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.

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Once in a lifetime experience

Over the last few years a new bridge (the Queensferry Crossing) has been getting built alongside the Forth Road Bridge and the Rail Bridge. This is due to the volume of traffic putting too much pressure on the road bridge. It will now become a bus, cycle and pedestrian bridge only and all other traffic will cross via the Queensferry Crossing. For this weekend only a lucky 50,000 people were selected via a ballot to walk across it as the new bridge does not have a pedestrian walkway on it. We were not originally selected but were on a redraw for the places that had not been confirmed after the initial ballot. The Queensferry Crossing is stunning architecturally so we were looking forward to our walk. 

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We were collected by bus and driven to the bridge walk starting point,wearing our official ID.

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Right from the start the girls were excited.

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They ran, chased each other, bounced, jumped and sang the entire way across.

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We stopped along the way to look at interesting bits and to take a peek between the wind barriers at the boats and the other bridges.

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We took obligatory selfies….

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…and Moo had a sit down protest!

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At the end Moo needed a shoulder ride but she had just walked 1.7 miles or rather 5 by the time you factor in the running round in circles!

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All in all it was great being part of this historic moment and one i hope the girls will cherish.

In case you are someone not lucky enough to get a walk across I took a very short video to give you an idea of what the experience was like.

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Trip to Falkland Palace…..twice.

We decided on Wed to take Granny a wee trip to Falkland Palace in Fife. It is such a beautiful palace set in the most wonderful grounds. We spent a happy 4 hours or so there investigating and learning. We didn’t realise at the time we would end up there twice in one week. During our first visit we lost Beanster’s favourite hoodie and despite kindly searching for it the staff couldn’t find it. We headed back the next day to look for it ourselves since we knew roughly the journey we had taken around the grounds and thankfully we found it. Beanster was relieved. Here are some photos of our 2 days. Unfortunately you can’t take photos inside the palace but the grounds are beautiful so there are plenty of outdoor photo opportunities.

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Day 1

Sisterly love. After looking inside the palace and seeing how people used to live when it was once occupied by kings and Queens we ventured out into the grounds to explore. 

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Getting exercise running. Our girls love running and today they did it hand in hand.

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Inside the glasshouse. Granny taught the girls the names of some plants. We also looked at the mechanism for opening the glasshouse roof.

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Watching the waterfall. Moo was fascinated with it.

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We played some games from the past and some newer games in the Orchard. Beanster used her technology skills to build an aeroplane model with the construction bits. We also discovered a small dog graveyard which Beanster and I talked about.

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We read some animal track information signs and then discovered a wasp nest.

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We found a wee bothy (where the hoodie was later recovered from) and the girls made a pretend meal for Granny and I. They included pretend spinach, kale, noodles and  rice in their offerings. We also found evidence that rodents had eaten in the bothy.

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We had a look for animals and plants we could identify in the wee ponds. Moo and I also had a chat about Pondskaters which there were in abundance.

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We had a look at the real tennis court, the only one in use in Scotland….

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…and we watched a mother swallow/swift feed her young. We couldn’t see the tail properly to identify the bird. You need to wait to the end of the video to see the mum come in.

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Day 2

After finding the hoodie and having another quick play with the outdoor toys we found a traditional ice cream cart….

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….and had some ice cream

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I then spoke to the girls about the types of houses found in Falkland, why the doors are smaller than nowadays and why there are letters and numbers over the door.

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We had a quick walk around Falkland before heading home. Granny and Beanster had a look in one of the antique shops.

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It is a lovely wee town and we will definitely be back again. Next time we will explore the town more and look at all the different houses and their features. Watch this space. 

Summer Reading Challenge

Moo started a Lightning McQueen jigsaw this morning but she started to get into difficulties so Beanster came along to give a helping hand. They were very pleased with themselves when it was completed.

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We all headed out to the Library after breakfast so Beanster could get new books to complete her Summer Reading Challenge. She chose to go wearing odd shoes.

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She has now read 5 of the 6 books needed. She can’t read independently yet, but listening to lengthy stories or short novels and discussing them counts towards the challenge when you can’t yet read. Today she earned some stickers and a wristband for getting to book number 5 when she handed her record over for checking.

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Moo took a seat out for herself and looked at some books.

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Afterwards Beanster and Mama listened to some music being played by the Reed Band whilst Moo and I went to the local bakers to buy us all some lunch.

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On the way back Moo admired some hanging decorations and had a go on the swings.

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A bit of food perked the girls up enough to do some urban gymnastics.

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Listening to the Reed Band and also to  Mama playing the piano inspired Beanster to play her own music in the afternoon.

