* Daddy and I have read 152 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's reading ability continues to grow. He has completed the first two levels of the Fitzroy Readers and is enjoying some easy Level 1 I Can Read series books over the summer holidays. He is beginning to be able to read silently to himself, so I then check in with him to see if any of the words caused problems for him.
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.
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.
Targeting Handwriting Yr 1 - Munchkin finished his handwriting book several weeks before the term finished.
Junior Analytical Grammar requires too much writing/reading for Munchkin to participate yet so he will do this program in a few years time.
Munchkin continues to work through, and thoroughly enjoy, his Maths Plus Year 2 textbook.
Topics we covered this term in the Yr 2 textbook included:
Inverse operations, Number patterns, Symmetry, Aboriginal seasons, Subtracting tens then ones, Money, Following and giving directions, Chance experiment, Arrays of five, Ordering/calculating with money, Parallel lines, Centimetres, Split strategy for addition, Rounding to 100, Comparing areas, The division symbol, Subtraction strategies, Sketching three-dimensional objects, Balancing collections, Division from multiplication, Ordering numbers, Shapes within shapes, Centimetres, Subtraction facts, Related multiplication and division facts, Measuring volume, Calendars, Arrays of five and ten, Finding the difference, and Making a model.
Diagnostic Review 4
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 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 Three we focused on getting outside and moving our body. There are several lovely parks within walking distance of the house, so we visited them as much as we could - allowing the boys to run, jump and climb.
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