Friday, 9 March 2012

"Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know."
- G k Chesterton

I didn't even dream it would be so good. But I would never let my children come close to the thing.
- Vladimir Zworykin, agd 92 on his invention, the television

Great spirits have always been violently oppressed by mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
- Albert Einstein

I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas. 
- Agatha Christie

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
- Thoreau
We started our Victorian project with a  traditional Victorian Sponge cake.  This was interesting for the Boy  (my darling mini-chef) as he learnt how to separate eggs, whisk the egg white, pour the flour slowly etc, rather than pouring everything in and mixing it all up in one go.  Equal amounts of flour and sugar in this recipe and my gosh it tasted great :)

Queen Victoria fact bookmarks with Victorian lace

 We took a visit to our Discovery Centre which has an incredible transport museum.  I wrote the dates of Queen Victoria's reign on the children's hands (1837 - 1901) and they had to spot as many things as they could find from this era.

We watched some fun Horrible Histories about the Victorians and the girls had a delve into their dressing-up box to find clothes that looked Victorian or that we could accessorise to make them so. 

We've shared 'round a nasty bug this week and have all taken it in turns to be ill over various days. On 'well days' the girl have worked methodically through their Victorian packs and have completed some lovely work 

Our Victorian resources

Sunday, 4 March 2012


The girls learnt a little more about the concept of Lent...

...They made bread pretzels to symbolise arms crossed in prayer...

...a dough crown of thorns with the intention to remove a thorn each time they do something kind, thoughtful and selfless. has such fab ideas.  This one is a lent path so we can countdown to Easter.

Everyday throughout Lent the girls are choosing someone to pray for and offer up their day for.  They put their person up on our display so we can have a whole collection of people we have prayed for by Easter :) 

I like this one.  This is the path to Calvary.  The girls colour in a brick on the path each time they are obedient or truthful. :)

The girls went to their friend's gymnastics party at the week end.  It involved an hour of using some fab gym equipment at a huge gymnastics centre.  Having spent 6 years at weekly gymnastic lessons themselves, it was lovey to see the girls putting their skills to use.

Here are a  few more extras from our week:

Our annual safari park tickets mean we can nip there whenever we feel like a break - and going during term time means we have it all to ourselves!

Panda Girl did some lovely sums on her number line.  She used teddy to do the jumping.

Outside break during some early spring sunshine.  The Boy and Ballet Girl did some necessary trampoline bouncing, Panda Girl had fun with chalk and Monkey Girl...?  Well she took her book, as she does wherever she goes.  She can't even brush her teeth without reading a book, apparently.

On the Farm
Our Farm project was cut short but it was a fun thematic unit for the two smallies while the elder two carried on with their daily curriculum.

Face painting.... The Boy chose to be an elephant for his farm animal...