Saturday, July 18, 2020

Term Two 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 Two, Munchkin wrote paragraphs on the following topics: African Helmeted Turtles (non-fiction), Tree Kangaroos (non-fiction), John Williams (non-fiction), "The Three Little Dingos and the Big Bad Wombat (narrative re-write), Dingos (non-fiction) and Capybara (non-fiction).

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 Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White
"Beezus and Ramona" by Beverly Cleary
"Ramona the Pest" by Beverly Cleary


Munchkin finished the Haese Mathematics Year 3 textbook during Term 2 and began working through the Year 4 textbook. 

Topics we covered this term in the Yr 3 textbook included:
Multiplication, Division and Factions, Data Handling, Chance, Time, Angle, Symmetry, Length, Money, Mass, Location & Position, and Capacity.

Topics we covered this term in the Yr 4 textbook included:
Number, Multiplication, Division, Fractions, and Decimal Numbers.
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.


The titles of the history books we read this term are listed below:

"DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson" by Ebony Joy Wilkins
"A Street Through Time" by DK Books
"China Through Time" by DK Books

We started a unit study on Racism and Intolerance and read the following books:
"Racism & Intolerance" by Louise Spilsbury
"Slavery in the United States" by Gary E. Bar
"The Struggle for Freedom"

"Pick Bite and Scratch" by Julia Garstecki
"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio


Munchkin spent LOTS of his free time during the term sketching and drawing. Due to COVID we took advantage of several online freebies such as Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems and the drawing tutorials on Dav Pilkey's website. Munchkin also continues to enjoy Art For Kids Hub on YouTube as well.
We also started an Elements of Art unit study.
Term 2 we also began a music unit study. We are listening to examples of a variety of types of music, learning about musical instruments, and also learning about world music.


Term Two Social Events:
Weekly Facebook video chat with my brother, SIL and their two girls
Daily walks around the neighbourhood greeting people as we see them
Celebrated Munchkin's 8th birthday during April school holidays
Returned to weekly trips to the library for "click and collect" borrowing service

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