Sunday, January 24, 2010

Our week of learning - 24th Jan - Webkinz World

Billy saved up his pocket money and bought himself a new Webkinz (for the uninitiated, they're a cute, cuddly toy that has a unique code to get into their website and play games). He was given one by a friend a couple of years ago and played on the website a bit, but after 12 months it expired and locked him out of the website. He decided he wanted to get back in, so searched on ebay until he found the one he wanted! He was hanging out until it arrived on Wednesday and has been on the website every day since.

Current Readaloud: The Secrets of Droon - The mysterious Island

The Mysterious Island (Secrets of Droon S.)

He spent time on Spellodrome and earnt a certificate for the week. We played a game of Rainbow Scrabble (an easier scoring version of proper Scrabble). He answered a 50 question Language Arts quiz at Quizzy's Corner (on the Webkinz site) - he learnt terms like 'synonym' and 'antonym'.

Maths: He spent about an hour on Mathletics over the week and earnt his weekly certificate. This was his first time on it since moving up to the Yr 3 level. He came across a couple of new concepts like rounding to the nearest hundred, as well as some pretty tough 2-digit mental addition.

He also answered a 50 question Maths quiz at Quizzy's Corner - its quite an odd feeling to be asked at 9pm "Can I answer 50 maths questions now Mummy?"!

Science & Technology: We did a couple of science experiments this week as blogged previously - making marbled paper with chalk and the baking soda / vinegar & peanuts experiment.

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): We went and did our monthly Waterwatch testing and picked up some rubbish along the river bank while we were there.

Creative & Practical Arts: I bought a canvas and some acrylic paints for him (at his request) and he had a great time painting a portrait of his 2 Webkinz animals as King & prince! (They're the black and white figuers down towards the bottom - the yellow is the castle).

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Little Dragons martial arts class. He also answered yet another 50 question quiz on Webkinz about Health - questions about nutrition, the body, road safety etc.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): He made a cake by himself (with me supervising and getting it out of the oven) and iced & decorated it all on his own.

School shows: Not on yet.

Other fun stuff:
His cousin had a b'day party on today so he had fun playing with his cousins and some of their friends.


Vanessa said...

Hi Kez
Thanks for posting on my blog.
I love your son's painting. But the cake had my daughter and I in stitches. Looks like hed had lots of fun decorating that.
You asked on my blog why I don't homeschool. Especially as I am a teacher! I've really been thinking about this and I'm going to do a post on it soon as I think home tuiton desrves a bit more than a couple of sentences. But lets just say that I think your son will have a better education than most children in the public school system. Vanessa

karisma said...

Oh that is one amazing cake! Wow!

Butterfly said...

An interesting post, but the cake has made me forget everything else I read!!

Quizzy's Corner sounds interesting, I might check it out. Sounds like Billy has had an all round exciting week, esp with Webkinz!

jugglingpaynes said...

My youngest got her first Webkinz as a Christmas present. I have to admit to holding out against getting one. I'm not crazy about toys that tie into computer websites, but I was impressed by the games on Webkinz.

And now, of course, she wants another one. So it begins...

Peace and Laughter,

Stuff On My Blog said...

We've been looking at getting Frodo & Sam a webkinz too :) Looks like a busy, fun week! Epic cake decorating skillz! I particularly like the picnic bar bit... I'd be snagging that peice straight away lol!

sheila said...

Is this where I confess that I've actually written posts about the lives of the Webkinz here? And that we once had a genuine birthday party for one of them? And that when I was in the US I bought Zumbuddies (which I'd never seen before) BEFORE THEY WERE RELEASED IN CANADA thereby earning the complete and utter undying adoration of my two youngest for at LEAST a whole week?

No, on second thought, I don't think I should confess any of that. It makes me look like a dope.

Magic and Mayhem said...

Oh, that cake! LOL It looks like a child's dream. :)

The week sounds wonderful, as always.

And you know we're prone to telling the kids "Yes, you can play online but first do 50 questions on Quizzy's Corner." :) Jack even has me playing games to earn him Kinz Cash sometimes!

Suji said...

Will add my vote to the cake topping everything else...hmm...wait...maybe with the exception of doing 50 math questions at night. :) what a great week!

Kez said...

lol, you all should've seen the cake *after* he added sparklers :)

Yes, the commercial aspect of the Webkinz annoys me but the website is pretty cool. And the animals are cute :)

Sheila - Billy's webkinz has had several b'day parties!