ANGELICSCALLIWAGS

David Livingstone {1870-1880}

The children learnt all about David Livingstone, a Victorian doctor who traveled to Africa as a missionary.  We read the following book on his life and watched the Victorian Pharmacy, an excellent dvd on medicines available during the Victorian times: But most of our work was based on an extensive David Livingstone learning pack which I…

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Sherlock Holmes Museum {Victorian Unit Study}

Do you remember when the teens did their Around London in 8 Destinations?  One of their destinations was the Sherlock Holmes Museum.  I promised I would post the photos and up until now had completely forgotten!  As we are currently looking into the late 19th century, when these books were being created, I thought it…

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Grimm’s Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty

The second fairy tale we covered was Grimm’s Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty.  As I read the original out loud to the girls I reflected how simple the tales were, with very little detail to them at all.  I wondered how the Grimm brothers would have reacted to their short fairy tales being made into over…

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Edgar Degas {Impressionist}

For her project last term Lillie learnt all about the Impressionist painters.  She studied one artist for two weeks.  The latest has been Edgar Degas, which was very nearly a disaster!  But Lillie came up trumps and I think we both agreed that this was one of her best studies 🙂 Edgar Degas: General Resources…

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Charles Dickens {Victorian Unit}

This week our focus was on Charles Dickens and the Victorian poor.  Oh my, I had fun this week!  The children not so much, but I took huge delight in threatening to starve my children with a Poor Law diet....in fact, I 'made' them be poor Victorians for a day.  Yes, a day. The fuss…

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Victorian Working Class

I wanted the girls to experience the life of a Victorian Working Class.  This was a small social experiment the children and I carried out over one school day.  We will be doing something similar when we come to world wars and I thought it might be fun to have experienced the Poor Law Food…

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Laundry the Victorian Way

The girls tried their hand doing laundry the Victorian way.  Laundry was a hard, hard job which Victorian women did entirely by hand.  They did not have the luxury of a washing machine.  Nor did they have enzymatic laundry tablets.  Instead, they had a boil, soap or washing soda and fire. Laundry the Victorian way…

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Cinderella

I was very excited about this Grimm’s Fairy Tales - Cinderella unit!  I'd had so many ideas floating about in my head to one day making them into a unit study.  None had ever come to fruition.  Now, though, seemed the perfect time to resurrect them.  The older ones and I were studying the 19th century…

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert {1830-1840}

This post is a hodge podge of all things Victorian Related that we have studied over the past three months which don't fit in well with any of my other 19th century posts.  I have focussed much of our work on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: Resources Books     The…

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Who Owns the Sun {FIAR}

As part of our slavery mini unit, I thought I would take the little ones through two Five in a Row selections: Follow the Drinking Gourd and Who Owns the Sun?  For both we will be following the FIAR suggestions for study, but in addition to those I will be focusing our studies on one…

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Project Based Learning: A Very Victorian Christmas

Charlotte had the best time learning about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas and planning her very own Victorian Christmas.  She put hours and hours of research into this and it went swimmingly.  As Nik said, 'Who else could say that they went to a steam punk Victorian themed Christmas party?'  It was very cool and…

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‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Birthday Party for A8

Today we celebrated A's eighth birthday.  We had decided to throw an 'Around the World in 80 Days' birthday party (of course!).  The plan for the day was a Cheerio breakfast, opening presents with Granny in tow, pop to town to buy a watch with Grandad and Granny in Ireland's birthday money, and then spent…

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Victorian Steam Punk: Week Three

- I finally finished all the sewing of the costumes, so the photos you see here are their final ones.  Not a pin in sight!  We also added a few accessories, although that will be our main focus next week. Steam Punk Hat Bearing in mind we are trying to do this whole thing spending…

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Around the World in 80 Days: Week Three – Typhoons, Japan and Acrobatics

The last thing we covered during week three was Passepartoute's journey to Japan and his time spent there trying to earn food to feed himself.  He sailed straight to Yokohama from Hong Kong.  Fogg was not so fortunate.  He had to catch a much smaller boat to Shanghai (which coincidentally he missed!) sailing through a…

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Around London in 8 Destinations: Planning Session Two

As part of their summer challenge, the three older children would need to plan, prepare an itinerary for and execute a whole day in London by themselves.  They would be required to visit 8 Victorian land sites, taking their photo outside each one.  Their smaller challenges to be completed during the four weeks of summer…

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