Wednesday, 24 October 2007
To view all the projects (they date from January 2007 - October 2007) on one complete page click October in the archives on the right hand side of this page.
My next job is to link all the good websites that I use frequently for ideas to my Blog.
We are currently exploring (not literally unfortunately) Scotland...tbc
Pumpkin window display
This project turned out to be much bigger than I had anticipated - and all from a pumpkin! We used pumpkin worksheets for maths etc - using pumpkin seeds for estimations and actuals. We did lots of craft and cognitive development work. The girls enjoyed the pumpkin sequencing and matching and life cycle activities that I had set up for them and they also learnt the Peter Pumpkin Eater rhyme.
They had immense fun making pumpkin muffins after we spent a happy evening with Papa, de-seeding, flesh-scooping and carving the pumpkin and then we decided to hold a pumpkin party at the end of the week. I made various pumpkin soups and more pumpkin muffins and we were joined by grandparents, aunts and uncles for a great pumpkin evening followed inevitably by the girls dancing around the living room after commanding us all to watch.
The Saints window display
This sort of project is always an inspiration. It was just as much for my benefit as for theirs and I am determined to remake the effort to read as many lives of the Saints as I can. Of all the aspects of my Faith this area is always there like a rock. These were real people, living real lives. I love it!
The photograph of St Therese of Lisieux, to whom our home-school is dedicated, was of huge interest to Elodie. Here was a real girl, about her age, with a similar temperament who tried so hard to be good. Lucia asked me to tell her story again and again. I often say to the children "do you think that is how St Therese would behave?" and now they understand what I mean!
This is our second Autumn project and both times have been just as interesting. The conker hunt from our horse chestnut tree was a daily event and caused a lot of happy squealing. We did lots of autumnal worksheets (maths, words, letters, motor skills), lots of sorting (acorns, conkers, 'helicopters', etc), and lots of treks, leaf jumping and painting. We have a lovely Victoria Plum book about trees which we read and discussed. The girls chose their favourite trees and they did some fun squirrel activities. I also purchased a book called "The Listening Walk", which the children thoroughly enjoyed and remember on our daily walks.
Mexico window display. The girls enjoyed this project. Ced and I often converse in Spanish so the girls were intrigued to learn some words. It was a very sunny project and they especially enjoyed learning about Chilli Peppers - I don't know why!
We ate tacos and tortillas and hubby came home to a spicey Mexican one day that week :)
Paper plate Mexican Maracas. The girls enjoyed painting these and attaching the tissue paper to the wet paint which they found an interesting alternative to glue. We filled them with chickpeas and lentils and the girls sealed the maracas with staples.
We danced to some good Latin American Music and boogied around with our shakers.
To ease Lucia into her visit to Great Ormond Street I decided to do London project. It was very basic with lots of colouring the familiar London images.
On our visit to London we took 3 taxi rides, saw Trafalgar square, Big Ben and visted the Houses of Parliament. We had special entry as my sister works there. It rained but it was a good day with good results from the GOSH visit too!
Africa window display.
This was a fun project. We read some good African books, learnt to count to 5 in Swahili (5 months on and we are now learning up to 10), did lots of dancing to African music and watched some great African dancing on Youtube, looked at Papa's pictures of Namibia (where he lived for 3 years) and I face-painted the girls as Massai princesses... We also did lots of work on African animals, African instruments and African jewellery