Poly = many


So we will do some more work with polygons today

DS(8) will do this and to be honest I will probably get DD(12) to have quick go to make sure she has really got it!! Same for this one.

There are lots more interactive shape games here, it is good to get a lot of practice. Good explanation here, if you are still struggling to get it! :)

Ok now onto, Polyhedrons (from the Greek: poly = many hedron = face). But before I start a little Language lesson on Poly… Would be rude not to :)

  • The Commonest of them is POLYTECHNIC School, 
  • Poliandry (the custom of having more than one husband at the same time), 
  • polyclinic (a medical Centre where both general doctors & specialists work), 
  • Polygamy ( The custom of having more than one wife at the same time), 
  • polyglot (knowing more than one language), 
  • polygon (a flat shape with more than 4 sides, let hope we know this!), 
  • polymer( a natural / artificial substance having larger molecules).

Other words with the prefix ‘poly’ are:
polyanthus, polycarbonate, polycotton, polyester, polyethylene, polygraph, polyhedron, polymath, , polymerize, polyphony, polymorphous, polyp, polypropylene, polyphony, polysemous, polysemy, polystyrene, polysyllable, polytheism, polythene, polytennel, poly-unsaturated fat, poly urethene, polyvalent etc etc.

I think we have got Poly now, so back to Polyhedrons. I am hoping we will also get time to do a little work on Euler’s Theorem, if not today then tomorrow.

They will all finish up their daffodil work from yesterday.

Mollie is starting her documentary today on our church, probably more of a research day, before filming starts.

DS(5) and DS(8) are going to have a lego shape challenge, more on that later.

We keep “reading logs” on the books they are reading, so we must remember to fill in our reading logs today! DD(12) is reading Ribbajack DD(8) is still loving Beast Quest and DD(5) loves Where is Wally books, and is reading his Biff books. To be honest mine LOVE books and we go to the library every Tuesday and get a PILE of books to read. So they read about 15 books a week! We only note down the main ones as there are too many. Oh, and don’t get me started on the audio books!! so many, a particular favourite is the children of the lamp, so good.

at the park

Our exercise today, will be cycling up to the library later on, so lets hope it doesn’t rain!

Enjoy your day!




Daffodils of course – The Sun is out :)

As our beautiful daffodils are finally out, we thought we would do a project on them

DS Daffodil (age 8)

DD Daffodil (age 12)

DS (age 5) made a space ship!! Obviously :)


We have a flower activity book from enchanted learning, for DS(8)  to do next. We are going to photograph our daffodils first, and play at the park.




DD (12) has a Spring Acrostic poem to complete. She is then identifying parts of a daffodil and filling in this worksheet, she will also be disecting a daffodil and examing it under a microscope following this, just looks fantastic, really great images, don’t you think?

DS(8) and DD(12) will also use this worksheet.

She will also be leading us in our photography.




DS (5) has a yellow themed colour page from enchanted learning here, also this writing worksheet.  He will also be joining in all our other activities.



We will be following this daffodil drawing tutorial, looks really good and the best one I have found. Each will be using this paper, to write out the most famous poem I know with daffodils in it :) They will have to use their best handwriting!

There are many more daffodils resources at activity village, mainly for younger ones, and DD (5) will be doing lots of them.

Our maths theme this week is polygons, there is loads of stuff out there and I will update you on more activities through the week but DD(12) is starting off with this to follow our flower theme. She loves drawing and the computer so should be a great activity for her! The ploygon song is fun too. This  also looks good there is part one and part two.

We are “hopefully” finishing up our darwin project this week, I will take some photos of their finished lapbooks.

DD (12) is making a documentary about our local church and DS (8) has more lego challenges!

So it is a busy week as usual but pretty fun :)

Since I have been making this post, they have made a video, no idea what it is about and it is  in the “editing” stage at the moment. Will upload it when they have finished editing.
UPDATED: here is the vid :) cute :)

Bye for now



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.



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.


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




Jellyfish project

Following on from our beach adventure and find yesterday:

Jellyfish project begins

interesting site that helped with the project

nice for the younger ones, while I make snack.

some writing practise for the little ones

we found our jellyfish crafts at about.com

for my older child she read this, and then summarised on this notebooking paper

also for older children there are lots of worksheets here ( you have to pay a yearly subscription but its not expensive and well worth it for quality worksheets, I think there is a 10 day trial ??).. We have done 6 jellyfish ones – they are really great. ( please go to about me to learn about sites I affiliate to)


this is a cute bit of fun to finish off with

Let me know how you get on.


Fern warriors

Our fern project started like this …

After some searching we found what we were looking for.

I must say I was pretty amazed how many different types of fern there are.

There are 53 types of fern in Britain, which is fewer than 0.5% of the world’s 12,000 species.

We found this book really helpful.

We used this worksheet ( from Vancouver Community College)

and this site.

Some fern colouring pages for younger ones.

and some more advanced worksheets here ( thanks to imarksweb.net)

We did finish off with some fern craft. Who would have thought they could be so much fun :)

Enjoy !


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