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Little Woodham 1642 Village

We recently went to the fabulous Little Woodham 1642 village. We have been several times before and this time they opened just for our home education group. L had an inset day, so she came too, so it was a bit like old times when they were both home educated…. Not exactly the same as L is now as tall as me and both of them are happy to disappear off to watch what they want to.

The people at Little Woodham are all amazing, 1642 is their hobby and that is how the whole village is set up .. it gives such a real feel of how a village would have been in those days, and the people have so much in depth knowledge. Who’d have thought there were so many uses for urine!!!

It attracted a large number of home educators, so was a lovely day for catching up with people we hadn’t seen for a while.  It is bizarre realising how many people hadn’t met L before, now she’s been in school for three years!! It was good having some of the new teen home edders there who haven’t been to many trips before… getting a taste of the fun side of home education, not just signing up for gcse classes which there are a lot more of in recent years.

We have repeat visited Little Woodham as they often have different people with different skills, depending on when you go.

It is such a gem. Can’t recommend highly enough.

https://www.littlewoodham.org.uk/

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Fabulous Fridays

We’ve had a couple of fantastic Fridays recently. The first was at the Scout hut we go to with our home education group and resulted in a pretty impressive musical instrument.

Making amazing music from junk
Making amazing music from junk

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chap who ran the session was brilliant, he brought the guitar shapes and stems ready, then the kids had to glue on the frets (or get adults to, because we ended up having to use superglue due to time constraints!!!!!… yes I was careful, but still almost managed to glue my fingers together!!), then string it.

There was a lot of excellent physics covered easily, and the electric guitar the man had made himself from a Roses chocolate tin was very impressive.

There was also the usual playing in the woods and getting muddy and having lots of fun.

The other Friday was a trip to a Food bank. We shown around, split into groups and given useful things to do. The kids really got into the challenge of labelling the donations with dates and sorting them into the correct piles. It was such a lovely set up with tables set out for tea and biscuits, all done really nicely for anyone coming in, and the volunteers were all so nice. So easy for anyone to need a food bank when things go wrong for them.

We learned all about how the system works, and actually how few times people are allowed to come in… 3 times a year… though if people are really desperate they will do more. They ask people’s preferences, are careful about allergies, religious beliefs and vegetarians etc. Some excellent discussions came up and we also had such a laugh with everyone, a really happy place.

We found out that they often have far too many baked beans, and would prefer tinned tomatoes, toiletries, sanitary items, tinned custard, tinned rice pudding, loo rolls and the boxes of laundry tablets, so they can be split and shared out in smaller bags.

Food bank trip

We then went to the local supermarket and got some donations with the children picking useful things to donate.

 

 

We’re so lucky to belong to such a lovely home ed group, there always seems to be something exciting to go to.

Shame the Government yet again seems to be stirring up ready to hassle home educators again.

 

 

 

 

 

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Days out

More days out, which have been really lovely, despite the changeable weather!!!

We went to The New Forest Wildlife Park:

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We were having such a great time that I forgot to take many pictures!! Great play area there too. We decided our only criticism was the lack of toilet inside the park… and how easy it would be to open a bit of fence to make the toilets accessible from elsewhere in the park!! They did have a couple of porta loos at the play area but they were out of action. Great place to visit though.

The following day we went to Milford-On-Sea and took our new friend from Taiwan.

 

 

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We played a stone bouncing game and also went crabbing, which kept us all amused for hours and was very sociable with other holiday makers all comparing bait and catches!!

We caught larger crabs with dried Spanish ham we think. Smaller crabs went for the bacon!

A really great few days.

 

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Portchester Castle

Portchester Castle is a medieval castle built within a former Roman fort at Portchester to the east of Fareham in the English county of Hampshire. It is located at the northern end of Portsmouth Harbour. That’s what Google says.

It is a great place for a run around too, as well as a good place to look for crabs on the shore, and to skim stones too. R was extremely pleased when she finally managed to skim some stones. We found quite a few crabs too by lifting up bits of seaweed and looking underneath.

