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Around the World with FIAR: Asia Unit Study

Around the World with FIAR: Barbar {India and Monsoons} Around the World with FIAR: Grass Sandals {Japan and its Volcanoes} Around the World with FIAR: Grandfather’s Journey {Japan and its Tsunamis} Around the World with FIAR: A Story about Ping {China, Wetlands and Typhoons} Around the World with FIAR: A Pair of Red Clogs {China and the Giant Panda} Around…

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Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer {Review}

You all know my daughter, Charlotte, loves to read.  It was natural, therefore, to ask her to write this review after she had finished Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer from Peggy Consolver - Author.  So without further ado I will hand you over to Charlotte. I was in want of a good book to get…

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Grandfather’s Journey {Japan and its Tsunamis}

Grandfather's Journey is a tale about a young man who leaves Japan, sailing across the Pacific Ocean on a steamship.  He is a man who wishes to explore, and he does so, wandering across deserts, farmlands and the cities of North America.  He finds that he misses Japan whilst in America and yet misses America…

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Babar and India {FIAR}

So far in my 'Around the World with FIAR' series we have covered the Polar Regions and South America.  For the next few weeks I will be teaching the little ones all about the continent of Asia.  I have, as usual, used a lot of leyway as to where I am placing each of the…

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How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the World

How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the World is a perfect introduction to the continents of the world, which is what A, B and I hope to finish by September.  This was a quick study to familiarise the girls with the way the world is laid out, giving some of its history and…

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Around the World with FIAR: Salamander Room

FIAR Work The Salamander Room is a delightful book about a young boy imagining all he would need to do to his bedroom to make it habitable for the salamander he found in the forest. Once I had read out this book for a few days I had A8 narrate the story back to me…

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Around the World with FIAR: Henry the Castaway

Geographical Theme for Term: South America We read through this book again: Henry the Castaway is a story about a boy who imagines going for an adventure on the Orinoco River.  This river runs through Venezuela and Colombia: As we had already covered Columbia in a past study, we focused primarily on Venezuela this week.…

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Review of Essential Skills Advantage

Over the past few weeks, A7 and B5 have had the pleasure of using the Complete Home Learning Suite from Essential Skills Advantage.  A supplementary curriculum for elementary children, Essential Skills Advantage offers over 14,000 online lessons.  Each lesson is carefully crafted to build the child's skill in that area. The Complete Learning Suite offers lessons in five…

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South America: Cookie Map

I use the same cookie dough recipe every time I make a cookie map or gingerbread house.  It makes a very hard, solid biscuit which can be rolled very thin and still remain in tact after baking.  It tastes good as well! Dough for Map Making Gather: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup caster sugar…

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South America Unit Study: Summer Adventure Box

I have already outlined my plans for my youngest two for this summer, and you will know that I am having a lot of help from my mum, Sarah and Lorna (Aren't I blessed?).  This Summer Adventure Box needed to be extra special for just that reason.  There will be more people than just me…

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South America – Learning through Literature

  Whilst the older ones are studying all things Shakespeare, the littles will be focusing their time on South America.  The unit study will be two pronged using both literature and project based learning.  This post will be about our literature based learning and tomorrow I will post about the projects they will be attempting.…

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Arctic Circle Unit Study

Due to some pathological need I have to complete a subject before I feel I can fully move on to the next one, you may have noticed I have been posting madly all week about the Arctic unit we have been doing.  I had been trying to school plan the littles' summer but was completely…

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Around the World with FIAR: Katy and the Snow Plough

Katy is a tractor who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter.  One winter the snow is particularly bad and only Katy is strong and resilient enough to clear the snow and make it possible for the townspeople to do their jobs. Geographical Theme for the Term Katy is working…

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Renaissance: Tudor Explorers Unit Study

Week 1 - Introduction and Resources Week 2 - Making a Paper Mache Map Week 3 - The Urge to Explore Week 4 - Preparing for the Journey Week 5 - Ships and Sea Monsters Week 6 - Navigation part 1 - How to make a Chip Log to calculate Speed Week 7 - Navigation…

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Around the World with FIAR: Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening is a poem by one of my very favourite poets, Robert Frost.  This a simple poem which Frost claims he wrote in just one night.  Simple it maybe, but it has a class that spans the ages.  As it is short I have included it here: Whose…

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