We’ve had a light homeschooling week as it’s UK half term holidays and my mum and nephew S(5) have been visiting. S lives three hours’ drive away and started full-time school last September, so it’s been lovely for the cousins to spend time together. There’s been lots of swimming, park fun and playing in the garden.
What’s Been Happening In Our Homeschool
Projects C’s passionate about animation at the moment. Father Christmas brought her The Klutz Book of Animation and she’s been having great fun making movies using the software that came free with the book. This week she made a portable animation studio out of paper, and created some props, including a rising and setting sun and moon suspended by fishing wire!
Art We got out the soft pastels and made watermelon pictures.
Read Aloud We’ve been listening to lots of audiobooks recently – we just finished the Narnia series (again).
But we have a few books on our shelves that I’ve been wanting to read together, like Return of the Twelves, which intrigued C and I when we used it in an opening hooks exercise for The Arrow. So I was pleased we started reading it aloud together this week. Return of the Twelves also fits in well with the fantasy genre C and I are exploring with the Arrow following reading The People in Pineapple Place.
Science We continued our investigation of mixtures, colloids and emulsions by experimenting to see what substances make good emulsifiers.
The results weren’t as clear-cut as I’d hoped – it’s no coincidence that mayonnaise and hollandaise sauce can be tricky to make! We talked a little about how emulsions are formed, and plan to make mayonnaise together soon to revisit this topic.
My nephew’s visit also prompted me to get round to making “elephant’s toothpaste” which I’d pinned 36 weeks ago! They all LOVED this experiment, of course! Read more about how to make elephant’s toothpaste here.
Poetry Tea We held a special poetry tea at which read all our favourite, 5 year old-friendly poems. (Yes, I was there too!)
What have you been up to this week?
For more fun homeschooling ideas from around the world, visit Collage Friday at HomeGrown Learners, It’s A Wrap at Hammock Tracks and Weekly Wrap-up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.