Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Great Wall completed!

Here are some pictures of our building project for our study of China finally completed! The boys really enjoyed working on this project!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Chinese shuttlecocks

The boys had fun making and playing with these Chinese shuttlecocks! Here is a story we read about someone playing this game

In my memory, playing the shuttlecock game was one of my favorite things during my childhood. The shuttlecocks I played were not used for playing badminton game; they were just used for playing by themselves.
My hometown is in northeast China where the winter is very long—almost five to six months. Playing the shuttlecock outside was the main game in the winter. Because I liked to play this kind of game very much, the shuttlecock became my good friend who always accompanied me in the long winter.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Friday, March 04, 2011

Carrick Hill

"rattie's boat?"
We enjoyed our visit to Carrick House. In the front gardens we observed an exhibition of mosaics. Unfortunately we were not allowed to use cameras inside. But it was intriging to note all the art that the owners of the house  had  collected, especially the panelling which dated back over several hundred years.


home for a hobbit?
But I think what the boys enjoyed most was the "story book trail" behind the house and the secret places to discover in the garden.

A great homeschool excursion.

beware the troll!
"some pig"

what a web

Charlotte perhaps?

checking the time

guess whose garden!

the blue jaket gives it away!

 Not Worzell Gummidge!

Highly recomend this book

Thursday, March 03, 2011

"All there is to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you." ~ Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

China readings

Today we read this book and had fun discovering which year we were born in.

We also made these:

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Marco Polo

Venice at the time of Marco Polo
making a yurt
inside the yurt

cutting out the front

From this wonderful homeschool blog  we have been finding ideas to supplement our study of Marco Polo and the Middle Ages. Again I love it when several subjects coincide. As we are also studying Asia in geography this also fits perfectly there. Here are some of the activities we have done.Again not my ideas which is why I am linking to this great blog. Also some of the books we are reading at present are included in this post plus our library corner all set up with books on China(well mostly!)