Saturday, April 15, 2017

Term One Evaluation: Munchkin

Munchkin is not yet officially registered for homeschooling, but I am doing a (VERY) informal kindergarten curriculum with him this year.  I do not INSIST that Munchkin complete any written work UNLESS he is preventing his brothers from learning, then I direct him to his own work.  He was VERY excited about handwriting at the beginning of the school year, but as I expected, the enthusiasm did not last.  However, he LOVES maths and will complete his ENTIRE textbook midway through term two.  I have plans to purchase a Year 1 maths textbook and if he shows readiness and enthusiasm for it we will push ahead through the second half of the school year.  The rest of the school subjects (seen below) are well and truly covered for Munchkin through his combined participation with his older brothers.  All read alouds that I do with the older boys (with the exception of some history for Monster in the late evening) is also directed at Munchkin.  While I know he doesn't understand all of what I read, a lot of the information sinks in, as evidenced by conversations he has with me, his father, or his brother later on down the track.

Maths -
Maths Plus Kindergarten Textbook
Topic Covered Include:
One, Half, Straight and Curved Lines, Longer/Shorter and Same, Two, Making a Pattern, Objects, Comparing Lengths, Three, Equal Groups, Sort and Classify Familiar Objects, Comparing Areas, Four, Equal and Not Equal Groups, Circles, Full or Empty, Five, Halves, Position, Heavy and Light, Six, Adding, Sorting Coins, Tracing Shapes, Seven, Halves, Sorting Objects, Morning and Afternoon, Eight, Take Away, Fruit Data, Closed Shapes, Nine, Combining Groups, Squares, Comparing Areas, Ten, Counting Back, Position, A Long Time, Adding by Counting, Making Six, Dot Patterns, Comparing Volumes, Five as a Base, Combining Groups, Repeating Patterns, Sorting Objects, Zero, Labelling Rows, Sort/Classify Familiar Objects, Push/Pull, Making Seven, How Many More, Triangles, Day and Night, Eleven to Thirteen, Sharing One at a Time, Following Instructions, Direct Comparisons of Length, Fourteen to Sixteen, Equal Groups, Data, Direct Comparison of Area, Taking Away, Repeating Patterns, Rectangles, Days of the Week, Ten as a Base, Comparing Groups, Ordinal Numbers, Filling Containers, Seventeen to Twenty, Describing Patterns, Making Objects, Mass, Ordering Numbers to Twenty, Subtraction, Sorting Shapes, Making Nine, Sharing, Favourite Footwear, Comparing Lengths, Revising Tricky Teens, Ten-Frame Addition, Left and Right, Covering Areas, Subtraction from Eight, Equal Groups, O'Clock, Will/Won't/Might Happen, Equal Rows, Counting Forwards and Backwards, Sorting Shapes, Comparing Containers, Counting Backwards, Grouping and Matching Times to Events

Read Aloud Books that Pertain to Maths:
Uno's Garden by Graeme Base
Numbers by Julia Donaldson
One Keen Koala by Margaret Wild
Seaver the Weaver by Paul Czajak
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English -
Handwriting:
Targeting Handwriting Kindergarten
Munchkin works on two pages of handwriting per week that correspond to his Letter of the Week program.  On the weeks when we have reviewed letters learned so far, he gets a break from handwriting, which he LOVES.

Writing:
No formal writing is being done with Munchkin as he is now a fluent reader yet.  However, we are working on letter sounds, concentrating on a Letter of the Week program, and I allow him to do any "writing" that he would like to do as he initiates it.  He can write his own name and a few words and does enjoy writing letters to friends/family on occasion.

Reading:
Reading is HUGE in our family.  I make sure that the boys are surrounded by reading material (books, magazines, etc) and we read aloud EVERY day, and as they learn to read independently they spend 30-60 minutes reading silently to themselves.  Munchkin enjoys the online reading program Reading Eggs and works through that for a portion of each of his school days.

Over the course of the term I have read nearly 100 books aloud to Munchkin... many are his favourite picture books and others address our school subjects.

Read Alouds ~ Literature:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Tiddalick The Frog Who Caused a Flood by Robert Roennfeldt
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Science -
Munchkin takes part in ANY science experiment we do at home and at co-op group on Thursday.  He LOVES books that focus on animals and particularly enjoys watching David Attenborough special on TV (or borrowed DVDs from the library) about science topics.

