Saturday, April 27, 2019

Term One Evaluation ~ Munchkin


Reading ~
* Daddy and I have read 197 books to Munchkin this term.
*Munchkin also read 69 books independently. These were a mixture of picture books and Fitzroy Early reader books.
* 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. During the term he finished the Reading Eggs lessons and moved on to the Reading Eggspress levels.

Munchkin's reading ability continues to grow. He has completed another level of the Fitzroy Readers and is enjoying some easy Level 2 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.

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 ~
I am hand creating spelling lists for Munchkin this year. I am using CVC words at the moment and will expand to CCVC words in Term 2.

Handwriting ~
Targeting Handwriting Yr 2 

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.


Munchkin is working through a  Maths Plus Year 3 textbook this year.

Topics we covered this term in the Yr 3 textbook included:
Addition facts, Skip counting, Three-dimensional objects, Centimetres, Subtraction facts, Writing and ordering numbers, Symmetry, Informal areas, Changing addends to make 10, Inverse operations, Describing position, Tally marks and column graphs, Connecting addition and subtraction, Multiplication facts (2s), Prisms and cylinders, Measuring in centimetres, Odd and even numbers, Rounding numbers to 10, Triangles, Time in minutes, Expanding 3-digit numbers, Multiplication facts (5s), Grid maps, Column graphs, The division symbol, Jump strategy for addition, Parallel lines, Informal capacity/litres, Subtraction patterns, Halves, quarters, and eighths, Pyramids, Calculating area, Split strategy for addition, Related multiplication facts (4s), Picture graphs, and Digital time
Diagnostic Review 1

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.


We did a very short unit on safety.
"Children and Safety in Australia: Safety at Home" by William Day
"Children and Safety in Australia: Safety Away From Home" by William Day
"Children and Safety in Australia: Safety Online" by William Day



Term One Social Events:
Celebrated his brother's 13th birthday
Attended a baby shower for a close family friend
Attended Good Friday church service
Attended Easter Sunday church service
Bingo event at the library

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