Nobody was there so it was great.  I ended up running around with her so I guess it was a work out for me! Bonus!

As usual, she did her maths and English work, we read, did crafts and played in the garden.  She also goes to swimming lessons.
On Tuesday, we had a ridiculously long and busy day!  The kids went to the beach with daddy while I was at work.  They created beach art and attempted to write ‘at words in the sand.  Lady P couldn’t understand that she had to hold the stick different from a pencil so she kept getting frustrated.
Later she had gymnastics and did work in between all our comings and goings.  

Today we were looking after our little friend again. Lady P did an amazing water colour of a Georgia O’Keeffe close-up of a flower. 

She is loving all things art related! She also did her reading lesson and maths lesson and we continued reading the BFG.  Phew! I’m exhausted!

Into the Woods

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Into the Woods

I am trying to spend time outside every day I can with the kids.  On Wednesdays, we have a little friend who comes to play as well: so going outside is the easiest thing to do! 

This week we went to a small wooded area near our home and just spent time exploring.  When I asked Lady P if she wanted to go to the playground after,  she responded: ‘no thank you, I want to stay here!’

WHAT? This is a first!  My experiment is working!  She is slowly becoming an outdoor child! Whoopee! 

Picking the flowers of wild garlic

The boys exploring wood chip and crawling in the dirt


We did eventually go to the playground to wait for our little friend’s mummy to pick him up. The girls practiced balancing and ran around with no shoes on. I read an article about the importance of walking with no shoes on.  ‘Walking barefoot…develops the muscles and ligaments of the foot, increases the strength of the foot’s arch, improves proprioception (our awareness of where we are in relation to the space around us) and contributes to good posture.’ (The Guardian) I’ve decided to let them go barefoot as much as possible, where it is safe to do so. (One step closer to tree hugger)
In the morning, it was raining heavily so we did our schoolwork then.  
It was a wonderful, stress-free day! It’s days like this that make me glad I made the choice to home educate! 

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

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This week has been a blur!  I’ve been visiting my mum and dad in Canada with Little Man and the girls have been home with daddy!

The home education officer came for the first time and it went really well!  So we are pleased about that!

Lady P and Cheeky Girl have been busy doing all sorts of exciting things.  They’ve been flying kites!  The weather has been wonderfully warm so they’ve been outside a lot! 

Lady P has started reading the BFG and is enjoying doing crafts and activities around it.  


She has also been doing an underwater theme because we have inherited a fish tank. She has completed some colour-by-number maths sheets and fish crafts.

It’s been a busy week but lots of fun!

The Goodness of Rain

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My closest friend of 31 years recommended a book by Ann Pelo called The Goodness of Rain.  I’m really enjoying it and it’s really pushing me to rethink my home education philosophy.  

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I feel pressured (by my own mind and teaching background) to push my children to know how to read and do maths and sit there and be good students.  But the more I push, the more they hate learning.  So I’ve tried to back off a lot and focus on their happiness, on play, on relationships, on art and other interests and enjoying the environment.  I want them to enjoy nature, see creation and appreciate it.  I enjoy my children the most when they are outside and getting dirty!  Why did I not realise this before? 

My eldest child hates going in the garden. She is terrified of bugs and creepy crawlies and being dirty.  After reading a few pages of this new book, I realised, she needs to be outside as much as possible to get over these fears…and she needs me to help her.  So we went outside; she cried and complained while my other little girl dug up worms, but I explained that she would have a good time if she gave it a chance.  So I cleaned the spider webs and flies out of her Wendy house, brushed off her slide and let her go.  

I began to mow our jungle lawn and soon, I could feel her little eyes on me.  She wanted to help me rake up the grass.  I handed her a rake and she started. Soon after, I asked if she could pick up the grass and put it in the bag.  She looked at me and said,’but won’t my hands get dirty?’ I suddenly realised she wanted to know it was ok to get dirty.  I really hope I’ve not made her this way but I reassured her that it was fine and we’d wash her hands later.  So she got stuck in. 

As I continued mowing, 3 frogs jumped out of the grass so I stopped the mower and picked them up.  Lady P actually asked to hold one.  I could not believe it!  Later on we found worms and she picked one up (with a fork; she’s not completely nature girl yet) and she helped me mow the grass. We stayed outside from 10 am to 3:30 pm.  Not one complaint!  

They were filthy!  And sun kissed, and happy! 
Cheeky girl is already nature girl!  She even goes to a forest school two mornings a week for nursery.  She loves being outside! So I’m pleased that Lady P is starting to come around.  Today she even said, ‘mummy, I’m not afraid of flies anymore..’ She had a very pleased expression on her face! She makes me laugh!  So I encourage anyone to get outside and enjoy whatever outdoor environment you have access to! I’ll continue to write about Lady P’s journey.