Friday, 9 January 2015

Homes and 'Wicked'

 We worked our little socks off today! My baby Royal Marine did some cute work about homes and houses as our home was built in 1911, which is in the decade we are studying for our 20th Century unit.

He did a tangram puzzle, worked on consonants, letter forming and rhyming words.

This fidget needs to move about when she's working.  I love her :)

The two of them made some cute houses.

The two eldest had some multiple choice work for World War I, learning more advanced words and understanding military terms.

This afternoon we read two chapters from our favourite history book.

 Following the beheading of King Charles I, Prince Charles his son, escaped and hid in an oak tree, before eventually fleeing to France; meaning Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector and the country became a Commonwealth.

The kiddies also worked on their Spanish, English and Handwriting, 

And I'm finishing the week with an evening out with a bunch of my siblings and then a trip to the theatre with friends to see Wicked tomorrow. Yay!

Ballet Girl is spending the weekend at Sea Cadets  for her Continuity Drill Training practice for the Area Competition and also working towards her First Class promotion...

...and Monkey Girl, Panda Girl and The Boy have a cousins get together, Lego at the library and a play-date to look forward to this weekend.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

World War I Trench Cake

In our 20th Century Unit study we have arrived at World War I.  Panda Girl and The Boy made a Trench Cake which was a fruit cake made from simple, cheap ingredients, that friends and family would have sent the soldiers in the trenches on the front line.

It was tasty, all things considered.  I have taught my children a recipe for a cake that my grandmother used to make which is similar to the Trench Cake.  I wonder if its origins were in the Trench Cake.

All four children wrote a letter each to a solider in our armed forces which we will send this week

And each spent some time on some World War I resources, available on the BBC School site.

This afternoon the children worked on Map Work, Science, English, Geography, Story-Writing...

...and Spanish.  We finished at 4pm.  Phew!

There were lots of play-dough breaks.

And then it all got very artistic and we had to cook the play-dough to harden it into these masterpieces.

Finishing with Sea Cadets tonight for the two eldest and their Papa.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Wright Brothers and a History Degree

This morning we measured flights!

The Wright Brothers first flight was 37 metres and their fourth was a little longer at 260 metres.  The children were delighted to measure a huge length of road in our village to work out the distances that the Wright Brothers flew on their first flight test in North Carolina on 17th December 1903. Apparently measuring the pavement in front of passing cars is extremely amusing.

Having blown away the cobwebs, the two youngest worked on their Wright Brothers project...

...while the two eldest began looking at the causes of World War I, including the significance of imperialism, militarism and nationalism.  Please appreciate the fact that we are all writing with quills today - I have no idea why.

Today I started my BA (Hons) History degree!  It's going to take me six years and I am daunted, excited and I think, slightly insane.

I spend a lot of time with my kiddies at their various activities (three hours at gym today - here's Panda Girl waiting for her class to start), so the plan is to spend some of that time being useful, i.e. studying.  Here goes nothing!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

A Rainy Day Inside.

Today we read the story of the Wright Brothers.  What an inspiring story!

The two littlies did some sweet work on these cool inventors.

And the two eldest did some interesting source related work on the Suffragettes.

This bit of wizardry happened:

And this afternoon our elderly neighbour came round for a cup of tea, we went to the library and took out 60 books (!) and The Boy had his first football training session of 2015.

Monday, 5 January 2015

The 20th Century

We've gone from the Ancient Greeks all the way to the 20th Century.  Our growing timeline keeps everything in context and it seems to allow us to skip from era to era with a deeper understanding each time.

We began at the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 and the coronation of her son 'Bertie', King Edward VII.

Nanny M lent us some heirlooms including a photo of the children's great great grandmother who was born in 1890.

We investigated and dated Victorian and Edwardian coins and we even found one of George IV!

Writing out an approximate diary of the food we eat every week, the children compared it to an actual food diary from the slums in London in 1900.  It was an eye-opener to say the least.  How blessed we are.

The kiddies were none too keen on the bread and butter they had for snack, despite my protestations that children from the slums didn't get snacks at all.  They weren't too keen on running around the frosty garden without shoes first thing either, but it woke them up and gave them a tiny insight into a world where you can't even afford shoes.

We discussed in some depth the Liberal Government welfare reforms commencing in 1906, after a national understanding that private charities alone should not be wholly responsible for helping those stuck in the cycle of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.

New laws were passed including:

A National Insurance scheme for workers who missed work through illness
Labour exchanges to help the unemployed find work
Free school meals for children living in poverty
Free school medical inspections
Pensions for the over 70s
Benefit money for unemployed in certain trades

The children then designed posters to be used by the Liberal Government of the early 1900s to explain their new laws. 

Monkey Girl darned a sock - repair, repair, repair

And the two littlies had a bit of fun with sleeping bags living in two rooms like many in the slums.

After lunch the children played outside, followed by Maths, Nature Study, a most important Spider-man sticker book and Trampolining.

This evening the two eldest have Ceremonial Night at Sea Cadets, meaning they spent a long time boot polishing, ironing and de-fluffing their uniform before hand.