Now on with the fun ~
We opened Hogwarts school with each child taking the Hogwarts Sorting Hat Test to see to which house they belonged. All of our children were very worried they might get into Slytherin (considered the house that sometimes produces bad wizards). They had nothing to worry about. They all came out Hufflepuff (known to produce hard-working students and loyal friends). They then sat with the sorting hat on their heads to hear the official announcement of their placement. The sorting hat told each child their character traits and why they were being placed in Hufflepuff.
We then had an English feast of Bangers and Mash with watermelon on the side.
Then next morning it was time to start our lessons. Each day we concentrated on a different wizard class, except potions (chemistry) which my dear husband has taught every night. Each day began with Muggle studies (math, language arts, and geography/cultural studies of England). Then we moved onto our wizard study of the day. On the first day we studied Defense Against the Dark Arts. The kids and I reviewed stranger danger, some child-friendly self-defense skills (yell, run, tell someone), and how to maintain a safe distance between them and a stranger. We then watched some You Tube videos and discussed telephone safety, 911 and basic first aid. Then the kids got to have a wizard duel with silly string.
On Tuesday, Grandma came as Professor Sprout and taught Herbology. She taught us how to make a fairy garden. It came out so cute and will give the children hours of play this summer. We planted herbs, moss and a strawberry plant. Each child has an elf or fairy to play with in the garden.
On Wednesday, Tim took on the role of Hagrid and taught the kids a class called the Care of Magical Creatures. He concentrated on teaching that dragons were invented to explain the many dinosaur fossils that were being found in the Middle Ages. He then read to them Stone Girl, Bone Girl, which is a great book about Mary Anning (a fossil hunter in the early 1800's in England). They looked at several more books about Mary Anning and dragons. He showed them a few videos on YouTube about Komodo dragons (a kind of lizard). Then he made dragon's breath with them. This is made by touching a 9 volt battery to steel wool.
Tim also is helping the kids hatch and raise sea monkeys. They are so tiny right now that you cannot see them without a magnifying glass. However, they seem healthy and are swimming around a lot.
On Thursday, I taught the kids Transfiguration. First, we defined transfiguration, defined as a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state. We then changed little plastic capsules into sponges by placing them into water. This was a fun activity and was also our sensory bucket for the week.
We then pulled out our dinosaur plant and woke it up. It can "sleep" for up to fifty years. All you have to do is put it into water and lava rock and it will wake up and grow within minutes. We have had this plant for about 12 years. We take it out of the closet every two or three years and enjoy it for a few weeks before storing it away again. Now, that is my kind of plant! It will grow so big that it will overflow the bowl over the next few days. However, it will shrink down to it's original size once it has no more water.
We finished off transfiguration by going to a friend's house who has a microwave. We do not own one. We transformed a cake of Ivory soap into a cloud of soap. This is so amazing to watch! You put the Ivory soap on a plate in the microwave and set the timer for two minutes. We had to do this experiment a few times with several cakes of soap so that everyone could stand in front of the microwave window to watch.
We had a wonderful time in Potions class. My husband pulled out several chemistry sets that we had saved from our oldest son's high school years. Here are some fun pictures of our discoveries.
I will be telling you more about our studies of England and Five in a Row (FIAR) book of the week in another post. I am joining Homegrown Learners. Okay!