Recently we have been learning about mushrooms and have gone on a couple of walks to find some.
Did you know that mushrooms don’t have seeds? They drop spores so we picked a few and made spore prints with them by putting the mushrooms on white paper. Some mushrooms drop brown ones, some drop white ones and some drop cream ones. It was quite an interesting experiment.
We learnt about the parts of a mushroom, the life cycle of mushrooms and where they grow (mushrooms grow in shaded damp areas, some grow in mossy areas, some grow on dead trees branches and some grown up live tree trunks).
On one of the walks we saw lots of different edible mushrooms from blewits, which are pretty as they are purple/pink underneath, jelly ears, which are very weird as they look like ears stuck to branches and some type of bracket mushroom which grow off the side of dead or living tree trunks.
On another of our walks we saw red mushrooms (Fly Agaric), which was the first time we’d ever seen them and it was very cool. We didn’t pick them though as they are known to be poisonous.
We are not brave enough to eat any though as you have to be 100% sure if they are edible or not. We will keep looking and learning and maybe one day we’ll be able to eat what we find.
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. 🙂
I thought it would be interesting as part of our Geography curriculum to add a Christmas Around The World theme throughout December. I chatted with Elsa about how some countries might celebrate Christmas differently to us and that it would be interesting to see the differences in food and traditions of number of countries.
Then I found an amazing website where I thought Elsa would be able to find the information required without too much input from me.
She chose UK to start with as obviously it was the easiest one for her.
She then found information about Denmark, China, India and France.
This has been really interesting and we would have liked to have finished the others, but we went away on holiday in the last week before Christmas so ran out of time, however we will just have to do them next year. 🙂