Read Alouds ~ Science:
Tadpoles and Frogs
Tadpole to Frog
Frogs Close Up
Tree Frogs
Ants Close Up
Apes and Monkeys
Lions and Tigers
Tigers Built for the Hunt
Timba the Tiger
Flowers are Calling
Who's That by Ron Campbell
Ocean Wonders
24 Hours on a Coral Reef

History -
Much of our history lessons are done in the late evening AFTER Munchkin has gone to bed, but if we read a historical picture book through the day he will listen in.  A few examples below...

Read Alouds:
Meet... The Flying Doctors by George Ivanoff
Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig by Charlotte Voake
Pattan's Pumpkin by Chitra Sounder

Geography -
Again Munchkin absorbs much of his geography from anything the older boys are learning as he listens in.  Some examples of geography books I read aloud this term...

Read Alouds:
Are We There Yet by Alison Lester
Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo by Alison Lester
Earth's Cycles - The Season's Cycles by Cheryl Jakab
Show Me the Continents by Pamela Dell

PDHPE -
This subject is multi-faceted and deals with Person Development, Health and Physical Education.  Again, a lot of what Munchkin learns is through the group learning that we do.  He walks everywhere we go, enjoys riding his scooter, and loves climbing, jumping and balancing when we play at our favourite playgrounds.  This term he has mastered crossing the monkey bars all alone.  We have frequent family discussions about healthy life habits that surround things like eating, exercising, and safe activities and behaviours when out and about in our neighbourhood.

Creative Arts -
Munchkin enjoys painting, drawing, and colouring so this is the largest portion of his creative arts for this term.

April School Holiday Events:
Attended Bingo at local library
Attended craft session at local library
Attended memory game session at local library
Attended church services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Celebrated his 5th birthday with friends and family

Friday, April 14, 2017

Term One Evaluation: Monkey

English:

Reading:

Independent Reading:
see written list ~ 

Other Reading Activities:
Reading Eggs online program
30 - 60 minutes of silent reading daily

Literature: Read Aloud
Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary
Prince Ribbit by Nathan Emmett
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig  by Charlotte Voake
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
Tiddalick The Frog Who Caused a Flood by Robert Roennfeldt


 Writing:
Institute For Excellence in Writing Program
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

Over the course of the term Monkey wrote three paragraphs. His topics were astronauts, spiders and stars.

Handwriting:
Foundation Handwriting Year 2

Grammar:
For Grammar this term Monkey focused on learning about nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. I sourced several activities and worksheets from Pinterest to cover these topics.  We also started working on punctuation and will continue with these topics through term two and the remainder of the year, expanding as needed.

Spelling:
daily oral review of weekly lists as sourced from year 3 lists on the internet
(20 words per list)
written test taken every Friday

Maths:
Maths Plus Year 3
Topics Include:
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 Stategy for Addition, Parallel Lines, Informal Capacity/Litres, Subtraction Patterns, Halves/Quarters/Eighths, Pyramids, Calculating Area, Split Strategy for Addition, Related Multiplication Facts (4s), Picture Graphs, Digital Time
Diagnostic Review 1

Other Math Activities:
Khan Academy website
Cool Math Games website
Variety of maths games - uno, Phase 10, Rummy-O, Monopoly (he was banker), etc

Independent Reading: (Maths)
Lego Factastic Book
The Water Hole by Graeme Base

Scripture and Character Building:
Bible Read Aloud:
2 Chronicles: 1-22

HSIE:
History - 
Read Aloud:
Meet... The Flying Doctors by George Ivanoff
The Shady Tree by Demi
Pattan's Pumpkin by Chitra Sounder
Show Me the Continents by Pamela Dell

Geography -
Read Aloud:
Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo
Earth's Cylces - The Seasons Cycles by Cheryl Jakab


Jeremy's Independent History and Geography Choices (silent reading)

Geography - 
The Water Hole by Graeme Base
Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester



Science and Technology:

The following books were read independently:
Butterflies and Caterpillars by Gilda Berger
Reptiles by Gilda Berger
Dangerous Animals by Gilda Berger
Do Tarantulas Have Teeth by Gilda Berger

