Week 4: FiaR: A New Coat for Anna

No doubt the best thing about homeschooling is that if, for example, your child sleeps til 3am then has a nightmare and is up from 5 but is completely exhausted by 9, you can adapt the day… a lot.


Instead of church, we read through the book carefully – it’s a beautiful story and keeps even 8 year olds attention – and then discussed Bartering. This was interesting as K said she wouldn’t swap any of her precious things (anything), so we talked about trading our time and skills instead – she could help someone keep a baby busy, help tidy up a house or garden (with a lot of support). She was a bit frustrated at how much she cannot do, so perhaps it is a good time to start building some life skills into our routine.

She then did a full hour of Mathseeds – I think it’s too easy right now but it keeps her going and reinforces the numeracy she has. Today was about money and coin/note denominations.

We had a trip to IKEA and Costco for various items and we talked about how shops don’t do bartering but tradesmen or artisans might. However, I pointed out that I don’t barter for my work!

Recorder practice and an attempt at a walk before setting up some weaving with paper and watching for the SuperMoon which was only partly visible.


Mama bear was capital T tired today, and I wasn’t even the parent being woken during the night and getting up at 5am.. a bit of reading and getting ready for the day, then K entertained herself by singing and dancing around while I tried to study and prepare for an OU assignment. Not easy with in flight entertainment at full blast…

We made it to recorder on time and her daily practice is really paying off in confidence and technique. She’s now trying to play tunes by ear, after singing them out. On the way back we stopped at Princes Street to buy some equipment and supplies for the new doll case project I have planned. Shhhh it’s a surprise!

The German market is almost ready and the wheel is going round so it must be almost December!

Today marked the beginning of the Orthodox Nativity Fast, 40 days of special remembrance and fasting of course, as we approach Christmas. There are lots of links and resources here but I will have to dig out the felt Nativity calendar I made last year – it took five hours so I decided against making them to sell!


Rather a blur, as we decided to move her little handpainted bed out of the room and swap it for the grown up bed of drawers. It means that a) I have a legitimate reason to be antisocial and b) we can fit in the piano! Hooray, we have found a decent piano which will be delivered on the 28th. Granny and Grandad did most of the work as mama was very under the weather, with K helping in between playing with her figurines which she ‘dusted’. 

In the afternoon there was a lot of measuring, using tape measure, rulers and even a sonic device (as bats do to find their way around), plus a few worksheets and of course, playing with Hermie the dog.


Again exhausted so very very low key. Recorder practice, reading, reciting times tables and maths games, then a walk to get some fresh air for all of us. On the way we started looking at berries; we talked about how they help both birds and the plants, how beautiful they look and started comparing shapes and colours of leaves and berries. The light is really amazing just now, when it is not overcast.

I hope that we can use these as inspiration in our nature journals, using different material to try and decide what we like best.


A G&G day, with some great recorder practice, great cursive writing, reading our book and even a bit of maths and spelling. K has decided she hates the 10-minute a day books, perhaps because they are designed to be practice rather than teaching? Lots of dog playing with Hermie the terrier too, but overall a tired and run down girl this week.

We have decided to continue using A New Coat for Anna next week, as we didn’t achieve lots of our learning outcomes or complete the lapbook.

I forgot to mention that the Amelia Thimble bjd (ball jointed dolls) arrived on Friday, to great excitement. A post alll about them soon!

This is a “sorbus cashmeriana” in a neighbour’s garden – it is a delight in every season. I wonder if it says anything about coveting trees in Exodus…

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