Tag Archives: science

Not Back to School in January

Today is the first day back at school for those kids that go. For those that are home educated, things can be different. Today Rafe has:

Completed a periodic table jigsaw puzzle that he got for Christmas:

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Although I wonder if I should ask for my money back in light of the news that four new elements have officially been added to the periodic table this week?!

He has thoroughly beaten his mama at a game of Countdown (another Christmas present). In this round, Rafe got a 9 letter word while I only managed “TOAST”!

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And written out this postcard ready to send to Anja in Germany, thanks to our participation in Postcrossing:

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Next stop: lunchtime.

Happy days!

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Liquorice and Midget Gems – or a Double Helix DNA Molecule?

Today, we made a DNA molecule from liquorice sticks, midget gems and tooth picks. As you do. I hated science at school. I am loving learning science alongside the boys as a home educator. Science can be fun – who knew?!

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Stars and Cards and Science

I made a couple more star blocks. I don’t feel inspired enough by them to make a whole quilt, so I have decided to make a table runner. Here they are sewn together ready to quilt (with apologies for the wonky photo!):

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Now all I have to do is decide how to quilt them…

Meanwhile, we have continued with the ICAD challenge though I haven’t exactly been brimming over with ideas!

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The boys are showing signs of being chemistry crazy with their latest cards:

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Waif has been especially getting in to his study of the elements, and has produced a fabulous lapbook to display what he has learned:

Inside elements lapbook

I am heartened that the boys are enjoying learning about science as I think I was totally put off it by the way we studied it at school and have only started to take an interest again in recent years. There’s so much to learn, and so many amazing websites, videos and (shock! horror!) even BOOKS to help us do it 🙂

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