Thursday, 16 December 2010

Candle making at Cubs.

My children go to Cubs once a week for an hour and half, its like Scouts but for the younger children and they do all sorts of things there such as: playing football, hockey, making camp fires and camping trips, arts and crafts, swimming and lots more things. It gives them a chance not just to mix with other children but also to get out of the house, being a cub member encourages politeness and a sense of helping others in and around the community (such as helping the old people and various charities). So for this reason I think it is a good activity for my children.
I will pass the keyboard over now to them as they are going to write about how they made their candles.

First we melted the wax from a mix, then we poured it into the mould and let it set for twenty four hours.Then we decorated  it with materials and paint wax. Here is one half painted,full painted and glitter painted. written by Abdullah
We all had a mould with a hole at the bottom.
First we tied a piece of string to the middle of a tooth pick and pulled the string to the bottom so the tooth pick would be at the top of the mould and the piece of string would be pulled through the hole at the bottom. To hold the string at the bottom in place we put a piece of blue tack .
Then we melted some little white balls of wax and pored them into the mould .
After they had set for 24 hours we snipped the tooth pick off and took the candle out its mould .
I painted one of mine gold with stars and the other glittery.
Written by Jumanah.

Multiplication Clock

My Children learned all the twelve times tables from and So I thought it would be good to refresh their memory and make this multiplication clock. We took the idea from

I think they are superb and No throwing darts at these boards! hehe

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Science: Our Solar System display wall

We have been studying the Solar System for a few weeks now and are fascinated by it all. We are studying each planet and have found a simple sentence to remember the order of the planets from the Sun.

"My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas".

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. (Pluto is now known as a dwarf planet though).

Here is our wall:
Before any detail was added

I did use glow in the dark paint on the stars and also on the Asteroid belt, which looks great when it's dark.

Sadly the glow in the dark didn't show on this picture but it does work. My children got really excited when we turned the lights off.

Our Classroom

In my opinion I think it is important to have an organize space for home-education and I like to put relevant things around our classroom/living room to help my children with their studies. 
Our word wall to help my children think of words when writing.

Useful words, silly sentences, crazy contraction cards, writing targets...All taken from this website:

12 time tables, telling the time...

Writing targets... I like to get my children to check their  written work with this check list.

Science: The Plant Cycle Abdullah's Lapbook

The cover of A's lapbook


A's bean plant now

Science: The Plant Cycle Jumanah's Lapbook

The cover of J's Lapbook

J's bean plant grown from a seed

Thursday, 25 November 2010

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life. Such a sweet thing really, instead of just chopping a dead tree down and leaving an ugly stump they do things like this.

PE in the Park

I'm sorry I haven't wrote on here for a while but I have been quite busy with things and I have lots of things to post on here. Every Thursday we have PE in the park and usually my children ride their bikes to our local park and then we all use the fitness equipment there, we are so fortunate alhamdulillaah.  These pictures was taken when the weather was still warm.

Monday, 18 October 2010

A break from home schooling?

Do you have a break from home schooling?

It is half term here at the moment and schools have a week off, but I don't really want to stop our home schooling as I  feel that we are not in need to a break and my children seem fine about carrying on. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Saturday afternoon project

Every time my kids want to help me cook, they fight and argue over who will wear the one apron that we own, saying to each other "I'm the chief cook". lol  So I searched online how to make one out of tea towels and I found this pattern on Lyn Browns site.

I knew I had some new tea towels that had been lying in the cupboard for years, so I just dug them out, added some ribbon for the straps and  made the aprons in about an hour!

So hopefully no more arguing insha'Allaah and they are both my chief cooks.*smiles* I'm not very good at sewing but alhamdulillaah the kids like them.