The following books were read aloud:
Tadpoles and Frogs
From Tadpole to Frog
Tadpole to Frog
Frogs Close-Up
Tree Frogs
Green Tree Frogs
Amazing Animal Journeys
Ants Close Up
Smart About Sharks
Apes and Monkeys
Forces and Magnets
Electricity and Magnetism
Lions and Tigers
The Ultimate Dinopedia by National Geographic for Kids
Tigers Built For the Hunt by Julia Vogel
Timba the Tiger by Jan Latta
Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray
Australasia's Most Amazing Animals by Anita Ganeri
Sharks by DK
100 Things to Know About Space by Usborne
Natural Disasters by DK Eyewitness Guides
Insect Emporium by Susie Brooks
Ocean Wonders
24 Hours on a Coral Reef by Virginia Schop

PDHPE:
walk to and from the library
walk to and from the shops
walk to and from various parks
free play at various parks
riding scooter



Creative Arts:
Art:
various arts and crafts activities that pertain to younger brother's Letter of the Week program


Socialization:
Weekly attendance of church and Sunday School
Numerous play dates with friends of multiple ages
Thursday co-op classes
Weekly trips to the library

Other Activities:
Played a variety of board and card games
  • Rummy-O
  • Mancala
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Skip-Bo
  • Phase 10
  • Chess
  • Memory
  • Blokus
  • Blink
Attended an Ancient History exhibit at UTS museum

April School Holiday Events:
Attended Bingo at local library
Attended space workshop at ANSTO
Attended craft session at local library
Attended memory game session at local library
Attended Lego Day at a friend's church
Attended church services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Helped celebrate younger brother's 5th birthday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Term One Evaluation: Monster

English:

Reading:

Independent Reading:
see written list ~ 

Other Reading Activities:
Reading Eggs online program
30 - 60 minutes of silent reading daily

Literature: Read Aloud
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
Prince Ribbit by Nathan Emmett
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig by Charlotte Voake
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Tiddalick The Frog Who Caused a Flood by Robert Roennfeldt
The Cuckoo by Gary Crew
Dear Dragon by Josh Funk

 Writing:
Institute For Excellence in Writing Program
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

Over the course of the term Monster wrote two paragraphs using the techniques set out in this program.  Topics included: Harmful food and Aeroplanes

Handwriting:
Foundation Handwriting Year 5

Grammar:
For Grammar this year we have returned to our textbook called The Grammar Ace.  Lessons included: Verb Tense, Voice, Synonyms and Antonyms, Predicate Nouns and Adjectives, Prepositions and Indirect Objects.

Spelling:
daily oral review of weekly lists as sourced from year 6 lists on the internet
(20 words per list)
written test taken every Friday

Maths:
Cambridge Maths Year 7
HIGH SCHOOL maths this year!
I'm working through the textbook with Monster and so far we have been VERY successful. Despite not getting the book until week 5 we made good progress.  We worked through two units in the book which covered the following topics:
Unit One:
Pre-test, ancient number systems, Hindu-Arabic numbers, adding and subtracting positive integers, algorithms for adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing small positive integers, multiplying and dividing large positive integers, dividing positive integers and dealing with remainders, estimating and rounding positive integers, order of operations with positive integers and chapter summary.
Unit Two:
Pre-test, points, lines, intervals, and angles, measuring and classifying angles, adjacent angles and vertically opposite angles, transversal lines and parallel lines, solving geometry problems, circles and constructions with ruler and compass, and chapter summary.

Other Math Activities:
Khan Academy website
Cool Math Games website
Variety of maths games - uno, Phase 10, Rummy-O, Monopoly (he was banker), etc

Independent Reading: (Maths)
Lego Factastic Book

Scripture and Character Building:
Bible Read Aloud:
2 Chronicles: 1-22

HSIE:
History - 
Read Aloud:
Gory Gladiators, Savage Centurions and Caesars Sticky End
The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice
Meet... The Flying Doctors
Horrible Histories: The Cut Throat Celts
Ancient Worlds
Ancient Rome
Technology in Ancient Rome
Men, Women and Children in Ancient Rome
Rich and Poor in Ancient Rome
At Home with the Ancient Romans
Pompeii and Herculaneum



James' Independent History and Geography Choices (silent reading)
Horrible Histories: Cruel Crime and Painful Punishment
Horrible Histories: Villians
Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans
Aussie Notables - John Monash
Horrible Geography: Bloomin' Rainforests
Jandamarra
Ten Best Greek Legends EVER!


