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.

IMG_6345 IMG_6343 IMG_6342

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

IMG_6289 IMG_6291 IMG_6292 IMG_6309 IMG_6361

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

IMG_6329 IMG_6333 IMG_6337 IMG_6340 IMG_6341

We made lanterns 🙂

IMG_6332 IMG_6335   IMG_6338

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

IMG_6327 IMG_6328

Finally we made coconut squares.

IMG_6435 IMG_6437 IMG_6440 IMG_6443

An interesting week of learning 🙂

 

 

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Me Hearties

One of the topics Elsa showed an interest in learning about was Pirates.  I’d always thought this was in interesting, if somewhat gruesome topic, however with great age related resources from the library we were able to learn all sorts of information about them including some of the gorier stuff.  We decided again to create a lapbook for this topic. Lapbooks are a fun, colourful and easy way of collating and displaying lots of information.  We downloaded the Pirate lapbook from Homeschool Share and used some parts of it and created our own information mini books as well using the templates which can also be found at Homeschool Share.

First of all, both Elsa and Anna designed bandanas so they could look like a pirate.

IMG_5751

I downloaded a pirate game from Twinkl, which the girls both enjoyed playing A LOT.

IMG_5761

We researched various topics including crew, found information about 3 real pirates, food and drink, learned pirate speak and we made our own pirate flasg.

IMG_5846 IMG_5809 IMG_5929 IMG_5930

We also made a map, which was fun and came out really well.

IMG_5910 IMG_5911 IMG_5913

We ended this topic by watching the Aardman film The Pirates – In an Adventure with Scientists, which both girls thought was funny (and of course it was totally historically correct 😉 )

IMG_5970 IMG_5767