This year so far… |Home ed diaries

I’m probably going to be posting monthly diaries of what we’ve been up to,  but first I thought I’d do a little recap of some of what we’ve done so far this year…

In January we went to a special Meccano day at Abbey Pumping station…

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We went to The Big Bang Fair last month at the NEC in Birmingham.  It was a huge STEM fair for children. We saw a show and got to as many of the stands as we could. The highlight was building and racing the salt water cars, and we got to bring some home to!

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The kids took part in their annual trampoline club display March. Azariah joined the club this year which she was so excited about! It was great to how much they’ve learnt this year.

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I’ve started using the Sonlight curriculum with the little ones. What drew me to this curriculum is the text books! Fun, interesting ‘real’ books are used as the student books.  We’ve started with the science curriculum and the main text for that is this Usborne Children’s Encyclopedia. The kids love it and spend ages reading the book alone! I still add to and expand the lesson plans,  but having a lesson plan already written saves on so much time!

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The first few topics we’ve done  are to do with the earth including the water cycle, seasons,  tornadoes and volcanoes.  We’ve done some STEM experiments (building earthquake proof buildings) and made a volcano! (I’ll be going into more detail about how we do  our weekly projects in future posts)

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Along with regular school work my eldest has been working on starting her own business. The Curly Girl aims to fill a gap, producing clothing and accessories for young black girls. This is the logo she designed.

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Its been a great opportunity for her to really get into drawing and using photoshop.

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She also entered the BBC 500 Words writing competition with this story that she wrote-

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