Friday, June 27, 2014

Term Two Evaluation

Read Aloud Books:

Picture Books - 
Friends by Eric Carle
Dinosaur Dig by Penny Dale
A Bigger Digger by Brett Avison
One Sunday by Pamela Allen
Bears on the Stairs by Julia Jarman
Tiny - A Little Dog On a Big Adventure by Jennifer Castles
God and His Creations Tales from the Old Testament

Chapter Books - 
Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Twits by Roald Dahl

Independent Reading:
see written list ~ 

Other Reading Activities:

Maths Plus Year 3 textbook ~ completed all units for Term 2
Advanced Primary Maths Year 3 textbook ~ selected pages to complement Maths Plus textbook
  • Three Digit Addition
  • Addition Problems (word problems)
  • Subtraction Strategies
  • Halves Quarters and Eighths
"G is for Googol - A Math Alphabet Book"
(read selected pages to complement Letter of the Week program for Monkey)

Continued work on 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle some evenings with mum

Maths Online computer program
Khan Academy computer program

Foundation Handwriting 2

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 14 - 22
Book of Virtues by William Bennett
Big Ideas in the Bible by Chuck Swindoll
My Bible Friends

Science and Technology:
Read Aloud Information Books - 

Built track with plastic construction set and tested it with solid ball and experimental ball
Created and tested paper plate sun dials

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

Creative Arts:
Various "Letter of the Week" inspired craft 

weekly attendance of Sunday School
weekly attendance of story hour
scheduled play date with best friend to celebrate a sibling birthday

Other Activities:
Played a variety of board and card games
  • Rummy-O
  • Yahtzee
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Elefun
  • Perfection
  • Skip-Bo
  • Flinch
Imaginative (self created) Lego games with his younger brother


Homeschool Group Topics:
Attended going away party (picnic lunch) for another family moving to China

Term School Holiday Events:
Lego Club at Lugarno Anglican Church
Bingo at Earlwood Library
Super Hero Event at ANSTO
Magic Show at Riverwood Library
Paper Box Creations at Riverwood Library

Week Nine ~

Only puzzles...

Stay tuned for the Term Evaluation post to see what written/structured work we did!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Week Eight ~

 After several days of cloudy and/or windy weather we were FINALLY able to continue our solar system unit and make these sun dials!

 Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles.
An update photo of Monster's and my puzzle at the top...
The one hundred piece penguin puzzle that Monkey and I put together one evening...
and finally a new 1000 piece puzzle that I have started with the idea of working on it by myself.

 I found some clay dinosaur eggs at Kmart and the boys spent a LONG afternoon digging out the dinosaurs while I finished reading about 2/3 of James and the Giant Peach to them!

 Munchkin was WAY more interested in playing with all the dust it created!

And finally the big boys spent some time creating their own "ice cube" boats which they coloured with food colouring, froze in the freezer, then attached a paper sail and floated them in the tub.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Week Seven ~

Lots of pictures this week...

 First up is the HUGE crane that was working down the street from our house reinforcing the train tracks.  It is the 2nd largest crane in the Southern Hemisphere measuring 260 metres when fully assembled.  It took nine days to move it in and assemble it, only 48 hours to complete the work on the train track, and another nine days to take it apart and ship it back out on flatbed trucks!  The boys LOVED watching the process.

 Another Pinterest Toddler idea - and he LOVED this one - spending quite awhile sticking the pipe cleaners in the strainer before moving on to another activity.

 Both the big boys enjoyed these mosaic pictures!

 Paint with Water is another great activity for Munchkin!

The big boys are interested in trying a unit study on the solar system.
We started with the sun and read these two books aloud.

Finished mosaic pictures...

Two new fine motor skills games/toys I got out for the big boys.

 Monster and I are making slow progress on our puzzle.
What amazes me is that he places MANY more puzzle pieces than I am able to.

We finished off our busy week with some indoor rock climbing!
It was AWESOME!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Week Six ~

No pictures of structured learning time this week...
Instead I have some pictures of taking the boys bowling for the first time...

And some nature photography.
Our homeschool group met at a beautiful park for a picnic lunch and a chance to visit together before one of the families headed to China to do missionary work.
The above photo is a Kookaburra and the photo below is a Tawny Frogmouth!