Future Learn Course

During November Jack has been working on a course run by Future Learn called Explore Animation. He has learnt loads and had a go at several different types of animation. The course have been adding all the students videos to YouTube playlists too.

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.

Butterflies

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.

Prints

06/06/2016

This week has been super busy but somehow feels like we have got very little done! I think a lot of it is down to the fact that we have had two busy weekends in a row so haven’t had that free time.

We have been able to harvest lots of raspberries from the garden this week – I’m picking a good handful each day. Jack has mostly been eating them as Rowan isn’t keen. Some have gone into smoothies too.

Kids club and the Pokemon trading card club are going great and Jack has made some friends at both. We are thinking of going to `Party in the Park in Woking on Saturday but I guess that will depend on how Jack feels after Pokemon club.

I am looking forward to getting my current project finished and published (online jewellery making course) and then taking some time off. Wanting to have a good clear out of the house, do some long walks and also about due some timetable planning. I got a good learnign with Lego eBook yesterday through NutureStore that has lots of good ideas Im hoping to use. As Jack is enjoying this one I may buy another set of Great Artists lessons as well. I think there are three sets so kinda sad that we will have completed them all but perhaps we can apply the ideas and work on other artists instead – I have been thinking that local artists may be a nice idea.

Elmer the Elephant

Elmer by Emily

23/06/2016

I am trying to make it a habit to blog weekly, though I have tried before and failed… It isn’t particually so lots of people can read or follow (although that is great too :)) but more as a record of what we have been getting up to and for Jack as he gets older. I have a reminder set on my phone which normally works pretty well at keeping things going.

 

This week Jack has been along to a kids club in Godalming and really enjoyed that. Just recently he has been interested in spending more time with other children around his own age, whereas before I alwsy found he was more drawn to anyone much younger or older. They have a Lego club as well so of course he is interested in going along to that as well. It has rained a lot here this week and last night was especially bad and with thunder and lightening too. When I looked out of the window it has like a waterfall was outside as the rain was so heavy, the guttering was constantly overflowing! So, we haven’t been out much but the veggies are doing great and so far we have harvested some strawberries, raspberries, broad beans and carrots.

On Wednsday Jack spent almost all day outside helping to build the summer house. He’s chuffed to bits that he put one of the windows in by himself. Emily and I painted the outside and hopefully tomorrow we can get to B&Q for some vinyl tiles for the floor. Jack made an awesome Mondrian inspired picture today which we are going to frame and put up on one of the walls too. The bean bags for inside arrived but are piled on the sofa for now.

 

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Mondrian meets Pokemon (the colours are from the names of the first gen games, rather than Modrians choice of red, yellow and blue.)
We are going to a handfasting on Saturday and it would be good finish the summer house inside on Sunday so hopefully we will get some dry weather for the weekend, even if it isn’t especially warm.

15/06/2016

I downloaded all the information for 30 Days Wild after remembering it last week but we haven’t been able to do something everyday. We’ve had loads of rain and some days Jack just didn’t feel like it. I think we will make it more of an all summer project. The wet weather has also delayed the summer house project which has been disapointing. We have had a look online for some big cushions, bean bags and other options for inside and settled on a futon and some large outdoor bean bags so they can be used in the garden as well.

Jack has been taking lots of pictures of the veggie garden for his gardening journal and he and Rowan have been eating the strawberries as they turn ripe! Some of the carrots and spring onions look about ready to harvest now and all the herbs are flourishing. I bought a few trays of reduced pansies in Tesco a few months back, mostly as Toby loves eating them and they have done so well considering they were half dead when I got them. THey are still growing and flowering now and are mostly a lovely purple colour. The bulbs Jack and I planted a few years ago have all been up and died off again.

 

Jack was really happy to find out that there was a Pokemon Trading Card group nearby and went for the first time on Saturday. He had a great time and even got some free cards and made some trades with others there. A definate hit 🙂 He did have a bit of an meltdown later on in the day but I suspect that was mostly over-excitement and stimulation from the loud group.

 

Our Mystery Science mystery this week was all about clouds, rain and storms. Jack found it really interesting and has been telling me all about the cloud types and checking outside to see which are in the sky ever since. He wants it to be foggy now so that he can touch cloud. I was surprised to find that our Art Ventures subcription has run out, the year has gone so fast. It is well worth the renewal cost as Jack gets a lot of use out of it. I have bought another of the Exploring Great Artists eBooks from Pink and Green Mama and we’ll be getting started on that on Friday. The last one we had showed Jack all sorts of new techniques and ideas for his drawing and art so I hope he will like this one as much. I’m looking forward to the Piet Mondrian project  and will be having a go at that one myself 🙂  

 

Art Ventures Artwork

We started using Art Ventures in June and Jack is finding it great for developing his drawing skills. He didn’t get on too well with paint (as used in the videos) so switched to crayons and much prefers those. He bought some oil pastels for 50p yesterday at a boot sale and is planning to give those a try this week.

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Art Ventures is an art tutorial site for all ages. Each lesson is graded by difficulty and shown using a really nicely done video. They also offer a few free lessons so you can test it out before signing up.

How Last Week Looked For Us

Our week looked at lot like this… with soft play, lots of maths, Literacy planet, snake feeding and spotting pheasants thrown in.

First up, carrying on with a project on Japan and getting everything cut out and stuck in a project book.

Japan lapbook

Japan lapbook

Japan lapbook

Next was a lapbook on classifying animals as part of a zoology course from All in One Homeschool

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Some of a section on Egypt for ancient history, also from All in One Homeschool. I added in a few extra bits from Twinkl as well.

egypt lapbook

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And finally Mayan pots for ancient art, can you guess? also from All in One Homeschool. I really like the site and Jack is enjoying working through it and being able to see what is coming up. There are so many great resources and it is all really flexible. I skip over the heavier religious stuff  and add in or leave bits out here and there but finding most of it to be great, either to work straight from or get ideas. The site is split into two levels and covers up to American grade 8, which is for 13-14 year olds and Jack has been completing most of the work for both levels! It is set up so both are listed together which makes it easy to look at what is there rather than having to switch to another age. But anyway… Mayan pots made from salt dough.

Mayan pots