Home Education Diaries – July

And now we’re into August and the second half of the summer.  We had such a good run of weather for the last couple of months that I can’t believe we’ll have anything but rain now!  We’re still going to make the most of it though, despite any rain prediction!  At least it will give us a chance to make the weather station that the kids want to test out from their science book.

Anyhow, here’s what we learnt in July.

Eldest

Art and Design

  • Creating cards for family and friends.
  • Drawing pictures in his journal about summer activities.
  • Colouring in dinosaur pictures for a new game he invented (dinosaur hide and seek).
  • Sand art pictures (he’s loving crafts at the minute).
  • Making clay animals and painting them.
  • Drawing in the sand on the beach.
  • Making a road mat on cardboard and drawing in buildings including zoos and supermarkets.

Science

looking for Puffins on Lunga

  • Visited a Puffin colony on Lunga and observed them flying, social calls and jumping into burrows to feed their pufflings.
  • Learning about basalt columns and lava flows on Staffa.
  • Bug hunting and holding different large insects as part of a science summer class.
  • Exploring the science of bubble making, measuring out ingredients and making giant bubbles.

topsy turvy room glasgow science centre

  • Visited the Glasgow Science Centre.

chain reaction image

  • Created chain reactions and testing hypotheses.

sun star Mull aquarium

  • Visited Mull aquarium and learnt about Scottish sea animals.

Language

  • Reading stories together every day.
  • Pointing out what letter words begin with and helping his brother identifying letters.
  • Writing note cards for family, mostly simple words and names.
  • Practising using both capital and lowercase letters in words.
  • Writing words with help for spelling in both his journal and every day play.
  • Great improvement in legibility of his written words.

written shopping list child

  • Writing shopping list for garden fruit and vegetables (strawberries, peas, blackcurrants etc.) with some help for spelling.
  • Begun Reading Eggs app again.

Maths

  • Counting money for buying items on holiday.
  • Playing board games together.
  • Using Mathseeds and Doodlemaths.
  • Practising telling the time.
  • Measuring out whilst baking.

History

  • Watching a film at a museum on Mull about the history of Mull and Scotland.
  • Discussions about the clearances and people who used to live on the Scottish islands.

Geography

  • Visited Mull and discussed it’s location in Scotland.

visiting Staffa

  • Visited Staffa and observed the basalt columns created by volcanic activity.

Social Groups

  • Met with friends at parks and other outdoor areas.
  • Weekly home education meet.
  • Weekly home education science group, with time to play afterward.
  • Friends visiting the house during the holidays.

Sports

running around Calgary beach Mull

  • Playing on beaches, digging and playing in the water.
  • Attended a summer multi-sports class for 3 hours, especially loved archery (good aim!).
  • Playing outdoors with friends

cycling home education

  • Cycling in the area and making use of bike tracks whilst camping.

Youngest

Art & Design

  • Creating clay animals using quick dry clay and shells

calgary art centre bench

  • Looking at outdoor sculptures at Calgary Bay

Exercise

  • Took part in two multi-sports classes in the holidays, loving the chance to try archery.
  • Playing in rivers barefoot, around streams, woodlands and open grassland areas with friends.

  • Cycling around the local area and making good use of a bike skills park whilst camping.

  • Playing on beaches, climbing rocks.

Maths

  • Counting easily to 20, working on understanding the numbers after 20.
  • Playing board games.
  • Using Mathseeds app.

Reading

  • Recognising the capital letter of his name, his brother’s and ‘m’ for mummy.

  • Reading daily as a family.
  • Using Reading Eggs app.

History

  • Watching a film at a museum on Mull about the history of Mull and Scotland.
  • Discussions about the clearances and people who used to live on the Scottish islands.

Science

instructional booklet aquairum

  • Learning how to look after fish.
  • Visited a Puffin colony on Lunga and observed them flying, social calls and jumping into burrows to feed their pufflings.
  • Learning about basalt columns and lava flows on Staffa.
  • Exploring the science of bubble making, measuring out ingredients and making giant bubbles.
  • Visited Glasgow Science centre.
  • Created chain reactions and testing hypotheses.
  • Visited Mull aquarium and learnt about Scottish sea animals.
  • Talking about inclines and angles.

  • Pond dipping.

Social Groups

  • Met with friends at parks and other outdoor areas.
  • Weekly home education meet.
  • Weekly home education science group, with time to play afterward.
  • Friends visiting the house during the holidays.

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