Our Weekend

Our days are always full of fun and variety and this weekend has been no different. Here is a photographic summary of the highlights.

SATURDAY

Doing knitting with Mama. It required LOTS of concentration. 

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Facepainting (badly by me) and roleplay. 

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Making a jigsaw. 

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Making and eating a Mexican tea with our friends Stacey and Lyall. We are making and trying food from different parts of the world this week and tonight it was Mexico.

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Posing for Lyall’s camera

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SUNDAY

Learning to draw Rangoli patterns for Diwali next week. We will work on understanding the colour symmetry next with Beanster. Moo turned hers into an abstract art piece.

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Moo drew a picture of her family.

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Harvesting, weeding, flying an improvised carrier bag kite and making a bench at the allotment. Beanster was very proud of the seat she made.

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Having rides in the wheelbarrow.

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Observing a mouse which Moo found. 

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Looking at and discussing the results of our bread mould experiment from HE club. In this experiment you had to touch bread slices  with unwashed hands then washed hands and ziplock bag the pieces of bread. After a few days we were to look for mould growth :

Moo’s piece of bread touched AFTER she washed  her hands. 

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Moo’s piece of bread BEFORE she washed her hands.

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Beanster’s piece of bread BEFORE she washed her hands. She forgot to do a clean hand version.  She said, ‘Hmmmm I think my hands are maybe the germiest.’ Yeah I think she could be right.

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Helping prepare the dinner. Tonights food from around the world was an English roast dinner using allotment veg. 

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Doing some of our Okido Arts and Science magazine. 

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Talking about her work with Mama before bed.

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Tonight our bedtime stories were Mr Fussy, Gobbolino and an animal poetry book. Both girls were later spotted reading books in bed with their torches. 

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But do your children learn anything?

As a home educating parent, I am often asked if our girls learn anything. ‘How can they possibly learn if they don’t go to school?’ Well, our girls learn through life. They learn by exploring the world around them, interacting with people in our community and beyond, problem solving when they encounter difficulties and basically have a lot of fun whilst doing so. They have a thirst for knowledge. They are allowed the freedom to follow their interests, which are vast in number and varied and they are on the go from the minute they wake until the moon is high in the sky and smiling down on us. Here is just a taster of the things our girls have been doing  in our ‘school’ week broken down CfE style 😉 lol

Mathematics

Counted; looked for and read numbers to 100; addition within 10 on Maths Seeds; compared sizes of objects; made patterns; worked out how different shapes fit together on top of others; used money to buy items for the foodbank; simple measuring in Science experiments

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Languages

Listened to daily stories and discussed some of them; gone to storytime at Far From the Madding Crowd; Reading Eggs work; read simple signs together; read instructions together; listened to and discussed Wow in the World podcasts; written our names; made fuzzy felt and drawn pictures and told stories using them; learned to ask questions using Google assistant; 

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Social Studies

Visited Callander House and learned about the Romans, the Antonine Wall, life in the Central belt at different periods of time; discussed coal mining and the structure of coal at different stages in it’s development; talked about the weather and extreme weather (and made a tornado); talked about volcanoes whilst playing on a model one

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Sciences

These photos summarise some of the fun we have had with Science this week.

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We also have a mould experiment set up in the kitchen and are in the middle of making bouncing eggs. 

Technologies 

Some wee models from this week.

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Health and wellbeing

Danced; climbed; ran; gymnastics; rolled down hills; swung; walked for MILES; thrown frisbees; jumped and tomorrow we are swimming. Oh and we baked and made soup.

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Religious and moral education

Bought food for the food bank; discussed homelessness and started to learn about Diwali. 

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Expressive Arts

We have drawn; painted; listened to different styles of music; listened to music from different eras; played the piano and role played (with each other and with friends).

YEAH i think it is safe to say OUR GIRLS ARE LEARNING.

Catching up again! (Mostly in pictures)

We’ve been to Center Parcs with grandma, grandad, cousin H, uncle G and auntie J and had an amazing time

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Beanster went horse riding 

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There was playing in the park

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Moo did Mini trek & scored a squirrel

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Beanster did science with cousin H

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Beanster got more confident on her bike 

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And Moo basically taught herself to swim by being totally kamikaze in the water!
The girls and I went to the zoo for my birthday then we went out for Wagamama with grandma & grandad. 

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Moo and I had a day in the children’s ward as she had a viral chest infection. She’s now on the mend. Beanster did art to take her mind off worrying about her sister

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Mummy & the girls had a day in the house to let Moo recover a bit. 

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The girls and I went to Little World of Play with a few home friends. 

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And Beanster finally did her birthday thank you letters whilst Moo said she was writing “m” and thank you. Beanster is sitting at her great great grandpa’s desk and Moo is wearing sparkly shoes and no trousers!

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Helix fun

Today was mostly spent at the park at the Helix with home ed friends. We did some house jobs first thing; I did the laundry and made sauce for tea and Beanster emptied the dishwasher. 

At the park the girls did lots of climbing and running around. I have no idea what Beanster was up to most of the time but after many weeks of trying she has finally discovered she can actually fly!

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Moo braved the rope bridge although she needed help up and down as she can’t manage the ladders yet. 

