# Month: June 2017

• ## Drawing Cutlery {Learning the Art Basics}

Lesson five was all about drawing cutlery. Â The actual purpose wasn’t that one needs to become a connoisseur at drawing a knife and fork; no, the real reason why learning to draw cutlery is so important is on account of its shiny surface. Â Shiny, reflective surfaces are notoriously difficult to capture accurately and the artist […]

• ## Archimedes {Mathematician Study}

The first mathematician study we covered was Archimedes. Archimedes was a well known mathematician and inventor, alive during 287-212 BC in Ancient Greece. Well known for the Archimedesâ€™ Principle and the Archimedesâ€™ Screw, he was most interested in catoptrics, mechanics and pure maths. Archimedes Resources First, we learnt all about Archimedes by first reading the […]

• ## Maths Investigations using Penrose, the Mathematical Cat: Investigating Polygons

I have written before about our change to a living maths approach using Life of Fred as our backbone, and I think I might have mentioned wanting to spend some of our time investigating a certain aspect of numbers in greater depth.  I have a few maths based books, but Penrose the cat is by […]

• ## Life of Fred: Apples {Living Maths}

Yesterday, I showed a friend what my eight and six year old were doing using their Life of Fred: Apples. Â I could see the incredulity in her eyes. Â ‘Your daughter is only just learning what 3 plus 4 is?’ Â I could hear her silent thoughts. Â And I doubted myself just a little. Â But I didn’t […]

• ## Seasons of Joy: When you just want to give yourself a kick up the backside….

I’ve not been around blogland at all for the past few weeks to post any sugary updates, due to my older ones sitting some of their IGCSEs. Â So here is a mammoth one đź™‚ After I had been sugar free for six weeks I felt that I was not addicted any more. Â In fact, I […]

• ## Graphite Still Life {Learning the Art Basics}

This lesson was a simple graphite still life. Â And honestly, I think if Lil had just done the still life that would have been okay. Â Thing is, she has me as a mother, and being art and all….well I can’t seem to help myself, I must tinker! Â This means what should have been an quick […]

• ## Whistlefritz: Spanish Educator’s Collection {Review}

My eight and five-year old just love learning languages and, whilst their knowledge is fairly basic so far, I am always on the look out for curriculum to feed this hunger. Â So imagine my delight at being chosen to review the Educator’s Spanish Collection by Whistlefritz!I was particularly excited because I was going to be […]

• ## Precious Moments

Well, we are getting there slowly. Â Next week heralds the last of the exams and it can’t come soon enough for me. Â The older children are working hard with Thomas doing one past paper each day and the girls doing at least two, sometimes more. Â Thomas has had more time in between his Chemistry Paper […]

• ## MarshMedia Health Education Curriculum {Review}

Today I would like to introduce you to MarshMedia a company that produces health education products mainly for use in schools but would like to reach out to the homeschool community. Â To this end, they have put together aÂ Homeschool SpecialÂ just for you! Who Are MarshMedia? In 2011 Dan Witcher and his wife Brenna purchased MarshMedia […]

• ## One Person Who Has Had a Strong Influence On Me {Lillie’s Response to her exam question}

This is another exam question from this morning’s mock exam. Â I needed to hear this more than I care to admit. Â Exams loom. Â And though it is my children who are taking them, there is a certain amount of pressure on me that they do well. Â Ultimately, exams are what society uses to measure a […]