Saturday, 30 March 2013

Happy Easter 2013

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
Matthew 28:6

Friday, 29 March 2013

Our Week

It's been a cold week, but we've still managed to get out and about and enjoy the snow!

One of our favourite places for a Sunday afternoon walk is Broadbottom.
Our boiler broke down three times this week, which left us without central heating and hot water, but we are fortunate to have a coal fire in the Side Room so school re-located there!
The Battle of Waterloo was the subject of this week's History lesson.
Nathanael's interpretation of events in pictures...
...and Tabitha's.
Abigail was back at the Children's Hospital in Manchester on Tuesday for a CT scan under sedation.
Despite long delays and having to go without food or drink for most of the day, she was a trooper!
Granny stayed at home with three of the children and kept them busy with varied activities,
including Marble Run.
New shoes! An Easter gift from Granny.
As part of our Spring project we visited Reddish Vale Farm.
It was exciting to see the newborn animals.
...Nathanael (the bravest of the children!) feeding a calf.
We had a morning out at a soft play place. How many Young Hosannas can you spot in the ball pool?
Despite all the fun outings we have had this week, we have spent time considering the real meaning of Easter in our school and Bible times.
The sun shone on Stockport on Good Friday as the whole of the Gospel of Mark was read aloud by Paul (Daddy) and free Bibles and Gospel leaflets were given away.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Maths Fun

Because Maths is Nathanael's least favourite subject, I have started to plan some practical activities to try and engage his interest.
Over the past week, we have collected data on the emergency vehicles that pass our house.

Here is Nathanael with his tally chart, showing that more ambulances than police cars and fire engines have sped past!

Together we constructed a graph to show the results.



Sunday, 24 March 2013

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Our Week

I can't believe how fast the weeks are flying by. We are plodding along nicely with our Home Education, enjoying our schedule and being together as a family.
So what have we done this week?
Big school

and toddler school.

Puzzles and tummy time!
Easter baking...
chocolate nests and chick cakes.
This week we have started our Spring project and made Easter and Spring crafts.
3-D Butterflies
Crosses for the window
Pom pom making
Spring collages

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Cowboy Project

One of the most exciting aspects of Home Education is the fact you are not bound by a set curriculum, but can explore your child's interests and natural desires to learn. Nathanael's current interest is in Cowboys, so we have just completed our latest project on this subject.
 Here are some of the things we have done...
Nathanael had fun lassoing Horatio the horse in the garden.
We located the United States of America on our globe and found the Western states.
(Abigail in cat ears!)

We compiled our work into lapbooks...
Nathanael's lapbook
The above photo shows...
Cactus artwork (cut up coctail sticks for the spikes)
A CAT  Fort book Nathanael made.
Drawings of  a ranch, saloon, rustlers, chuck wagon, Texas Longhorns, bunk house and horse.
Colouring sheets of Cowboys and Indians from the Activity Village.
The above photo shows... 
Nathanael's Sheriff badge
Book of cow facts, in the shape of a cow. Some of the facts Nathanael included were, cows have
4 stomachs and cows give us milk.
Book of Cowboy facts.
Labelled drawing of what a Cowboy wore and why he would have worn them.
Cowboy facts book
Tabitha's lapbook
The above photo shows...
Tabitha's split pin horse, with joints that move.
Sheriff badge
Cowboy facts book and cow facts book.
Billy the Kid WANTED poster, tea stained to make it look old.
Cowboy facts book
 Nathanael got some Wild West Playmobil for his birthday, it has inspired some great games and story telling.
 Some of the books we have shared during this project...
...and a lovely sticker book.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Our Week

We've had a quiet week as most of us have been ill with a virus.
There has been reading of books and dressing up in cat costumes,
history morning (the Battle of Trafalgar)
and a science experiment melting jelly (solid to liquid and liquid to solid.)
 The girls made simple purses
and Nathanael built a castle and keep out of cardboard boxes.
We've had fun with invisible ink 
and built a multi-coloured Duplo city.