Maths at the Manor

Last week I mentioned our foray into living maths using the Domesday survey as our basis for learning about percentages.  We used our handy-dandy papier-mache map (again-this is one of the best investments in time we have made!).  The children built up our very own Manor, complete with a Keep: I showed them what an average Manor…

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Nature Study: Plans for a Year Long Study of our Village Pond

I LOVE history.  I didn't take it at school, so I come to it with clear, fresh eyes and I think this makes it very, very interesting for me.  Science, however, I took at GCSE level (all of them), A level (again, all of them) and my degree is a BSc (Hons) - more science.  I think I'm all…

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Domesday Book

I'm all for fun school work.  I know that sometimes in life one simply has to knuckle down and do the work regardless of the fun factor or lack there of, but as Mary Poppins once said 'a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down' (I'm currently breaking off into song - you should be glad…

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Easter Adventure Box: Marco Polo and Ancient China-Part 2

Yesterday I shared the resources I'm using for the Ancient China part of our adventure box.  The other half of the box will be focused on Marco Polo.  I intend to read aloud his own autobiographical book about his travels: We are using 'Marco Polo- History's Great Adventurer'  I LOVE these books.  We have a similar…

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Easter Adventure Box: Marco Polo and Ancient China-Part 1

Just the name sends shivers down my older children's spines!  They are very excited about their Easter Adventure Box!  This year it is going to be both a revisit to Ancient China and also learning the new topic of Marco Polo.  Marco Polo was a well-known medieval explorer, who traveled the silk road to China.  He therefore…

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Schooling Together: Thomas the Tank Engine-Part Two

On a Friday we have a time where all five children are doing school together.  I use the term school loosely due to the age differences, however the older one's are still learning.  They learn their needs come secondary to their little sisters.  They learn to put aside their wishes for a couple of hours…

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Homemade Handicrafts

Make time for some homemade handicrafts in your homeschool! It doesn't need to be complicated or technically difficult. Opt for something simple, like these two Mr Men dolls. You don't even really need to be that gifted in arts and crafts. It is the spending time together, whilst keeping hands busy. This encourages great conversations…

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Artist Study: Giotto

We have, at last, finished up our next medieval artist study.  I specifically chose to study Giotto.  Giotto was apprenticed to Cimabue, yet he overtook his master in many ways, excelling in portraying a more natural and normal human form.  He was a fore-runner, if you like, away from the Byzantine art which influenced Cimabue. …

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Homeschool Blahs

It's that time of year again.  February.  I know it's coming.  The fact that February is a month of the year that always comes after January, and is never skipped in favour of March has not escaped my notice.  Since homeschooling, February is my very least favourite time of the year.  I couldn't tell you…

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Preschool Adventure Box: B4FIAR If Jesus Came to my House

TOPIC: HOSPITALITY This year I want to be a little less haphazard about my two little one’s activities.   A4 will continue to have her one hour school with me doing Mathusee Primer and Jolly Phonics.  I want to be more  purposeful about the fun school I do with the two little girls.  To this end…

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