Other things that have happened

Last Saturday we had to be up and out early to drop Skye at an Animation workshop in Cambridge. There were six workshops in all and unfortunately we didn’t find out about them in time for Skye to get on to the Photography or Textile ones which would have been her preference. However, she had a great time and it was good to see other home edders there πŸ™‚

Videos of their animations have been uploaded onto their website you can see Skye’s here – Invasion Fail πŸ™‚

The girls made a start on making some Christmas cards. We are trying to get things made so we can have a stall at the local Christmas Craft Fair at the end of November (hopefully) but we have so much crafting to do I am not sure we will actually do it this year 😦

Whilst crafting we listened to Michel Thomas French. We collectively decided that we really really want to learn a language and our ever changing travel plans might be to do a long tour of France. I am not too concerned about the written aspect but would really like to be able to speak it.

Skye read some poetry and looked up some poetry on the internet and read various poems to Poppy and I. We liked the nonsense ones πŸ™‚

There has been a fair amount of sketching. Skye has created a whole set of fantastic characters but has asked me not to post them on here yet as she is hoping to do something with them πŸ™‚

Girls had Arts Award on Friday but we had to throw their art away not so much because it wasn’t right, more that it was messy. It was a sort of experimental mixed media involving acrylics and shaving foam which can sometimes work out and other times not. This was one of those days :/ I did manage to get a picture of Skye’s before it was ‘recycled’ but Poppy’s was apparently in a bad way even before it got to the car! Oh well, hopefully they learned something from that – probably that they are never ever going to do that again!! There was some good though, Poppy was happy for Wayne to go off shopping whilst she stayed at Arts Award which was quite a milestone πŸ™‚

Saturday we had a fairly quiet day, popped into town for a few bits and the girls each spent some of their pocket money on a new jumper each πŸ™‚ After lunch we went to Mum and Dad’s as my sister was visiting. Home for tea and settled down to watch Merlin πŸ™‚

Sunday Wayne was up and about early (probably had something to do with falling asleep downstairs and the clocks changing) and had done various ‘chores’ before I was even awake πŸ™‚ Unloading dishwasher, sweeping floors, feeding animals and making tea – failed to bring it to me upstairs but never mind πŸ˜‰ I got up, showered and dressed. Wayne and I prepared veg for dinner. Not quite sure what the girls were up to, upstairs singing I think πŸ™‚

After dinner we met the Barts and the Manor Borns to go on a Treasure Trail. I had never heard of them before, it was great fun, we managed to find all the clues and decipher the activation code. Its a great way to get outdoors and learn some local history at the same time πŸ™‚

(photos to follow πŸ™‚ )

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WedEd – Halloween meets Christmas

Up late, rushed about and Em arrived 20 mins early after teasing me that she too was running late so completely didn’t expect her to arrive early!!! Shortly joined by the beans then the puddles – a full house πŸ™‚

We began with pumpkin carving, I was expecting there to be lots of pumpkin flesh to make soup however these were clearly not the right type of pumpkin πŸ˜‰ and out of 9 pumpkins we only managed 1 1/2 pounds of flesh but this was fortunately enough to rustle up some soup πŸ™‚

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The pumpkins looked fab against the gorgeous red leaves in my garden πŸ™‚ which sadly all fell off last night because it’s turned very windy!

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O and I baked banana muffins πŸ™‚

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Next they split the into two groups, one science and one poetry.

Thanks to Alison, the kids now have the use of a fabulous microscope and spent the session looking at onion skins – it did look pretty spectacular πŸ™‚

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Poetry, Merry read ‘The Lady of Shallot’ – Poppy loved it πŸ™‚ They were asked to illustrate the poem which both girls did but neither were happy enough with their sketches for me to post 😦

After lunch Merry gave a quick fimo tutorial for fairy houses made around small glass jars and showed various examples on Pinterest. They all did an amazing job and they looked gorgeous πŸ™‚ Photo courtesy of Merry – thank you πŸ™‚

Fimo fairy house workshop with the WedEd kids.

Whilst fimo-ing was going on Helen and I made some bread dough so it could prove whist they were busy and I also made some pumpkin soup with a little less pumpkin than i had hoped but it still tasted delicious πŸ™‚

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Once fimo was cleared away we made the rolls to go with our soup and popped them in the oven πŸ™‚

I made contact with a local community day care centre to ask if the children could showcase their musical talents at a Christmas concert. They replied with a ‘yes please’ so today we began practising the bells πŸ™‚ Considering many of them hadn’t played since last Christmas they did pretty well πŸ™‚

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Another fab day πŸ™‚ Thank you all for your contribution πŸ™‚

A typical home ed day in photos

Merry over a Patch of Puddles has started this blog meme. The last one we did was almost 18 months ago!

To be honest, no day is the same but this is what happened today, I think knowing it was a ‘home ed day in photos’ blog made them work a bit harder πŸ˜‰

After taking Skipper for a walk both girls did a bit of sketching πŸ™‚

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and card making for a drummer mad friend πŸ™‚

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Then Conquer Maths for Skye, she chose to work on Year 12 questions, I advised against it as I though she might find it too challenging and that it would knock her confidence. I was wrong, she enjoyed the challenge and was proud that she achieved 23 out of 27 on one set of questions. Some she struggled with but had a go and didn’t stress when she didn’t understand. I can hardly believe this is the same girl!! πŸ™‚

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Poppy started on Geography

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interrupted by some baking πŸ™‚

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Piano practice for Skye and Maths for Pops

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Cat adoration

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Board game

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Photography

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In the afternoon whilst I read The Hobbit aloud, the girls sketched some very gorgeous little birds which I found whilst browsing Pinterest which I love πŸ™‚

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In the evening Skye had Explorers where they did pumpkin carving, played ‘Halloween’ style games and came home completely hyper from too many sweets! She was very excited telling us about a ‘camping expedition challenge’ they are completing soon against other troops.

