June Home Education Diaries

home ed diaries

A bit late with this as we’ve been away on Mull for a week at the beginning of July, so I took a week off blogging. We had great fun playing on the beaches and looking for wildlife, the Puffins were definitely the family favourite!

Here’s what we learnt in June.

The 6 Year Old

Art and Design

  • Creating sand art in bright colours.
  • Making a pirate ship.
  • Making kites.
  • Colouring in spinning tops.
  • Drawing pictures in his journal of castles and buildings.
  • Drawing chalk train tracks on the path outside.

Science

  • Finding and identifying different freshwater insects in a nearby stream with their home ed science group, using the kick sample method.

children finding insects in stream with nets

  • Exploring wind power by creating gliders out of two circular strips and a paper straw.
  • Creating rockets out of film canisters and alka seltzers.
  • Watching how pressure can build up in a small bottle to make it fly up into the air like a rocket.

pumping air into water in a bottle to create pressure for it to fire into the air

  • Experimenting with different colours in water and how they mix to make new colours.
  • Learning about turtle rehabilitation and other sealife at Pula aquarium.
  • Pula aquarium children looking at seahorses
  • Learnt how sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous rocks were formed.
  • Learning about the different parts of the ocean, including the continental shelf, midnight zone and deep sea trenches.
  • Held a giant millipede and cockroach.

child holding a cockroach

  • Exploring butterfly world and observing the different life stages of butterflies.
  • Experimenting with creating kites to find the best design.

Language

  • Reading stories together every day.
  • Pointing out what letter words begin with and helping his brother identifying letters.
  • Spelling words out and reading known short sight words.

  • Writing words with help for spelling in both his journal and every day play.

Maths

  • Counting money for buying items on holiday.
  • Playing board games together.

History

two children meeting a gladiator at Pula Arena Croatia

  • Learning about Roman gladiators in Croatia and why they used Pula amphitheatre.

boy in front of Dinosaur footprint Croatia

  • Learning about Dinosaur footprints and how they came to be in Croatia.
  • Visited Craigmillar castle and explored its history.
  • Looked at famous modern art from the last century.

visiting Lancaster Castle

  • Visited Lancaster Castle and learnt about the history or prisons and some famous occupants.
  • Visited Lancaster Maritime Museum and learnt about the history of shipping and the slave trade.

Geography

  • Discussed the different types of rock and how they are formed, sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous.
  • Visited Croatia and can now recognise the flag and knows roughly where it is in Europe.

Social Groups

  • Met with friends in the woods and had campfires.

  • Met friends at Historic Scotland sites and played together.
  • Weekly Beavers meetings, including several outdoor trips.
  • Weekly home education meet.
  • Weekly home education science group, with time to play afterward.
  • Weekly drama group.

Sports

  • Continuing to enjoy swimming and is improving well, also plenty of swimming on holiday.
  • Weekly multi-sports group where they try different skills each week.
  • Playing outdoors A LOT!
  • Climbing trees and showing ability to hang from branches (no need for a gym here!).

children using ropes course in Croatia

  • Attended a session using a ropes course whilst in Croatia.
  • Cycling in the area.

The 4 Year Old

Art & Design

  • Creating sand art in bright colours.
  • Making a pirate ship.
  • Making kites.
  • Colouring in spinning tops.
  • Colouring in pictures.
  • Drawing chalk patterns on the playhouse.

Exercise

  • Took part in his ballet and tap show, with two dances on stage in front of a large audience.
  • Ropes course whilst on holiday in Croatia.

child on ropes course Croatia

  • Weekly gymnastics class.

practising cricket on the grass

  • Practising cricket.
  • Weekly multi-sports class.
  • Playing in rivers barefoot, around streams, woodlands and open grassland areas with friends.

playing at a swimming pool

  • Swimming whilst on holiday and getting use to having his face wet, going under water a little bit.
  • Cycling around the local area.

Maths

  • Counting easily to 20, working on understanding the numbers thereafter.
  • Playing board games.

Reading

  • Recognising the capital letter of his name, his brother’s and ‘m’ for mummy.
  • Reading daily as a family.

History

listening to information at Pula amphitheatre on a phone

  • Learning about Roman gladiators in Croatia and why they used Pula amphitheatre.
  • Learning about Dinosaur footprints and how they came to be in Croatia.

visiting Craigmillar castle Edinburgh walls

  • Visited Craigmillar castle and explored its history.
  • Looked at famous modern art from the last century.
  • Visited Lancaster Castle and learnt about the history or prisons and some famous occupants.
  • Visited Lancaster Maritime Museum and learnt about the history of shipping and the slave trade.

Science

  • Finding and identifying different freshwater insects in a nearby stream with their home ed science group, using the kick sample method.

about to throw a simple glider

  • Exploring wind power by creating gliders out of two circular strips and a paper straw.
  • Creating rockets out of film canisters and alka seltzers.

boy making a rocket from film canister

  • Watching how pressure can build up in a small bottle to make it fly up into the air like a rocket.
  • Experimenting with different colours in water and how they mix to make new colours.
  • Learning about turtle rehabilitation.

  • Learnt how sedimentary, metamorphic, igneous rocks were formed.
  • Learning about the different parts of the ocean, including the continental shelf, midnight zone and deep sea trenches.
  • Held a cockroach.
  • Exploring butterfly world and observing the different life stages of butterflies.

Social Groups

  • Met with friends in the woods and had campfires.

tree climbing in the woods

  • Met friends at Historic Scotland sites and played together.
  • Weekly home education meet.
  • Weekly home education science group, with time to play afterward

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