We had a harvest moon back in September. This is the full moon which occurs nearest to the autumn equinox. It rises very close to sunset, low in the sky and appears very bright due to the tilt of the earth (I don’t really understand this, but Lanky Dude explained it to us). Its light… Continue reading Moon project September/October 2018
I always think the concept of mass versus weight is a difficult one, especially as we generally use the terms interchangeably in our every day language. Mass is the amount of matter in an object, and weight is the force of gravity acting on it. So, Dancing Toes' mass will be the same whether she… Continue reading Chemistry – mass and weight November 2018
Inspired by watching years of the boys’ experiments, Dancing Toes has requested to do chemistry this term. That’s a great choice by me; I’ve gone through the IGCSE syllabus twice with her brothers, and we’ve always had fun in earlier days working through our excellent homeschool curriculum. So, this week’s experiment was to work through… Continue reading Kitchen science – The scientific method September 2018
We’ve had a week of picture book Autumn weather...crisp mornings (the chill in the air is demonstrated by the white clouds in every breath as the boys head off for a 7:40 am bus), clear blue skies and warm sunshine as the day progresses. It’s also been the autumn equinox and associated harvest moon...more… Continue reading Fun with autumn leaves September 2018
With the continuous sunshine, and the faithful watering by a kind friend while we were away, we returned to find our veg patch happily blooming. The lettuces in particular are good, and the girls enjoy picking them before mealtimes. Our field is terribly overgrown. I’m feeling bad about it, as I don’t think it… Continue reading At home 22 July 2018
The children have always been bug collectors. Snails become suddenly loved pets and I find them escaping from their captivity into our home, earwigs are dug up and clutched in small hands, and tadpoles fished out of their natural habitat and transferred to our tadpole tank. This time, however, it’s become home to some catapillars. Last… Continue reading Catapillars.
June always brings an abundance of white, frothy elderflowers to our hedgerows. Although I welcome Mayflowers (hawthorn), elderflowers are more delicate and beautifully fragranced. Part of our annual rhythm involves making elderflower cordial. It’s fun and easy. I always used to make it in time for Lanky Dude’s birthday, to give to the mums of… Continue reading Elderflower cordial. June 2018