Friday, August 03, 2012

Homeschooling Monthly Memories - July 2012

Where is the year going?  July was half school holidays - which were very busy - and now we're struggling to get back into the flow.

Cubs 'Curriculum':

Made a thaumatrope

  • They also did campfire songs and had to perform group skits one night.

Intentional Learning:

Creative Arts

  • Rehearsals started for Peter Pan (Billy is playing Curly, a Lost Boy).  Rehearsals are the highlight of his week!
  • Billy made up a parody song and music video.
  • We went to see a local youth production of Blabbermouth (based on the book by Morris Gleitzman).  It was wonderfully done!

  • Australian history
    • We met up with friends and toured historic Maitland Gaol
    • We continued our reading of Thomas Appleby - Convict Boy by Jackie French

  •  We watched a documentary on the history of London and the Olympic Games, done by the wonderful Tony Robinson - London Games Unearthed


Murderous Maths - Awesome Arithmetricks

  • We're working through the Murderous Maths book 'Awesome Arithmetricks' as our maths 'spine'
  • Topics covered included simplifying equations and adding positive & negative numbers
  • We played a cool board / card game from the book reinforcing adding positive and negative numbers together.

  •  Billy set up a stall to sell fairy floss & popcorn - he had to set prices, gather the float, take the money, give change etc.  It wasn't a busy stall given we live in a fairly quiet street but he enjoyed it.


  • We went back to the rockpools we'd found last month, but the tide was in and the surf was up.  So we did some beach scavenging for shells and sea sponges, rock identification etc (and watched the surfers)

  • Games of scrabble (even the cat joined in!)


  • Billy took part in a week long martial arts 'camp' - 2 hours of various martial arts each morning.  His highlight was the board breaking.  They totalled 1000 push ups and 1000 sit ups by the end of the camp!

As well as the usual:
  • martial arts, circus, archery and AFL
  • time spent hanging out with friends and family


Suji said...

A great month! Love the photos!

Caz said...

Looks like a very busy month! Loving the stall ... my boys would love something like that, both to sell and to buy hehe

Renelle said...

You're the 3rd person this week that I have heard that uses Murderous Maths, I was wondering what you thought of it. Carter is going well using LOF and a mixture of things because it doesn't del like he is doing traditional maths but he has made leaps this year with maths so I'm really happy. It has been our most relaxed home ed year yet.

My kids would drool over the fairy floss (all that sugar!) Next time he runs a store we might drop buy for some. Hope you're both well.