Friday, 30 May 2014

Fossil Hunting

We spent a rainy and windy day on the beach in Filey with our local Home Ed History group. They had arranged a fossil hunt and had a lovely geologist along to advise the children on what they discovered.

When they found something interesting, he would draw a quick sketch and tell them all about the creature it came from.

The girls managed to find some belemnite pieces,

some devil’s toenails (gryphaea) that they remembered from their Stone girl, Bone Girl study

and a piece of an ammonite.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Unusual Question

I’m used to the girls coming up with unusual questions but this week they came up with one that I couldn’t answer so I thought I’d pick your brains and see if anyone had any ideas.

“I know a Cyclops is a myth but how would it cry – would it have one tear duct in the corner like we do or would it cry from the middle of its eye or from both corners?”

Any help would be appreciated : )

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Micro Business for Teens - TOS Review

Both Hubby and I have been self employed for the last 12 years and I have always been keen for the girls to understand how business works so I was excited to review Micro Business for Teens.

Micro Business for Teens has been created by Carol Topp. She has created a practical, goal orientated program to teach teens to create and manage a small business. It is designed for teens to work through independently, although it would work well in a group setting too. 

We received an Ebook copy of Starting a Micro Business ,

and the Micro Business for Teens Workbook

The Micro Business for Teens curriculum goes through step by step the process of starting and running a micro business. The books are very thorough and cover business ideas, detailed financial planning, marketing, customer service, time management, record keeping, business plans, pricing and loads more. 

They suggest spending a week on each lesson and there are a total of 14 lessons in the workbook. So over the week Lilly (11) and Sunflower (9) would read a chapter and on Friday they would complete the corresponding workbook exercises. It was all fairly straightforward and both the books and workbook are well laid out and easy to follow. Throughout the book there are anecdotes and stories relating to other teen’s experiences and the lessons they learnt running their businesses.

I was impressed that she encourages them to do their own market research – asking people they know if they would buy their product and how much they would be willing to pay for it. She also emphasises the importance of not going into debt and balancing business around your life.

The girls have put her lessons to good use – they were keen to try one of their business ideas out at a local charity event. They made a number of soaps and posh bath bombs (market research suggested citrus and lavender soaps, melon and rose bath bombs and gave them their pricing) they manned the stand (with some help from their younger sisters) and on the day managed to sell over £50 worth – they were able to donate their profit of £41 to the charity : )
They have already booked their next sale and have asked me to help create a Esty site for them.

I think this is a great resource and would be suitable for anyone looking to set up a micro business - even us adults learnt something from it.

Micro Business for Teens is aimed at ages 10 to 18 and is available as an ebook for $4.95 or as a paperback for $9.95.

You can see what my crew mates thought over at the TOS Blog

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Life Lessons

Our broody hen has been sat on 9 eggs - so far only one has hatched : (

Opportune time for a life/death chat with the girls as they wanted to know why the others hadn't hatched.

We did follow up with a float test to see which of the eggs were still viable and then they wanted to bury the rest.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

CC Geometry Area Song Actions

The girls have been learning their geometry song for classical conversations and they made up some actions to go with it.

Just in case you couldn't make out the sign for radius ; )

Friday, 9 May 2014

Giveaway - Branch Out World

Just had to share this great giveaway - we used their Stone Girl, Bone Girl study last month and it was fab : )

Over on the BOW blog there is a giveaway to win a Childrens Book and Learning Pack to celebrate the publication of the 10th Picture Book Explorers

The Learning Pack is written to accompany I Took the Moon for a Walk and is packed with hands-on, fully researched learning activities.  Designed primarily for Home Educators but perfect for all families to use with their children.

There are 3 prizes to win, and it's open to worldwide entrants - pop over and check it out.

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