Programming is one of those subjects the kids love when we do it, we always claim we are going to do more of it, but it inevitably gets pushed to one side. So after coming across Turning Tumble, an introduction to programming with ball bearings and switches, it seemed a good opportunity to revisit the topic.
Sunday 27 June 2021
As the nice weather continued (and schoolkids had returned to school!) we decided on a project that would get us out and about more: Farms.
We started by learning about the different sorts of farms, and the sorts of activities that go on at a farm, such as shearing sheep and milking cows. The highlights of the week, however, were the trips to two different farms.
First they went to a local pick your own farm, Hill Farm, and brought home plenty of fresh strawberries after exhausting themselves in the onsite play area.
Not all parts of the farm were open at the time, due to lingering covid restrictions, but we'll definitely be returning in the future.
Next project: Turing Tumble and programming
As we hadn't had an art project for about four months (see Project 170: Vincent Van Gogh), it seemed a good time for another one. Cubism was chosen as there was so much that could be done with it, although the hot weather meant that much of the week was spent in the paddling pool.
The week started with the usual reading around the subject.
This was followed by a number of cubist artworks (including one with the help of a Twinkl colouring sheet):
Next project: Farms
Monday 21 June 2021
It was Monica's pick for home education this week, and she picked ice-cream, helping us to demonstrate that virtually any subject is worthy of closer investigation.
They started by learning about the history of ice-cream and how fridges work, before going on to make some ice-cream of their own.
They made a cherry semi-freddo:
Sunday 6 June 2021
It has been about three months since our last book project (Project 172: A Dog So Small), so it seemed about time for another (especially after the previous week's excursions!). We picked The Borrowers as it is a classic tale that is at a level suitable for all three of the children.
Alongside reading the book, and watching a couple of different adaptations, the children had to write their own diary entries from the perspective of one of the characters, and worked together to make their own Borrower home.
Next project: Ice-cream.
We decided to celebrate the relaxing of lockdown rules with our first big trip out in over a year; studying the Bronze Age and visiting the local Flag Fen Archaeological Park.
Alongside visiting the park, which the children all enjoyed, they watched videos on life in the bronze age and the smelting of bronze, and learned about alloys.
For this week's craft they created their own bronze age jewellery with air-dry clay, following some instructions on Twinkl.
Next project: The Borrowers.