A Combination of Mystery & History: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)

The Daughter of Time is an unusual type of crime mystery in that a piece of English history is resurrected and brought into the 20th Century to be investigated. It concerns the reign of Richard III and the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Josephine Tey’s Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard conducts his … Continue reading A Combination of Mystery & History: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)

Ambleside Online Year 7 Highlights

Year 7 has finished up for the seventh time in our home, although this was only the second time we've used Ambleside Online for Year 7.  As I usually do, I asked my daughter which books were her favourites from this year's work, but I gave her a limit of ten. These are the books … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7 Highlights

In Defence of Old Books

A common charge against Charlotte Mason educators is that we use too many old books. When it comes to teaching science, this objection is even more vehement. How can you teach science using books that were written ten, twenty, thirty or worse still, over a hundred years ago?Yes, we do tend to use older books … Continue reading In Defence of Old Books

January Notes: Nature, Camping, Keeping & Notebooks

  We went on a family camping trip in mid-January which was a great nature study opportunity. We only went about three hours north of our home but it's surprising how much difference that short distance makes in the local flora & fauna.     For years I've heard cicadas but I've only found their … Continue reading January Notes: Nature, Camping, Keeping & Notebooks

Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

We've finished the first term of Ambleside Online Year 7 and here are some highlights and thoughts about some of what we've done. To see my original plans and some book substitutes see this post. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar This is the first time we've used Folger Theatre audios for Shakespeare. We've used Naxos and Arkangel … Continue reading Year 7 AmblesideOnline: highights from Term 1

Written Work in a Charlotte Mason Curriculum

This is a week's worth of written work done by my 12 year old daughter who is doing AmblesideOnline Year 7. Each week is a little different, depending on what else is happening, but essentially after each reading she is required to do an oral narration or some sort of written account, which could be … Continue reading Written Work in a Charlotte Mason Curriculum

What Some Days in a Girl's Year 7 Week Look Like

Any time I've attempted to set down what we do in a day I've tried to write things up as we do them. I started off quite well most days this week but then got sidetracked. We're using AmblesideOnline Year 7 with some modifications. (I posted this year's plans here). This is what I managed … Continue reading What Some Days in a Girl's Year 7 Week Look Like

Ambleside Online Year 7: plans & modifications

    Whenever I start planning a new year of home education I'm reminded again of the fact that each of my children are unique and what might have been good for one may not be the right choice for another at the same age. So just when I thought I should have all this … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7: plans & modifications

Ambleside Online Year 7 in Review

  The Lady of Shalott by J.W. Waterhouse, 1888     Bengy, our 14 year old, turning 15 later this year, has come to the end of AO Year 7. I've mentioned in other posts that the upper years of AO are sufficiently challenging for a students over a range of ages. It helps to … Continue reading Ambleside Online Year 7 in Review

Free Science Resources

We've used the videos below alongside Apologia Science, Secrets of the Universe (Ambleside Online Year 7), The Mystery of the Periodic Table, by Benjamin Wiker and Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick (AO Year 6). The Periodic Table We've been using the University of Nottingham videos to go through the periodic table. … Continue reading Free Science Resources