We have been learning about the Amazon rainforest. Part of our topic was to create a game.
We brainstormed our ideas on a board about what we might see or come across if you were in the rainforest and then we chose the best ones to make our game.
We decided to make a game where you had to collect cocoa beans as you went through the forest, but you met good and bad things as you went.
We called our game Cocoa Bean Madness.
Firstly we cut out lots of cocoa beans and coloured stones and other bits, which we had printed from the internet. We used the stones to design the game and we used various bugs, villages and animals as ‘to do’ spots. We made our own spinner which worked well. We chose and printed out our own explorers as our moveable piece. We also decorated the board to make it more colourful, with trees, rivers and other animals and flowers.
The rules were, you use the spinner to move around the board and every stone you land on you collect a cocoa bean, but if you landed on a tiger you had to go back to the start, or if you landed on a spider you had to lose all your beans. If you landed on a village you collected 4 extra beans and if you landed on a parrot you get to go to the nearest village. The winner was the person with the most cocoa beans when everyone had finished.
It’s a lot of fun to play this game and the coolest thing about it is we created it and made it ourselves.
While we were in Wales, we bought some big bubbles but we decided to see if we could make own mixture for when we ran out.
We found a recipe on a website called Steph’s two girls and decided to see if it would work for us.
This is the recipe we used.
- 6 cups of water
- 1/2 a cup of cornflour
- 1/2 a cup of washing up liquid
- 1 tbsp. of glycerine
- 1 tbsp. of baking powder
First we put 6 cups of water in a big bowl.
Then we added cornflour and stirred it well.
Next we added baking powder, glycerine and washing up liquid.
Then we stirred it gently and our spoons got caught together which made us giggle . 🙂
While we left it for a hour to settle we used straws and string to make another big bubble blower. We slid the string through the straws.
Then we pulled funny faces through the big bubble blower.
We had fun, we managed to blow bubbles in all shapes and sizes.
We made BIG BUBBLES which was fun.
Some of our bubbles just floated about.
WE LOVED IT!
The art curriculum we are using had several art pieces to do by Henri Matisse. This one was inspired from his Icarus cutout. We decided to use paint instead of paper for the main part of the picture.
Firstly we drew round Anna to get the rough outline of our painting.
Next we changed the shape so it was more fluid and similar to the original then started painting it in the same colours he did his cutouts from.
Next we cut out random stars and stuck them on. Elsa painted on the heart.
Final painting. This turned out really well. The girls enjoyed doing it, it was lovely to spend time outside in the sunshine.
Lesson 3 of the Famous Artists curriculum, and this time it’s Henri Matisse. Elsa researched him and we chatted about the different styles of art he did. He is most famous for his painting/drawing with scissors which is basically a collage. He used a lot of organic shapes and very few straight edges. We had already done a name panel in this design so we decided to do his banner style this time.
Elsa decided one half of her banner was going to be a superhero style cutouts with Batman, Dangermouse and Star Wars all making an appearance. The other side was more organic and like the style of Matisse a little more.
To start with she cut out different coloured rectangles and stuck them down in two strips, then cut and placed the various things she wanted to put on it to see how they fitted. After moving them around for the best look, she stuck them down.
This was great fun. I know that because I did one too. 🙂
Elsa decided that this terms topic would be the Human Body. We had already completed a sub topic on teeth before Easter due to the fact that we had all been to the dentist.
The last couple of weeks we have been learning about the skeleton bones. Firstly, we chatted about the skeleton as a whole and what we needed it for. Then I downloaded a skeleton labelling sheet from Twinkl. Finally, I drew around Elsa so we had a life sized shape to stick our bones on to, (which was obviously very tickly).
I asked Elsa where she wanted to start and she said hands and arms. So we started there, using cotton buds as the phalanges. Elsa said she didn’t realise there were so many bones in the hands and wrists.
Next we did the bones in the arms. We stuck on the labels off the Twinkl sheet (which uses the proper bone names), she also labelled them with the common names we use for them too.
