Sunday, 4 February 2018

Canada Continued: Arctic Hares and Inuit Snow Glasses

We had an interesting morning learning about arctic hares which are also known as snow rabbits. We took the car for a 40mph spin which is how fast arctic hares can run - that's crazy fast for such a small bundle of cute fluff. We realised that they are the exact same height as Sunbaby - 70cm. Love :) We watched some videos about them, made some easy pictures and read about them in books.

Arctic hares have black eyelashes to protect them from the sun's glare from the sky and reflecting off of the snow. Over the years we have studied bio-mechanics and their origins in the animal world. In light of this we made Inuit snow glasses which were used to protect human eyes.

Reading for The Boy and word mining for Panda Girl

Silly igloo stuff :D

We spent a whole morning learning about the Tundra as a biome

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Canadian Animal Study

We spent a relaxing morning copying Inuit orca art. You can see how the style has gone down the continent through the tribes as they branched out across the land over thousands of years. It's subtly different but beautifully similar to other Native American art and I love that idea. 

Panda Girl and The Boy created a quiz about arctic animals for their older sisters to try. 

And Papa had a go too! 

I gave the kiddies free reign with their polar bear art and these are their designs. 

Understanding how orcas use echolocation.

Orcas are top of their food chain. 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Inukshuk Art

All four kiddies requested to join in this one. 🙂

 I love how they turned out. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


A new project for a new year :)

The beginnings of a Canada lapbook

Guessing Canada's numbers. I gave the children numbers on the red cards and they had to match them correctly to the fact.

Canada's resources. I hid these around the room and they had to find all 11.

Comparing our weights and heights with polar bear weights and heights!

Putting Canada's history in chronological order.

'Canada' comes from the Huron word, 'kanata' which means village or settlement.

Learning about land used for farming, nomadic herding, industry etc.

We watched Ray Mears' series in Canada...

...and The Boy had a go at some of his bushcraft ideas/

Finding Canada on the globe and locating the St. Lawrence River

And in an atlas.

The children made the St. Lawrence River so they could see it's size and significance: along its shores are Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec, the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls feed into it and it is a border between Canada and the US.

Ottawa cityscapes

Canada related alliterations.

And learning three ways heat can move, via the medium of an igloo: radiation, convection and conduction.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Extra Thingummy Bobs

Remembrance Sunday with four of the family in the cadet corps.

Ballet Girl and Monkey Girl passed their Royal Marines Cadets Advancement Boards in the top tiers.

The girls had five ballet and tap exams between them.

All Saints party

My beautiful Panda Girl had a birthday :)

She had a surprise trip to the Harry Potter Studios

And we had a fun family morning at the cinema

My Wonderful Boy had his First Holy Communion

Dressing up for the annual cadet Mess Dinner

Nominations all round and Ballet Girl won the Marines Commendation

It snowed!

The Boy made the cutest koala drawing collection.

Panda Girl and The Boy learnt how to make lasagne.

Winter walks

My Darling Sunbaby continues to grow and delight us all.

Trips to the library

Much much crafting happened.

Cocktail stick wands

Harry Potter craft. I love it all!

Advent and Christmas

Family hot chocolate at the pub

We spent a large part of Advent making gifts for friends and family to emphasise the joy of sharing and giving.

Christmas Eve arrived. This year I have five children!

We spent Christmas with our extended family

Monkey Girl's beautiful sketching

Hanging out with cousins

A go kart from Santa!

Panda Girl is setting up an Etsy shop for her lovely drawings

And the New Year saw rugby starting again for The Boy.

Happy 2018! Let's do this!