Friday, January 9, 2015

Brain Dump - Monkey

I am starting the planning process for our new school year NOW since the first week of school is right around the corner (27th January) and I'm struggling to keep all the thoughts that are bouncing around in my head in order, so I've decided to "dump" them all into a blog post and hopefully I can organize them better from there.  This will probably be the first of many "versions" of this post and so rather than repeat it in several separate blog posts I will add a different colour each time I add more information.  Thus tonight I start in black... also I will have separate lists for each of the three boys!!


Monkey: 5 years old - Year 1 / 1st Grade

Maths Plus Year 1 textbook
Maths Plus Year 2 textbook
  • I MAY fast track Monkey through two years of math IF he shows that he is mastering the information quickly and easily.
  • I want to make Logic Puzzles and Brain Teasers a more prominent part of our maths learning
  • I would like Monkey to utilize Khan Academy more this year
  • I am hoping to find some living books about mathematics in the library

Spelling - 
  • As Monkey is NOT reading yet we will not be doing formal spelling at this time
Reading -
  • We have a Reading Eggs subscription that expires end of May 2015
  • Monkey wants to continue an Alphabet Letter of the Week program so we will do that again with much more focus on the SOUND the letter makes rather than just on identification of the letter.
  • We will begin to look a CVC words and word families.
  • Monkey will participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge for the first time - listening to read alouds
  • I will continue to read aloud to Monkey daily with a combination of picture, non-fiction, and chapter books
  • Read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl and watch both DVDs
  • Read "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White and watch both DVDs
Writing - 
  • As Monkey is NOT reading yet we will not be doing formal writing (as creative writing) at this time, instead I will have Monkey participate in daily copywork exercises chosen from quality literature of from ideas he has dictated to me first.
  • We will do picture writing as a copywork experience
  • I MAY have him write short, non-fiction paragraphs about some of the topics he will be studying this year to show knowledge/mastery of the information. Again this will be in the copywork format from dictation.
  • I would like him to write letters to his best friend (dictation/copywork format) - goal of one letter per term
  • I would like him to write (dictation/copywork format) to his grandparents - goal of one letter to each per term
Handwriting - 
  • Monkey will use the Foundations Handwriting textbook 
  • We will use either the Kindergarten or Year 1 textbook (I will make a decision after I look at them for content and difficulty level.
  • Monkey will complete a page of handwriting twice a week.
Grammar - 
  • I will begin to introduce basic Grammar through the use of the book "GrammarLand" and we will have one formal Grammar lesson per week.
Science and Technology:

Science - (Earth Science)
  • Learn about the Earth's rotation and tilt on its axis and its effect on day/night, tides, temperatures and season
  • Use appropriate tools and equipment to collect and record data about weather changes and record findings in his science notebook. (I will source and use simple pictures to show weather patterns)
Read the following books:
"Seasons in Australia - Spring" by Greg Pyers
"Seasons in Australia - Summer" by Greg Pyers
"Seasons in Australia - Autumn" by Greg Pyers
"Seasons in Australia - Winter" by Greg Pyers
  • Investigate how the weather changes affect the Indigenous seasons (eg. dry season)
  • Learn and study about the seasonal changes in Darwin, NT as compared to Sydney, NSW
Read the following books:
"Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo" by Alison Lester

Science - (Living Things)
  • Plants Unit Study - with a focus on Carnivorous Plants
  • Investigate a life cycle (plant some flowers) and observe and record first hand the stages of its life cycle in his science notebook
  • Do the "seed in a Coke bottle" experiment so we can actually see the seed sprout and begin to grow - observe and record his observations in his science notebook
  • Investigate and discuss the role of living things in our habitat (plants, microbes, etc)
  • Watch and discuss and David Attenborough specials on TV or DVDs from library
  • Plan excursion to The Royal Botanical Gardens and specifically visit the Greenhouse in search of carnivorous plants
Borrow David Attenborough DVD on Plants from the library
Read the following books:
"Flowering Plants" by Rob Colson

Science - (Physical World)

