About Sue Button

I am Sue, mum, wife, writer, paleo cook and teacher... and so much more :) This is where I will share with you some of our life. We have wonderful days together, learning and playing; trying to figure out this beautiful world. You want to come along for the ride ? You are very welcome :) If you want to link to this site, wonderful, but please do not copy or use any images/ content without my asking permission.

Animals from around the World – Part One

At the weekend we went to the zoo, so we have put together the start of a animal project, for us all to enjoy !

Hope you have fun :) … lots more animals coming “hopefully” tomorrow …( Phew, what a week I will update you soon to what we have been up to!)

Great Grey Owl  – Learn about owls here, this is a lovely book for younger ones and so is this, another one here for older readers, colouring pages, wonderful owl crafts, lots of cool owl stuff here, loads of resources here for older children

Howler Monkeys - interactive facts here, colouring in page, on-line worksheet here, our favourite monkey story book, so cute ( keeping for grandchildren book).

African spoon bill - this is a great book on southern African animals, fantastic photos and insightful information also I love this, really great ! a set of lesson plans around “unusual beak physique” (thats funny… isn’t it ?) what a great fun idea for a project


Look out for the next 3 animals coming soon … Ooo there is a Scarlet Ibis in that lesson plan too, and we saw one of them as well.




My daughter has real talent for just looking at something, and then being able to replicate it. I think this dress she has made for her doll is just brilliant, bearing in mind she is just 11 and never done this before.

I always find it amazing how well kids do when they apply themselves. If they are interested in something and you just let them get on with it, normally they do an amazing job. They have such strength of character just to get on with it. I guess as they are home-schooled, they have more time to do the things they really enjoy. And most home-schooled children I have met want to succeed, they are determined types.

Today we have a new run arriving as we need more “run around” space for our new little pets. So once that arrives we will need to put it together.

And lots of gardening to do, which is always difficult in our country as it rains a lot, and you have to keep running in out, trying to avoid the showers.

We have also been out to the park, it was a little wet :)


That is rain hitting the river !!!

So we went home …

Also the Olympics, goodness me I love it! I just get so into it every-time I start watching in. For such a small country we are doing so well !!! We were thinking of trying to get up to London next week and watch some of it, but its very hard to use the ticket website, and the whole process very frustrating, especially when you see so many empty seats! So we will have to see, but what a great experience that would be. For now we will just carry on with our Olympic project.


Busy Thursday

not busy with fun stuff (well not this morning), but busy nonetheless.

Had grown up stuff to do this morning so my dad had the children, and they just played most of the time.

We did manage to have some fun in the garden

and we popped to the forest for a walk and play this afternoon

And we went to the library to review our books and get some more out :) The kids are doing a summer reading challenge. They do it every year and love it as they get stickers and a medal on completion. They love reading so its very easy for them

We had a tiny little visitor this morning… “Err, where?”, I hear you say. Well if you look REALLY closely on the corner of the guinea pig run, you will see a tiny baby bird :) it was so cute, really tiny and still fluffy :)

And we are now making dolls clothes to relax before bed :)

We got another good book, dragon boy !! Dylan and Kai are loving it! it’s so good.

So for me tonight will it be, erhh, patchwork or knitting? Cant decide? (my secret pleasures while the kids sleep, shhhhhh, dont tell them !)



this and that – Welcome August

So today we finished off our Jellyfish project


we did some more of our African project, phew! there is a lot of work to do here. My daughter is really enjoying african art, this book in particular is really excellent.

We did a lot of reading and relaxing trying to help my middle son over his bad tummy :( hopefully the worst is over now.

Some playing in the garden 

We went to the park just before tea so we could get some fresh air, as we have been at home all day. One of my sons loves football and has just joined a team, so we are helping to coach him :) , well I think thats what we are doing, he is pretty good already! They had great fun and some contests on the swings, so all had a good appetite when we returned.

