* You can see from my Weekly Review posts that we read (aloud and independently) a LOT.
* A book list is included in Monster's portfolio with all the books he reads each term.
We still use and LOVE the following curriculum
Institute for Excellence in Writing Program
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style
In Term Four Monster wrote paragraphs on the following topics: Mangrove Forests, The Fox and the Crow, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Shepherd, The Plague, Phytoplankton, Chemosynthesis, and The Goose Who Laid Golden Eggs
I cannot say enough good things about the IEW program. It is truly worth its weight in gold. Along with improving the boys writing skills, it is a quick and easy way for them to show their learning in a variety of subjects without having to complete stacks of boring worksheets.
We continue with Ozspeller lists that I source online.
Monster is working through the Advanced lists.
Foundation Handwriting Yr 6
Monster finished his handwriting book a couple of weeks before the end of the term.
This year we are using Junior Analytical Grammar
Term Four we worked through units ten and eleven: helping verbs and compound situations
Cambridge Year 8 textbook.
We completed chapters eight and nine covering the following topics:
Reflection, Translation, Rotation, Congruent figures, Congruent triangles, Similar figures, Similar triangles, Using congruent triangles to establish, properties of quadrilaterals, Types of data, Dot plots and column graphs, Line graphs, Sector graphs and divided bar graphs, Frequency distribution tables, Frequency histograms and frequency polygons, Mean, median, mode and range, Interquartile range, Stem-and-leaf plots, Surveying and Sampling
We also completed pre-tests and chapter summaries for each chapter as well as the Semester 2 review.
Below is a list of the science related books we read.
"Marine Birds, Mammals and Reptiles" by Barry Silkstone
"The Sign of the Seahorse" by Graeme Base
"The Brain" Digital Magic
"Fact Cat Food Chains" by Izzi Howell
"Heating and Cooling" by Carol Ballard
"Science Year By Year" by DK
"Food Chains" by Theresa Greenaway
"Who Eats What?" by Patricia Lauber
"Earth's Cycles The Food Cycle" by Cheryl Jakab
"Sea Turtles on the Edge" by Woody Brambles
We finally got started on our combined Medieval Europe/Black Plague unit study.
We read the following books as part of our unit study:
"Medieval Realms - Daily Life" by Peter Crisp
"Avoid Working on a Medieval Cathedral" by Fiona MacDonald
"Medieval Realms - Death and Disease" by Alex Woolf
"Plague Unclassified" by Nick Hunger
"Medieval Realms - Warfare" Peter Crisp
"The Medieval Messenger" by Usborne
Other History Books:
"Meet Letty" by Alison Lloyd
"Indigenous Australian Cultures"
"Strangers in the Land" by Joseph Harding
"Dragons, Devils and Rebels" by Alison Lloyd
"Australia's People" by John and Jennifer Barwick
"1841 Do You Dare? The Bushranger Boys" by Alison Lloyd
"The Startling Story of Lachlan Macquarie: Founding Father or Failure" by Michael Sedunary
"M is For Mutiny: History by Alphabet" by John Dickson
"Building the Snowy Scheme" by Robert Hillman
"Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge" by John Nicholson
"Gaolbird: The True Story of William Swallow Convict and Pirate by Simon Barnard
"The First Fleet" by Kenneth Muir
"Lennie the Legend" by Stephanie Owen Reeder
"Letty and the Stranger's Lace" by Alison Lloyd
"Poo! A History of the World from the Bottom Up" by Sarah Albee
"1836: Do You Dare? Fighting Bones" by Sofie Laguna
"Never Lost Hope: The Story of Australia's First School" by Mark Wilson
"Beth: The Story of a Child Convict" by Mark Wilson
"Convicts of the First Fleet" by Margaret McPhee
"A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land" by Simon Barnard
"Fair Dinkum Histories Rotters and Squatters 1820-1850" by Jackie French
"Unsolved History Legends or Lies" by Gary Blackwood
"The ANZAC Violin" by Jennifer Beck
"Dreaming Soldiers" by Catherine Bauer
"Letty on the Land" by Alison Lloyd
"Letty's Christmas" by Alison Lloyd
"Christmas Truce" by Aaron Shepard
"Tea and Sugar Christmas" by Jane Jolly
"Truce" by Jim Murphy
We continued our landforms unit through fourth term, and kept reviewing water as well.
Below is the list of books read aloud and/or independently through Term Three:
"Australia's Landforms" by Bruce McClish
"Australia's National Parks" by David Gregg
"What is World Heritage" by Greg Pyers
"How Animals and Plants Survive in Australia's Deserts" by Greg Pyers
"Water Supply" by Rob Bowden
"Earthquakes" by Sean Connolly
"Storms" by Sean Connolly
"The Murray-Darling River System" by Jane Pearson
"Outback Australia: Life on a Dairy Farm" by Michael & Jane Pelusey
"Outback Australia: Life on a Plantation" by Michael & Jane Pelusey
"Water is Life" by Colleen McCullough
"Outback Australia: Life on a Sheep Station" by Michael & Jane Pelusey
"Outback Australia: Life on a Cattle Station" by Michael & Jane Pelusey
ELECTIVE #1 ~ LATIN:
Monster continued to work through Visual Latin 2.
He will work through the rest of Visual Latin 2 in 2019.
ELECTIVE #2 ~ MARINE AND AQUACULTURE TECHNOLOGY:
During Term Three Monster concluded his Water Birds unit and we began looking at the ocean units.
We read the following books throughout the term:
"Amazing Habitats: Oceans"
"Life Cycles: Ocean"
"Ocean Animals" by Johnna Rizzo
"Oceans and Seas" by Catherine Chambers
Term Three Social Events:
Attended our annual family reunion
Attended the funeral and wake of their great-uncle
Attended the Homeschool Creative Arts End of Year Dance Concert
Attended the new library grand opening
Attended homeschool group when able
Homeschool group excursion to the Return and Earn Recycling Centre