Investigate and Conduct Experiments Dealing with the Following Concepts
  • Heat
  • States of Matter (solid, liquid, gas)
  • Forces (movement, gravity, friction)
  • Magnetic Attraction
Technology - (Information/Computer)
  • Launch and maintain his own personal blog
  • Use his point and shoot camera to take pictures for personal pleasure and use on his blog
  • Learn about and discuss safe useage of computer and internet
Humans Society and Its Environment:

History and Geography - 

Use literature to learn about and discuss British Colonization of Australia

Read the following Non-Fiction Information books:
"Australia's Explorers" by Jennifer Russell
"First Australians The Story of Indigenous Australia" by Karin Cox
"Convicts in Australia A Workforce of Prisoners" by Angela Crocombe
"Australian Convicts from the First Fleet to the End of Transportation" by Jill B. Bruce
"Child Convicts" by Net Brennan
"The First Fleet How and Why it Happened" by Kenneth Muir (Australian Geographic History)
"Strangers in the Land The Coming of the Europeans" by Joseph Harding (Australian Geographic History)
"Life in Colonial Australia From First Fleet to Federation" by Kerry Davies (Australian Geographic History)

Use literature to learn about and discuss Australian Geography and History
"Australia the Land" A Bobbie Kalman Book
"Australia the People" A Bobbie Kalman Book
"My Place" by Nadia Wheatley

Begin Reading Jackie French's Animal Series Books
Begin Reading Our Australian Girl Books

Use the Australian Book Traveller Curriculum
Watch "My Place" DVDs

Cultures - 

Environments - 
  • Research and learn about the different environments within Australia (desert, rainforest, beach, bush, wetlands, mountains, tropics) by looking at the different weather that occurs in these environments as well as the animals that depend on this environment.
  • Learn how people can care for these environments and the animals that live there.
Social Systems and Structures - 
  • Research about the local council and the resource systems that they provide such as garbage, sewage, water and other systems that the communities need.
  • Learn about the decision making processes to elect and work in the local government
  • Look at what the roles and responsibilities of citizens are in the local government such as structure and elections of location councils and other community groups (eg Scouts)
  • Research information about process of local products (eg fruit and veg at grocery store) that is grown and changed to become a product for the community such as wool, oilseeds, cotton, rice, mineral ores, timber and/or food crops
Creative Arts:

Visual Arts - 
  • Artist Study - choose an artist and complete a full artist study
  • Make art work by using different techniques and using a wide range of materials (paint, crayon, water colour, oils, pastels, chalk, etc) and different tools (paint brushes, sticks, sponges, etc)
  • Look at different ways you can explore tone, shade, line, shape and texture
  • Visit art galleries and museums to read/talk/write about different artists and artworks

Music -

  • Composer Study - choose a composer and complete a full composer study about them 
  • Listen to music from selected composer
  • Listen to a wide range of music types such as jazz, pop, rock, classical, etc
  • Sing a wide range of songs
  • Learn about and explore different musical concepts such as pitch, tone, structure, duration, dynamics
  • Use different materials (found objects, instruments, body percussion, environmental sounds) to learn about beat and rhythm
Drama/Dance - 
  • Move his body to a variety of different music/rhythms
  • watch a DVD recording of a dance performance - The Nutcracker
  • attend a dance performance and/or drama performance during the year
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Weekly attendance of home school group
  • Weekly attendance of Sunday school
  • Daily outdoor exercise for a minimum of one hour (indoor option during bad weather)
  • Ride scooter
  • Learn how to ride a bike
  • Learn about the different ways you can make healthy food choices -  help plan and cook a snack for the family (eg pikelets)
  • Personal Development and Changes - discuss the changes that are taking place (growing taller) and how your body is changing as you are getting older.
Other Activities: (determine what KLAs they fit under)
  • Learn some new board games - Chess, Cluedo, etc
  • Use Lego Creationary set on a regular basis
  • Continue to work on jigsaw puzzles
  • Learn how to use and maintain the microscopes
  • Use the microscope to observe and learn about a variety of substances.

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