Saturday, January 28, 2017

School Holiday Wrap-Up

Our Christmas/summer school holidays are officially over.
Public schools will start back Monday 30th of January.
We will take Monday as a bonus day, then enjoy an excursion to a museum in the city with our best homeschool friends on Tuesday.
Therefore, our first official day of the 2017 school year will be Wednesday 1st of February.
Here is a HUGE look at all the fun we had these past 5-6 weeks.

Monster decided he wanted to see if he could finish this puzzle before the new school year begins.  So many nights he worked on the puzzle while I read aloud to him. 

I added some more chores to their daily routine, as we had more time to work on life skills. Both boys alternated turns washing breakfast and lunch dishes and they did a fantastic job. 

 When it wasn't raining, or simply too hot, we ventured outside... for some practice on the skateboard...

some scootering fun... 

 and most importantly... ninja skills practice!!

The two older boys spent some time brushing up on their arithmetic skills so as not to lose the information over the long break... Monster practiced his multiplication tables and Monkey brushed up on his subtraction. 

We had the iPad on loan from the library for three of the weeks!! 

We got the opportunity to view a life cycle when we discovered eggs in the fish tank. 

 When the weather didn't allow time outside... the yoga DVD from my sister burned some of the excess energy!

More life skills for the older boys as they were expected to fix their own lunch on many days. 

 All three boys enjoyed working on puzzles and logic games.

Monster and I spent a few of his evenings of one-on-one time playing Lego Creationary. 

 We enjoyed a BBQ at a homeschool friend's house the Friday before Christmas. The boys discovered the dress-up box and imagination ran wild!!

We took our annual trip to the city with a friend to look at the lights and decorations! 

 We enjoyed the water park at Darling Harbour...

The Christmas tree at the Queen Victoria Building, the lights show at St Mary's Cathedral... 

 and the window decorations at David Jones!!

Christmas day was church in the morning, then presents, time to explore and enjoy those presents, and lights in the evening. 

The baby fish are growing... 

Another trip to the city to watch the midnight fireworks... 

We got the chance to catch up with special friends visiting from New Zealand. 

 Another excursion to the city to visit the Australian Museum with some US friends and hang out in Hyde Park with the bubble man!!

Lots of library time... Bingo 

and a games day!! 

Finally the weather cooperated enough to allow us a chance to head to the park to try out the cricket set the boys received for Christmas. 

 Another library event... the game Headbands (or Who Am I?)

The baby fish continue to get bigger and bigger!! 

Our final library event was a Magic Show that was absolutely FABULOUS!! 

There was also lots of time to play games together and continue to work on the puzzles!  All in all a relaxing and refreshing time!  I'm keen to start the new year, and I'm also extremely excited about some of the learning I hope to do with the boys.  Here's to another great year of homeschooling!!

But first... a look at all the reading we did!! 

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