I love cooking as you all know, so it makes it amazing to find a curriculum that shares this enjoyment for us all to do together. If you saw my last post Cooking scrambled egg you would of seen that our girls are at different stages.
Even though Jennifer is 14 I still supervise her when cooking. Yet she needs no help at all, she can easily do all the tasks mentioned on the fantastic guides provided. She does struggle slightly with the guides but this is more due to her Dyslexia and I do get the feeling her confidence! She will measure it all fine, but it’s when reading she asks me for reassurance of is that right. This is one thing I really like about this curriculum it gives them back the confidence they may have lost at school!
Jasmin apart from the cooking can do it all, Jasmin does need reassurance, but with the clear instructions she can get in to do it! Jasmin loves how their is many different recipes especially as she is a picky eater. This meant she could choose which one she felt suited her taste buds best. The only thing that confused her was how different the recipes were to here in the UK! As this curriculum is for America so the recipes are American, which gave a culture shock from the usual Yorkshire pudding batter.
Bella, just loves making a mess, well that’s what I’ve decided! As she poured her flour into the cup and it pouring over the floor. Her smile as she then makes foot prints with the flour on the floor, this is the thing with home education they can do them. She was so excited to eat them especially as she had been measuring out very different to the way we do uk ones.
One of the most important things in home education is teaching them life skills and that is exactly what this curriculum does. As in the UK a lot of adults like myself never learnt to cook at home as our parents were always working, we can ensure our home educated children know how to do so. When we are the fun that is to be had, from flour on the face to just messing around.
I’m a big believer that everything we do can be counted as home education. Here in the UK we do not have to follow a curriculum. This makes these so much more fun, to see how great curriculums like Love at Home Education are. There are many different activities to do with Love at Home Education. There is a link below to take you to the cooking by level 1 curriculum. Y
It really supports looking at the different levels of how an activity can be set at. Anyone that follows our YouTube will know we love to cook, so being giving the chance to check out a curriculum that involves cooking, of course we said yes!
When we received the email to confirm our date I was so excited to see the food options! Also it made me realise how many foods I have not let our girls make and also how different their levels are! On some things our girls are at a level 5; which is cooking on their own. Apart from Bella who is level 1 just coming up to a level 2. So when choosing a recipe we wanted it to be something our girls had never done before.
The meals are set out in breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. I allowed the girls to choose what they wanted to make. They decided they wanted to make daddy scrambled egg on toast for his breakfast as he didn’t have breakfast in the week as he works so hard.
I gave them the recipe for them to work as a team. Jennifer measured out the ingredients, then past them to Bella to pour them in the bowl and Jasmin did the cooking. Laughing and helping each other make sure there was no egg shell within the scrambled egg. Asking each other to test it and taste if daddy will like it.
The recipe is set out extremely well for the girls to read and follow. Even with Jennifer having dyslexia she found it easy to follow. It’s done well with the ingredients in orange so clear they are not part of the instructions of how to cook. The cooking instructions are in bold black and numbered to show which order they go in. It even has pictures of what way it should be measured, poured etc.
Anth was very surprised at how yummy the food was. He was also very proud of them for cooking something different. It’s amazing what it teaches them from working as a team and each person has a job. It’s also teaching them maths with the measuring, as well as life skill of cooking. They also learn English and how to follow a recipe/ instructions. Not forgetting science different particles mixing together and what happens when we hear them up and cool them down.
When we were invited by Rutherford’s Punting Cambridge, I was extremely anxious and excited at the same time. Even though I had lived in Cambridgeshire my whole life I had never enjoyed 1 of our famous past times! For me this was because of my fear of water, but when the opportunity came we decided it would be a great opportunity to show our CrazyFam my home city and my fear of water.
We arrived late as the my phone took us completely the wrong way! But the lads were very welcoming and kind enough to take us out. When we got down to the pontoon, I could feel the nerves as Anth and the girls climbed in with no fear my heart pounded. I decided to sit on the edge and climb in! My shock at the fact it barely moved even under my weight was the first thing I noticed.
