Topic – Romans – Mosaics

Elsa mentioned that she’d enjoyed learning about Romans when she was at school, but told me it was taught a bit quickly for her, so she wanted to go over it again.

I think this is a great opportunity to do a load of crafts (mosaics, make a seal etc) and to go on a couple of field trips (the castle to look at artefacts and a local Roman castle building)

As it turned out our first day ended up changing a little bit as Anna wasn’t at nursery as I’d expected, so we decided to design and create our own mosaics, which both girls enjoyed.

Firstly, we chatted about where Romans would have used mosaics, what they were often made from, and what common pictures were made.

Then both girls designed their own mosaic  on some squared paper.

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They used some cardboard as a base as it is sturdy and squares of different coloured card to make the designs.

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Finished mosaics.  As you can see the designs of the mosaics weren’t exactly as their templates (not the same at all 🙂 ), however, that’s the beauty of it, the ideas evolve as they are creating.

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Christmas Fun – Christmas Crackers

For the last few years we have made our own crackers and this year was no exception.  They are really cheap and easy to do.

I bought hats and snaps off ebay, very cheap and very quick delivery.  Elsa wrote some jokes, (typical of an 8 year old) :)and we put in a chocolate as the gift.

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Next we wrapped up toilet rolls with Christmas wrapping paper.

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We put in the snap and closed one end of the paper with ribbon, then put in the hat, joke and chocolate. Then closed the other end with the ribbon then used pinking shears to pretty the edges.

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Tah dah, all finished.  They look fantastic.  Let’s hope they work on Christmas Day.

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Merry Christmas and enjoy the holiday season.

 

 

Space Agent – Build a Rocket

The final mission and Elsa has been looking forward to this one the most 🙂

For the final time, we watched Jon’s introduction video. Apparently Little Jon is doing a secret mission.

Science

How does gravity work on earth?

We watched some videos about Isaac Newton, forces and gravity.  Then did an experiment using a jar and ball to see if we could cause enough pull to keep the ball in the jar.  Elsa wrote what was happening and why and spoke about it as we were doing it and we did a video of it to upload to makewaves.

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Mission 6 Part 1 complete

DT & Maths

This task needed us to design and launch our own rocket.  After looking at various different ways to do it, Elsa decided to use a bottle and make a cone to create hers.

Firstly she made a cone out of card and taped it up using parcel tape, she then taped it to the bottom of her bottle and decorated the whole thing.

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She then put a bit of playdough around the open end as a weight and taped it on.

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Tah Dah, all finished.

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To launch it she was going to use force from the pump and water.

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We used between 100ml and 400ml of water for the launches to see which one would work best.  Our results were the less water used, the higher and further the rocket went.  We uploaded a video to makewaves.

Mission 6 Part 2 complete

English

Write a letter of support to Tim?

Last task of the challenge was to write a letter in letter format, using full stops, commas and a variety of vocabulary to Tim and post it to him for his return.

Elsa wrote a bit about what she had learned and that she had watched the launch and docking of the Soyus rocket on the 15th December and that she thought the docking would be frightening for them all.  She wished him a good mission. 🙂

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Mission 6 Part 3 complete

She uploaded all of her work and was issued with not only the launch rocket badge,

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but she has also qualified as an Agent of UNSA

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This has been a brilliant, interesting project.

Christmas Fun – Gingerbread House

Anna attends nursery and their school encouraged all the children to decorate a gingerbread house (which they had made at school).

Both girls enjoyed doing this although gluing it together is great fun. 🙂  We ended up using superglue to stick the roof on.  Glue was a last resort as the icing and melted sugar hadn’t worked.

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We used royal icing to stick a variety of sweets on it.

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We decorated the roof with crushed up shredded wheat.

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The end result.  It looked great.

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Such a shame it wasn’t edible. 🙁

Christmas Fun – Sock Snowmen

I love the run up to Christmas, we get all festive and do lots of lovely crafts.  The internet is such a fabulous source of information, you can never run out of ideas.

After seeing this cute little video on You Tube, we decided to give these lovely little snowmen a try.

Firstly, cut off the foot part just above the heel then fill the foot part with rice (or whatever you want).

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Tie some cotton to make a head and body.

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Glue on buttons, eyes and nose.

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Then put the top half of the sock on as the hat.  (easy peasy).

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The finished items look so cute 🙂

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Diwali

Another subject Elsa asked to do back in the summer was Diwali.  I know she had covered it at school, so I asked her why she wanted to do it again.  She explained she found it interesting. 🙂

I found out it was on 11th November this year so we started the topic the week previous.

I thought it was would be best to find out why Diwali is celebrated so we watched a video and read a story. To make sure Elsa had remembered this, I asked her to filled in some worksheets I’d downloaded from Activity Village and Twinkl, while Anna completed a maze.

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We then made Diya’s out of beads (from Activity Village) and clay.

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We talked about henna patterns and both Elsa and Anna created one on paper then painted it onto their arms with face paints.

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We made lanterns 🙂

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We also discussed Rangoli patterns, where they are used and why and then both girls coloured one in downloaded from Twinkl.

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Finally we made coconut squares.

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An interesting week of learning 🙂

 

 

Sewing a doorstop

Elsa has always been one for being creative and crafty.  She loves drawing, painting, sticking, colouring etc.  I knew that homeschooling her would give us the option to help her try new creative ideas.

Therefore, after we had a problem keeping the door to the Harry Potter study open properly I asked if she’d like to make a doorstop (I also needed to make one for another door – we live in an old house so what can I say).

“Yes, yes, yes please mummy”

Well, there was our answer.

We had a quick look online to see if we could find an easyISH one to have a go at making and we found this chicken one.

I wrote down the instructions and off we went to get the things we needed.

  • Material
  • Felt
  • Stuffing (which is cheaper if you buy a cheap cushion and use the stuffing out of that as opposed to the ‘proper’ toy stuffing)
  • Rice/cous cous for the weight

We started by cutting the parts of the chicken we needed from felt and then pinned them to one side of the material.  We sewed the two wings on using a zig zag stitch (green wings on Elsa’s chicken).  We then sewed the two parts together making sure we trapped all of the edge parts of the felt in the seam. We left the back seam so we could change the angle (watch the video 🙂 ) so that the chicken sat properly then left a gap so we could stuff it.

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We then turned it right way round and put in the weight (bagged), and the stuffing.  Finally we hand sewed the gap and added some eyes at the top.

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Tadah.  How happy does she look?

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The finished articles.

The instructions by Debbie were so clear on the video that this worked really well.  Elsa did a lot of it without too much help.

Crochet lesson with AM

Elsa’s Auntie asked me back in the summer whether Elsa would like to try a crochet lesson.  She knew of this quaint little shop near where she lives who offer workshops.

Well it’s craft related so obviously ‘yes please AM’ 🙂

Off they went to have a lovely little lunch, an interesting crochet lesson and a cake and drink afterwards.  Lucky Elsa.  All I did that day was my cleaning. 🙂

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Since she’s been home she’s continued to do this and has even tried to teach me (failed, but I blame it on being a lefty, but I’ll keep trying when she does it).

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We are working towards making a little rose…. watch this space.