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……


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


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