Wednesday, 29 July 2009

FIAR - Wee Gillis

This is only our third attempt at a Five in a Row book. And I'm pleased to say it went really well :0) I did it as a project just for Panda and it was much easier to keep his interest and enthusiasm high. We did Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf. (Incidentally, our first successfull FIAR book was The Story of Ferdinand by the same author.) I managed to get the library to purchase it for us. It was so lovely to be the first to read a brand new library book :0) If you can't get hold of it, there's an online illustrated version complete with a translation in an Asian language that I don't recognise :0/
It's a lovely story for reading out, plenty of opportunities for him to act it out :0) He looked forward to hearing it every day and was keen to do the activities suggested in the FIAR Vol 2 manual. For the fifth day science activity though, I changed it. Instead of sheep or fog as suggested in the manual, we looked at lungs. It was more appropriate for my son who is fascinated by how his body works.

He made a lapbook to go with it. He really likes making them :0) We found one at Homeschool Share and made use of lots of the components. For the lungs, I created a mini book out of some free pages from an old Dover Publishing newsletter. It has 4 layers going a bit further into the chest each time. And to go with the lung book we did a hands-on-activity showing how the diaphragm and lung work together from here.

You have to scroll down a bit to find it under the heading of science. I was amazed how simple it was and really chuffed that it worked :0) Even the girl came and joined in with that bit ;0)
I also adapted the maths activity for him too. I used an idea from a months of the year lapbook and changed it a bit for the back of the lapbook. The idea is that he uses the list of the months to help him put the capital letters on the other list that has those missing. I'm going to cover it in sicky back plastic and then when he's ready for it, he can have a reusable writing activity. At the moment it's more about matching and letter recognition. I also used a rhyme from the above lapbook to help him remember the order of the months.

Other things we did was watch some highland dancing and had a go ourselves
and listen to some bagpipe music
and listen to the Burn's poem recommended in FIAR.
We also made shortbread and ate porridge and looked at Tartan.

In the meantime, Muffin's been doing maths evry day and some of her own stuff. She's got a little bit further with her Peter Pan project but she's mainly been learning how to use the sewing machine. She also FINALLY put together the lapbook of 'An Interview with my Grandfather' which was a freebie from Currclick absolutely AGES ago. It was a lovely project to do. I think my Dad thought I was a bit crazy asking him to take part in this, but in the end he really enjoyed it. He enjoyed reminiscing and I loved hearing lots of things I hadn't known before about his childhood and our family :0) She's now working on photoshopping photos to finish it off.

We're all still loving our bookgroup book - "Little House in the Big Woods" and she's asked to do the lapbook on it too :0) Let's see how it goes.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Well, we've been busy these last couple of weeks. We went camping to Filey with a few other HE families which was lovely. We visited Filey Museum with it's fossil display, Victorian parlour, lifeboat section and garden. There was also a room with a scullery and an old till which still worked. There was lots of hands-on things to play with, so my darling daughter was happy for ages.

The Doll's House was a favourite :0)

The next day we went to the Lifeboat Station, finished our tour, and watched the lifeboat go out on call! Therewas plenty of playing in both sun and rain.
We had a science day at our local Home Ed group, I took an activity on magnetism (iron filings are so much fun :0D) The kids really engaged with the ativities which has shown me that we need to concentrate a little more on science - especiall for Panda who is making massive headway into electric circuits with his Electromag kit. He loves it and constantl;y amazes me with it :0)
Other than that, we've been to the Lakes to a wedding and visited Castlerigg Stone Circle while we were there to tie in with our Stone Age stuff. The kids had their end of year choir concert which was lovely. Muffin (she chose her own alias for the blog!) was in her first drama group performance. She was FAB!!!!! (yes, i know I'm biassed but it's TRUE!!) She enjoyed it so much and was so not nervous about it all. She spoke clearly and didn't giggle once :0) Proud mother moment lol :0)
I thought it would get calmer when the school hols started, but we HE all year round and many of our things continue. We still do gym, story circle, french group, book group, swimming and add to that all the museum holiday activities, bookworm Wednesday free cinema, holiday drama workshops, camping trips...and of course, catching up with friends and relatives whose children are usually in school. We're just as busy as ever.
I made some alphabet lacing cards for the Blast at HSS. I didn't win (not surprised when I've seen what other people have done) but I'm still really excited to see my stuff on therelol :0D
Next job now is to go and try and find out what's wrong with my sewing machine. Muffin wants to make a rag doll but I seem to be cursed at the minute on the sewing machine front :0( I dug out a child's hand winder machine that does cahain stitch, all works weel but the stitches come out. So, out comes the old hand winder Singer,....I got it all set up last night, working perfectly and then jams up! So, ok, let's get the electrric one out and teach her how to use that. We threaded it up, filled the bobbin, ran 2 peices of material through for her to practice on....and there are NO stitches!!!!!! Weirder still, the thread is ini the cloth but it's somehow unthreaded itself from the needle!!!! I just can't work it out :0( Anyway, it's bedtime now, so I'll attempt it again after that.