Sunday, August 16, 2009

Our week of learning - 16th August - Ahoy there, me hearties!

Our week was much slower this time - Billy came down with a fairly heavy cold on Monday afternoon, so between him feeling lousy and neither of us sleeping properly with him coughing at night, we didn't have the energy to do much!

What we did do, however, mainly had a pirate theme..

Current Readaloud: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (adaptation)

English: Lots of reading plus time on Spellodrome.

Maths: He spent a fair bit of time playing Timez Attack with his 2 times tables.

We also played card games like Addition Wars for maths addition practice, and did word puzzles from a book called "You can, Toucan, Maths".

You Can, Toucan, Math: Word Problem-Solving Fun

Science & Technology: He went through most of the section on 'Materials' on the BBC schools Science website. This was teaching properties of materials like changing state, heat transfer etc.

HSIE (Human Society and it's environment): We finally uncovered the fruit slices we were mummifying on the kitchen bench :) There was quite a dramatic difference between the mummified one(on the right) and the control slice (left) that went mouldy! (The white is the bicarb / salt mixture we used in the mummification process).

With Billy's help, I finally got around to putting the Egyptian figures on our historical timeline stretching along the hallway. That led to some interesting discussions once we could see how similar the time period was between the Sumerians making their ziggurats and the Egyptians building their pyramids.

Creative & Practical Arts: He missed drama due to being unwell.

We both had fun finishing off our treasure maps. Several weeks ago we'd started the process by 'ageing' some paper - I aged mine with tea, Billy did his with stock cubes. This week I broke out the ink, and we created our treasure maps. Fun :)

We made a pirate costume that he wore to a pirate night at Joeys. They played piratey type games, sang piratey songs, and had a treasure hunt.

LOTE (Languages other than English): Nothing.

PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education): The last Auskick training for the season.

Life skills (cooking, gardening, housekeeping): Some cooking, including making up his own biscuit recipe - it didn't quite work out, but he learnt a few things for next time! He's getting more confident at sliding things into and out of the oven by himself too.

He's been very helpful over the weekend in cleaning the deck, his cubby etc ready for his party next weekend.


Cindy said...

Looks like a LOVELY week! The mummification activity is very cool!


Suji said...

OOOOH love his costume!

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