This week Jack made a shadow clock as part of a Mystery Science topic. He had fun trying out how the time changed with the light and shadows. We had a try with it outside but their wasn’t enough sun unfortunately.


We are trying out a block from the Earth Schooling curriculum called Man and Animals. I’ve had to adapt some of the materials but Jack enjoyed the first lesson. He has chosen bats as his animal to investigate.

Another hit this week included learning about RGB colours and how to edit and use them in Paint. He enjoys editing pictures and has started drawing his own so is chuffed to be able to make his own colours. He has gotten back into Scratch this week too and has been practicing drawing shapes following some tutorials online.


We have had a quiet couple of weeks, mostly just taking it easy at home and thinking about work and subjects to study. Jack has been going to Pokemon club each week and we have had some good Times Pokemon hunting and managed to claim a few gyms too.

On Monday we went down to Brighton to the Lego shop and for a day on the pier. They have an all day ride pass for £9 which is good value considering the rides are normally £2 each. Jack loves the bouncy castle and inflatable slide but he had a few goes on the others too. Rowan had his first ride on the carousel and enjoyed watching the sea gulls as always.

Jack is interested in starting a Spongebob project so I am going to do some planning for that. Thinking we can do some media studies, video making or stop motion, marine biology, voice acting, writing scripts, arts, making costumes maybe as well as facts and some episode or film reports. I have been looking at the Earthschooling curriculum and think some of the blocks would be good for us too.



Had another good day on Brighton beach with friends and no disagreements or problems, even with ten children! Jack didn’t want to go in the sea but was happy playing with and collecting stones. I had hoped to find a good sized rock to use as a door stop and one of the children found a chunk of flint a little bigger than my hand, that is now doing the job perfectly. Among all the stones I found a tiny holey stone and brought that home as well. I’ve loved them since I was a child so try to keep an eye out for them. This one I now have on a piece of cord as a necklace🙂

BFG Dream Jar Trail

This week we have mostly been doing things at home and in the garden, though we did have an afternoon Pokemon hunting in town on Friday.

On Tuesday we headed into London to search for some of the Bfg dream jars. We visited Southbank, the Shard,  the Tower of London, the Monument and St Pauls Cathedral and took photos of each jar. We had lunch by the river at the Tower Bridge and Jack had fun playing a game to see how fast he could run to certain things and back.


Brighton 5/08/16

Had a lovely day in Brighton today. Spent a few hours on the beach and in the sea and then headed to the pier for some Pokémon hunting and rides. Saw and caught a few really good Pokémon including Haunter and Aerodacyl and Ponyta and of course brought home some rocks for Jack’s collection!

Brighton Sky

Next week we are hoping to start on the BFG jar hunt and are going to Pagan Pride in Southampton on Sunday😀

Butterflies and Marbling 03/08/2016

This week we had a go at a marbling project from Carla Sonheim‘s website. I’m not sure if it was the nail varnish we used or paper but ours didn’t come out as well, or as well as I remember doing marbling with the small cans or oil paint years ago. But still they are interesting and Jack was fascinated by how the nail varnish kinda sucked on to the paper.

Nail varnish marbling


Today our butterflies have hatched too! So far nine of the ten are out of their cocoons and flying round. The final one is part way out and wriggles every now and then so I hope it will be okay too.


Monoprinting Fun!

This started out as an activity from Pink and Green Mama’s Exploring Great Artists eBook to create a piece of art inspired by the painting The Scream. The top two prints are Jacks Scream creations. He then decided he would do a few more prints until the paint ran out. The first is called ‘A Nice Walk on a Bridge’ and the second is Patrick (from SpongeBob) as a monster.