Friday, 1 June 2018

Half Term and Other Bits

Royal Marines Cadets Corporal Ballet Girl and her Papa, the DC, attended a local civic service.

Lake season and beautiful sunsets. One of mine sailing a pico here. 

I love how contrasting the kiddies' activities are. From cadet camo to pointe shoes.

Monkey Girl successfully completed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition. 

We've been enjoying looking through old family boxes. This is a stamp collection kept by my Great Grandfather. It is stunning to see original German stamps with Hitler's head on them. 

Sunbaby has been enjoying the garden. 

Panda Girl and The Boy helped Uncle Thomas in his workshop. 

Meeting the newest cousin. 

English Heritage World War 1 and World War 2 Day. The kiddies learnt some wonderful and sad and inspiring and interesting stuff. How indebted we are. 

Punjab Riders, part of WW1 British Expeditionary Force - my great grandfather would have fought alongside these. 

WW1 plane

WW2 armoured car

A rifle from The Somme. 

Nursing in WW1

Armed drill

Reenactment of The Longest Day

Friday, 25 May 2018

A British Garden, Part Five

After our unsuccessful search for owl pellets last Friday, Panda Girl and her friend went exploring for some, under the same tree, on Saturday and found two fresh ones which must have been dropped in the night! Really exciting! And a bit gross. 

We decided they were tawny owl pellets and after some great pulling apart and discussion and research we found out our tawny owl had eaten a mouse. Just brilliant.

We learnt that owls don't need speed like falcons, they are silent night hunters and so their feathers are jagged to allow the air to pass silently through. Also their wing size, relative to their body size, gives them lift with little effort. In experiments you can see the owls disturb very little of the air around them as they fly, allowing for quiet flight. 

We used the thesaurus to help us write a simple owl poem with these thoughts in mind.

                  On muted wings like
                  Winter snow
                  Lawless Predator

Crossing back to our recent Canada project, the kiddies drew Inuit style owls. 

Owl art in the garden

Looking for art related to the British garden

Hunting for wildflowers and grasses to take home and identify. 

The Boy went hunting in the garden for different leaf shapes. 

We talked about the word compound and how it means 'made up of different parts'. 

And they learnt the idea behind this by using coffee filter paper to separate colours in felt tip pens. 

These pens are not compound.

And these pens are. 

Writing short stories about ponds. 


Using paintbrushes made from natural things in the garden to paint Japanese blossom pictures.

Our seeds are sprouting.

The children chose to do pencil sketches of the tree while they watched a tractor cut the field. 

Watching the red kites.

And we finished our month long project with some fun wooden spoon art which we used to make a teeny fence around the wilderness area of our garden. 

Done! Half term now and a new project to follow. 

I'd like to just take a moment to share the very first picture of Sunbaby doing her very first bit of official 'home school'. Welcome to our fun world, Sunbaby! I love you. 

Sailing Regatta for Ballet Girl this weekend, and some downtime for us all over the break. 

Back soon!