Monday, May 17, 2010

Our week of learning - 17 May - photo free edition

The last few weeks have been very low tide.  We've all been busy with our own interests - I've had a fair bit of work on and Billy has been immersed in conquering all of the missions on Club Penguin.  Life has just happened.  I can see that its naturally coming back out of that phase now and we're both ready for some more directed learning.


Current Readaloud:
Robin Hood

Audio books: Bumface by Morris Gleitzman  (** Disclaimer - probably more suited to older kids as it deals with the facts of life & contraception **)

Independent Reading: -

Other: - I've been putting word puzzles & riddles up on the whiteboard and he's been loving them!  I'm getting a lot of them from sites on this page, in particular this site.  Sometimes he'll want to then make up his own to challenge me (which can be interesting!)

Maths: He's really getting a good understanding of fractions from real life usage.  I noticed when we were cooking that he was able to work out things like "I need 2 teaspoons of salt, but I can only find the 1/2 teaspoon measure, so I need to put in 4 of them" etc.  He's also getting confident with reading 4 digit numbers like 1,206. 

He asked me to give him some test questions last night, even though he declared them a bit "schooly" :)  I gave him this one and he was able to work it out in his head - it took him quite a while but he got there!  (I was about to resort to the calculator for myself lol).
"Harry buys a drink for $2.80 and a Subway sandwich for $8.30. He goes to a different store and buys a T-Shirt for $15.50 and a new pair of jeans for $69.99. If he started with $100 how much money would he have left? (rounded)"

He's also been working out codes and making up his own for me to solve.

Science & Technology: While I was busy with work, he pulled out a couple of science kits we had.  He made a periscope by himself and an electromagnetic playground with a bit of help.

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): There's been a bit of a medieval theme happening - we're reading Robin Hood and there was a medieval theme on Club Penguin.  So lots of discussions about that era.  This interest has stemmed as well from him doing archery - we started reading Robin Hood last year and he wasn't interested - now that he's doing archery he's suddenly interested!

Creative & Practical Arts:

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): He earnt another tip at martial arts, had Auskick training and archery.  We also went on an hour long walk!

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): He's been asserting his independence with cooking again - he cooked pizza on his own (dough from scratch) and chocolate muffins.  Now to work on the cleaning up side of things :)

Other fun stuff: He's been busy (obsessed?) with completing the missions on Club Penguin.  He had success!


Suji said...

We are reading Robin Hood too :)

Butterfly said...

Plenty of learning going on! Sounds like Billy's crossing over into a new phase of development.

I'm going to look at the puzzle sites now ... love them!

Karen said...

The Ranger's Apprentice series is great for mediaeval reading as well. We are up to number 9 with Nathan which he is now reading independently. I started off reading aloud the first 4 or 5, then we took turns reading aloud, then he started reading them himself - yay! They are GREAT stories, very well written so you'll find them interesting as well :) Thanks for the links too, I am a link junkie!

Risa said...

Thanks much for the link to the puzzles and riddles!

mum+dad=akira and linkin and elijah said...

Have to thank you for introducing us to Club Penguin, the boys are loving it.

We are also reading Robin Hood!!