Friday, 25 October 2013

Pumpkins and a Few More Pumpkins

Today, our last day of our Autumn theme before the half term holidays, we mostly carved pumpkins and shelled pumpkins and cooked with pumpkins.

The pumpkin crumble was yummy

The pumpkin pie was not bad.

The pumpkin muffins were gross. (Too much nutmeg) We live and learn! 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Giant Toadstool

The weather was too pretty not to take an Autumn walk first thing this morning.  We found a giant toadstool.

We walked by our local safari park and saw some resting bison.

Monkey Girl carried a branch around with her.

An optical illusion or a REALLY giant toadstool (or a tiny Papa?)

Having fun with our own.

Leaf pictures

Our poetry books this year.

We are working our way steadily through all the classical composers from Hildergard Von Bingen to modern day...

...we are up to Edward Elgar and his masterpiece 'Pomp and Circumstance'.

Spanish to end the day.

And a play in the park with friends.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Collecting Firewood and Crayons Melted on Pumpkins

I made huge apples from some scrap material I had, complete with worm :)  The kiddies thought they were very funny.

Letter & picture matching for The Boy.

We talked a little about hibernation today

We melted some crayons on Monkey Girl's pumpkin and made this fun design!

And then Panda Girl experimented with different types of paint on her pumpkin.

Ballet Girl made a cool tissue paper design on hers :) Fun!

Melting crayon shavings between jam wax discs.  We'll try this again for our space unit!  Cool planets - although these were supposed to be pumpkins :)

Panda Girl made two bird feeders with pine cones, peanut butter and sunflower seeds from our sunflower.

 Nanny gave us her map of Rome following her visit there last week.

Monkey Girl made some yummy gingerbread men.

 She did a great job with the icing, after suggesting we use a cellophane bag with a tiny hole for piping.

The children are members of the RSPB.  Their latest magazines arrived today and we had squeals!

The Boy helped Uncle Thomas collect firewood.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Phonics and Autumn Treasure Chests

Phonics with Papa.  This Boy can spell cat, van, fox and pen. 

Nothing beats playing outside.

Ballet Girl face painted the children today.  :)

...and she also made this beautiful Autumn Treasure Chest

Monkey Girl wrote and designed this fabulous Autumn Potion poem.

A bunch of grass, a furry leaf too,
1,2,3 acorns, that's a lot, woo hoo!
Add an old brown leaf, mix it up well,
Now one of Mummy's flowers; shush, don't tell!
Now let's add some lavender, something nice and sweet.
Let's add a strawberry leaf, oh what a treat!
Now pour it out, and before it sinks away,
My wish is for happiness, every day.

Pom pom spiders

Autumn Owls

Bonfire Night fun

Playing and reading before dinner