Friday, 18 July 2014

Summer School - Giraffe

Summer school is in session - we decided against a complete break as we've learnt from previous experience that they get bored after a week or so, so this year we decided that summer school would be project based fun.


We started with a giraffe anatomy model that I picked up a while ago - the girls built it, researched facts about giraffes, measured out how big various body parts were (how tall it would be against the wall, length of legs, length of neck, it's 50 cm tongue, how heavy it's heart was compared to a humans etc.) and made a poster. They discovered that a giraffe gives birth standing up and Tulip was worried the baby giraffe would have a long way to fall so they finished by watching a giraffe birth  on you tube. 





Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Roman Kiln Building

June was a mad month - we ended up on 2 Home Ed camping trips but the girls favourite was the Roman Kiln weekend.

They started by walking through the local woods to identify and dig up clay,



they took it back to camp, washed it and started making their pots.


They built a stone and mud kiln, 


put their pots in, covered them in straw and popped more clay over the top of the kiln to seal it in. 



The adults had the job of keeping the kiln hot for 14 hours (but thankfully we were able to take it in shifts so we did get some sleep)

These were the results the next day : )

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Layers of the atmosphere

The girls did some posters to notate their work on layers of the atmosphere.

Lilly chose to do lift the flap layers

while Sunflower did a layered  poster with facts written on each layer. (think she just wanted an excuse to use the pastels)


I love how they always manage to express themselves individually even when the assignment is the same : )

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Math - Associative Law

During math we needed a hands on explanation for the associative law of addition and multiplication.

I used buttons to to explain addition,



but had to resort to mini marshmallows for multiplication as I didn't have enough buttons.


Needless to say they remembered the multiplication law (grouping doesn't matter) best because they got to eat it : )

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Bouncy Learning Math Game

The girls have had great fun with a bouncy castle this week,
not only did they get to play but it was a great opportunity to chant their math facts whilst jumping - it even turned into a fun competition to see who could get furthest in their times tables before they fell over. Don't you just love summer learning : ) 
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