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In the evening the girls were full of nonsense, running around everywhere and playing all of the games. Beanster took herself back to the 80’s and wanted filmed jogging to help people to get fit.

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Tomorrow we are heading out camping so the rest of the evening was spent tetris packing. It was pitch black by the time we have finished.

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Wonder what wonders await us on the campsite?

Swimming and Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway Museum

Today Moo went swimming with Mama.

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She was feeling confident and went down lots of chutes and did jumping in. The wave machine made her laugh a lot, even when the waves went right over her head. She has started to learn how to kick her legs and is happy putting her head right under the water. Clever girl.

Beanster and I headed to Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway Museum.

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We had fun changing the points and signals.

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We built and played with the train track and trains (and an earwig unfortunately lost it’s life in the process).

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We built our own digger train and train track.

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We enjoyed looking inside some of the old trains.

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Our favourite is always the night mail train. Beanster loves to sort the mail and we discussed what problems we thought the staff would find as they worked whilst the train was moving. We learned that if a piece of mail was filed into the wrong place it took a further 24 hours to reach the correct destination.

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We talked about the following tanks and goods trucks. Beanster did not want to be a worker on the train pulling the Nitric Acid tank.

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Beanster compared her height to the height of different wheels.

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And we enjoyed reading these signs. 

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Beanster had a go at pulling the point and signal levers.

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And just like her sister she enjoys a good old walk along a wall.

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Before we left we visited the model railway.

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And looked at one of the trains that was being fixed.

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After lunch both girls had a further go at their Roman Dig and unearthed a tablet and some coins.

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The rest of the day was full of pretend play, a shopping trip and tidying up. What will we be up to tomorrow?

Trip to the bookshop and Georgian baking

It was a VERY WET day today so we took a trip to our beloved independent book shop ‘Far From the Madding Crowd‘ to hear some stories and see BB the rabbit. BB joins in with the stories and loves a cuddle. We had a wee bag of kale for him as we have a dedicated BB patch on our allotment. 

A bit of the lovely reading nook where you can hear stories on a Saturday.

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Giving BB a cuddle.

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On our way back home we stopped to look at some classic cars. We compared this old Mini to it’s modern equivalent which we saw in the car park.

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Moo painted in the afternoon.

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Beanster asked to do some Maths Seeds and Reading Eggs.

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Later on Moo and I did some shopping and she loaded the conveyor belt for me.

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The girls enjoyed sticking Lightning Mc Queen stickers into their Cars collection book. Beanster is very good now at finding the correct box to stick her stickers on and has been practising reading and saying the numbers.

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We also baked, following the Georgian recipe for Indian Gingerbread which we saw at Callendar House. The girls particularly enjoyed using our metal weights and scales to measure out the ingredients. They packed quite a punch and both girls declared them yummy but a bit spicy too. ‘Less ginger next time mummy’ apparently.

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Back to the 80s 

Today, learning more History.

 We headed out to Summerlee Industrial Museum with some home ed friends.

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 This Museum is absolutely wonderful. It is full of old industrial equipment, machinery and other artefacts from days gone by. There are houses set up as they would be from different decades, an old tram to ride on and a mine you can take a tour down. We specifically went to see the ‘back to the 80s’ exhibition which was set up by our friend Mark Nixon. Not surprisingly the exhibition was great and took me right back to my childhood. Beanster enjoyed dressing up with her friends in 80s clothing and as TV characters. 

This old dentist chair Beanster found fascinating.

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Back to the 80s

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The 1980’s house.

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The 1960’s house.

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The 1940’s house.

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The wash house.

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The old sweet shop.

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In the 1840s house one of the museum staff spoke to the kids about what life was like. They used some kitchen equipment and learned how people used to wash. Nobody liked the smell of the soap!

We all loved the tram, especially wee F, who was with us.

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Beanster had brought her Barbie doll along wearing a 1980s wedding dress which once belonged to my Sindy doll.

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The kids played for well over an hour in the gardens behind the houses. An intricate game of foxes was developed between Beanster, P, A and A and other museum visitors were astounded at the level of imagination they were demonstrating. It was just a typical level of imagination from our weans. Moo and F enjoyed watching the trams, climbing around the water fountain and having cuddles. 

Later on Moo had fun watching out the tram window and kept her eye on the driver.

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Then she finished off our trip driving a train.

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I had promised Beanster we would meet up with her other friend H at the allotment so after Summerlee that is where we went. We met Mama there who took a sleeping Moo home whilst Beanster played pretend camping and made potions with H and I did a bit of work. Veggies are starting to grow. Beanster and H practised their negotiating skills…..loudly!

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And of course a trip to the allotment is not complete without some wood chip climbing.

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Life is fun for Beanster and Moo.