Monthly Archives: June 2011

Online lessons ideas brewing….

I have been looking into virtual schools such as interhigh and can really see the potential for home ed children meeting online to learn together. A writers workshop springs to mind  …watch this space for more details

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Lovely redcurrants from our garden – we tried them in muffins ..yum !

Dd wanted her redcurrant picking efforts on the blog – so here we are

Redcurrant Muffins

 Makes 12 muffins – we weren’t too sure about redcurrant muffins but they were duly declared delicious!

  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 175g plain white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 120ml milk
  • 125g fresh redcurrants
  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Melt butter
  •  Sift flour, baking powder, salt and all the sugar apart from 2 tbsp – save this to sprinkle over top before cooking
  •  Beat egg and whisk in milk and melted butter. Add to flour mixture; stir then fold in redcurrants
  • Fill muffin cases, filling each slightly more than half full. Sprinkle reserved sugar over batter in each cup.
  •  Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a wooden skewer or knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. 

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mobile blogging

An experiment in mobile blogging on a tiny android keyboard…hopefully if this works I can get back to the blog more often
Had a brief break from posting due to a scary brush with the breast clinic – happily all resolved now
So todays activities in our home school – we started off with some literacy and numeracy ds worked from Galore Park maths and dd from some key stage one based phonics work – sometimes they seem to feel the need to work from books and record on paper and yet other days it’s all talk and doing. Then we got on to the fun stuff.

Just rushed to the computer to see if the mobile posting had really worked and that you could actually read the thing – my wpm on a diddy android keyboard are truly pitiful even though I have little fingers ; so back to today’s “fun stuff”
Ds and Dd wanted to learn to do basic animation so after loading linux on our computers we discovered a free programme called Pencil which is simple enough for Ds on his own and Dd with me helping to animate their drawings – an afternoon was  quickly spent engrossed and by the time it was time to pick up their sister dd had produced a small animation of a garden with a moving butterfly and trees – I can see lots more hours going into learning more of this. I was already pretty proud that my 5 year old can email at will and download to the hard drive then find what she has downloaded but I think we are quickly moving onto a whole new level here. When I worked with  a deaf child  I used tons of ICT and resources online to boost his language development so this is just a continuation of the a way of learning I have long advocated even for the youngest children.
Early evening we planted out different types of lettuce and cabbages in the garden which have been kindly donated by a neighbour – the £1 tomato growing kit has now turned into a huge amount of tomato plants which we’ll be repotting tomorrow  and we picked some redcurrants from the garden which we’ll be using to make redcurrant muffins tomorrow – it’s going to be another busy week.

A £1 tomato plant bargain kit

 
 

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