Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our week of Learning - 22nd March

English: To learn more about St Patrick's Day, he did a comprehension booklet on Ireland and some of it's symbols.

Maths: We started our new Maths syllabus this week, so we went from having an hour or so of Maths once a week to 30 mins of maths every day. We did that Mon - Thurs, then just did some "fun maths" on Friday with the mini tutor tile system.

I started back in Year 1 MEP since there were some new concepts that we hadn't yet covered, and have just been picking out the worksheets I think he needs to do. So far I'm really happy with it - it seems to be a good mixture of mental maths and worksheets. It's more labour intensive for me - both in prep work and "teaching" while he's doing it, but the fact that it's challenging him makes it worthwhile.

I also started off a couple of lessons with some more hands-on stuff - I dealt out 20 random playing cards (A - 10) and then got him to make sets adding up to 10. He also used the "Logi Shape" system where you have to build a picture using the various shapes (logical thinking) - he's better at this than I am!

Science & Technology: Evaporated a salt water solution and made salt crystals - this was just a little detour, we hadn't planned on doing it! In our "push/pull" unit, we made parachutes out of fabric, paper, crepe paper & plastic, attached Lego men and timed how long it took them to reach the ground from off the kitchen table!

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): Continuing on with our prehistoric man study, we read a book called "The Everyday life of an Ice Age Hunter" by Giovanni Caselli, looked at cave paintings in France and then made our own "cave" paintings.

Hand painting with sprayed paint

Billy's animal cave painting - it was supposed to be a bison but he decided it would be a rat instead! (Somehow I would be surprised if there was a "Rat Tribe"!)

Creative & Practical Arts: In drama class, they were acting out actions that others gave them - eg knitting, singing etc. We did our "Cave" painting as above. Plus of course, the West African drumming & dancing at the homeschool meeting.

LOTE (Languages other than English): He said last week that he wanted to learn Spanish again (we did a bit sporadically last year), so this week he practised the numbers 1-10 online at Online Free Spanish, and then matched the numbers cards I'd made with the spanish and english names.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Circus class, riding his scooter.

Life skills (cooking, gardening): Making his bed has now been added to his list of chores - I need to reinstate his chore chart as his bedroom has just been gradually sneaking back down-hill :(

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