Saturday, 12 July 2014

Our Week

The weather has been beautiful and whilst we have been continuing with our morning workboxes, we have spent most of our days outside. On Monday we had a musical start to the week,
playing on the percussion instruments at the park! 
Shaking the shakers!
On Wednesday we visited a new to us park in Glossop and the children and I had fun paddling in the stream. Even though it was a really warm day, the water was freezing, but the children were not deterred.
 With Granny's help we made a den in the woods at Lyme Park on Thursday
and ate our picnic lunch inside it.
As the weather was so lovely, we made a last minute decision to go camping that evening at a local campsite. It was the girls first time camping, and excitement was running very high so we didn't get much sleep but a great time was had by all.
The children enjoyed playing on a park near the campsite, way past their bedtime!
Another day, another park, this is one of our favourite places, Tittesworth Reservoir, Leek.
We were there for our annual Postal Bible School BBQ. Tabitha was pleased to be awarded with a certificate for completing 12 lessons.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Our Week

We started our week with a lovely walk at Lyme Park, delighting in the beauty of God's creation.
It is mornings like this that remind me what a blessing it is to educate our own children. It is a privilege to spend so much time together as a family.
There is a great adventure playground at Lyme Park which our children love (and its fun for adults too!)
Later on that day we had our annual trip to the dentist
and harvested some fruit in the garden, which was made into a delicious rhubarb and blackcurrant crumble for tea.
We have been out in the garden a lot this week and have had an impromptu snail race. Tabitha's snail won, sadly Abigail's snail was trodden on by Elisabeth walking over the race track.
I found a climbing frame for sale for £20 on a local sale or swap site, so Paul and I went one evening to dismantle it and bring it home. As it was so old, we had a big job trying to undo all the nuts and bolts, but we managed it and the children are delighted with it! They helped clean it down and rubbed some of the rust off with wire wool.
Miriam turned 3 this week, so we had our Birthday tradition of breakfast at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Yum!
And as a Birthday present we had a family day out at Blackpool Zoo.
Sadly my camera got a drink spilt on it, so these are the only 2 photos I managed to get of the zoo, but here are last years photos if you are interested!
We have been continuing with our morning workboxes, but are taking a summer break from Science and Geography lessons. In History the children studied the War Poets including Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. The children love to hear poetry and were very inspired to write their own War Poetry.
The War is Coming - by Nathanael, Tabitha and Abigail
The war is coming,
The battle of death,
The guns are setting,
Banging and Blasting,
In the war.
People get killed,
Rats are scrambling,
Over our feet.
The war is coming,
The shells are shouting,
Our ears have gone deaf.
There is no such thing as,
Dulce et decorum est.
We are enjoying learning Psalm 100 together and we are also focusing upon memorising a hymn a week. The hymn that we have been learning this week is "Power in the Blood" by Lewis E. Jones.
"For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations."
Psalm 100:5

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Summer Bucket List

  • Go camping together as a family
  • Build dens in the woods
  • Celebrate Miriam's 3rd Birthday
  • Celebrate Tabitha's 6th Birthday and Granny's 60th Birthday (on the same day!)
  • Visit the zoo
  • Visit different parks
  • Formby Beach
  • Postal Bible school BBQ
  • Library summer reading challenge
  • Go swimming
  • Have a day out with each child on their own with me
  • Stockport carnival
  • Picnics outside
  • Go to a country show
  • Long bike ride together
  • Fly our kite
  • Paddle in a stream
  • Visit friends
  • Blackberry picking
  • Harvest garden produce
  • Memorise Psalm 100

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Our Week

Our morning routines are the same every school day. After breakfast, chores and quiet reading we have our Morning Bible Time. At the moment we are studying the book of Mark together.

We then move onto workboxes for Nathanael, Tabitha and Abigail, which are prepared with their maths, literacy, spelling, phonics and handwriting activities.  Some of these tasks are designed to be done independently whilst others need my input and support. In this session Nathanael also does some piano practice and Tabitha reads aloud to me.
This week the weather has been really lovely, so we have made the most of the sunshine and visited some local parks.
We have been given a tent, which we tried out in the garden, and we are planning an overnight family camp at a local site. We are not anticipating much sleep! Picnic lunches outside have been so much more exciting under canvas. Afternoons have been spent listening to 'The Secret Island' by Enid Blyton which I have read aloud to them. It was a favourite of mine as a child and the children have enjoyed it as much as I did!
On Wednesday we attended a superb music workshop at Gateway called "Sounds Like . . . The Far East". A hands-on musical journey around China and Indonesia.
As well as listening to music from those countries they had the opportunity to compose their own tunes. 
At the workshop we watched a clip showing an Indonesian shadow puppet performance and the children came home keen to make their own version of it.  They made a puppet theatre following these instructions. The children found it interesting that the shadows became smaller when they held their puppets further away from the light source.
The shadow puppeteers...
In History the children are currently working on a World War I project to mark the centenary year.
History books - War in the Air.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Life Lately

Summer has finally arrived! We all thoroughly enjoyed our monthly Nature Study at a local country park. The ducklings and goslings were a delight to see.
On Family Day we went to see the From Street to Trench exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North.
Tabitha and Nathanael made a windmill each for the garden in the shape of a fish at their Maker Fun workshop.
We have had afternoons at the park...
..and mornings exploring the countryside.

I have had a big sort out of all our homeschool resources and curriculum. I came across a Five in a Row manual that I had forgotten about, so we have very much enjoyed using it this week and studying the book  "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey. 
After reading the book and watching a google earth video of the route of the ducks took around Boston, we made our own maps of their journey.
Miriam drawing her map
Nathanael's map
 We also tried to copy some of the illustrations from the book, recreating shading effects, speed lines and lines indicating water.
Nathanael has been so inspired by the story that he has written his own version of the book, based on sights around Stockport.
Illustrating his book.
 We have had fun building with gears,
played some educational games on the computer
and got the paddling pool out in the garden.
Even though the water was only about two inches deep they still managed to enjoy themselves. We have no garden hose; it was a laborious job filling it up with tubs of water from the kitchen tap, so that was all I could manage!
I am busy making plans for the next academic year. Its hard to believe Abigail will be officially school starting age in September. Where has the time gone?!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Alice in Wonderland - Cambridge Touring Theatre

Nathanael and I had a special afternoon out together to see an open air performance of the Alice in Wonderland Musical by the Cambridge Touring Theatre.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party.

Nathanael thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, giving me a running commentary throughout on the accuracy of this production to the original story! A highlight of the afternoon was when the Mad Hatter dedicated his version of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' to Nathanael who had requested it before the show started. 

Sadly heavy rain ten minutes before the end brought the performance to a speedy conclusion.