Category Archives: Science

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!

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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Post bundle

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I’m very behind in my posts so I’m going to just post the pictures of the last few weeks of our home ed days! 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Autumn Unit

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We are continuing with our Autumn unit as the weather holds up. We headed to the woods near our house to collect leaves and take pictures.  The girls love walking during autumn (particularly Lady P who hates bugs).  We had a great conversation about plants and how they make oxygen (air) from the carbon dioxide (bad air) we breathe out.  Lady P thought it was great learning big words.    Next, we found a little clearing and I sat down and began to make a little house for critters.  Lady P took interest in this only after I said the spiders needed a warm house for the winter.  Considering she’s petrified of insects, she didn’t like the idea of them freezing to death so she helped me build.  Cheeky Girl made trees.   This lasted a good 15 minutes.  Then they ran around at Mach 5.  Lady P did a ‘show’ on a stump and then they jumped off stumps while I filmed them in slow motion. They thought it was hilarious and kept wanting me to do it again.

  
 It was such a wonderful morning.  No pressure or reason to tell my kids off.  We definitely needed to unwind and spend quality time together! Afterwards, we headed home.  We shall make some Autumn crafts tomorrow.   

 

Pond Dipping and Mini Beast Hunting

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Today we met up with other homeschooling families and went to Beacon Fell for a Mini-Beast Hunt and Pond Dipping!  The girls had a great time!  Although they were 2 of the youngest there, the older kids really took an interest in them and included them in the experience.

All ready for pond dipping with Nick the park ranger!

All ready for pond dipping with Nick the park ranger!

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