When we first got in I was sat next to Bella, shockingly I then moved. Matt, our host, was great as Jennifer really wanted to know the history as we went down the river. We relaxed listening to the facts of the colleges, learning things we’d never known before. Being very kind and reassuring of my fear, he showed and explained how the punt cannot tip as it has a flat bottom. Showing us the trading doors and explaining how punts were originally used to service them doors.
Jennifer found it a shock that punts have been used before the 1900’s for leisure. To her this was amazing that the people coming to Cambridge had enjoyed something so simple for over 100 years!
It was also great to see how all the punters were like a little community. As they chatted with each other and looked out for each other’s punts. There was bumps as the self punters could not control their punts as well! We had 3 bumps with these, yet we stayed calm and fully trusted Matt as he explained that they are not regulars at it. Also how he explained about the punts design, he even took a moment out for 1 of them to explain how to control the punt. This was great and showed how much they all cared for the river and the safety of everyone on it.
We then pulled up to the pontoon, I felt daft as I was ok but then I pushed it away slightly. So I ended up embarrassed by climbing out on all fours.
Please, pop over and give them a lot of love. Their prices start from £15, and I hope 1 day Anth and I could do their romantic tour.
We had 4 different flavours, each was lovely and energising. As we know Jasmin does gymnastics, these are great for this and it provides the much needed energy!
The sports bottle is also perfect for this as well, with its non-leak you can just squeeze to get some out. Then continue with whatever fitness you are doing.
The flavours are not over powering and very delicious. Our favourite is the blue, it has a similar taste to Powerade, but we did prefer the Gatorade as it didn’t taste as sugary. Which is great when you are trying to loose weight, but need a pick me up whilst exercising.
We also had a towel in the box that Bella fell in love with. She loves that it actually fits round her and makes her feel like grown up. I don’t have the heart to inform her the towel is actually for wiping sweat whilst working out. The design on it is great, as the colours orange black are fantastic for showing the brand. The towel does not feel rough, which is great.
The bottle design for the drink is similar to any other sports drink, until you go to drink it. As soon as you hold the bottle you can feel that the plastic is softer and thinner. This is great for recycling and for the amount of plastic being produced, which means they are eco friendly.
Yet the labelling can at points be hard to read, as the label is silver/grey and some of the writing is white/grey. As a mum I like to check all the ingredients, especially as we have a child with nut allergies. All ingredients are easy to read and find.
If you follow us on YouTube, a couple of weeks ago we went to Cambridge to visit some museums. None of us realised just how many museums Cambridge had, but we visited only 3 of them.
The first one we visited was Sedgwick museum, this was extremely interesting. First walking in the girls got so excited as they were greeted with T-Rex. He nearly touched the ceiling and our discussions started with could we imagine if it was alive today! Talks of how it would terrorise the world and people would possibly not be here.
As we continued to look around at the amazing fossils and bones. We then come to the other end to find beautiful rocks and crystals. For Jennifer this was her favourite part of it all as she has love crystals since a little girl. We then arrived at the volcanoes, which had a list of things. For Jennifer and I, we were surprised at how entertaining our conversation was for others within the museum.
“Mum, what is a sulphur pit” Jennifer asked. “Remember in sherk when they are climbing to save Fiona and donkey accuses Sherk of an awful smell. Well that is the lime stone given off the smell of sulphur. Which is the same smell sometimes cars make when their catalytic convertor is starring to stop working”. “Did it really kill dinosaurs?” She questioned as if I know all the answers, my reply was “according to scientist yes the sulphur pits jelled loads of them, but they couldn’t be sure of that really as we weren’t around back then!”
We then visited the scientology museum, again they had the shock factor of a massive whale hanging from the ceiling of the entrance. The volunteers here were fantastic and they really helped us with our knowledge of animals from the passed and present. Our most surprised animal was the giant sloth. This creature stood over 8 foot tall and simple died out through natural reasons rather than anything else.
The only thing for me personally was some of the items were very creepy. We also saw the bones in the whale and dolphin skeletons that showed how they used to walk on land.
Jennifer and Jasmin’s favourite was Fiztwilliam museum, which by this point Bella was too tiered. But they had so many different amazing things it was hard to take in. The best exhibits were Egyptian and the Greek. Jennifer even posed for photos with the items, which for her is surprising!
All together it was an amazing educational visit into Cambridge.