All choked up

Beanster has been all choked up and running a temperature the last few days so has not been able to do much. Mama became doctor to the ailing one whilst I took Moo out and about on Saturday.

We always love a trip to Hopetoun Garden Centre. It is not a garden centre to a young child. It is a place where you can observe and listen to wildlife, see works of art, run about, hide amongst the trees and nooks and crannies and you may just encounter a fairy or two.

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Afterwards we went shopping to get Beanster a present to cheer her up. Moo chose well.

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We paid a wee visit to Granny and Grandpa before coming home to check on how our Spring flowers were doing now that the snow has gone.

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A wee delivery had come which will help the girls with their reading, but at the moment Moo enjoyed pulling the pups apart and combining different colours.

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We also enjoyed playing a couple of games and making up stories with these story cards.

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Beanster was feeling up to starting her minecraft lego.

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Later the girls and Mama had an early night as all were now feeling the effects of the cold so i took part in Earth Hour and tidied by candlelight.

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The candles had been made by the girls during our last powercut so i decided to make a few more to replace them.

Hopefully everyone will be back to full health soon as neither girl enjoys sitting for long and they are already bored of the bugs.

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Knitting and shapes

Beanster has been going to a knitting club with a group of other home educated children and she has been loving it. She enjoys chatting to the others as she knits, mostly about Minecraft, but with a bit of help she has managed to create this fabulous jumper for her Isobel doll as she natters. She brought it home for Isobel on Wednesday and she looks very smart in it.

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Moo has done her own creating. She has enjoyed making pictures from shapes. She loves the set we have where you have to nail the wooden pieces in place using a hammer. She made the ship we visited recently at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

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She also got the mosaic box out and tried to follow the picture instructions to make the snail. We then worked together to make flowers with our pinboard sets. Lovely and colourful. Spring is finally here in our house, hooray.

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Harry Potter and STEM club

One of the great things about Home Ed is the freedom to sit in your pyjamas, eating your breakfast, as you have your favourite books read to you and on Monday that is just what we did. Moo chose a book about Amelia Earhart written for children and Beanster wanted more of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets read. She is currently loving acting out her favourite bits of the book which usually feature herself as Hermione Granger. We love looking at the pictures in the illustrated hardbacks. Beanster has been particularly excited about getting to the one below and learning all about the diary of Tom Riddle.

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After some more of the novel Beanster did some of her own reading practise using the Teach your Monster to Read app whilst Moo had her Amelia Earhart book. Later there were some mysterious Hogwarts riddles and potion recipes made…

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before we headed out to STEM club (dressed up in witch costume in Beanster’s case!). Today we were learning about acids and alkalis, testing the ph of different types of water and how to record our results.

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After club the girls like to go into the garden with their friends to play and to explore. They let their imaginations go wild as they invent intricate games, learn to share, to take turns and resolve arguments. Moo set up her own little house whilst Beanster played witches and wizards with the boys.

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Before swimming lesson we looked for signs of Spring at Granny and Grandpa’s.

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Afterwards Beanster was very excited to get home and show Mama her latest findings in Minecraft. I am clueless on all things Minecraft so it all goes over my head!

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Theme parks, playgrounds and yet more snow!

Well, we thought the snow was gone, but alas we were wrong. This weekend it returned again!

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We mostly kept warm indoors and it didn’t matter because this had arrived through our door on Friday.

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The morning had been spent with the girls building a theme park from Duplo so when the playground engineering set arrived we decided to continue the fun.

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The playground kit is trickier than it looks and needed Moo, Beanster and I to all work together following the instructions to make some of the models.

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Today (Sunday) we decided it was time to give the carpets a deep clean (wash).

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As Mama and I did this the girls got musical.

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Moo got out the fuzzy felt and made her own story picture.

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We finished our weekend with a nice roast dinner and got all the furniture back in place. Even the fairyland windowsill got a wee tidy up.

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Our week in summary

We have had a lot of fun over the last week with lots of learning opportunities. Here are the highlights.

Ceramic painting in South Queensferry. The girls painted a plate, coaster, caterpillar and fairy. The plate and coaster were a gift for Mama.

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Chalk and charcoal drawing. We have drawn with chalk before but this was our first time trying charcoal. Think it is fair to say it was not a hit with either girl.

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Some construction activities. Duplo is always a hit and this week the girls made a fairground. We have ordered a STEM playground challenge kit so we are looking forward to that arriving and having fun with it. We played with more Duplo at friend H’s house. Beanster made a bathroom and Moo a train and livingroom with a dungeon!

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Science is always a big hit. At HE club the girls showed their friends how to do paper chromatography and we did experiments to try and float grapes. We discovered we could float grapes if we saturated the water with salt. Of course other things were later added to make a potion!

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We also looked at surface tension this week. We worked out how to float a standing bug made from card then how to make it float for longer. Adding goose fat under the feet made them waterproof so our bug stayed afloat for longer. We also did an experiment using milk, washing up liquid and food colouring. The food colouring made a thin surface covering on top of the water which we then broke the surface tension of by using washing up liquid on a cotton bud.

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Beanster had her latest HE artbook arrive which she needed to put an entry in before sending it off to the next child. This week’s theme was Space so we got busy with paint, glitter, pencils and stickers. We think next week Beanster will get her own artbook back full of pictures made by the other children in her group. Exciting. Moo got involved too and made her own wee space picture. Later we went outside and carried on the fun outdoors.

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Minecraft, minecraft, minecraft. Beanster LOVES minecraft. She now knows more about it than me, but to be fair, that wouldn’t be hard!

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This morning Moo set our calendar. The weather dial seems to be forever set at either cloudy or snow. Oh how we want it to go to sunny…..

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A bit of bouncing does you good

Beanster had a rocky morning with her emotions and learning to deal with them is hard. After letting off a bit of steam with her sister on some instruments (she created her own drum kit) 

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we headed over to Fife to the Forth Hedgehog Hospital and handed in some cat food to help feed the hedgehogs in their care.

We then met our HE friends for some trampolining fun. What better way to get rid of the grumps than by bouncing. The girls have not been to a trampoline park before and when they saw it they couldn’t wait to get on.

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Of course before you do you need to try and link feet with all your friends in the special socks.

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Do a conga 

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and listen to the safety briefing.

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After that was done the girls headed onto the trapolines and bounced non stop for an hour. Tired girls tonight.

Advent fayre, torchlight procession and Frozen all round

Every year our town holds an advent fayre and torchlight procession on the last Saturday in November and the Christmas lights are officially switched on. This year was a pretty cold affair so we needed to wrap up warm before we headed out. Here are the highlights: 

Beanster and Moo wanted to visit Mrs Claus so Beanster wrote a thank you note to give to her because Mrs Claus always gives a present. 

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We looked at the window displays before looking at the stalls.  

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The girls had a go on the rides.  Moo has not previously been a fan but she enjoyed herself today. 

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We had a break for lunch and Beanster looked at clothing patterns in one of our shops.

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Later we headed out to the torchlight procession. The procession goes up and down the High Street then stops at the Cross for speeches, carol singing and the Christmas tree lights are switched on. 

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On Sunday we headed out to the cinema to see the new Frozen film with cousin H and uncle G. The girls dressed for the occasion.

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We enjoyed the film and also building the Olaf Lego set we were given as a free gift. Beanster did well following the instructions, mostly managing it herself.

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Other activities this weekend included an ice cube melting experiment  (to be finished tomorrow), painting and sticking.

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