I'm working on doing about an hour's "formal" work each day - the rest is learning from life. Our focus in Term 1 will be:
- English - Billy still writes mainly with capital lessons - or a combination - and while his writing is ok, it's not going to win any neatness awards! I'm planning to spend a lesson each week going through a handwriting book I have and getting him to do the exercises - he was quite excited to be awarded with stickers when we did it this week :) On the reading side, he's doing the library reading challenge at the moment, and the usual reading each night - us reading more advanced books so he gets a feel for better sentence structure and grammar, and him reading smaller books to us.
- Maths - we're working through the Year 1 Leap into Maths book - 1 unit each week.
- Science & Tech - we still have a couple of things to do to finish off the Weather unit from last term, and then we'll be doing a Push / Pull unit - basically forces in air & water & gravity.
- HSIE - Prehistoric man and early civilizations
- Creative & Practical Arts - Drama classes, playing musical instruments at home
- PDHPE - (Physical Education) - He's starting a circus class learning basic circus skills!
- English - Worked on lower case 'a' in handwriting, lots of reading.
- Maths - Year 1 Leap into Maths Unit 15.
- Science & Tech - tried to make crystals using a crystal kit he got for Xmas - it looks like a dismal failure atm!
- HSIE - He made a dinosaur lapbook - this was our first ever lapbook and I can see the attraction now! I just had to put aside my perfectionism and my ideas of how I thought it should look!
Front of the lapbook
Inside the egg is a baby dinosaur printout
Inside the lapbook - the top left printout shows where dinosaurs used to live. The right hand side has print outs showing how big dinosaurs were in comparison with other dinosaurs & man. The top right one shows how they defended themselves with armour, spikes etc
The middle books open out to show information about carnivores and herbivores - the front page has Billy's definition of each, and then subsequent pages have printouts of various dinos of that type.
On the left hand side, the blue book opens out to show the 3 periods of dinosaurs - triassic, jurassic and cretaceous, and when they were.
The yellow booklet has information about how they died, and then subsequent pages show fossils and footprints. I took pity on him and typed those as he dictated - otherwise we'd still be there next year!
Ta da - our first lapbook! It was a great way to summarise our learnings - we hadn't studied dinosaurs out of the text-book as such, but had read lots of books about them, and did activities at a couple of dinosaur exhibits. I was pleasantly suprised at how much he had retained.