Now for a nice lazy evening,


Breakfast with guineas

Croissants (gluten free !) in the guinea pig garden.. Don’t worry daddy we saved you some!

These are our guinea pigs Poppy (dad, yes yes, was a boy not a girl !), Jasmine (mum) and Lily (baby)… Oh and a boys foot :)

Here are our new arrivals, Ash (dad to be) and Blossom ( mum to be).

They are all so cute, and seem to be doing well. We are about to do some more of our Africa Project and finish up the jellyfish project. Busy busy …




The 3 Ss – 2012-08-01


Oh its easy and its fun. We often do experiments from “science bob” and love them all. Watch the water change colour suddenly, kids love it.

If you have time you could follow up with a little work on the IODINE CLOCK REACTION and for older childeren there are some experiment worksheets here (it’s free to sign up to TES)

image via Wikipedia

Social Science

On this day – 10BC Claudius, Roman Emperor was born.

Read about him

Write about him – Ancient Roman writing page for you to fill in.

Learn more about the Romans – interactive BBC site, information and games.

Colour – there some wonderful colouring in sheets here

Roman Numerals worksheets/notebooking

Want more? do a whole project on Ancient Rome – start here with this great lapbook from currclick.com - we do love our lapbooking – do you?



Easy as riding a bike? Is it? Make sure you and your kids really know what is involved with riding a bike safely this summer. Here are some tips to help you.


Goldbach’s conjecture

Heard of it ??

This morning I have been reading about this in my emails, I often recieve maths/science  emails from CSIRO always interesting.

Anyway, quote from email :

In 1742, a mathematician named Christian Goldbach wrote a letter to his friend Leonhard Euler. In the letter, he discussed something he thought was true, but couldn’t prove. The statement was quite simple: every even number can be written as the sum of two primes. Leonhard wrote back saying that although he also couldn’t prove it, he too believed it was true.

The statement is now known as Goldbach’s conjecture. Mathematicians have been working on the question ever since, but they still don’t have an answer. However, many mathematicians have found answers to easier versions of the question.

One way of checking the conjecture is to start with small numbers and work your way up. Computers have made this task easier and now all the numbers less than 4 000 000 000 000 000 000 have been checked.

Another way of attacking the problem is looking at big numbers. Mathematicians working on Goldbach’s conjecture proved all really big odd numbers could be written as a sum of three prime numbers. However, the numbers they were talking about were really big – originally about seven million digits!

A third way of looking at the problem is to use more primes in the sum. In the 1930s, mathematicians proved every number could be written as the sum of at most 300 000 primes. This is a long way away from two primes, but it was a start.

Earlier this year, Australian-born mathematician Terry Tao published a proof about the Goldbach conjecture. Terry’s proof showed all odd numbers could be written as the sum of five or fewer primes.

Terry’s result is impressive and is getting closer to a proof of Goldbach’s conjecture. However, there is still a lot more maths to be done!

Thats one way to spend a rainy day :)


the beach again … – Sculptures

lots of information about Aldeburgh here, have a look on there, for the information about the scallop sculture.

The creator was Maggi Hambling, she has designed some wonderful sculptures, all with their own little twist.

this is a wonderful website for kids, all about different and unusual aspects of art. I have linked to a activity on soap sculpting.

for the younger ones simple play dough modelling might be easier. Some ideas here

we also love doing wax modelling , just feels so lovely in your hands

I am sure the clay will be out soon too !

We also love to do junk modelling and we use this site a lot for ideas




Olympics 2012

We will be starting some Olympic work today ( as well as the African project!)

We have found some great resources at currclick these are the main ones we will use over the next few days:


Olympic Pack - Interactive

Oylmpic Maths – year 5 – 6 ( grade 4 – 5)

Lots of great free resources here

We are also filling in the The Times Olympic scrapbook

Here you will find the BBCs Olympic TV schedule for the UK – So today is Archery :)

Enjoy …

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