Friday, August 29

Victorians

I've mentioned the Victorians a few times, little facts that popped into my mind during our days. Such as how strict the schooling was and such. For no reason other than they were pieces of interesting information I knew that related to what we were doing or talking about at the time.

The last time I mentioned them, she picked up on it more and asked to learn about these Victorians.

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History is not something I had planned to start for a little while. Partly due to her age and partly that I thought Science would be next in line as she is so interested in that. But as all our learning stems from interest, then I can't let it go.

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So last Thursday we started with a book that was part of a History of Britain collection I had snapped up and was keeping aside until later.



Of course, children relate to other children, so discovering what life was like for Victorian children is fascinating to her. Both the poor children working in mines or up chimneys, as well as the wealthier ones with governesses.

We read through parts of the book together and she has picked it up several times to read on her own.
Friday we listened to radio drama clips of Victorian children - the wealthy Emily and a trapper boy.

The most amusing outcome of this learning is that she, my wild unschoolish child, has asked for Victorian Lessons. Well, mostly as play, but she has done writing exercises. The pages of her workbooks that I normally skip! Too funny.

We enjoyed, The Worst Jobs In History: Victorians
(not specifically for children, so parental guidance)
This BBC site has lots of wonderful bite-sized information, including a section all about children of the era.

We've covered children in work and at school. Would be fun to take a look at play and toys next, perhaps create some paper dolls.

Saturday, August 23

self-awareness

Forgot to post this one earlier...

Couple of weeks back she has come up with some big questions and statements. They don't come from any external source as far as I know and as far as she remembers.

Paraphrasing these...
'I suddenly realised that I am me'.
'Why am I on the planet?'
'Why was I created instead of something else?'


This is a stage that comes more around the 7th year, but can start earlier. She is now 6 years almost 4 months. Although the last question is a little unusual.

Me: "Why do you think you're on the planet?"
Miss6: "I don't know, that's the big question."

Saturday, August 2

Community

Still part of the broader Environment theme, we headed into Community this week. So after talking about what the words, community, neighbourhood, town, mean and are used, we looked at two main parts. Urban, suburban, rural, city living, and then at community helpers and helping.


Sesame street has a nice list of 'people in your neighbourhood' clips.

Reading through A Child's Introduction to the Environment, which has nicely covered weather and community, among other things.


She's worked through drawing, writing, singing, poetry, and discussion, using some of the pages from Me and My Community free printable.

Her page on, 'when I grow up I want to be...', is a shark tamer.

After the community work and chat, she had the idea to create her own (fantasy) community. She thought about a rural, cat, or a mermaid community, and is busy now with the mermaid one, ah.... it turns out she's creating a rural mermaid community.

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On the ongoing topic of Japan, she asked about using chopsticks so we watched a couple of videos and practised together.

She's also been busy the past week with a Moshi magazine including creating her own moshi that apparently loves sitting on your head.

The national reading challenge held by libraries has started. If there is one child that doesn't need reading encouragement is Miss 6, but; it's fun to obtain the stickers as you progress, the library hold activity days (we went last week to one where she created mythical collage creatures), and at the end there is a big party and medal.

Wednesday, July 16

Mama's Day

Very late at night, cuddling in bed with Miss6...

"I'm going to make a Mama's Day for you."
"Oh?, Why?"
"I think you should have a day all for you to show my appreciation for everything you do for me."

gasp, what a child.

Next day, we both have forgotten.

This morning she remembered... and so I was sent to the bedroom with a book, as she created; an arrow to lead the way, two flag's stating Mama's Day that were stuck erect into the sofas.

Yes, of course I cried.


First a play picnic. Then we had a treasure hunt that included a trick route.


I also recorded part of a Mama Appreciation song she sang for me.

So who needs a national Mother's Day? July 15th from now on will be Mama's Day.

heart runneth over....

Tuesday, July 15

weather and mermaids

A catch-up post...

Last week we looked at precipitation, the four main types, and the whole cycle. A couple of weather books from the library as well as a few water cycle interactives online.

Looking at snowflakes led to symmetry and she learnt all about it. Her favourite was using a mirror and half capital lettrs to form the whole letter. Like magic! Like all our learning, we take it into daily life and we both point out when we find symmetry, or, as she discovered through experience, asymmetry.

We re-read Snowflake Bentley (a home educated child to boot).


Watched, the magic school bus "Kicks Up a Storm".
worksheet
cloud poem

She sat there one day giving me tornado facts. We don't have these in England so she was fascinated when I told her about friends in America and their experiences, including how they have bunkers for safety.

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She has also become more interested in mermaids. I'm supposing connected to her marine life interest. I cut an old pair of jeans up, giving her one leg to wear over her legs as her tail.


Her drawing motivation continues and here you see a mermaid holding a mermaid drawing. (that's her mini trampoline that sits in our living ready ever-ready for her bouncing needs)

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Yesterday she picked up her herb book again so I offered to print out another instalment of her Herbal Roots Zine. She read a story about and did some activities on Chamomile.

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This morning she's involved in a drawing and making project. She's drawn a hamster and that gave her the idea to create the parts for a 3D one... she's busy at her desk as I type away......