Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Science: How to make a Geode

So this is how to make your own geode!  

Ok, it's not a real geode but this simple but fun experiment can help kids understand they are formed. To be honest, how geodes are formed is still a phenomena but scientists have a couple of theories one of these theories is lava!

First here's how to make your own geode...

Monday, 26 October 2015

New experiments and things...

Our home ed life has been super busy, but good.  Plenty of friends filling up our week and new projects begun, workbooks completed new ones bought - this always excites my children as I let them choose for themselves.

I have been focusing on Harmonie recognising all letters better and counting down from 10.   She counted to 30 the other day which,  for her, is a great achievement.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The balancing act of a homeschooling self-employed mum

Life for us is non-stop busy but it's good!  This weekend we went out in the car.  We didn't need to do anything particularly special, a trip to the big pet shop this week was enough excitement.  I am hoping to do something a bit more exciting soon mind.

I am really proud of myself for keeping up with my yoga this past year despite all that has been going on.   Every morning I have started my day with a yoga workout - often my youngest two join in, which is super cute and means I can add some acro-yoga to my regime!  It also means I find my kids practicing yoga when we're out...

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Going Places...

Would you believe it, someone asked me, after I told them I had 4 children, if they were all teenagers!  I know my Chiara is coming up to 13 but not all of them! Argh!  She made me feel old.


Obviously, I was on my own and, to be fair, she was a very sweet, very young lady.  I could tell she meant no offense - in a way this made things feel slightly worse, as far as feeling a little old.  I didn't dare ask the question:  Can you guess my age? I'm scared at what she might have said as she was comparing me to her mother!  Ha! or should I say arrrgghhhh!

These last few weeks have been hectic.  Mostly filled with good things.  Like new Science Crazy Clubs popping up!  There have been a few challenges, if you read this blog regularly you will know that my super-star-one-day-to-be-leader-of-something-great-daughter Honi likes to challenge me, as well as her sisters and some of my few good friends most frequently!

Here's a peek at what we've been up to...

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Chemical Reactions: combustion of iron

In this experiment we are going to look further into what happens when the combustion of iron occurs...

The definition of combustion: The process of burning something.

Combustion is a chemical reaction.

Have you ever thought of what somethings weighs before and after it's burnt?  Well in this experiment that's exactly what we are going to do!

When doing this experiment please be careful as it does involve fire.  Ensure there is nothing like paper or cloth or anything else that can easily catch fire around.  Also it is very important that you wear goggles for this experiment.

What you will need:

  • A bunsen burner, or chefs torch - you could try an alcohol burner if you have one
  • Steel wool - like you use to scrub the pans
  • Tongs
  • Weighing scales
  • A metal baking tray
How to do this investigation...

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

HEAT ENERGY: A Convection and Conduction experiment

This is very simple demonstration of how conduction and convection heat energy works.  It involves fire which usually fascinates children.

For this experiment, you will need...

Monday, 14 September 2015

A birthday that began with a bang!

This week Honi turned eight! She is thrilled to be a tweenie and the over excitement.  Well...

Once I had put the younger ones to bed, the big girls and I got working on blowing up balloons and other preparations.

Why oh WHY did I think balloons were a good idea?  Honi loved them, don't get me wrong, but I should have blown them up in the morning.  I will explain...

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Back to school!

Well not for us, as you know we don't do school, but it's that time of year and about the time when my girls are more in the mood to settle down at the table with some books.

This summer has been filled with a lot of lovely things. It's not been the easiest of times for us as a family but there have been some super bits thanks to my friends and my amazing four girls.  I feel blessed.  

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Conduction: The magic balloon!

This is a really simple experiment and one that I've done loads of times before, I've just never blogged it.

Last week I showed the kids at Science Crazy Club how heat energy works and how it can be useful.

To demonstrate conduction I used a couple of experiments and this is one of them,

All you will need for this experiment is

  • 2 balloons
  • A candle
  • Some water
  • Goggles!

Now, I will fully explain the science of what is happening as I take you step by step through this very simple and easy experiment...

Friday, 28 August 2015

Through Rain and Shine

What a lovely weekend!  Saturday was so beautiful. 

I am child free every Saturday afternoon.  At first it was the weirdest thing.  They're always with me so it was so odd to be apart from them.  Now, about 9 months later, I am getting used to it and actually enjoy, not just having adult only time, but to have me time.  Quietness.

I took some photos, the Sky ride in Ipswich was running right near me and I thought it a great opportunity to take photos, especially with all that Sun...

Thursday, 20 August 2015

To sleep or not to sleep...

This weekend was the Maritime festival.  This year it was packed.  It was so nice to have a fun fair at the end of our road followed by a free fireworks display! 

How the girls loved it.  We even got to see another batmobile!  Awesomeness!

The girls got loads of fun fair rides in this year.  Saturday their dad took them and on Sunday they managed to get 3 rides each out of me.  I wouldn't normally but I really wanted to make it a special time for them to remember.  Mummy even had a go on the Ferris Wheel!  Faster than the last one I tried! Fun!

The fun didn't stop there...

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Human Anatomy Projects for Kids

Here I have compiled all my experiments and science projects that teach kids about how their body works using hands on fun activities!

First DNA as it's the recipe instructions to what makes us us!


Thursday, 13 August 2015

Ninjas and Flower girls

Ok, so I'm a little quieter at the moment on the photo front on social media as my camera on my phone is broken. However I do have a camera so...

Here's what we've been up to...