Sunday, July 26, 2009

Our week of learning - 26th July - Space

It's unintentially been a week about space with the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, and the solar eclipse that was visible in some parts of the world. I decided to take advantage of it and set up a book display with some of our (and the library's) space books.

English: Lots of reading plus an hour on Spellodrome.

Maths: An hour or so spent on the Mathletics site, plus we played several maths card games like "Addition War".

Science & Technology: We read a couple of great books this week.

Seeing Stars - "
Examining the night sky from supernovas to galaxies, from comets to constellations, this book contains nine spreads, each focusing on a different aspect of the topic. Small blocks of numbered text guide young readers around the page and are full of facts."

George's Secret Key to the Universe by Stephen & Lucy Hawking.

Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages. George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos's help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos? George, Annie, and Eric aren't about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science."

We're only a little way into this but it's such a fantastic book! I'm learning heaps myself!


We also watched a few documentaries and snippets on the moon landing, and the solar eclipse.

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): After reading through the Egyptian mummification process at "You wouldn't want to be a mummy!", we began our experiment of mummifying a piece of apple and Billy made himself a mummy and tomb. After all, what else would you do on a Sunday evening?!

Creative & Practical Arts: He went to a school holiday workshop where they painted a boomerang in the Aboriginal style.

He also attended an art gallery "3d paper sculpture" workshop.

LOTE (Languages other than English): He learnt some greetings in French and Chinese.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): He played about 2.5 hours of Auskick at a gala day on Saturday. His comment when we got home was that his legs "had expired for the day" lol.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): Cooking, doing his chores - unpacking the dishwasher, putting his clothes away etc.


Dana @ Our Sunny Side said...

Ooh...that book by Stephen Hawking looks great! I'm going to look for that one! Thanks for letting us know about it.

Kez said...

It really is fantastic - we're both enjoying it!

Magic and Mayhem said...

You guys always do so much neat stuff! I agree about the Hawking book. I immediately thought I have to look for a copy. :)

Kez said...

Thanks Alicia - funny, I always think that about you guys when I read your blog!