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Around the World in 80 Days: Week 3 – Victorian Drug Use

Fix attempts to waylay Fogg by getting Passepartoute not only drunk but drugged with Opium.  This was a good opportunity to do a bit of research into the use of drugs in the 19th century. Victorian Drug Use There were opium dens where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Week 3 – Calcutta to Singapore

We spent a day learning about the geography of the route between Calcutta and Singapore.  It was interesting to go on Google Earth and track the route Passepartout and his master Mr Fogg took. We learnt about: The Bay of Bengal The Strait of Malacca Singapore Gothic Architecture Samuel Morse Fix sends a telegraph to Great…

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Around the House in 80 Hours: Week 2 – Kitchen

This week was all about the kitchen.  I basically wanted to give it a really deep clean, a thorough organise and a little bit of prettying.  We all worked so hard on this, clocking up over 50 hours between us.  Gary helped out by giving me a whole day of work, which given it was…

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Victorian Steam Punk: Week Two

This week we got out all the clothes and started playing about with them, trying different combinations on until we had a vague idea of what we wanted: Steam Punk Sketches I sketched some outfits (which I have to admit, don't look in the slightest bit steam punkish on paper) B5's Steam Punk Costume: B5…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Week 2 – India Part Two

Fogg and Passepartout's Journey Across India The book took us on a very detailed journey through the varying landscapes of India, and I thought it might be quite nice to show visually what Verne was describing in his book, as Fogg and Passepartout made their way across India. This took a long time and required…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Week 2 – India Part One

I haven't so much to write this week because all our time was spent learning about India.  Phileas Fogg traveled from Bombay to Calcutta, first by steam train, then by elephant.  This week we only read the chapters pertaining to India.  We have covered India before in our home school and I fortunately had posted…

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Around London in Eight Destinations: Planning Session One

Things were about to get interesting.  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…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Day Five – Steam Punk

  All this week we have been wringing every last piece of learning from Around the World in 80 Days.  Set with the backdrop of the industrial revolution, Jules Verne is perhaps the perfect author to be studying whilst also dipping our toes into the waters of Victorian Steam Punk. We will be focusing all…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Day Four

Today we read the next four chapters so that we could free up some time to look at Steam Punk on day 5. Chapter 7: Which Once More Demonstrates the Uselessness of Passports as Aids to Detectives Phileas Fogg gets his passport Visaed in Suez and manages to avoid getting arrested by Fix, who doesn't…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Day Three

I was really looking forward to today as I had read ahead and seen that Fogg and Passepartout covered a lot of ground geographically speaking, which meant lots of opportunities to learn.  We were also introduced to the protagonist, Fix, an inspector who has got it into his head that Fogg is the bank robber.…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Day Two

On the second day of our summer adventure, we read two more chapters, continued learning lots and ended the day with a Byron poetry reading tea party. Chapter 3: Phileas Fog makes a wager that is likely to cost him dear Phileas Fogg believes he can circumnavigate his way around the world, and is willing…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Day One

Okay, so I was going to write one post summing up the week, but I knew when it had reached 4000 words it would be too much.  But I did want to record all we had done, for the children and I guess if some one wanted to do something similar, all the ideas would…

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How to Create an ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Scrap Book

To make a personalised, large Around the World in 80 Days scrap book gather up the following: Butcher's Paper: This is one of the staples of our home school, which we use for decoration, for creating news paper, art and scrap books: Scrap booking Paper: I obtained a lot of very useful vintage paper free…

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Around the World in 80 Days Summer Adventure

  I was planning on taking full advantage of the fact that Thomas wouldn't be around for much of the summer and actually take a break.  We had already completed five weeks of summer writing (something I really want to work on over the next year), and I had let the children know nothing more…

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Victorian Unit Study: Great Expectations

You know when something happens and the timing is so good it could only have been God?  Well, this is how I feel about this review of Progeny Press.  This summer we are focusing ten weeks on the children's writing at the same time as learning about the Victorian Times.  When the Great Expectations E-Guide came up,…

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