This mixes two of the projects I have done in the past together. It also covers the science of fire and what fire needs to burn!
All you need to do is follow my tutorial on how to make a Christmas Lantern. Put a candle in as it suggests, look how pretty the glow is! Carefully feel the heat against the glass that the flame is emitting!
Fires need heat, oxygen and fuel in order to ignite and continue burning. If any of these factors are absent, the fire will be extinguished.
These three factors: heat, oxygen and fuel, are referred to as the 'fire triangle' as all of the components is dependent on the other.
Fire is a natural occurrence that takes place whenever a flammable fuel comes into contact with oxygen at very high temperatures and it normally produces smoke.
My girls wanted to keep them alight in their room all night. I discussed with them the dangers of this. We have cats that could knock them over and many flammable things in their room which could make it dangerous. So I scratched my head and thought of...
Today we were doing about architecture and structure. I thought I was far too organised. I did have a few worries but, although certain things didn't turn out as I would have liked all was enjoyed by the children and things were learnt which was the aim at the end of the day.
We are all getting ready for Christmas in our house now and the excitement is building up!
I love this time of year, I do not like the coldness particularly but my children have taught me so much about enjoying all the little things, they have taught me that the little things are in fact the really big important things in life.
I do love getting ready for Christmas each year. Making all those handmade gifts, making all those decorations for the tree and around the house and all that Christmas baking. I love the way it makes the house smell and all the memories we are building up on our Christmas tree.
Wednesday I made Christmas cake! I was pleased that our oven held out, it's on its last legs at the moment. Normally I'd have the cake made earlier but we've been busier than ever!
This is how I see tests in schools set for children. These are my opinions based on all I have learnt from others, what I have read and my own personal experiences...
I think tests are all good and well, there doesn't seem to be any other way to merit someone on what they have learnt.
Saying this, I also think that in a lot of cases, that it doesn't always show what a person truly knows and is capable of - those who are more creative don't necessarily thrive in an academic exam environment, they are left to feel stupid when they might be a genius in their own way. But then this is possibly because they have not been taught in the way they needed to as I have already discussed in my previous post, Learning styles and teaching techniques.
I know she's three but she still so much my baby! Even so, she's growing so quickly and wanting to learn so much!
Yesterday she wanted me to bake some play dough she had made into something that resembled a pie shape. I didn't as I was trying to get out of the house, I kind of felt mean so last night I told myself that I would bake with her the next day and so we did...
We have been so busy over the last week that I've just realised that I've been up to so much that I haven't written a 'what-we've-been-up-to' post for ages. So, just the highlights...
We've been finishing off some of our Art project on Van Gogh's Sunflowers at the moment. Naomi was the only one wanting to paint them 'Van Gogh style', I don't push these kind of things so Naomi is the only one who happily started painting it last week and today...
The next science group I will be doing about architecture. I've been thinking a lot about ways I can cover this subject and I thought really I should start from the ground up so this experiment investigates into the foundations of buildings. It also makes for a great maths lesson too!
So the question we are investigating is: How Deep Do Foundations need to be?
I have recently noticed how great my six year old Honi is at maths. There is only one problem...
The trouble with Honi is that she hates what she does not understand first time. For example, when we were doing about 3D shapes today, unlike my older two girls no explanation was needed: Honi knew exactly how many sides and corners were on each shape just by looking at a picture of the shape in a book, without having to have one physically in her hand.
She was so pleased with herself, I was so happy for her.
Then we looked at the odd and even number page and...
It's too hard she declared! I can't do it!
So I brought out her Maths Dino!
If you want to make one of your own you can find out how in my blog post...
Loads has been going on recently. I've had an interview with someone about Home Education to help with their dissertation for their degree. That was interesting, she was interested to know my reasons why I home educate, the curriculum I use and my views on schools.
We talked about a lot of things but one thing in particular struck me, something I have discovered along our home education journey is teaching techniques, it was highlighted in our conversation...
Sunday we went to see the lights switch on, but getting anywhere near them these days is an absolute nightmare in Ipswich. All this health and safety: barriers up and children not able to see above the crowd of adults. It's a shame they can only 'fit in' 5000 people to the central part. We don't like waiting there with the girls too long as the little ones find it very difficult and boring until the fun truly begins.
We did manage to squeeze in and see the lights Christmas tree lights come on, well, Chiara, Harmonie and I did, I'm not sure that Naomi could see anything at all bless her.
Monday was difficult as, although I thought Harmonie had got better, it appeared that she was still a little under the weather. I couldn't encourage her to eat a thing and with no food in her belly she was the whiniest thing I've ever seen.