Sunday, July 25, 2010

Our week of learning - 25th July - Space, Mail and Orange Belt

Ah, back to routine! 


Current Readaloud: "Wind in the Willows"

Audio books: Roald Dahl & Enid Blyton.

Independent Reading: - "Victor's Challenge" by Pamela Freeman, "My Gran the Gorilla" by Jackie French

OtherBilly wrote up a report of his trip to the observatory as part of his Cub's space badge.  The process included discussions about paragraphs, capitalisation and sentence structure.

Maths: He spent time using Timez Attack.

Science & Technology: Billy fulfilled the requirements for his Space Badge for cubs.  He typed up a report about his trip to the observatory, wrote some facts about Mars & Saturn (two planets that he saw through the telescope on the trip), wrote up how to find the Southern cross and we made two pinhole planetariums (Southern Cross & Ursa Major).

We watched the 2nd episode of Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds - it's a fascinating series with incredible photography.  This episode was about the invisible light spectrums - xrays, ultraviolet, infrared etc. 

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): We went on a visit to the Hunter Region Mail Centre with some other homeschoolers to see how the mail is sorted.  It was interesting to see the machines - ones that turned all of the envelopes the same way around and checked that they had a stamp, others that sorted read the address and sorted them into the right area slot.

We also watched another 2 episodes of Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks and Challenging China.

Creative & Practical Arts: Drama lessons started back.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): Martial arts - he had his karate grading and received his orange belt.  Archery & Auskick also started back, and Billy played squash with his dad.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): Usual chores but we need to get back into the cooking instructions.

Other fun stuff: 10 pin bowling with family, playing with friends.


Kylie said...

Sounds like you slotted back into routine nicely.

We tried to organise a tour of our local postal centre but they wouldn't do it for us. They only offered to send out a postie to talk to the kids, not quite the same. :)

Suji said...

Interesting week! So you guys have been peeking at the skies too? :)

Korina said...

All looks like loads of fun... we are getting there and I'm sure given time things will settle down. I love the look of Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds and the Horrible Histories... will be introducing them to Olivia sometime. Thanks. :-)