Saturday, March 03, 2012

Homeschooling Monthly Memories - Feb 2012

I'm jumping onboard a monthly wrap-up post meme run by "Our Worldwide Classroom".  So here's Billy's February...

February has involved many days out:

An excursion to Tocal Homestead - learning about Australian history
A local art show
Homeschooler's swimming carnival
'Nerf' war day with the homeschoolers

Cubs has provided plenty of fun and learning opportunities:

Making chariots with lashing and trying them out

Learning how to roll and break the flag correctly

A weekend cub leadership course - first night away from home without family!  (A big milestone for him - and me!)
They did many team and leadership activities, as well as cooking, learning about the flag, knots, trail signs.  They even got to watch a movie!

Weekly activities are back into full swing - dragons martial arts, archery and drama.  He's moved up to the Yr 5/6 drama class and is absolutely loving it.  He loves the teacher, loves what they're doing and has friends in the class.

We're focusing on a few areas this year as far as 'intentional learning' goes:

Australian history
  • Watched the complete My Place series 1, and several episodes so far of series 2.  
  • Reading the book of My Place by Nadia Wheatley. 
  • The visit (mentioned above) to Tocal Homestead
  •  Billy's been continuing to create plugins for Minecraft using Java. He's been modifying one of his old ones with my help (I have to learn it as I go!), and has created a new one entirely on his own.  
  • He's been using Corel Video Studio to create video intros for the start of the tutorials etc he creates and puts on YouTube.
  • He's been researching how to create apps for an Android phone.
  • Practising maths facts using Timez Attack
  • Watching Cyberchase for maths concepts
  • Discussions about pi, fibonacci numbers 
  • The Jungle book
  • Deltora Quest book 6 and 7 by Emily Rodda
  • Toad Surprise by Morris Gleitzmann  
So it's been a busy month of getting back into routine - and then losing that routine as we have days out!


Kylie said...

Sounds like a busy month too!

Thanks for joining in Kez :-)

Suji said...

That's a lot of good stuff in just one month! Looks like a lot of fun was had too.