Home Education Diaries September

Hello October!  Last month went by in a flash, we were so busy with birthdays and a trip to Center Parcs amongst other things.  I’ve been meaning to add to this list weekly throughout the month as I usually do, but I completely forgot and have had to do my best to remember everything.  We’ve had lots of conversations on different topics throughout the weeks, but I’m pretty sure some will be missing in this list.  I’ll do better for the October diary!

So here’s what the boys learnt during September.

Eldest

Art and Design

  • Decorating baseball cap and purse with fabric paints

  • Cutting a wood cookie and drilling hole with hand drill

  • Building a mini water mill from a kit
  • Made African style drums
  • Colouring in a giant road picture

Science

  • Created balloon cars to see how they can be powered by air
  • Protecting eggs with different materials and testing whether they can survive a slide

 

  • Observing ladybird behaviour
  • Learning about planets and what the rings of Saturn are made of and how close Mars’ moons are
  • Listening to a podcast about the Big Bang
  • Listening to a pod cast about dinosaurs and how birds evolved from them
  • Listening to a podcast about the aurora
  • Discussing evolution of humans

  • Learning about autumn leaves and where the colour is from.

Language

  • Pointing out easy words and spelling out ‘oo’ and ‘ch’ sounding words
  • Practising simple French words, including Hello, Thank You, Yes and No

boy dressed as harry potter with book

  • Reading together, including listening to Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
  • Writing peoples names, including his own
  • Using the Reading Eggs app

Maths

  • Using Mathseeeds app
  • Practising mental maths
  • Filling in several maths worksheets on differences, adding and subtraction
  • Filling in patterns
  • Playing board games

  • Building Lego

History

  • Identifying fossils
  • Looking at Roman and Viking artefacts
  • Exploring Stirling Castle
  • Learning about medieval dress
  • Learnt how cochineal colouring was made

Culture

  • Visited a local country farm park to see the animals
  • Trying out Highland Games caber toss and hammer

  • Visited Stirling Castle

Geography

  • Caving at Center Parcs, identifying stalagmites and stalactites
  • Discussing the location of Ghana and what biome’s are in the country
  • Putting together a foam map of Europe
  • Pointing out where we live on the globe and places he’s been, such as Iceland, Finland and Italy

Social Groups

  • Collecting blaeberries on the moor with friends
  • Home education festival at Glamis Castle

  • Playing with friends at Stirling castle
  • Meeting friends at the park
  • Home education group every Friday
  • Visiting friends
  • Attends a local Beaver Scout group
  • Attends a local drama group

Exercise

  • Playing in the woods and moors with friends
  • Playing at the park with friends
  • Attends a local multi sports group

  • Swimming lesson every week and swimming during Center Parcs visit
  • 12m high ropes course with 100m zip wire

  • Climbing rocks
  • Bike riding

Youngest (4 year old)

Art & Design

  • Decorating baseball cap and purse with fabric paints
  • Drawing pictures

Exercise

  • Playing in the woods and moors with friends
  • Playing at the park with friends
  • Attends a local ballet and tap class
  • Swimming lesson every week, getting better at attempting to do things himself
  • Climbing rocks

bike hire center Parcs

  • Bike riding
  • Began multi sports classes again.
  • Continued gymnastics class

Whinfell Forest pony trek

  • Pony trekking at Center Parcs
  • Archery lesson at Center Parcs

archery at Center Parcs Whinfell

Maths

  • Using Mathseeds
  • Counting to 19 easily and beginning to understand 20-30
  • Adding small numbers together
  • Easily recognises numbers on a dice
  • Playing board games

Language

  • Reading stories together.
  • Practising writing the first letter of his name (on everything!)

History

  • Looking at Roman and Viking artefacts
  • Exploring Stirling Castle
  • Learning about medieval dress

boy dressed up in medieval clothes

  • Learning where medieval colours came from, such as indigo and gold

Science

  • Created balloon cars to see how they can be powered by air
  • Protecting eggs with different materials and testing whether they can survive a slide
  • Observing ladybird behaviour

  • Learning about planets and what the rings of Saturn are made of and how close Mars’ moons are
  • Listening to a podcast about the Big Bang
  • Listening to a pod cast about dinosaurs and how birds evolved from them
  • Listening to a podcast about the aurora
  • Discussing evolution of humans
  • Learning about autumn leaves and where the colour is from.
  • Learning about how pistons work in an engine
  • Helped make pumpkin soup

Geography

  • Practised fitting foam map pieces into a magnetic map of Europe
  • Discovering where we are on the globe

Social Groups

  • Collecting blaeberries on the moor with friends
  • Home education festival at Glamis Castle
  • Playing with friends at Stirling castle

  • Meeting friends at the park
  • Home education group every Friday
  • Visiting friends
  • Attends a local drama group

  • Went on stage with a group of children for kids Scottish ‘theatre’ show, Fun Box, for a song

1 Comment

  1. October 9, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    What an exciting month you’ve had! Mine are loving Harry Potter too at the moment although we’re having a break from it half way through the second book because it got a bit scary! I must get around to putting the Maths Seeds app on the tablet too, my eldest needs a bit of help with maths.
    Nat.x

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