Geography - 
Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo
Earth's Cycles - The Season's Cycles
Ancient Wonders
The Shady Tree
The Seven Wonders of the Natural World
Unusual Wonders
Natural Wonders
The Cities Book


Science and Technology:

The following books were read independently:
Horrible Science: Frightening Light
Lego Factastic

The following books were read aloud:
Tadpoles and Frogs
From Tadpole to Frog
Tadpole to Frog
Frogs Close-Up
Tree Frogs
Green Tree Frogs
Amazing Animal Journeys
Ants Close Up
Smart About Sharks
Apes and Monkeys
Forces and Magnets
Electricity and Magnetism
Lions and Tigers

PDHPE:
walk to and from the library
walk to and from the shops
walk to and from various parks
free play at various parks
riding scooter
Health:
For health this year we are working our way through an R.I.C book about Developing Awareness of Health and Personal Development.  Unit topics this term included:
A Balanced Diet
Nutrients
Physical Fitness
Personal Exercise
Posture


Creative Arts:
Art:
various arts and crafts activities that pertain to younger brother's Letter of the Week program


Socialization:
Weekly attendance of church and Sunday School
Numerous play dates with friends of multiple ages
Thursday co-op classes
Weekly trips to the library

Other Activities:
Played a variety of board and card games
  • Rummy-O
  • Mancala
  • Snakes and Ladders
  • Skip-Bo
  • Phase 10
  • Chess
  • Memory
  • Blokus
  • Blink
Attended an Ancient History exhibit at UTS museum

April School Holiday Events:
Attended Bingo at local library
Attended space workshop at ANSTO
Attended craft session at local library
Attended memory game session at local library
Attended Lego Day at a friend's church
Attended church services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Helped celebrate younger brother's 5th birthday

Friday, April 7, 2017

Term One: Week Ten ~ Ancient History Excursion

We made it to the end of the term!
I think it was VERY successful - especially considering we had no textbooks until mid term. The boys worked really hard and we are pleased with all the learning we've done together.





 The boys had LOTS of fun colouring while I read aloud to them this week.



I am so proud of myself!  This is my grid notebook for math.  Monster and I are working through the Year 7 textbook together.  Often he grasps the concepts quicker and easier than I do. Sometimes I explain things to him, sometimes he explains things to me.  We are learning together.  Also, there are honestly DOZENS of reasons why my husband and I chose to homeschool our boys... and I keep adding new reasons each and every day.  There are so many positives for our family for making this choice.  But there is a MAJOR positive for myself that I didn't really grasp fully until this year.  I am re-teaching myself along the way.  For the first time in my life I understand geometry (something I struggled with for years in high school and college) but now I am really beginning to understand it and also enjoying it!  I have a renewed love of history, a growing love of science, and I am being reminded how much fun learning it when it is applicable to life and the things around you and not just facts in a book that you learn long enough to spew back out on a piece of paper for an exam!!



 Though we did spend Friday morning tying up loose ends with spelling tests and math tests/reviews, technically our term finished with an amazing excursion with our Thursday co-op friends.  We attended an amazing Ancient History exhibit at one of the local universities.  It perfectly wrapped up the studies Monster and I have done on Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.  We will spend a couple of weeks in term two touching on Mesopotamia and then we will move forward to the Huns and the Vikings.


The boys, of course, loved the mummy. 

The scarab beetles were cool with their exhibit of never ending reflections. Monkey spent AGES looking at these. 

The goddess Hathor 




A lego replica of Pompeii - it was AMAZING!!  Along with all the accurate ancient details there were lots of bonus things to look for.  There was a two page "booklet" that listed all the major buildings and pop culture items included.  We had fun searching for many of them. 

Indiana Jones was hidden in the display... 

Mozart visits the Temple of Isis in 1769 when he was 13 years of age. It is believed the memory would inspire him to create the opera "The Magic Flute" in 1791. 

The Tardis of Pompeii. The Doctor Who episode "The Fires of Pompeii" (2008) saw the Time Lord meet Lucius Caecilius Iucundus. Iucundus was a real person who is well known to generations of students of Latin as he is the central character in the Cambridge Latin Course textbook. 

Rock band Pink Floyd performing a concert for cameras in the ruins of the amphitheater in October 1971. 


There was a table for the children to sit down and build their own Lego creations. 



Monster enjoyed the wall of Latin phrases. 














It was a wonderful day out and I'm keen to see what events this university will hold during future school holidays.