Wednesday, July 16

Mama's Day

Very late at night, cuddling in bed with Miss6...

"I'm going to make a Mama's Day for you."
"Oh?, Why?"
"I think you should have a day all for you to show my appreciation for everything you do for me."

gasp, what a child.

Next day, we both have forgotten.

This morning she remembered... and so I was sent to the bedroom with a book, as she created; an arrow to lead the way, two flag's stating Mama's Day that were stuck erect into the sofas.

Yes, of course I cried.

First a play picnic. Then we had a treasure hunt that included a trick route.

I also recorded part of a Mama Appreciation song she sang for me.

So who needs a national Mother's Day? July 15th from now on will be Mama's Day.

heart runneth over....

Tuesday, July 15

weather and mermaids

A catch-up post...

Last week we looked at precipitation, the four main types, and the whole cycle. A couple of weather books from the library as well as a few water cycle interactives online.

Looking at snowflakes led to symmetry and she learnt all about it. Her favourite was using a mirror and half capital lettrs to form the whole letter. Like magic! Like all our learning, we take it into daily life and we both point out when we find symmetry, or, as she discovered through experience, asymmetry.

We re-read Snowflake Bentley (a home educated child to boot).

Watched, the magic school bus "Kicks Up a Storm".
cloud poem

She sat there one day giving me tornado facts. We don't have these in England so she was fascinated when I told her about friends in America and their experiences, including how they have bunkers for safety.


She has also become more interested in mermaids. I'm supposing connected to her marine life interest. I cut an old pair of jeans up, giving her one leg to wear over her legs as her tail.

Her drawing motivation continues and here you see a mermaid holding a mermaid drawing. (that's her mini trampoline that sits in our living ready ever-ready for her bouncing needs)


Yesterday she picked up her herb book again so I offered to print out another instalment of her Herbal Roots Zine. She read a story about and did some activities on Chamomile.


This morning she's involved in a drawing and making project. She's drawn a hamster and that gave her the idea to create the parts for a 3D one... she's busy at her desk as I type away......

Tuesday, July 8


No Japan study is complete without Origami.

Amazing Origami for Children arrived, the 'for children' meaning for them rather than children making them I feel.

It's a little too advanced for a 6 yr-old to work from, but it inspired crafty creations in her, and I had a go at a cat, which she then completed with her own details.

Doing it myself really gave me a new admiration for Japanese ingenuity and detail.

Miss6 is adding a white patch on it's chest, and has decided to make it various things like a food bowl and a toy. And it's name is Blackberry.

She enjoyed the book Japan, and there are many activities to which we'll return over time.

I stumbled across an interesting documentary of expats in Japan, for myself, not Miss6.

Origami resources:

Monday, July 7

Star Festival

We're continuing our Japan learning... and brought home a library book for some basics.

Thanks to sustainablemum, who told me that July 7th was Tanabata, a Japanese Star Festival.

This was not only a fun celebration and cultural thing to look at, but it gave us a way to see into life in Japan. I was struggling to find child-friendly videos. Looking for specifics, like a particular festival, helps I realised.

So this morning we watched the story of Tanabata, and one family preparing for the day and visiting the streets for the festival.

Miss6 suggested we ought to do something so we both made our own wishes, and hung them up on our large window, rather than the traditional bamboo.

She wrote hers in her secret language. We'll be sure to look up at the skies tonight for Orihime and Hikoboshi.

Thursday, July 3


Marine life.
She's had great fun with Play, Draw, Create: ocean. Eventually this led to learning to draw sharks and other marine life. She felt good being able to draw such recognisable animals. I wondered if how-to-draw books would be a constraint to creativity, but I think she's had a great foundation in open and free art. This way has given her a whole different confidence boost.

So it's led to general drawing motivation, including many sharks, which she tends to cut out. This morning she asked for her 'nice' pastels and we have more sharks, requiem and mackerel to be specific - nicely blended I might add.

Summer Activities gave her lots of inspiration, for paper plate jelly fish and other creatures. In her (much supported by mama) independent style, she does it her own way, using the books as inspiration rather than step-by-step how tos.

We were chatting about her chalk drawings in our concrete courtyard, and how the rain washes them away completely, which then gives her a fresh canvas... this reminded me about Tibetan mandalas. I explained to her how intricate and beautiful they were, and yet, they are soon destroyed. How it's the process and mindfulness that matters, and not becoming attached.

We watched a couple of videos. Construction and destruction of a mandala and Sacred Tibetan Sand Mandala Time Lapse.

She was inspired immediately and drew her own beautiful one. We mailed it off to her grandma. She's also been chalking some outside.

We have a new member of the family.... Cookie... officially now Cookie Crumble, Sister Cat. She has drawn her portrait as well.

Wednesday, July 2


We haven't been on a learning tour since Spain. somehow Japan came up in conversation, and she said that she wanted to learn all about it....

So today we were off to Japan!

She had heard very basic Japanese from the UK Lingo Show. We had also read Tea with Milk a couple of months back (although a little mature so not a favourite).

She had a sneak peek at Let's Learn About Japan, whetting her appetite, which I promised we'll return to later.

I found some simple sites with basic Japan info, like currency and the flag. She knows now that Japanese people call their country Nippon, and it means 'land of the rising sun', hence the flag design. I asked if she could locate Japan on our wall map and she knew immediately where it was.

We watched how to put on a yukata/kimono. She loved the bit about right-over-left meaning you are dead.

Some time ago we had read Three Strong Women, a Japanese folktale in her Tatterhood collection, which includes sumo wrestling. So we watched a little of that on youtube as well.

The nicest cultural video I came across was The Paper Crane, from the Reading Rainbow. Which eventually focuses on the book.

free lapbook
One Leaf Rides the Wind