Friday, July 27, 2012

International Visitor

My mom was able to come to Australia for the very first time.
She had twelve wonderful days to see the sights, meet both Monkey and Munchkin for the first time, and get reacquainted with Monster.  We had many excursions in the city while she was here.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Term Two Evaluation

Our second term ended just at the public schools were going back to school.  There were two reasons for this.  First, we started term two a little bit later due to the birth of "Munchkin", and second, my mum came for a visit the end of July/beginning of August, so we took school holidays while she was here so we had time to show her the city.  Below is a list of what we accomplish during term two.

Read Aloud Books We Finished (read by me):
Kim's Treehouse Pirate
The Messy Cake
Barnyard Hullabaloo
The Giant Sunflower
Too-Slow Tortoise
The Enormous Turnip
The Magical Mermaid Mystery
The Runaway Pancake
Our Daft Dog Danny by Pamela Allen
Bear & Chook at Sea
Pirates Never Take Baths
Sky the Blue Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
The Tall Friend
Flynn the Fire Engine
Belle's New Friend
Busy Engines
Olivia the Orchid Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Ruby the Red Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Sophie the Sapphire Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Heather the Violet Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Sienna the Saturday Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Scarlett the Garnett Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Polly the Party Bag Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Sarah the Sunday Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Harriet the Hamster Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise
A Surprise for Dingo
Rebecca the Rock 'n' Roll Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Lizzie the Sweet Treats Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Megan the Monday Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Amber the Orange Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Saffron the Yellow Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Fern the Green Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
The Shaggy Gully Times - by Jackie French
Little Charley Bear: Sheriff Charlie Bear
Daisy All-Sorts by Pamela Allen
Zog - by Julia Donaldson
Not On a School Night - by Rebecca Patterson
Stomp - by Ruth Paul
Emily and the Big Bad Bunyip - by Jackie French
Sky the Blue Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Izzy the Indigo Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Heather the Violet Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Ruby the Red Fairy Choose Your Own Adventure - by Daisy Meadows
Goodnight Baby Bat - by Debi Gliori
Taylor the Talent Show Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Amelia the Singing Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Maddison the Magic Show Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Danielle the Daisy Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Maisie the Moonbeam Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Alesha the Acrobat Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Ella the Rose Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Amelie the Seal Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Whitney the Whale Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Courtney the Clownfish Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Doodleday - by Ross Collins
Sadie the Saxaphone Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Maya the Harp Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Victoria the Violin Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Fiona the Flute Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Ellie the Guitar Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Chloe the Topaz Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Emily the Emerald Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Saskia the Salsa Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Imogen the Ice Dance Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Jade the Disco Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Katie the Kitten Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Lauren the Puppy Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Honor the Happy Days Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Demi the Dressing Up Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Isabella the Air Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Lily the Rainforest Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Edie the Garden Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Coral the Reef Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Carrie the Snow Cap Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Milly the River Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Jasmine the Present Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
Kate the Royal Wedding Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
The Biggest Muddy Puddle in the World - Peppa Pig
Oliver and the Noisy Baby - by Mara Bergman
Darcy the Dance Diva Fairy - by Daisy Meadows
The Tomorrow Book - by Jackie French
Secret Agent Splat! - by Rob Scotton
Discover Science: Reptiles - by Belinda Weber
Ten Blue Wrens What a Lot of Wattle - by Elizabeth Honey
Two by Two and a Half - by David Melling
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur - by Judy Sierra
The Magic Porridge Pot
The Trouble with Dogs - by Bob Graham
Baby Wombat's Week - by Jackie French

Other Reading Activities:
Reading Eggs Online Computer Program

Maths: Targeting Maths Year 1 Textbook
Term Two of the textbook covered the following topics:
Length - comparing length, measuring length
Multiplication - numbers to fifty, counting in 5s
3D Objects and Position - 3D objects, left and right
Addition - on a number line, number sentences
Time and Mass - months and seasons, comparing mass
Addition - making ten, addition pairs of ten
Fractions - half, halves
Subtraction - counting back, take away
Patterns and 2D Shapes - shape patterns, sides and corners
Number - number patterns, odd and even
Chance and Data - possible or impossible, graphing data
Subtraction - subtraction on a number line
Number Patterns and Area - number sense, drawing shapes, measuring area
Multiplication - counting by twos, repeated addition

School Zone Addition and Subtraction
Subtraction Facts 11 and 12
Subtraction Facts 9 - 12
Fact Families 11 and 12
Adding Doubles

Excel Basic Skills English and Mathematics Year 1
Units 8 - 15 and Test
Spelling and Vocabulary
Grammar and Punctuation

Other Math Learning:
Daily Sums Work
Sudoku Puzzles
Oral counting practice with mum (counting backwards)
Weighing fruits and vegetables at the grocery store

Writing Forms Practice Pages
Bug Observation Notes
Story Writing - wrote his own fairy story

Scripture and Character Building:
Bible Reading (out loud) - 1 Samuel
Big Ideas in the Bible - by Chuck Swindoll
The Book of Virtues - by William Bennett (various stories and poems)

Science and Technology:
Caterpillar Study
**caught and housed a caterpillar and hoped to watch it become a butterfly but it died while pupating**
Observation of a Bug
**found a bug on the window in his bedroom, observed, determined bug was a wasp

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education):
weekly walk to and from the library for story hour
walking to and from the shops
riding his scooter
playing in the park
Yoga DVD for children

Weekly trips to the library for story hour and book borrowing
Weekly attendance at church and Sunday School
Attendance and participation of our homeschool group
Scheduled play dates with friends
Attended Dedication Service and Luncheon at church for his baby brother

Creative Arts:
Attended a puppet show at the library
Attended a "Build Your Own Dinosaur" craft day at the library
Free arts and crafts work with a friend at home during a play date
Created Truffala Trees during homeschool group

Other Activities:
Movie and Lunch Date with Nana
Model Car Construction
Scissor Practice
MagnaSketcher writing (numbers and letters) with Nana
Lego Construction
Played a variety of board and/or card games with friends and/or family members
Got re-acquainted with Grandmama during her visit from the states

The Powerhouse Museum
The Australian Museum
Darling Harbour Playground and Water Park
Taronga Zoo

Homeschool Group Topics:
Captain Cook
Venus Transit
The Lorax (discussion of the environment and recycling)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Local Library School Holidays Program

Our local library has wonderful programs in place during the school holidays.  The boys are always eager to learn what activities they have to choose from.  This school holidays was just as exciting and we enjoyed attending a build your own dinosaur art and craft afternoon as well as the puppet show you see photographed below.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Paper Craft

Monster spent a whole morning creating artwork out of paper.  I was pleased with the results.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Monkey is quite excited to be learning how to cut and is desperate to practice any chance he gets. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bee Ant Slug

"Mummy, this is a poy-nee-us (poisonous) bee, ant, frug (slug)!!"