Monday, April 15, 2013

Term One Evaluation

Read Aloud Books:
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think by Dr Seuss
Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume
My Australian Story Sydney Harbour Bridge
Magic School Bus Gets Ants in Their Pants
My Light by Molly Bang
The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World by Gordon Snell
First Week at Cow School
The Magic School Bus Gets a Bright Idea
The Spotless Pig by Joe Hackell
How Fast by John Carr
Who Wears This by John Carr
The Giants Loo Roll by Nicholas Allen
Cheer Up Your Teddy Bear Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell
Look See, Look at Me! by Leonie Norrington
Sheep on a Beach by P Crumble
A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock
Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest by Marc Brown
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr
Astonishing Animal ABC by Charles Fuge
Shutting the Chooks In by Libby Gleeson
Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox
Round and Round and Round and Round by Colin Thompson
Yuck! by Mick Manning
The Whisperer by Nick Butterworth
Just Another Ordinary Day by Rod Clement
Finding Home by Gary Crew
Where Does Thursday Go? by Janeen Brian
Far Far From Home by Elizabeth Pulford
Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis
Goose Goes to the Zoo by Laura Wall
Goose by Laura Wall
Elmer Rose and Super El
My Little Sister by Joanna Harrison
Spans and Supports - Australia's Bridges
Arthur and the Scare Your Pants Off Club by Marc Brown
Arthur's Mystery Envelope by Marc Brown
Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson
Happy Birthday Goose by Laura Wall
Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr Seuss
The Naughty Corner by Colin Thompson
Octonauts and the Flying Fish
Octonauts and the Great Penguin Race
The Little Dinosaur by Catriona Hoy
Minibeast Pets Caterpillars by Theresa Greenaway
Life Cycle of a Butterfly by Angela Royston
Life Cycles Butterfly by Louise Spilsbury
From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Anita Ganeri
Snakes, Lizards, Crocs and Turtles of Australia by Steve Wilson
Mike the Knight and Trollee in Trouble
Mike the Knight and the Fluttering Favour
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
Captain Kangaroo and the Big Bush Bash by Mandy Foot
A Hare and a Hound and Shy Mousey Brown by Julia Hubery and Jonathan Bentley
Special Kev by Chris McKimmie
Maisie Moo and Invisible Lucy by Chris McKimmie
Two Peas in a Pod by Chris McKimmie
Rats by Rachel Lynette
Tarantulas by Rachel Lynette
Scorpians by Rachel Lynette
A From and a Toad by Leigh Rockwood
Deadly and Incredible Animals - Top 10 Dinosaurs by Jay Dale

Independent Reading:
see printed list

Math Plus 3 textbook
Schoolzone Giant Maths 2-3 textbook

Excel Basic Skills English and Mathematics Year 2:
Units 1-8 and Test
Maths: Number, Measurement, Space
English: Comprehension, Spelling and Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Other Math Learning:
Flinch card game
Uno card game
Magic Mosaic
Numberjacks website
Problem solving worksheets

Foundation Handwriting 2
writing letters to friends

Scripture and Character Building:
continued from last year...
Bible reading (out loud) Job - Psalms
Big Ideas in the Bible by Chuck Swindoll
The Book of Virtues by William Bennett
My Bible Friends

Science and Technology:
watched weekly David Attenborough series about Africa
grew monster crystals kit given to him for his birthday
made lollies with lolly making kit given to him for his birthday

My Australian Story Sydney Harbour Bridge

weekly list given of year 2 words sourced from the internet
reviewed orally each day and written test taken on Friday

walk to and from the shops
walk to and from the library
walk to and from the park
various free play periods in the park

Creative Arts:
sponge painting
water colour painting

weekly attendance at story hour
weekly attendance at church
weekly attendance at home school group
various play dates with friends

Other Activities:
pen pal program with 8 year old American boy


Homeschool Group Topics:
visit to Hurstville Museum
Show and Tell

Summer School Holiday Events:
Bingo Afternoon at the local library
Swimming Play Date with a friend
Games Day at the local library
Up and Atom Science Tour at ANSTO
Water Rockets Science Tour at ANSTO
Australia Day Celebrations with friends

Friday, April 12, 2013

Term One - A Photo Review

The first term of the school year was interesting to say the least.
Organization was not my strong suit.
Adjusting to teaching while wrangling a MOBILE toddler was more difficult than I first anticipated.
I had grand ideas for "A Day in the Life" posts and elaborate descriptions of our learning time.
It was not to happen!

But school and learning prevailed even if my photography and blogging don't show it.
So before I do my written review with the long list of work we accomplished, I thought I would give my readers a photo review.

Here is a selection of some of the things the boys enjoyed...
NOTE: Munchkin is only highlighted in one photo as I have yet to get organized enough to begin Tiny Tot School with him!!

Monster is enjoying writing more.  He has a handwriting workbook this year and is putting MUCH more effort into his writing.  A pen pal program is helping him with this as he writes to two friends here in Australia and also the son of a university friend of mine in the states! 

Monkey enjoyed working with his letters and numbers, doing some matching games, and working on puzzles.  He ALWAYS enjoys some good arts and crafts or painting as well.  My plan for him during second term is to start a letter of the week program with him. 

Munchkin toddled around playing with his toys and exploring his world.  Here he enjoys chasing the fit ball around the play room.  I hope to do some Tiny Tot School with him more to spend some focused one-on-one time with him then to "teach" him formally. 

The big boys enjoyed time to play games together and work on art projects together. 

Whenever we are out and about in the neighbourhood we keep our eye out for nature! 

This is only a small sample - but we did do LOTS of reading!!