Arty day, with a sprinkling of pirates and circuits ;)


we are snuggled up indoors today as it is cold and windy and wet out there, Dyl worked on his Pirate lapbook, it is coming on nicely.. K is doing the letter “S” today and writing/drawing and colouring about “S” words.. and Mol has done lots of history, learning about when Scotland became part of the UK, in science she was learning about gases and then circuits.. she started some Pop Art on Marilyn and they are all now painting.. They have also been watching the Christmas lectures, they sooo cool :)  .. we have lots of reading going on at the moment, and I am reading to the boys LHOP “Long Winter“. what have you been up to today?


Week Beginnings


DS(5) just checking the solar system is all there :)  we need this for a workshop on Wednesday, guessed the theme yet… you got it “Solar System”



He has also been doing lots of work on his letters recently, as he wants to improve his reading. He really does pick it all up very quickly and just loves learning! This week we have a animal drawing theme to go with his letters so he is very excited about that.

DS(8) yesterday,  did some English, he also got 90% on conquer math module. He is also working on life cycles at the moment. Each year we order our caterpillars to watch, and these should arrive any day now, and this year will compliment the study on life cycles he is already doing. He loves Roald Dahl and is reading (again) the fantastic Mr Fox as he loves it! I have another book coming for him soon, I will let you know when it arrives. He also did some drawings of monkeys.

DD(12) Lots of piano practise she also did lots of music theory. She learnt her “etre” and “avoir” verbs for French and wrote out sentences using them and played some games using them. She did do some chemistry but did get a bit stuck so I will sit with her today and run through it all. She is studying the iGCSE so sometimes the wording is a bit tricky to follow, but she did a good 45mins of it, and I am sure today will resolve the “mental block”. She did lots of reading too!

We had a big cycle ride in the afternoon about 8 miles all together(went to a friends house so the kids could play), so they were tired last night, but DD(8) still had to go to kickboxing :) in the evening.

Ooooo, I nearly forgot as well as a workshop on the solar system we are also doing some MayPole dancing :) , that will be on Wednesday.

Remember Friday I wanted to see some water?!? well look what I found about 30 mins from our house..


Time for seeds and the rest of the week

(photos from musical walk….)

Busy busy Tuesday…. so we did complete most of our projects.. cycled to the library and got LOTS of new books. DS(8) had cubs and they don’t finish till 8.15pm so quite late for a 8 year old, and of course the 5 year won’t sleep until he is home… So  most Wednesdays everyone is tired. DS(8) got two badges at cubs, one for cookery and the other martial arts. A few weeks ago he achieved his yellow belt in kickboxing so took it in and showed it off, we didn’t know he would get a badge for it!

Before cubs we all did SQUIT it is a music resource I have found on this ladies blog. A HomeEducating mum in the States. She does other cool stuff with lego and that is how I found her, but is also a music teacher and has put this resource together for free. We love it!

So what better to do when tired ”sow some seeds” :) We have planted, Runner beans, Broad beans, Kale, Carrots, Basil and Sugar pod peas… We already have lots of Salad Leaves growing, 3 big tubs!! and some garlic. Must remember to water them, I always find that helps :) I think I will allocate a child a day to gardening chores!

The boys where making polygon shapes on lego boards, which proved very difficult. And DS(12) was very excited to find out that St Peters Church (practically next to our house) is in the DomesDay book. We have permission from the vicar to film, and just to need sort out the logistics of the key, and she will start making the documentary. But that might not be this week or next, depends on the key.

On Wednesday after we had finished off projects that we had set at the beginning of the week, we went for a nice walk with a friend around a local lake and let the kids play.

Yesterday, DD(12) had a intensive piano and music theory session, as she is now preparing to sit her Grade 3 in December. She is also going to sit Grade 2 singing. DD(12) has decided that she really wants to do some of her iGCSEs now. So we have started Chemistry and ICT, probably also English Lit. With the plan to sit them next year. So after we had worked on them for a bit and the boys had finished their projects we went for a play. There is a musical walk in a woods near us……

In the evening DD(12) started her new Theatre group, she said it was great and really really loved it!