So that was our day πŸ™‚

Historyetc – Smoking, Slavery, Succotash and Sumo

A quick historyetc post in my lunch hour at work!

This session was a mix of things, James I, Riches of Spain, Warlords of Japan,Β  Rise of Slavery, Mayflower Pilgrims and probably some other things i have forgotten!

Katy and Helen discussed the tobacco industry; Peter Stuyvesant, a tobacco plantationΒ farmer.Β Β OneΒ interesting factΒ about him was that he had a wooden leg πŸ™‚ Demonstrated by L πŸ™‚

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They alsoΒ discussed James IΒ  and hisΒ warningsΒ aboutΒ tobacco and smoking and produced anti-smoking posters.

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I was in the kitchen for most of the discussions but I think they talked about the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Jax talked about the slave trade.

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They made peg doll Guy Fawkes and discussed the gunpowder plot.

Peg doll Guy Fawkes

and had fun throwing them into the fire!

Burning of the Guys

In the kitchen we made Parkin – we doubled the amount of ginger :), cornbread and adjusted this recipe for succotash – there is a lot of butter used so i would halve or even quarter it if we did it again, we used mixed beans, pinto, kidney, borlotti, and haricot – well it would be rude not to really πŸ˜‰ and tinned tomatoes instead of fresh. It was very yummy though!

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Parkin :)

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Succotash
Succotash and Cornbread

Finishing the day with some Sumo wrestling!

First, parade the ring with your assistants πŸ™‚
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Then clapping and stomping to scare away the demons and summon the gods

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Throwing the salt to purify the ring and aid healing
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Sipping the sacred ‘tap’ water
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Staring out your opponent
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Ready, steady, wrestle!
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We think that some of the older ones could do with something a little more challenging and are going to incorporate more writing/reading or lapbooking style into their Historyetc days πŸ™‚

The girls have been busy today writing up lots of the information into their Historyetc books πŸ™‚

A quick post

Monday we had a day at home, Poppy worked through another 2 chapters of Letts GCSE Geography, its a very straightforward, possibly boring text book but its something both girls can work through with very little guidance or help from me.Β  Skye did some self portrait photos and blogged a very inspiring, beautiful post.

We had a walk and the girls spent the afternoon experimenting with Windows Movie Maker.

Tuesday morning the girls carried on working with Movie Maker until it was time to go to the first of 3 Animation Workshops.Β  I loved that Poppy’s confidence is growing and she was happy for me to sit in the cafe catching up with friends whilst she went into the Workshop with Skye and some other friends and even made new friends πŸ™‚Β  This session they made a short animated movie and worked in small groups or individually to begin creating a storyboard and plasticine characters which they will continue at the next session.Β  Both girls really enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next one πŸ™‚

Tuesday evening Skye had Explorers and they were told that they are working towards their Platinum Award which she is quite excited about.Β  I had enquired about her taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh Award as an independent candidate but it would appear she may not need to do that πŸ™‚

Poppy and I watched the final of the Great British Bake Off πŸ™‚

WedEd – More microscopes, Autumn art and poetry

I didn’t need to worry about planning an art activity for WedEd this week as SB had prepared a lesson as part of her Arts Award. She did a really great job organising and ‘teaching’ a Paul Klee style of art with an Autumnal theme.

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Science was interesting, looking at the bacteria that had been growing in their petri dishes for the past 2 weeks.

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Merry did some Poetry, reading October by Edward Thomas and then asking them to write their own poem.

October by Skye
The time has come with the bright red leaves
Where you start to see your breath in the sharp cold breeze
And the wind whistles through the skeleton-like trees
With every step I crunch the falling leaves.
You start to notice the dark nights drawing in
The calming sound of robins singing
The beautiful fiery colours the Autumn’s bringing
The coming of Winter is so very thrilling.
For some its good, for some its bad
It might even make people sad
For me this month is a happy time
Its the time that makes everything shine.

October by Poppy
Beautiful colours
Scuttling squirrels
Crispy golden trees

Cool air
Birds singing
Gently falling leaves

Robins peeping
Juicy blackberries
Cold damp breeze.

There was lots of trampolining and playing outside including a walk to the park. They made fimo witches following a quick tutorial by Merry πŸ™‚

In the evening we went to the cinema to watch the new Tim Burton film ‘Frankenweenie’. Wayne fell asleep *tut* but us girls enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Poppy drew a really fab sketch of Weird Girl and Sparky and made her own version Mr Whiskers to go with her fimo witch πŸ™‚

Weird Girl from Frankenweenie

Sparky from Frankenweenie

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Arts Award – Pointillism

Friday Arts Award was learning about Pointillism. Creating art with dots.

After looking at examples on the pc by Seurat and Van Gogh, they had to choose a design to follow or make up their own and using gouash started dotting πŸ™‚ They did them first on paper and then onto canvas. They look fantastic πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to having a go at this with them too πŸ™‚

This is Skye’s
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and Poppy’s
Arts Award - Pointillism

The girls even managed to write up today’s Arts Award! Woohoo!! πŸ™‚ Its so much easier if they do it this way!

Other things that happened last week; Tuesday we had Merry’s girls for the day and we did some very cool art based on Laurel Burch and Wednesday was WedEd which i will hopefully get around to blogging later today πŸ™‚

They have also worked through some Geography, Maths and English workbooks πŸ™‚ Skye had athletics, this week they were sprinting πŸ™‚ We have been lucky with the weather this week too so lots of long walks and time in the garden trampolining πŸ™‚

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