Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Term One Evaluation: Munchkin


Reading ~
* Daddy and I have read in excess of 120 books to Munchkin this term.
* A book list of all books read will be included in his portfolio for the year.

Munchkin enjoys his online Reading Eggs program as well as his online Teach Your Monster to Read program.  He spends some time each school day working through the lessons.

Munchkin is on the verge of being able to read. He has lots of sight words memorized and is starting to sound small words out during read aloud sessions with both daddy and I.

Writing ~
Since Munchkin is not reading fluently I do not require him to do a structured writing curriculum at all. He participates in some copy work (writing thank you notes and birthday cards) and will frequently ask us to spell words for him to write down when he is drawing.

Spelling ~
As with writing, until Munchkin is reading fluently, he will not be expected to work through a spelling curriculum. I will begin our Ozspeller program with him next year.

Handwriting ~
Targeting Handwriting Yr 1

Grammar ~
Junior Analytical Grammar requires too much writing/reading for Munchkin to participate yet so he will do this program in a few years time.


This first term of the school year Munchkin completed his Year 1 textbook and got a good start on his Year 2 textbook. Math is certainly his favourite subject and it was only towards the end of the term that it REALLY started to challenge him.

Topics we covered this term in the Yr 1 textbook included:
Combining numbers to make 10, describing number patterns, pentagons and octagons, unusual lengths, subtraction to 20, counting coins, reading a map, chance, multiplication, prices, rhombuses, longer or shorter than a metre, jump strategy, rounding, gathering and displaying data, rows and columns/area, repeated addition, figure it out - problem solving, faces edges and vertices, comparing mass, know 1 know 4, using 1/2 and 1/4, gathering and displaying data, metres, jump strategy (subtraction), finding groups, tessellations, digital time, sharing, solving problems, reading a map, Diagnostic Review 4

Topics we covered this term in the Yr 2 textbook included:
10-frame addition, one-half, classifying two-dimensional shapes, informal length units, subtraction strategies, revising number to 99, three-dimensional objects, covering area, repeated addition, skip counting, different orientations, half-past

Munchkin also enjoys the Mathseeds program online that is part of our Reading Eggs subscription. He works independently (unless he needs help with reading the instructions) and I am continually impressed at the level of difficulty he has mastered on his own.


Munchkin listened in on the read alouds about the water cycle and forces/magnets with the older boys. The list of books is the same.


The early years of history/geography in the national curriculum focus mainly on identifying change and continuity within the family unit. They also look at significant people, events, places and sites. Finally they look at changes in technology on people's lives over time. All of this can be more than adequately covered with quality books so we read a LOT of historical fiction and non-fiction books that are aimed directly at Munchkin's age.

As for geography, students are to focus on sequencing events in order using terms related to time. They also compare objects from the past and present. Again, simple terms that are more than sufficiently covered in the number of books we read and the range of topics.


Term one we have focused on getting outdoors as often as the crazy weather allowed.
We continually discuss healthy food and lifestyle choices especially since there are health issues in the family that we deal with on a daily basis. We have also been discussing healthy ways to express and deal with emotions and the benefits of communicating clearly with each other.


Over the course of the term we read some picture books about artists (see other term reviews) and Munchkin spent time drawing in his free time.

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