Sunday, April 01, 2012

Homeschooling Monthly Memories - Mar 2012

This is part of a monthly wrap-up post meme run by "Our Worldwide Classroom".

Once again, I'm amazed at how much we pack into a month!  So here's Billy's March...

March has involved days out:
Circus Workshop
Media studies - Harry Potter exhibition
A water-pistol day (in the rain!)
Another nerf day.

And learning new skills:

Cubs has provided plenty of fun and learning opportunities:

Billy carting
Clean Up Australia day
Making a Jungle book resource and running the game on the pack night

Weekly activities are back into full swing - dragons martial arts, archery and drama.  Footy training has started back, with a trial game today.

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

Australian history
  • Watched an episode of My Place series 2
  • Viewed an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum about shopping in the 1800s.
  • We're reading a couple of great books by Jackie French:
Tom Appleby Convict Boy
Grim Crims and Convicts: 1788-1820 (Fair Dinkum Histories S.)  

  • Billy's been continuing to change his plugins for Minecraft using Java.  
  • He's been learning how to use 3D animation software called Blender

  • Watching Cyberchase for maths concepts, and playing the Cyberchase Quest online
  • Life maths like measuring (cooking), budgeting
  • Building scale models using Minecraft - he's currently using our house plans and Google Earth to build a scale model of our house.

  • Watching Backyard Science and Scope
  • Reading  George and the Big Bang by Lucy & Stephen Hawking

  • George and the Big Bang (George's Secret Key to the Universe)
  • Trip to the Powerhouse Museum - hands-on exhibitions on steam, experiments and space
  • Built an LED clock using a kit
  • Reviewing particles in matter - how solids, liquids and gases move.  Triggered by this video demonstrating the 3 states of matter using Minecraft.

  • Finished the 1st Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda
  • Started Peter Pan  


Kylie said...

You guys certainly do pack a huge amount into your days :-) Looking forward to seeing more on his scale model house.

Amy said...

Toby loved "George and the Big Bang".:-) As always I am amazed by not only how much fun and learning you guys cram into a month, but also how organized you are!!

Kez said...

lol Amy - appearances can be deceiving :) I guess our days are fairly structured around our outside activities, I try to fit in an hour or so for 'intentional learning' a couple of times per week, and the rest just fits in around all that. Somehow :)

jugglingpaynes said...

Sierra enjoyed the Minecraft video. We kept thinking the teacher was saying torture instead of torches. LOL!

Peace and Laughter,

Kez said...

lol - that'd be our Aussie accent :)