Monday, April 28, 2014

April School Holiday

All three boys enjoyed the relaxed routine during school holidays.
Below is a selection of some of our activities during our two week break from structured learning.

 Munchkin spent a long time outside one afternoon playing with water.
(above photos)

Later that afternoon we explored a new park we had never been to before.

We attended the Family Easter Show at Fox Studios with another home school family.

We celebrated Munchkin's 2nd birthday with presents in the morning...

 ... and Bingo at the library with their FAVOURITE librarian...

and a birthday photo shoot on the walk home!

Easter weekend for our family always means concentrated family time as it is the ONLY long stretch of time hubby has off from work.

Good Friday was church in the morning and a picnic at the  beach in the afternoon.

Saturday was a small BBQ celebration in the park for Munchkin's birthday.

 Sunday was church in the morning followed by lunch out together and a nice long play in the playground in the afternoon.

Easter Monday was family time at home... spending time together and getting little chores done around the house!

It was a wonderful and restful time together and we are ready to tackle term two!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Term One Evaluation

Read Aloud Books:

Picture Books - 
The Messy Mother's Day - Lucie Billingsley
Six Little Chicks - Jez Alborough
In the Lion - James Foley
Olivia Dances for Joy
Below Deck on the Sunken Wreck - Mandy Foot
Alison Lester's ABC's
Last Tiger - Rebecca Elliott
The Night the Toys Came to Life - Enid Blyton
Little Whistle's Christmas - Cynthia Rylant
Christmas Parade - Sandra Boynton
Are We There Yet? - Alison Lester
The Bee
Home For Bilby - Joanne Crawford
Bears in Beds - Shirley Parenteau
The Mark of the Wagarl - Lorna Little
Nardika Learns to Make a Spear - Chris Fry
999 Tadpoles Find a New Home - Ken Kimura
Fire - Jackie French
Baby Tawnies - Judy Paulson
How the Kangaroos Got Their Tails - George Mung Mung Lirrmiyarri
Killer Crocodiles - Alex Woolf
Flood - Jackie French
Tiny: a little dog on a big adventure - Jennifer Castles
Endangered and Threatened Animals: Giant Pandas - Brenda Haugen

Chapter Books - 
Beezus and Ramona
Ramona the Pest
Ramona the Brave
Ramona and Her Father
Ramona and Her Mother
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Ramona Forever

Independent Reading:
see written list ~ he read 57 books over the course of the term

Other Reading Activities:

Maths Plus Year 3 textbook ~ completed all units for Term 1
Advanced Primary Maths Year 3 textbook ~ selected pages to complement Maths Plus textbook
  • Multiplication by 2 and 4
  • Column Graphs
  • Two Digit Addition
  • Multiplication by 5 and 10
  • Division With Arrays
"G is for Googol - A Math Alphabet Book"
(read selected pages to complement Letter of the Week program for Monkey)

Completed 250 piece jigsaw puzzle together as a family
Started 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle and working on it with mum some evenings

Maths Online computer program
Khan Academy computer program

Foundation Handwriting 2

Began a gratitude journal
Various copywork from Fox in Socks by Dr Seuss
Wrote thank you notes to his friends for his birthday presents he received
Wrote and sent a postcard to one of his American pen pals (he now has two)
Wrote and received letters from his two best friends here in Australia

Scripture and Character Building:
Bible (read aloud) Luke 11 - 13
Book of Virtues by William Bennett
Big Ideas in the Bible by Chuck Swindoll
My Bible Friends

Science and Technology:
Read Aloud Information Books - 
  • Life Cycles - Frogs and Other Amphibians
  • Frogs and Other Amphibians
  • Tell Me the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad
  • Steve Parish - Amazing Facts About Australian Frogs and Reptiles
  • Tree Frogs
  • Blast Off! Let's Explore the Moon
  • Space Guides Exploring the Moon
  • Amazing Australian Reptiles Fish and Amphibians
  • Steve Parish - Nature Watch Reptiles
  • Wild Predators Deadly Reptiles
  • Amazing Facts About Australian Frogs and Reptiles
Nature Study while walking to the park ~
Observed and discussed the following
~ mud crabs
~ various mushrooms
~ shiny beetles
~ leaf curling spiders
~ ducks
~ flowers and plants

Nature walk to do leaf and bark rubbing

365 Science Experiments #58 Super Hearing
~ completed experiment and dictated procedure to me

Planted and cared for cutting from the rose bush in the front yard

Leopard Program on SBS
David Attenborough ~ Madagascar
City of Bees - Youtube

Learned how to download photographs from his digital camera the the computer via USB port
Created and Launched his own personal blog
Published blog posts
Able to re-size photographs using GIMP photo editing program with verbal guidance

daily oral review of weekly lists as sourced from year 3 lists on the internet
(20 words per list)
written test taken every Friday

walk to and from the library
walk to and from the shops
walk to and from various parks
free play at various parks
riding scooter
Totem Tennis in the front yard
Participated in Sydney wide Homeschool Athletics Carnival and took part in the following events:
~ long jump, triple jump, shot put, javelin and a running race
discussion about safe behaviour and activity while using the internet and specifically while managing blog

Creative Arts:
Various "Letter of the Week" inspired craft (example: monkey and meerkat printable crafts)
Marble Painting
Rainbow Pasta Craft

Began Australian Book Traveller Curriculum
Lesson One: Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester
~ map work
~ drew "floor plan" of front garden

weekly attendance of Sunday School
weekly attendance of story hour
scheduled play dates with friends

Other Activities:
Played a variety of board and card games
  • Rummy-O
  • Yahtzee
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Elefun
  • Perfection
  • Skip-Bo
  • Flinch
Attended the funeral and wake of a close family friend
Enjoyed a surprise one week visit from Nana for his birthday
Hosted birthday party for friends and family
Attended Riverwood Autumn Festival
Attended best friend's disco themed birthday party

Taronga Zoo

Homeschool Group Topics:
Science Theme - hydraulics, absorption, liquids
Science Experiments and show and tell (boys shared shed snake skin they found at the park)

Fourth Term AND First Term School Holiday Events:
Fourth Term - 
  • Bingo at Earlwood Library
  • Opera House Creative Play Event - Lego Sculpture
  • Paul's Magic Show ~ Riverwood Library
  • ANSTO ~ Water Rockets
  • Build Your Own City ~ Riverwood Library
  • ANSTO ~ Cosmetic Chemistry (make lip balm, soap, and toothpaste)
  • Animal Craft ~ Riverwood Library
  • Participated in Summer Reading Challenge at Riverwood Library and Oatley Library
First Term - 
  • Family Easter Show ~ Fox Studios
  • Bingo at Earlwood Library
  • Good Friday Service at Riverwood Presbyterian Church
  • Lego Club at Lugarno Anglican Church

Week Ten - Letter Ss

For a variety of reasons I have NO photographs of our structured learning for the final week of the term.  However, I do still have a few photos showing some Ss activities through the week.

 Siblings enjoying a ride on the train together!!
(a stretch I know)

 We have started using a salt lamp in the boys bedroom at night to see if it improves James' asthma issues.

 Swords fights with daddy are always a good way to burn some energy on a rainy day!

We observed this leaf curling spider while on a walk.

And we ended the term and week with a Sydney wide homeschool Athletics Carnival.
Monster really enjoyed the event and Monkey is keen to give it a try next year!