Sunday, January 31, 2010

Our week of learning - 31st Jan - out and about

We had a lot of running around this week - I think we were in the car more than we were at home! So not much to report this week.

Current Readaloud: The Secrets of Droon - The mysterious Island

The Mysterious Island (Secrets of Droon S.)

I downloaded some Shakespeare stories for Kids from the My Audio School website and he listened to some of those a couple of nights before bed. Thanks to Katie over at Katie's Homeschool Cottage for reminding me about that website!

We finished watching "Tin Man" - a futuristic version of "Wizard of Oz". It's amazing how many references to the book & movie Billy is now finding in other shows, books & art works!

Maths: We played the Fractions & Decimals board game.

Science & Technology: We played a science board game that he loves called 'Totally Gross'.

I found out that Mars was quite bright in our skies this week so we went out before bed one night and had a look see! We convinced ourselves we saw it anyway! I also found that the Sydney Observatory site has a monthly sky chart that you can print out (for the Australian skies) so we'll be using that next month to find some constellations - hopefully!

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): We made lamingtons for Australia Day.

Creative & Practical Arts: At the homeschoolers social day, Billy and a group of friends were making up little plays and acting them out together. It was cute to see :)

We also went to the Newcastle Art Gallery today for their free 'art cart' workshop. After a look around the gallery, they were told to make something on the theme of "monsters". Billy made the winged monkey and spider monsters from 'Tin Man'.

He's started practising "Happy Birthday" on the keyboard and made up his own tune.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Little Dragons martial arts class (twice), fishing, swimming and running around / scootering at the playground.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): Just general contributing to the household.

School shows: Not on yet.

Other fun stuff:
We went to see 'Alvin & the Chipmunks 2' today.


Amy said...

I always love checking in to see what the two of you have been up to for school stuff. It always sounds like so much fun. And you make it sound so organized, I'm a tad jealous!:-)
Toby just discovered a couple of DVDs at the library from a PBS series with David Macaulay, the author of the book "The Way Things Work". He's watched the three we have currently, Tunnels,Domes, and Dams and has asked for more. At least it's a break from Myth Busters!

Kez said...

Thanks Amy - my skill must be in making it sound organised, because there was not a single thing in there (other than the stuff other people organised and we just turned up to!) that was planned more than an hour in advance :) It was all a pretty spontaneous week!

I'll see if our library has those DVDs. They sound good.

Vanessa said...

What a fantstic assortment of activities. Homeschooling rules.

karisma said...

You sound so organised..we are having trouble getting back into the swing of things. Zak justs wants to go surfing and scooter riding all day and GB just wants to play online games!

Home Educator's Helper said...

Thanks so much for those neat links!
I'm going to add them to my website!

I love all the stuff you find to do - and I can't believe we are only a couple of suburbs away, and yet you know of way more that is going on then I do!! You'll have to share your sources! This litte dragons thing sounds interesting (not that I'm trying to be a stalker or anything ;-) )


Michelle said...

Thanks Kez,
Billy is blessed with a wonderful mum!
I've added a new link to our homeschool list.

Anonymous said...

Great job! How did you guys like the movie?

Kez said...

Danielle - Billy enjoyed the movie, I thought it was cute & ok, but certainly didn't grab me the way something like "Up" did. It's not something I'd want to sit and watch again. I guess animated chipmunks just aren't my thing :)

Funnily enough, I was a huge Chipmunks fan when I was about his age - I had an Alvin & the Chipmunks tape that I must've driven my parents mad wanting to play in the car all of the time!

M.J. said...

I love these posts! To see what the other hs'ers are up to and to find some great ideas. Thanks!!