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

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 🙂  

 

08/06/2016

This week has been fairly quiet really as we have been thinking about new subjects and where to go with things we are continuing with. Bought a few Eyewitness Project books as Jack enjoyed the last one he did, Medieval Life, Dinosaurs, Prehistoric Life and Rocks and Minerals. Jack is interested in dinosaurs and fossils again and has been working on a course run by Coursera for a few weeks. It is mostly video lectures which he enjoys a lot more than reading or writing. We are hoping to make a trip to the Natural History Museum again soon.

On Thursday we went to Islington to drop Emily off for an event at the O2, so while we waited for her we had a look round the charity shops and had lunch on Islington Green. Jack bought some Bamboozled jelly beans and then had fun hoping he got the real flavours and not things like dog food and baby wipes! Ha also found a Harry and the Dinosaurs book and a Garfield DVD.

On Saturday the summerhouse that is going to be a big project of ours this year was suppose to be delivered but unfortunately I had a call saying it wasn’t ready just yet which is a shame. But as its turned out it has been quite wet this week so far so we may not have had a chance to build it anyway. On Sunday we had a day out on Horsenden Hill in Greenford with family.

Once again I have realised that we have missed the start of 30 Days Wild. I’ve signed up now so will see how it goes. I don’t know if we will do everyday but perhaps we can do the activities over a longer time. Today we’ve taken some photos in the garden, mostly of flowers and the veg patch which is doing really well with all the sun and rain.

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Bird Project Ideas (Home Education)

20 great links to various resources that can be used in project work, lapbooks, unit studies etc.

http://elderberryarts.hubpages.com/hub/20-Bird-Project-Ideas-For-Home-Education-and-Animal-Loving-Children

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

 

Bowling and Making Videos

Home Education

 

This week we have been busy. Met up with friends on Tuesday and then had a game of bowling. Wednesday was maths and video making for DIY (Superfan patch) We made a simple video in Movie Maker using a picture of Marx and a voice recording Jack made talking about why he likes him. Today we started on an art project following a curriculum set out on Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool. The 1st lesson was looking at some art nouveau works created by Henry Guiard, discussing them and then creating a piece of art based on art nouveau. Jack particularly liked a bronze vase and a picture frame that we decided looked as though it had little ears. I had a look through the site and there are some other parts I think we will incorporate in the future as well.

Since buying a Blentec blender a few weeks ago we have been making some smoothies and other things. This blender can pretty much blend anything, even raw carrots into juice! Today we made smoothies with berries, spinach and banana, butternut squash soup and some raw brownies. Great gadget 🙂 I have also been making some of my own milks, almond and rice so far.

Tomorrow we are going to the library and then into town to collect Jack’s long awaited new 2DS game – Super Smash Brothers and on Saturday are going to Alice Holt if it isn’t raining.

Corn seeds and our Week

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We planted these corn seeds last week to complete Jack ‘ Baker patch on DIY (grow grain challenge) and they have shot up already!

Mostly this week we have Been looking at rocks sparked off again by a chapter in the Earth workbook. I have a big bowl full of semi – precious stones which are prefect and we plan to try and break open various stones we have to try and decide what type of rocks they are. Magnifying glass at the ready! 🙂

At the weekend we took a trip into London to visit the park and farm in Mudchute and Tokyo toys. What to buy in there was no contest at all as they had a Kirby soft toy 😀 At the farm Jack had a go at stroking and feeding the animals and we had lunch at the cafe there, which was ok but not great. That said the homemade mint and honey tea was delicious. We walked back to the DR through Greenwich and went into ‘The First Shop in the World’ which was full of ship memorabilia.  Think one of the ships bells would be great for getting everyone down for dinner lol