Sunday, November 01, 2009

Our week of learning - 1st Nov - social butterflies!

We had a very social week this week. Two homeschool group meetings, a play date with another friend as well as drama and joeys!

Current Readaloud: An older book we picked up at a book sale - The TV kid by Betsy Byars. We've also been reading more Aussie Bites.

The TV Kid

English: Lots of reading (mainly Aussie Bites & Boyz Rule series) & audio books.

Maths: He's been coming up with and working through lots of problems lately like "if I'm selling 10 chairs for $20, how much will 3 chairs be?" It's good to see how he goes about tackling the problem.

Science & Technology: Whenever we've been home, he's pretty much been on the computer this week! He made a Powerpoint presentation about the weather, he's been using Photoshop to manipulate images for his website, he's added quite a few new pages to his website, and wrote a Pacman game using Scratch that also went on his website - check it out, it's very cute!

The school show "For the Juniors" this week was about the stars.

We put together some skeletons (which while not exactly anatomically correct was close enough for general familiarity with ribs, pelvis, leg & arm bones etc). We also talked about the digestive & waste systems using the diagrams & overlays in a great book we have called "Body" by Robert Winston.

Body: An Amazing Tour of Human Anatomy

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): While I was cutting out skeletons, Billy read out to me about the traditions of Hallowe'en and where they originated.

Creative & Practical Arts: Our homeschool group had a visit to the local Maitland Art Gallery. We were split into groups, had a tour around the gallery and did 2 workshops - a print making one and portrait drawing. (I'm not sure who Billy's glaring at in this photo - someone was obviously encroaching on his space lol).

LOTE (Languages other than English): Nothing.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Exercises with his dad, scooter riding, time at the playground, walks, playing at the beach.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): He cooked donuts with just a bit of assistance, we made biscuits together and he made up a recipe for a spaghetti bake (which wasn't too bad!).

School shows: Numbers Count, For the Juniors (stars), Telling Tales, Count Us In, BTN Special.

Other fun stuff: We went to the beach with some homeschool friends on Friday. There was only a bit of swimming due to blue jellyfish in the water but lots of digging in the sand. I stayed up with the bags, read my book and took photos while another mum supervised Billy and her kids on the beach. (Win for me lol!)

1 comment:

Wendy Hawksley said...

If he likes those sorts of math problems, you might try Ray's Intellectual Arithmetic with him. It poses problems in a similar manner and can be downloaded for free online. You can find it by a Google search if you're interested.

That is so cool that he knows how to use Powerpoint. I have no clue!

It sounds like a very fun and social week.