The next day, we did the skull, shoulders and collar bones. Anna was here to help us this time, so it was nice for Elsa to explain to her the bones we had already completed.
Next, we added the spine and ribs and sternum.
Finally, it was the pelvis and legs, feet and toes.
Our finished skeleton.
Next stop the internal organs 🙂
As I’ve said before, Elsa is more of a crafy type of person, more hands on. So am I really too.
I love art, particularly impressionism, so I thought it would be nice to introduce her to different artists from over the years.
I was searching for something I thought might be suitable when I stumbled upon the Pink and Green Mama website, There are several artist ebooks you can download for a small fee. I chose the 3rd one, but I think any of them would be interesting to do.
So today we started with Pablo Picasso and his blue period. We talked a little bit about Pablo Picasso, where and when he was born, what type of art he did and why he went through his blue period (1900 – 1904).
I had bought some art books and paintbrushes from The Works, so we were ready to give it a try.
Firstly we sketched our portraits, then using blue, white and black paints we created different shades and tones to create our pictures. This was a really interesting project for me to see if they could use just 3 colours effectively. They did. 🙂
Finished artwork 🙂
We don’t break up officially for any holidays. If we fancy some time off, we take it. This is one of the beauties of Home Education, however we do learn a bit about all of the various holidays we would be taking if we were at school.
This includes learning about the proper meaning of them, why we celebrate them and doing various crafts.
One of the Easter crafts we did was some decoupage. I’d never done it before and we saw it mentioned online, so we popped in to our local Hobbycraft to see at what they had available. The girls each chose a basket and a rabbit, which were cheap at £2 and some papers (which varied between £2 and £3.80 for 3.
We just ripped the paper into smaller pieces, watered down our pva glue and off they went.
It’s great fun, it kept the girls occupied for ages and as it doesn’t really matter how much glue you get on it, little ones can do it independently.
Elsa did a co-ordinates sheet which we found on Activity Village, she had to place the co-ordinates in the correct squares to produce an Easter picture. She thought this was great fun.
I found a great little Easter Maths booklet on Twinkl. 🙂 Anna decided she’d like to start on that, she started with her least favourite pastime of colouring. I don’t understand why she doesn’t enjoy it, she’s really good at it.
After that she wanted to do a number sheet. She’s really doing well with her number work.
There was a great game in the maths booklets which we all played together. You had to throw 2 dice and add them together and then colour the relevant egg. The one with the most eggs coloured at the end of the game (in our case 10 throws each) won. It was a bit easy for Elsa, but we all enjoyed it and Anna won. 🙂
What a busy Easter. 🙂
One of the things I love most about home educating is the fact we can be really spontaneous. So when we were finishing off our Romans topic this week we were learning about why, where and how they built their roads.
During our research we found out they used a groma which was a Roman surveying instrument, to help them build them in straight lines.
Spontaneous head on I asked ‘would you like to make a groma Elsa’?
‘Yes please’ came the excited reply (anything to get out of writing). 🙂
So we discussed what we would need to make one and collected everything together.
Firstly, Elsa created her cross beams (out of cardboard) and used wool to fix them together. She then made a hole at the end of each of the pieces of card.
She put a piece of wool at through the holes in the card to hang the weights off. She created 4 weights out of clay and took bits off them to ensure it was straight.
Using her knowledge of Roman numerals she wrote the date 🙂
I’m not sure if this is exactly how you used it in Roman times, however Elsa put it up high so she could see when the opposite weights were in a straight line.
This was great fun to make and we used it to see if it worked. It did 🙂
I thought it might be a nice idea to teach Anna about the principles of colour in that you really only need 3 colours to make a variety of different ones.
I created 2 different types of colour wheels (well Anna’s wasn’t a wheel at all, but still).
We chatted about the primary colours, mixing colours and what happens if you add more or less of one colour.
The girls then set about making their colour charts.
This was a good exercise for Elsa as it showed her that to make darker or lighter shades all she had to do was add more or less of one of the primary colours.
This was a fun and useful activity for both girls. 🙂