Monday, November 30, 2009

Our week of learning - 29th Nov

This will be the last weekly summary for a while. Billy certainly won't be stopping learning, I'll just be stopping recording! I'll still post anything extra exciting that we do.

Current Readaloud: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Roald Dahl's "George's Marvellous Medicine".

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz George's Marvellous Medicine

Lots of reading - more Choose-your-own-adventure books.

Maths: He watched a couple of Cyberchase episode about inversing operations and scale on bar graphs and did some sums in a puzzle book.

Science & Technology: We did a rust experiment which failed spectacularly lol! The one in the glass *didn't* go rusty and the one under water did! Oh well, Billy did at least learn that metal needs oxygen and water to rust!

We wrote secret messages using onion juice which showed up when we ironed the paper.

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): The For the Juniors show this week was about New Years celebrations and the different customs, so he's learnt all about resolutions!

Our homeschooling group had a history day - the kids dressed up as an historical figure and we played games based (loosely) around historical games. We played 'newspaper hockey' (Ancient Greece), 'chariot racing' (Ancient Rome) and 'balloon Aztec ball' (Ancient Meso-America).

He watched a video of the Horrible Histories series - "Terrible Tudors". He thinks it's very cool that Henry VIII was Queen Elizabeth I dad - he seems to have an interest in her!

Creative & Practical Arts: Drama class - more practising for their play which is coming up in a couple of week's time.

We made our scarecrow as I posted before.

He went to an Art day at the art gallery, saw the new exhibitions and made some drawings and dioramas.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Circus class, swimming at a friend's house, and another trip to the pool.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): Decluttering his books to sell on eBay!

School shows: Numbers Count, Spelling with the Spellits.

Other fun stuff:
His Joey's group did more Xmas craft this week.


Stuff On My Blog said...

Sounds like a great week.. bizarre that your rust experiment did NOT do what it 'should' have! Your scare crow is a total crack up :D

I've still got a couple of weeks of schoolwork planned, as we had a LOT of time off this year (due to my shonky health and overseas trip) so we're doing a hurried 'finish up' of our history ;) All other things are going to be done here & there... as the boys request them, over the summer break.

Enjoy your 'break'!

Kylie said...

I love how you do your weekly write ups, I really need to start to break my week up like you really helps to see how they cover everythign across the KLA's.

Do you just keep a notepad out all of the time to record everything?

Suji said...

What an awesome history focus! I was fortunate to have visited England in my teens and gone for a tour around the various castles. One thing I remember our guide saying when he told us about Henry VIII's fascination with beheading was that it's always wiser to choose a sword (instead of an axe) to have your head lopped off, because the cut is cleaner (brrrr!)

Kez said...

Thanks Stuff On My Blog! Enjoy finishing up :)

Kylie - I've just made a template with Word with the KLAs listed and room to write stuff next to it. I print one out each week, leave it on my desk and try to remember to fill it in :) I'm actually in two minds about the way I write it out. I'm trying to get away from the fact that learning is in "subjects", yet I still need to prove to the BOS that we're covering everything. And it helps for other people to see that they seem to naturally cover everything without planning it out. Obviously some weeks are heavy on one subject or another, but it all seems to even out in the end.

Suji - I'll try to remember that if I'm ever in danger of being beheaded ;p

Kylie said...

Thanks Kez. I do agree, which is one of the reasons I haven't done what you have. But every week you cover the KLA's in some way or another so it does work doesn't it and if for nothing else than to show the 'department'! It just always inspires me each week when I read your entry that's all.

I'm not good at keeping records, my blog is the best I have done yet hehehe Maybe 2010 is the year to try again hehehe