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I annoyed a woman at the park who insisted on helping Beanster when she was climbing. Why do people do that?! She wasn’t in danger and as she doesn’t talk to people she doesn’t know won’t have asked for help unless the woman asked her if she was stuck. Anyway, when I saw her interfering, I went over and asked Beanster if she was ok, reminded her she was good at climbing and told her to ask if she needed help. The woman looked most put out that I didn’t thank her for interfering with what my child could work out by herself or would have shouted for help if she’d really needed it. What is with some folk?!

After some very complicated games that involved climbing up the big tube slide in bare feet & playing on the big swing;(Photos courtesy of my friend E)

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the kids decided to play in the water fountains. It was a grey September day in Scotland but kids don’t care. They had a ball then got into dry clothes before we headed off to ballet. 

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Beanster’s 5th Birthday Celebrations

We’ve been so busy getting ready for and celebrating Beanster’s birthday that we haven’t managed blogging this week!

Thursday was the big day and a certain someone sneaked in early for birthday snuggles in our bed. 

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After that there was present opening

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and breakfast before heading out for our annual trip to the safari park which is Beanster’s choice for her birthday trip every year! 

We drove round the animals with Beanster on my knee helping to drive and Moo enjoying the novelty of sitting in the front on mummy’s knee.

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We went on some rides and then to the big play park. Every year I take a photo of Beanster scaling the huge scramble net. It’s amazing to see how much faster she gets up there each year. Moo wasn’t too be left out so she headed up too!

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We saw the sea lion talk, visited the giraffes and the lemurs and had a trip on a pedal boat too.

After the safari park it was back home for pizza, presents and cake baked by Grandad. 

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Beanster loves a birthday cake but hates people singing the happy birthday song so everyone was once again on strict instructions not to. We think it’s because she doesn’t like having too stand there with everyone looking at her while they sing.

Saturday was a superhero party as requested by Beanster. There was pass the parcel, pinata and more cake, (& no singing). 

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The girls now have this mounted on the side of their wardrobe!

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We can’t believe this wee tiny person who arrived 6 weeks early;

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has grown up into our clever, funny, awesome 5 year old.  Here she is at 12.52 exactly the moment she turned 5.

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Happy Birthday Beanster!

Friendships and knitting

We woke up later than usual this morning and had a leisurely breakfast whilst chatting about, amongst other things, the yellow bin lorry, why we need water and computer games. We then watched some Mr Men, played the ukelele, did some abstract art….

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…and Beanster did some money work. We practised naming coins and talked about how the coins were all worth different amounts. We then put coins in order of value.

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Moo is fascinated with her ‘pennies’ at the moment and she spent time emptying her piggy bank and not letting anyone near the piles of pennies she made in case we pinched them.

After reading some Mr Men stories together we finally got dressed, made our lunch and took it with us to home ed club. The Queensferry Crossing bridge had reopened after it’s official opening so as we travelled over we discussed our experience of walking over it.  Beanster was surprised to see the wind barriers still up. It turns out that she hadn’t realised they were part of the design and thought they had been put up just for the walking weekend to protect us! 

Once we arrived at club the heavens opened so Moo decided to have a good old splash about in the puddles.

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 Beanster meanwhile had already gone in and started building lego models and a wooden fortress with her friends. 

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Today’s theme was ‘Minecraft’ so there was plenty of minecraft related activities going on along with hama beads, construction and the usual outdoor imaginative games. Beanster and Moo stayed mainly indoors today (not like them) and had a fabulous few hours.

Moo built trains and towers with her friend F…..

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….and I showed her how to link some of the construction bits together.

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Beanster made a hama bead heart (I finished off a bit of the right hand side when her attention drifted) and she had a lovely chat with one of her mummy pals. Beanster focused really well to the hama beads, which were smaller than she is used to and she persevered with the activity for about 30 minutes before moving onto something else. Well done Beanster.

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After we got home Beanster asked to do some knitting and knitted a whole row independently! That is a whole row more than I have ever managed. She is making a scarf or blanket for her dolly Isobel. I think she could get into knitting. 

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Eid in the woods

Today we headed to Callendar woods to take part in the Eid in the woods event. This event was jointly organised by Al Masaar, a Falkirk based charity, and The Forestry Commission, to celebrate Eid Al-Adah in the great outdoors. This is the second Eid festival of the calendar year. 

Stacey and Lyall came with us but as Moo fell asleep in the car Mama stayed with her and the rest of us headed to start the celebration with a bit of Oak tree planting. Beanster did some obligatory tree climbing first!

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We learned how to work out how old a tree was by wrapping our arms around it. A tree you can hug all the way round with your fingertips touching is about 75 years old. We worked out that the tree below was about 225 years old.

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We collected our saplings and headed to an area with good sunlight to screef (removing vegetation) and then plant.

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We planted 10 oak trees in total. They should grow to about 5 ft after 5 years. We will check on their progress often. 

Next we headed to a stall to build some wood sculptures.
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Moo had woken up so she and Mama joined us by the Ka’aba to watch a fire juggler and eat pakora. We also had some soup made up largely of foraged food which was absolutely delicious. MP Martyn Day appeared to watch the fire juggler too. We also saw some HE friends.

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Beanster went off to climb some trees and gave a group of boys who were damaging one of them a right ticking off before heading off to the Forestry Commission stall to report them. 

We finished by watching the fire juggler again before heading back for an ice cream. We are desperately hanging on to Summer!

Stacey and Lyall kindly donated us Lyall’s marble run from her childhood so when we got home the girls had fun building and playing with it.

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And Moo helped cut the potatoes for tea.

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