Saturday, February 24, 2018

Term One: Week Four ~ Excursion to the City

Week four was a GREAT mix and balance of structured learning, interest led learning, hands-on learning, and experience (excursion) based learning.

 While Monster (right hand photo) worked on his IEW paragraph, Monkey (left hand photo) spent some time with his word find book.

Munchkin really enjoyed using the counting dinosaurs and some of our VAST marble collection to help him with his math assignment... 

Once he was finished with his book work, he spent some time doing his own learning with the calculator, a pen, and some paper. 

In their free time, all three boys enjoy folding origami. 

Munchkin worked hard on his handwriting this week. 

Monster and I finished the Year 7 maths book. 

And we enjoyed playing some board games!
It was a good week. 

Friday we took a trip into the city to go to the Australian Museum. We had grand plans to check out the T-Rex skeleton that the museum recently put in. Sadly when we arrived at the museum we discovered that a portion of the roof above the T-Rex had collapsed and that area of the building is closed until repairs can be made. 

 So we spent some time in the Wild Planet exhibit... Monkey and Munchkin spent some time feeling the animals in this open display.

 We spent a good amount of time in the wing of the museum that was still closed for updates and renovations the last time we were there. These displays of Christmas beetle were pretty impressive.

We were also impressed with the new interactive displays that feature well known Australians who have helped shape this wonderful country throughout history. 

Munchkin had a close look at some bugs with the sliding magnifying glass. 

 The remainder of our time was spent in the Search and Discover room... All three boys took turns holding the stick insects, and we had a close look at the hissing cockroach (the photo on the right just above this description).

As always, they spent a good portion of their time sifting through these trays looking for stick insect eggs. They are getting REALLY good at it. When you find some you take it to the desk and the museum worker puts the eggs in a cage so they can hatch.  

 Just across the road from the museum is this fun fountain and gorgeous view of St Mary's Cathedral.  The water cycles on every 9 minutes so we sat through two cycles before heading for the train station.

 Our picture book selection for the week ~ my particular favourite was "The Book of Gold"!

 During lunch I read aloud from both of these and we finished each of them this week.

Monkey's history read aloud for the week! 

 A couple selections from Monster's Ancient China studies this week...

Bedtime selections for Munchkin... 

 History and Geography/Science read alouds for the older boys...

 More bedtime stories for Munchkin...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Term One: Week Three ~ Birthday Celebrations

The beginning of the school year is always a mixture of getting the school year started, and celebrating the Monster as he celebrates his birthday within the first few weeks of the term. Since his birthday fell on a Tuesday this year we kept the beginning of the week extremely quiet as far as structured, written work was concerned, and instead focused on fun and some family time.

 Celebrating his birthday in style with a Pokemon battle with his brother in the morning, and presents later in the day.

Math doesn't always have to be done on the table in our homeschool ~ sometimes our best work is done on the playroom floor. 

The older boys and I are doing quite well with our grammar. This work was done by Monkey... 

This was Monster's... 

 And these were mine...

 Munchkin is a bit obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment... but truthfully the older boys enjoyed these books just as much as their younger brother.

 Left: Monster's Independent reading for the week
Right: We continue our Ancient China project, so this was another read aloud.

 Picture book selections for Munchkin.

 More independent reading for Monster.

The Ancient China chapter book I read aloud to Monster. 

 Munchkin LOVES his Christmas books!!