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We had a lovely day catching up with friends and just chilling out. We’d been having such a lovely time, we didn’t even get round to going in the actual castle bit, so it ended up being a totally free day out too!

 

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Science Museum

L had an inset day, so S took the day off too and we all went to London on the train. We went to the Science Museum. We had taken the girls before and hadn’t thought it was that long ago… turns out it was when they were 3 and 1!! I think it is because we’ve been to the Natural History museum a couple of times in the mean time and also the V&A and the British Museum and the Museum of London, so we’d not managed a trip back to the Science Museum. We also top up by going to what was ‘Intech’ outside Winchester, which has lots of science hands on stuff. We don’t get into London that often, and one museum a day is enough for us, so it limits how many it is possible to cover. There are still some that I’ve not been to that I’d like to. Any suggestions?? Do leave a comment.

So 9 years since we’d been! So it was all new to them, and with their knowledge now, so much of it meant that much more to them both, as they both had some knowledge of most things we looked at and could put them into context with other things we’ve seen.

Apollo 10 (I think)
Apollo 10 (I think)
Aeroplanes
Aeroplanes

We had a walk round most of it, and did loads of the hands on stuff. R tried making some good electric circuits, so we’re going to have a look at that more at home as it wasn’t something we’ve done much of.

L had a good look at some of the renewable energy stuff, it is far more in-depth and interesting than the bits they are covering in Geography at school, which L has done over and over again previously, so it was good to see some better info about Government targets for 2020 and all the different options available, with interactive games you could run your own city on & choose options for it.

We enjoyed all the interactive quizzes about genes and personality and your body, and also changing our voices and faces to look or sound male.

We all had a go at directing baggage at an airport too, which was harder than it looked! Though I did get congratulated by another mum for managing some of it, as she said she’d had a go because I’d made it look ok and she couldn’t work it at all.

We then went to Covent Garden and saw some excellent street performers, followed by tea at Five Guys Burgers, which S was very excited about as we’d tried it in America, and this has just opened here. It was great… though highly inadvisable for anyone with a peanut allergy!! Home quite late, but an excellent day out.

You may be interested in Science Sessions

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A whole week?

How does that happen? A whole week has gone by. I’m not very good at posting everyday, as if we have been out or done much then I am often wiped out for the evening with a brain that isn’t functioning well. The joys of M.E. 🙁

The week has whizzed by. R had a trip to Legoland with home ed friends, they had a fantastic time. Rose was the guide as her friends hadn’t been before. They also had a trip to Runnymede (the riverside site of the sealing of the Magna Carta) which was yet another addition to our Magna Carta knowledge! See more here: Magna Carta

Father’s day was a lovely relaxed affair, with just the four of us, Ticket to Ride Europe board game, the film Skyfall, and a barbeque.

We caught up with Home ed friends we hadn’t seen for a while.

I’ve managed some painting which I’ve really enjoyed and been pleased with.

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acrylics

Pizza making at Woodcraft.

Lots of Algebra, we’re now on around level 6 stuff on MathsWatchVLE as R wants to stick with algebra and keep working her way up before we start a different topic.

We’re reading another Michelle Paver book, The Outsiders, this time set in Ancient Greece, so some good conversations about that, and a book on ancient Greece out from the library.

I’ve read my first Bernard Cornwell book, Sword Song set in England in 885AD, which I enjoyed. Not a period I know much about, so I’ve learnt a lot and have chatted with L and R about it. L knows more about King Alfred than I do, so we’ve chatted about that and what I read in the book too.

Drama, they are starting rehearsing ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ which R is enjoying.

Auntie M came and had R for a day, they went fabric shopping and laid out the pieces for a shirt that Auntie M is going to make. R helped with the design.

I went to see ‘Curious incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ at the theatre which was fantastic. I had considered taking the girls, but wasn’t sure. In fact I think they probably would have enjoyed it. Maybe I will try reading the book with them first and go another time if it comes again.

