David Livingstone {1870-1880}

The children learnt all about David Livingstone, a Victorian doctor who traveled to Africa as a missionary.  We read the following book on his life and watched the Victorian Pharmacy, an excellent dvd on medicines available during the Victorian times: But most of our work was based on an extensive David Livingstone learning pack which I…

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Sherlock Holmes Museum {Victorian Unit Study}

Do you remember when the teens did their Around London in 8 Destinations?  One of their destinations was the Sherlock Holmes Museum.  I promised I would post the photos and up until now had completely forgotten!  As we are currently looking into the late 19th century, when these books were being created, I thought it…

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Grimm’s Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty

The second fairy tale we covered was Grimm’s Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty.  As I read the original out loud to the girls I reflected how simple the tales were, with very little detail to them at all.  I wondered how the Grimm brothers would have reacted to their short fairy tales being made into over…

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Cinderella

I was very excited about this Grimm’s Fairy Tales - Cinderella unit!  I'd had so many ideas floating about in my head to one day making them into a unit study.  None had ever come to fruition.  Now, though, seemed the perfect time to resurrect them.  The older ones and I were studying the 19th century…

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert {1830-1840}

This post is a hodge podge of all things Victorian Related that we have studied over the past three months which don't fit in well with any of my other 19th century posts.  I have focussed much of our work on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: Resources Books     The…

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Project Based Learning: A Very Victorian Christmas

Charlotte had the best time learning about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas and planning her very own Victorian Christmas.  She put hours and hours of research into this and it went swimmingly.  As Nik said, 'Who else could say that they went to a steam punk Victorian themed Christmas party?'  It was very cool and…

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‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Birthday Party for A8

Today we celebrated A's eighth birthday.  We had decided to throw an 'Around the World in 80 Days' birthday party (of course!).  The plan for the day was a Cheerio breakfast, opening presents with Granny in tow, pop to town to buy a watch with Grandad and Granny in Ireland's birthday money, and then spent…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Week Three – Typhoons, Japan and Acrobatics

The last thing we covered during week three was Passepartoute's journey to Japan and his time spent there trying to earn food to feed himself.  He sailed straight to Yokohama from Hong Kong.  Fogg was not so fortunate.  He had to catch a much smaller boat to Shanghai (which coincidentally he missed!) sailing through a…

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Around London in 8 Destinations: Planning Session Two

As part of their summer challenge, the three older children would need to plan, prepare an itinerary for and execute a whole day in London by themselves.  They would be required to visit 8 Victorian land sites, taking their photo outside each one.  Their smaller challenges to be completed during the four weeks of summer…

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