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Thomas the Tank Engine {Book Unit}

Generally, my usual book units are done over the span of five days. However, this Thomas the Tank Engine book unit spanned the entirety of one whole day. Yes, this will be a homeschool day with lots of learning. But above all, I wanted all five children to have fun! We have a full set…

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Shut-In: Political Party Speeches

This has to be my personal favourite activity so far. Everyone joined in with such gusto (even Thomas), it was hilarious! Earlier on in the day I had randomly chosen eight words from the dictionary. I did this by opening to a page and with shut eyes pointing to a place on the page. I…

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Shut-In: Karaoke Edition

Karaoke was up next. In a fairly musical family, I am the dud. I can't sing a note...or at least I can, but it is rarely the right one at the right time. This was the activity I was looking forward to the least. I suddenly began to understand how Thomas felt each time I…

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Fun, Hands-On Dinosaur Unit: Cerapods – Tricerotops

This week's focus for our dinosaur unit has been the dinosaurs from the Cerapods group using Triceratops as an example, and we have had heaps of hand-on fun! Dinosaurs are classified into two groups dependant on the position of the hips: Saurischia (lizard hipped dinosaurs) Ornithiscia (bird hipped dinosaurs) The Saurischia are further divided into Theropods and…

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Dinosaur Party Activities

I was searching through old photos for something or other and came across these ones of a dinosaur birthday party I organised for a niece of ours in Northern Ireland.  Full of fun activities, I thought I would share, especially as there are going to be some dinosaur themed posts following over the next few…

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Flower Fairies: Horse Chestnut Fairy

I am still catching up on posts I should have written before Christmas.  We took this nature walk some time in November when we chose to focus on the Horse Chestnut Tree.  These trees tend to line the streets on our way to the woodlands, rather than being in the woodlands themselves.  We spent a…

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Curious George Book Unit

Who doesn't love the mischievous monkey that is Curious George?  This Curious George Book Unit is for all you out there who have their very own mischievous monkeys.  It is chock full of lots of fun learning activities, all monkey themed around Curious George. I had my mischievous monkeys fetch our Curious George book as…

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Stained Glass Window Activities

Most of our art study this year is going to be centered around particular artists who lived during the Middle Ages.  However there are a few one-off topics I'd like to cover - illuminated manuscripts being one and stained glass windows being another.  So I decided now was a good time to look at the stained glass windows, especially…

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Looking Back – Astronomy Presentation

I'm doing a series called looking back, documenting learning the children and I did together prior to me blogging.  To be honest it's more for my sake than anyone else's.  Blogging is like having a scrap-book, but takes about a quarter of the time to stay up to date. My latest offering is astronomy.  I'm not blogging…

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How to Make an Ancient Greece Game Board to Reinforce Learning

I gave you a peek of our board game made during our fun week and thought I'd do a post on how I made it.  The children and I had discussed our ideas and all knew vaguely what it was we were aiming for. The first thing I did, at the beginning of the week, was…

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Viking Presentation

Half the fun of putting on a presentation is the preparation, in particular the last couple of hours before guests arrive.  It is at this time all the ideas and hard work of the past few weeks come together and create our dream.  There is a buzz.  It is when everyone in our family, including…

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How to make a Viking Brooch

In this post I will show you how we made a Viking Brooch for next to nothing 🙂

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Putting Together Viking Dress Up

Dressing up is definitely the children's area of expertise not mine.  Whilst I may give pointers if I think something is inaccurate historically, mostly I just sit back and watch the process.  Dressing up is a huge part of our presentation and I dread the day when one or more children come and say they…

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Exploring Angles and Triangles Viking Style!

Last week we learnt about the Viking alphabet, Runes.  We made a stave and found that every letter of the viking alphabet could be made using one of these as a guide.  The straight lines, angles and triangles made me think that there could be a maths lesson in there somewhere.  I had just ordered…

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Vinking Runes

Most of the Viking culture was passed down through word of mouth, however they did have an alphabet called Futhark named after the first 6 letters.  These runes, as they are known, were used by merchants, soldiers, householders and the dead. I did a brief teaching session on runes, only to find out that the…

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