Today we looked at the subject of weather!! We have seen just about every type of weather, apart from scorching heat, since we arrived in October. We’ve had minus and plus day temperatures, we’ve had sun, snow, ice, torrential rain, hail, fog, mist, really gusty strong winds, and rainbows! After school and förskola we headed off for a walk round the woods opposite school to chat about the weather and unwind from their manic mornings (the mini men having had a very successful 3.5 hours at preschool). They all get a home made lunch made from scratch in the school’s kitchen, and then it’s taken to the förskola, where they sit round a table and eat. It’s very Swedish cooking, and have had various fish and meat dishes, and today was asparagus soup! The mini men gobbled it up, and maybe they’ll all have a broader diet living here….well maybe our fussy little lady will eventually, as I think she had one molecule of soup per slice of bread. She tells her friends on FaceTime that she’s now really fast at eating….errrrmmmmm….that’s because you aren’t really finishing the meal hunny!! Oh well, she will adapt, maybe one day…it’s a very healthy diet here. Anyway, I’ve digressed!!
We focused mainly on wind…maybe I haven’t digressed too far after chatting about asparagus soup!!!! We chatted about how wind is the movement of huge amounts of air, and how it is formed when the sun heats the earth’s atmosphere differently in some parts than others. We discussed low pressure (how warmer air means low pressure, which in turn means windy weather), and high pressure (how cooler air means high pressure, which in turn means fair weather). We then looked in depth at the Beaufort Wind Force Scale….I lost the mini men at this point, but the little lady and I found a fun version to stick in our journals. We finished our topic reading the book “A Rainbow of My Own” by Don Freeman. All four of us are rather besotted with rainbows, and this was a sweet book for us to read together. This week we haven’t done the extension activities, although if I mentioned the art suggestions our little lady might just be a little cross that we haven’t. This week has been a little bit disrupted with me having to go to förskola three times and take a trip to the city for my ID card, leaving a wake of chaos at home and trying to chase my own tail a little bit. I feel like the home education part of the equation again has taken a back seat this week, as I get my head around another new routine, but on the plus side (and it is a BIG plus), I have managed to teach our little lady long division, and she has mastered it! This may not sound like a big achievement, but I am not the best person to explain anything, let alone some past skill that seems to have been consigned to the recycle bin in my brain, where it’s taken a lot of time, practice, and patience to recall that skill to try and then teach our little lady!! This was my first big challenge really of our home ed experience (knowledge wise) as it seemed to elude me for a long while, even having tried to read up about it. So imagine my delight when she grasped it in the first 20 minutes 🙂
I now have to work out how our school/förskola/home ed routine is going to work out. I firmly believe they learn best through nature so we shall be continuing to carry this on outside after school, carrying on the nature curriculum as our guide and mentor throughout the seasons. I also need to keep up our little lady’s (and eventually the mini men’s) English skills as their first language so I shall be teaching her that still as if we were back in the UK. Her maths (and their’s less so, but hopefully a little), will be slightly ahead of what their age group is here for a little while, and I don’t want to waste that knowledge now it has been mastered, especially the things she has worked hard to master. Then there is still trying to help the mini men with learning to read and write. Oh and not to mention trying to teach them some basic Swedish…seems we may have more to cram in than before on the HE front!! All change again, but it’ll all fall into place eventually 🙂
The Nature Curriculum we use is, “Exploring Nature with Children. A complete, year-long curriculum”. It is a beautifully written framework, written by Raising Little Shoots, and can be found over at https://raisinglittleshoots.com/ It suggests a topic for the week, and then provides some background information and suggestions for nature journaling and outdoor exploring. It also provides a comprehensive suggested reading list (fiction and non-fiction) for each week, plus a poem and a piece of art to study. There are extensions activity ideas too. We use the topic as the theme for our week, and follow the ideas for our journaling, and one fiction book. What we have been doing from the curriculum can be found on our curriculum overview post. The craft, science, maths, and English ideas we have researched ourselves to fit in with the theme 🙂 This makes a learning a lot more nature based.