Lots of other things went on, it has felt like a productive week. R and I also had a sort through resources and cleared some out and got on top of the house a bit…. One thing that is hard about home ed is keeping the house tidy and clean… or even approaching tidy! It is a constant flow of things moving around the house as games are played, craft is made, resources are used, with things left out to go back to… but I’d rather that than a tidy house with nothing going on!!

That’s a quick round up of this week!

It has been a good one. Hope yours has too.

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Magna Carta

A fantastic trip to Salisbury to see the Magna Carta.

It was a glorious day and we went on the train, which was a lovely trip. Salisbury is such a lovely place anyway and we went via the park and river in the sunshine, with plenty of wildlife about

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We wandered around the cathedral first, looking at the points of interest on the leaflet, there is a lot there and it is a beautiful building.

view from the cloisters
view from the cloisters

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The World's oldest working mechanical clock (1386)
The World’s oldest working mechanical clock (1386)

This mechanical clock has ticked more than 4.4 billion times since it was built.

We also saw lots of statues and tombs which were really interesting. We saw the tomb of William Longspee (1226) who was the first person to be buried in the Cathedral, he was the half-brother of King John, and his advisor at the 1215 Magna Carta negotiations.

After a good look round the Cathedral we then had a go at writing with a quill and ink and making a seal (with soft modelling clay)

Writing with a quill
Writing with a quill
An Original King John Seal
An Original King John Seal

We then got to see the Magna Carta display, which included a draw containing this above. We couldn’t believe how neat and small the writing was.

It was then time for the big event, which was seeing the Magna Carta itself, which is surprising small and took over 50 hours to write out.

The Magna Carta
The Magna Carta

There was a full transcript on the wall with some very interesting bits. There was also more information about how the Magna Carta was used and renewed at various points in history and how it was used in the English Civil War against King Charles I.

Also how it was used by the Suffragettes.

We finished will an ice-cream and a paddle in the stream which was fab.

See also: LiberTea and cake

Some very good resources here about it all:

British Library Magna Carta Resources

See here for more history

Oodles of History

 

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Paulton’s Park

Fantastic sunny day at Paulton’s Park on a group visit with home edders. S took the day off work, so the 3 of us went, we don’t have that happen often, usually it is me and R or the 4 of us, but L was at school.

The Cobra
The Cobra

A few school kids around, but hardly any queuing at all which was great (thankfully we’ve outgrown Peppa Pig as that area is always crowded.)

Repeated goes on The Edge, Magma and The Cobra.

We bumped into a few familiar faces from the home ed world which was nice.

New dinosaur things being built for next year, which means certain things have disappeared… the most shocking one being the Rabbit ride, which had been there forever… S has pictures of him on it as a child.

The park has been done up a lot already, more seating, music, sculptures, all sorts. It is getting more towards the feel of an American theme park (though not totally there yet) … shying away from the quirkier slightly naff but loveable old attractions.

Lovely day. Though strange to have a ‘family’ day out without L!

Luckily she has a school trip there soon!

 

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Rock-up Climbing and a Sleepover

The day before L turned 12 we had a trip to Rock-Up climbing walls, Whiteley. We’ve been before, well worth going, I even had a go last time (not this time as we have a family wedding in a couple of days and I wanted to be able to move!! Oh the joy of M.E.)

It is very reasonably priced, and there are loads of different walls to try. The staff are really good and most ages can have a go (I think it is for over age 4… but do check)

Going up the chimney!
Going up the chimney!

L and R made it to the top of quite a few as did S, and they braved the big green towers you have to walk up too.

L had a friend came climbing, then milkshakes and a wander round the shops, followed by pizza in the evening and a sleepover.

Amazingly they both settled down without prompting at around 10.30pm after watching a Harry Potter film. We seem to be hitting the ‘wanting’ to sleep phase… not something you imagine reaching when they are younger!

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