DD(12) will probably want to do some more iGCSE work this morning and the boys have a little more work to finish off this weeks projects, but all in all lots done this week.

This afternoon we are meeting Daddy and hoping to find water ( I have a need to look at water and some boats!)

Then the weekend (yipee!!), mostly to ourselves in the garden, although the kids have badminton and athletics clubs first thing on the Saturday.

Enjoy your weekend……


Crabbing in the sun :)

Well in the UK we are finally having some nice weather. So of course we headed to the beach to lap it up a little.

and we did some crabbing… Have you done it before? Its great fun, although the bait is a bit gross!

We also had a play on the sand, this whole beach was stoney and they have now “made” it sandy :)



Its just so lovely going to the seaside, always makes you feel energised. We went back again as we had such a lovely day.

I thought we might do a “crabby” project this week to follow on from our crabbing fun!

Here are loads of crab and lobster activities, some of them look so cute! My eldest is looking forward to making this bean bag crab, its adorable and I have lots of split peas to use up, so perfect for the filling.

C is for crab – for little ones to colour and another here

Crab on-line jigsaw and a easy wordsearch

Crab anatomy worksheet

My daughter is then going to finish off with this

Happy Crabbing! :)



Renaissance – Joan of Arc

We have just started an enormous block of work on the renaissance.

We are starting with Joan of Arc.(Although the Renaissance came much later, Joan of Arc’s actions created a “rebirth” of France. She helped bring France out of the Dark Ages and become more civilised.)

TES Worksheet found here

A beautiful presentation of the story here, and lots of other stories too.

We have ordered this book and this book from Amazon


Joan of Arc activity book

The story for younger readers

We will write up on some notebooking pages, if you dont want to pay for these you can easily make them up yourself!

Using this site we will research Joan of Arc thoroughly, all aspects of her life, followed by some writing to sum up what we have learnt, and what areas we thought were most interesting and/or inspiring.

Look out for , Renaissance “Religious Movements”, coming soon


The 3 S’s – 2012-08-10

Science – Curiosity Mars Landing

You can learn all you need to learn about “curiosity” here, its a great website. Send curiosity a message, learn exactly how it works, read from the scientists diaries ! It is a really cool site. There is a interactive part too, where you can explore mars, my kids where on here for hours.

Of course you will now have to learn about mars in more detail. Kids Astronomy has some great facts and is a very good website. Another NASA website with some great interactive facts and games. Here are some really good Mars worksheets. This creating craters activity is fun too ! Also they have for the older children, a “making you own ISS” activity. On that note we were in the garden last night hoping to see some meteor showers, we didnt, but we did just by chance see the ISS going right over us, very very bright. If you want to know where it is, so you can see it too, go to, put in your location and then you can see where you need to look and when.

Annie over at Bird and little Bird, has a wonderful “alka seltzer rocket” in her Summer Science special of Alphabet Glue, she also has some great book recommendations. My 5 year old loved the rockets ( well we all did actually !), and the books :)

Here are some “space” decorations to make and decorate.

Social Science – Computers, where it all began

I know none of us want our children stuck behind computers all the time. Oh, yes there is a  BUT coming ;) But, you also need to be sure they have a good grounding and basic knowledge of them. I think a great way to do this is to teach them about the history of them, how it all started and why.

I was going to give you a big list of resources here so you can teach your children about the history of computers. You know what I found? The people at CERT had already done it! So lets save ourselves all that time and effort and go over to there:) Here is a fantastic list of resources, personally I think its important for us all to have a good understanding of the history behind computers. I also think that learning to make computers work and not just being taught how to be a user of computers is a important skill too, but we have a whole lot to come on that subject!

Seasonal – Swimming

Its great weather at the moment (well most of the time!). So lots of us will be swimming. Make sure you kids know how to keep safe. Just go over it again with them, you probably did this already when they were younger. But go over it again just to be sure, they know and really understand how to be safe in the water. Go here for some great tips.



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 !)


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