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Islamic Scientist Study: Alhazan

Source Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham (965 - 1040 AD) was an Arab scientist, polymath, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher.  His speciality was optics and he showed accurately how the eye worked and used the focal point of magnification to make the fore-runner of the pin hole camera, called the camera obscura, proving his theory…

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Investigating Quadrilaterals: Angles and Tessellations

The first thing I wanted to do was have a look at angles.  Although T11 has done lots of work with them, the girls have not.  I showed them how to measure angles using a protractor.  They practiced measuring the angles in different shapes.  Once they were really comfortable with the basics, I asked them how they might go…

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Habits for a Simple Life

During our four years in Ireland we learnt some important lessons on happiness.    I am reposting one of the first posts I ever wrote on this blog because it sums up what I wish our lives to return to.  It is called My Kettle: When I moved to Ireland (albeit kicking and screaming),  I found, to…

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One Year Pond Study – Week 40: Back After a Break

This is kind of a catch up post for the few weeks I missed over the Christmas period.  During this time, although we were at the pond, we did not go camera in hand.  More likely we were passing on our way to the local shops!  However this week we managed to make a proper…

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Mr Men School: Little Miss Naughty

Literature We read these books each day: The original book at the top of the picture talks about the naughty things Little Miss Naughty did on each day of the week.  I had made A5 a 'Days of the Week' box for her to learn to recognise the words and sight-read them; to introduce the idea…

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Twelve Years Today….A Post For My Son.

Twelve years today you burst into my life and nothing has been the same since.  I loved you the moment I met you.  A love of an intensity I had never experienced before.  A love that grows every day.  It was a love that, in a single moment, ensured that you would be given the…

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Little Miss Naughty Days of the Week Learning Box

This week during our Little Miss Naughty reading time, we read about the naughty deeds she did on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and so forth.  I thought this was an ideal opportunity to teach the girls more about the days of the week.  A5 knows her days and understands fairly well about the order and what happens on…

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Planning, Plotting and Playing our way through 2014

This year there is change afoot.  I'm not sure why, and I'm not sure where this change will lead us, but there is most certainly an air of change.  When I sat down with Gary and the children to discuss our direction this year it was with one purpose in mind.  To simplify. I want…

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Angelicscalliwags Challenge: 2012 Summing Up

I promise this is my last post pertaining to 2013!  Next week I will be moving full pelt into 2014 with goals, pond studies and lots of history related posts as well catching up on what the little ones have been doing in Mr Men school.  For now though, I wanted to sum up how…

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Top Ten Posts of 2013

As everyone seems to be writing about their top ten posts, I thought I would get on the bandwagon! Remaining the most popular of all time is my post on Viking Runes.  This was where we made our own Viking runes; made a hip bag to carry them in, from a shammy leather; did a Viking rune treasure hunt; designed…

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A very special present

Hello everyone and happy new year!  I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are all looking forward to a brand new year, with no mistakes in it....yet.  (sorry, one of my favourite near quotes from Anne of Green Gables) We had a great Christmas, which as usual was kept very simple.  We…

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