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Raising Little Shoots

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  1. Our local book cycle & library host knitting groups. Perhaps you could take your wee ones along, and someone could help them out?
  2. you didn't? Come on over & have a poke around ;) I am also hosting a 'nature pen-friends swap' that you might be interested in. Thank you very much for your feedback on the earthworm study. I love to hear comments like this :hurray:
  3. That looks really lovely, thank you for sharing.
  4. I have written about this very topic on my blog: Keeping a nature journal Getting Started With Nature Drawing For Both Parent and Child - This post also links to a tutorial I shared on creating a watercolour journal entry. Supplies For Nature Journaling I hope they are helpful!
  5. Thank you for all the lovely feedback on my book, Exploring Nature With Children! I wrote it to be unique, in that it is a complete, open & go curriculum. Here is a sample in which you can see the table of contents and a complete chapter. I also have a FAQ on my blog. Jennifer Dow from Expanding Wisdom has posted a review of Exploring Nature on her blog today, which also may help you to decide if it will be a good fit for your family. Thank you again, and please do let me know if there are any more questions.
  6. Absolutely! I am enjoying the ages they are now, but I do also miss those younger days <3
  7. Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education and of course, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
  8. Thank you so much for your lovely comments :) I hope you are still enjoying it!
  9. for this! Rocket Science is giving 10,000 UK schools the opportunity to engage their pupils in a UK-wide live science experiment to contribute to our knowledge of growing plants in space. After participating in a classroom experiment in May and June 2016, pupils will be asked to enter their results in a bespoke microsite so that results from schools across the nation can be collated and analysed by professional biostatisticians. Two kilograms of rocket (Eruca sativa) seeds were launched on Soyuz 44S on 02 September 2015 with European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his crew, arriving on the International Space Station (ISS) two days later. British ESA astronaut Tim Peake will take charge of the seeds while on the ISS for his Principia mission starting in December. After being held for about six months in microgravity, the seeds will be returned to Earth with astronaut Scott Kelly, currently planned for March 2016. Once the seeds have returned they will then be distributed to schools signed up to the project. Each participating school will receive 100 seeds that have been on the ISS and 100 seeds that have remained on Earth. The seed packets will be colour coded, however schools will not be told which packet contains which seeds until national results have been published. Online resources to expand student learning will be available on the website of the UK Space Education Office (ESERO) before, during and after the Rocket Science experiment.
  10. Designing Effective Discussion Questions I just found this link & thought it may be useful to some.
  11. Interesting! I know we perceive the moon to be much larger when low in the sky than when it is overhead; it's an optical illusion known as The Moon Illusion. When seeing the moon close to the horizon, our eyes have objects with which to compare the moon's size, where as perhaps on a photograph, there is nothing with which to compare?
  12. Thanks! It is a *really* old camera - I am looking at it now to see what it is...it is a Sony cyber-shot. I like it because the settings are really easy. I get some gorgeous pictures of nature & the children just by sticking it on 'portrait' & holding down the flash. (I don't even know how to turn off the flash!!!) DH set it up for me on manual before he went to bed, but once the moon has reached total, I couldn't get any good photos because the exposure time needed to be changed & I didn't know how :( I am too impatient to learn at this stage of my life...it is on my to do list for when the girls have left home :) It has been a smashing camera.
  13. That is really frustrating. It rains all the time in Devon? I am in Lancashire, & I always think of Devon as sunny (perhaps by comparison!!!)
  14. That is really disappointing when the weather is bad. We live in the north of England where is *always* rains, so I was astonished by the clear skies.
  15. I feel for you...I sense meltdowns here later. (& that is just my own!!!)
  16. yes, I thought very carefully before waking my 10 yo ;) It was worth it for us (though ask me how i feel at 4pm!)
  17. who stayed up / got up / is getting up for the lunar eclipse? My 12 yo stayed up for it, & I woke my 10 yo at 2:30am. It was utterly brilliant!
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