Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald is a British writer, poet, naturalist and historian of science. Vesper Flights was published in 2020 and is a collection of forty-one of short essays that point the reader to ways of seeing the world from a different perspective to their own.Hard science gives us evidence of the harm that results from our … Continue reading Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

Half Lives by Lucy Jane Santos

Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium by Lucy Jane Santos takes the reader through a cultural history of radium. As she points out, radioactivity is everywhere - in the Earth’s crust, in our homes and even in us. It is ubiquitous and that troubles us; but this was not the case in the late … Continue reading Half Lives by Lucy Jane Santos

The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

  So many crime novels of the Golden Age dealt with murders that involved poisons such as chloroform, arsenic and cyanide. It was the ‘weapon’ of choice in many cases back then because at that time (during the 1920’s and 1930’s) commercially made poisons were readily available and there were few tools available to detect … Continue reading The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

A Charlotte Mason Highschool: In-between Years 10 & 11

Last month I wrote a post about our Year 10 studies. I'm now thinking about and making plans for Year 11 which Hails won't be starting until next year after a Christmas break. Now, for the interim, we are keeping up with cello lessons and exam preparation for her final exam in the first half … Continue reading A Charlotte Mason Highschool: In-between Years 10 & 11

Novare General Biology – Review & Giveaway!

      Classical Academic Press has added Novare Science and Math to their already excellent educational offerings. I received a copy of Novare General Biology for review purposes and have been using it with my 15-year-old daughter. The book was published this year and is so up to date that it contains an appendix … Continue reading Novare General Biology – Review & Giveaway!

Notebooks in a Charlotte Mason Education – Year 6

  Moon Jelly Aurelia aurita - common ocean animal often washed up on beaches. There's a video about them here.       Science Notebook    This year Moozle has recorded experiments from some of her science books e.g. Archimedes and the Door of Science; The Sea Around Us; The Elements and The Mystery of … Continue reading Notebooks in a Charlotte Mason Education – Year 6

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 … Continue reading January Notes: Nature, Camping, Keeping & Notebooks

Free stuff for the Study of the Human Body – Updated

Some free stuff we're using for studying the human body: August 2017: some of the links I originally put here don't work anymore so here are the updated ones: The website http://www.ue.net/body-eng/ contained the text from 'Your Body & How it Works' by Dr. J. D. Ratcliff, the author of  I Am Joe's Body. I … Continue reading Free stuff for the Study of the Human Body – Updated