Monday, 21 November 2016

Hilarious Norwegian Gnomes

Norway. Our third Scandinavian country. Its name derives from 'Nor-weg' which means 'North Men'.

We watched a fascinating documentary on the beautiful fjords of Norway. The children have Norwegian ancestry so this was particularly special. 

We made some ridiculous Norwegian gnomes because we home-school and we can do these things!

Like Sweden, Norway is also home to the brown bear.

Half of Norway is forest (The Boy loved this fact) and Lynx are predators of the North Norway forests.

The Boy noted this in his Scandinavian scrapbook and drew this amazing Lynx from a YouTube tutorial. Clever Boy!

Panda Girl's lynx is equally smashing.

And Monkey Girl put one of her many Deadly Sixty annuals to good use! I love it. 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Denmark Part II and Greenland

We learnt a little about the Danish gods and how they related to each other. Monkey Girl made a clay Freyja, Valkerie, and Troll.

The Boy painted a Dwarf and Loki - part god, part giant.

And Panda Girl drew some brilliant pictures of them all.

I made the Boy some literacy and numeracy books about trolls

And he checked out Denmark on Google Earth. This is him finding Danish Lego Land!

Monkey Girl read the others the biography of Hans Christian Anderson

And they made stained glass window pictures of some of his fairytales, Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling.

The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Anderson used to cut pictures for his audiences as he was telling his fairytales. We used this idea to make a huge snowflake to represent his story, The Snow Queen.

We broke it down into simple steps and it turned out really well. Go team!

Panda Girl made this for fun. I love it.

Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It is self-governing but relies on Denmark for defense and trade.

Most of Greenland is within the Arctic circle and therefore is a great place to see the Aurora Borealis. We learnt how the sun gives off solar flares but the earth's own magnetic field (due to its molten iron core) deflects most of this solar wind. However, these magnetic fields are weakest at the poles and some particles make it through the magnetosphere, where they excite the oxygen and nitrogen in earth's atmosphere. This reaction creates light. The colours vary depending on the quantity of nitrogen or oxygen and how high or low the reactions occur. 

They made some beautiful art with pastels and coloured card while we listened to relaxing music and watched videos of the Northern Lights.

And we ended the morning with Aurora Borealis face painting.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Scandinavia: Denmark

Denmark is the smallest Scandinavian country with a population of 5.4 million. In terms of happiness it rates consistently among the highest in the world. Greenland is also part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Trolls come from Danish legend - I bought the kiddies one each, since they are making a toy come-back and they were thrilled! Haha!

Inspired, they each wrote a poem or a story about the legends of the trolls.

We made a troll forest with caves for them to live in.

Lego is a Danish invention and so we leapt on that opportunity and expanded the troll forest into a full blown magical troll landscape from Denmark.

Danish pastries had to make an appearance.

Some lovely work from The Boy