Sunday, April 12, 2020

Term One Evaluation ~ Munchkin


Reading ~
* A book list of all books read to Munchkin and books he has read independently 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 now working through the Reading Eggspress levels.

Writing ~
We still use, and LOVE, our Institute for Excellence in Writing Program
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

In Term One, Munchkin wrote paragraphs on the following topics: Pigs, Rocks, The Ear, Growing a Garden, Clubs, Insects, and Christmas Tree Worm. All of Munchkin's paragraphs were non-fiction paragraphs as we are only focusing on unit one since he has just begun the writing program.

Spelling ~
We continue with Ozspeller lists that I source online.
Munchkin is working through the Year 1/Year 2 lists.
He has an oral quiz Monday through Thursday and a written test on Friday.

Handwriting ~
Targeting Handwriting Yr 3 

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.

Literature ~ 
"The Three Billy Goats Gruff" by Nick Bland
"Little Town on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder
"These Happy Golden Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Munchkin is working through the Haese Mathematics Year 3 textbook this year. This is a new curriculum for us this year and there have been some adjustments, but he is getting used to the new format and enjoying it more now.

Topics we covered this term in the Yr 3 textbook included:
Number, Addition, Subtraction and Shape - which were the first four chapters in the book.

Munchkin also enjoys the Mathseeds program online that is part of our Reading Eggs subscription. He works independently 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.


History for this year and next year focuses on Australian History. For Term 1 I focused primarily on Aboriginal studies and then read one chapter book that gave a good overview of Australian history from the arrival of the British to Federation. The titles of these books are listed below:

"My Mob: The Story of Aboriginal Family Life" by Alex Barlow & Marji Hill
"Sharing Our Cultures: The Story of Aboriginal Cultures" by Alex Barlow & Marji Hill

"The Upside-Down History of Down Under" by Alison Lloyd



Munchkin enjoyed watching several Art For Kids Hub YouTube videos and drawing the pictures.


Term One Social Events:
Weekly participation in our homeschool group (until COVID lockdown)
Weekly (minimum) trips to the library to return/check out books
Celebrated Monster's 13th birthday
Taronga Zoo Trip as a family

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