Sunday, May 17, 2009

Our week of learning - 17th May

We've been doing a fair bit of "tv schooling" for the last few weeks. I'm incorporating the ABC school shows into our morning's work - I watch them with him so I can answer any questions or know what's going to come up in discussion! He's watching the shows designed for his age, but also ones aimed at middle & upper primary as well. This week ranged from spelling rules, rap music, telling time, life in Holland, how planes work, building cubby houses, healthy living, making friends, and emus!

English: Lots of reading. We discussed several spelling rules (plurals, -ing, and prefixes dis & re).

Maths: MEP lessons (77, 88, 89, 102, 103). We're moving ahead with the MEP curriculum by pulling some lessons out that he either hadn't done before or that I thought he needed more practice on. He has been very silly lately doing his worksheets and when I was talking to him about why he was acting up, it seems that he thinks the work is too easy and he's bored. So full-steam ahead on some stuff that's a bit more challenging!

Science & Technology: Back to our Australian animals unit - we read some books about the Platypus and he added another page to his powerpoint presentation.

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): We watched half a National Geographic video on Australian Aborigines.

Creative & Practical Arts: Drama class. Plus he made a couple of masks using paper plates, and has started making one of his face out of plaster-of-paris (he made a flour & water dough that he could imprint his face in as the mold, then we filled it up with plaster).

LOTE (Languages other than English): Time & days of the week in Spanish.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Auskick training and circus class, plus we did a 3km walk together around the neighbourhood.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): It doesn't sound like much, but he finally opened a can with the can opener by himself! He hasn't had the strength and/or dexterity to do it before now! He's also been doing some chores around the house.


emma.jean said...

Hi Kez,

Do you use any websites like Mathletics or Smartkiddies? My 8yo DS wants me to buy a subscription for him, but I can't decide which one to go with.

Kez said...

Emma, I'm saving up for a subscription to Mathletics atm. My niece uses it so I've had a demo of how it works, and B was most enthusiastic about getting it! (I haven't seen the other one though). I'm hoping to get it before end of June so I can claim it on the education rebate!