Monday, October 18, 2010

Possum's Story

On the morning of September 27 I was lying in bed, awake, feeling Possum kicking. I commented to Rusty that Possum was kicking a lot and took his hand to feel my tummy. Right at that moment I felt a warm trickle and jumped out of bed for the toilet. By the time I sat down my pyjama bottoms were soaked and I said to Rusty I thought my waters had broken. We were both in disbelief. I was only 25 weeks pregnant!

I called the hospital and threw a few things in a bag whilst Rusty got the kids some breakfast then I drove myself in to the hospital. When I got out of the car there was a big gush, and at that moment I knew for sure that my waters had really broken. I think I had been in denial up until that point! I made my way into the hospital and found the maternity ward. I spoke to a lovely midwife who was most helpful and got me settled before the Dr arrived. They both made it clear that I had to be transported to our capital ASAP and they would call in the Royal Flying Doctor Service to airlift me. They did not have adequate facilities for a 25 week baby in that hospital and they were very concerned, given my 1 hr 15 min labour with Chicky that I might have the baby there.

I managed to phone Rusty and have him call my Mum and make arrangement for the kids and him to go to the city. Meanwhile I swallowed meds to stop contractions, was swabbed for Step B which I had with Bugsy and Chicky, had blood taken and had an injection of steroids to help Possum's lungs produce sofractin.

A few hours later I was transported via ambulance from the hospital to the airstrip, then flown to the city and again transported by ambulance from the airstrip to the major maternity hospital in our state. I was assessed and admitted on arrival, more blood was taken along with another swab and I was advised I was now on strict bedrest. That night I hardly slept a wink.

The next morning I was taken off for an ultrasound to check on Possum and make sure he was ok. He was ok, but the scan showed there was no amniotic fluid left and that Possum was a footling breech. Later that morning the team of Dr's assigned to me attended and advised that as Possum was a footling breech I would need to have a cesarean when the time came if he remained in that position. Further they advised as he was only 25 weeks it would need to be a classical cesarean as there wouldn't be enough room otherwise. I signed the consent required and asked what the averages were like for women in my position. How long did they normally last before the baby was born? The reality is generally they last not longer than 1 week. I received another injection of steriods to help Possums lungs too.

The following day, we are now at Wednesday 29 September. Rusty and I decided that if I made it to the following Tuesday for another wellness scan on Possum we would find out if we were having a girl or a boy. We also decided that if Possum arrived in the meantime we had a unisex name picked. Just aswell we had that discussion because at 3.45am the following morning I got up to go to the bathroom. When I got back into bed I felt a very strange senation, like there was something there that shouldn't be, then it started flapping about! I pressed the call bell as I was concerned and waited for a midwife. While I was waiting the flapping got worse and I grew more concerned. I hit the emergency bell and immediately half a dozen midwifes flew into the room. I explained that I could feel what I thought by this time must be a foot flapping about where it shouldn't be and they wisked me out and down to theatre in the blink of an eye. When we got to theatre they checked and sure enough there was a little foot prolapsed!

They had just enough time to give me a spinal block which ment I was awake for the operation and Possum was born at 4.04am. He was immediately taken to the Special Care Nursery for attention. His apgar scores were 6 and 8 so he was going ok, but going to need lots of help. He was 25 weeks and 3 days gesdation. Unfortunately Rusty missed his birth and arrived at the hospital as we rang to tell him it was a boy. I was advised later that even if he had of been at the hospital he wouldn't have been admitted to the theatre as it was a classical section.

The balance of Thursday is a complete blur. When they removed the spinal block they gave me a massive dose of morphine which had me fuzzy and asleep until 4pm. At that time I started expressing for my little man and when Rusty came back to the hospital that evening I visited the nursery and got to touch him for the first time.

And a funny note. Possum was due on Bugsy's birthday in January but he arrived on Chicky's birthday in September. He was determined to share!

Edited to add his vitals, oops!
Weight 865g
Length 34cm
Head circumference 23cm

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fav HS Programs

I have found a useful bunch of programs that I am using as HS tools and thought I would share :)

Anki - FREE memory system software, we are just getting started with this

Planbook - lesson planning software, LOVE this

Delicious Library 2 - library catalogue system, can't believe I didn't know about this one sooner


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Year 3 (Draft Plans)

*Please note this is a work in progress. Various updates will be made throughout the remainder of 2010 and all of 2011.*

Learning areas, curricula and resources for Year 3 (8yo) to be addressed in a formal manner -

MATH
Miquon (should already be finished with this, but if not complete)
Kumon Word Problems
Activities for the AL Abacus
Life of Fred Fractions
Singapore 3 or 4?? probably 4
Hands on Equations

LANGUAGE ARTS
All About Spelling (should complete this year)
Writing With Ease (should complete this year)
Michael Clay Thompson Town Level?
Bravewriter Arrow?
Mosdos Ruby Level?
Independent reading :

HISTORY
Story of the World Vol 3 (Early Modern Times)
Story of the World Activity Guide
Supplemental reading (Book basket) :

SCIENCE
Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding K-2
Going deeper where needed with Real Science Odyssey Life, Earth & Space and Chemistry
Snap Circuit 100
Continuing this from Year 2 (The Real Science Odyssey programs are 1 year each) probably adding in Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding 3-5 & Real Physics (if released yet)

EXTRAS
Getting Started with Latin (should complete this year)
Galore Park Latin Prep 1
Meet the Masters (Art program)
Logic & puzzle books
Violin (lessons plus The Violin Book Series)
Playdough
Puzzles
Wedgits
Cooking
Singing (Sing Books)

Educational Videos Online FREE

Don't we HSers love that word, FREE :) Over at TWTM people are often talking about the Magic School Bus Videos and Bill Nye The Science Guy. Well, I do remember the Magic School Bus from when I was in school, but Bill Nye?? Anyway thanks to the lovely people over there I now have links for a number of educational videos online which are absolutely FREE. My kiddos enjoyed their first episode of Magic School Bus this morning, they are begging for more! We will try out Bill Nye next. Here are the links -




Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Year 2

Learning areas, curricula and resources for Year 2 (7yo) to be addressed in a formal manner -

MATH - drawing from
Professor B math
Rightstart math games
Activities for the AL Abacus
Miquon
Kumon Word Problems

LANGUAGE ARTS
All About Spelling
Writing With Ease
Michael Clay Thompson Island Level
Shared reading :
  • Chronicals of Narnia
  • Little House Series
  • The Jungle Book
  • Parables from Nature
  • Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare
  • The Secret Garden
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • 50 Famous Stories Retold
  • Black Beauty
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
HISTORY
Story of the World Vol 2 (Medieval)
Story of the World Activity Guide
Supplemental reading (Book basket) :
  • Otto of the Silver Hand
  • Canterbury Tales
  • Beowulf the Warrior
  • Marco Polo for Kids
  • Joan of Arc
  • Days of Knights
  • Knight at Dawn
  • Viking Ships at Sunrise
  • Story of Islam
  • Good Queen Bess
  • Ancient Celts
  • Galileo
  • Who Were the Vikings?
  • Muslim Child
  • The Miracle of Saint Nicholas
  • Knight
  • The Girl Who Lost Her Smile
  • Viking Tales
  • Liang and the Magic Paintbrush
  • Baboushka and the Three Kings
  • Sundiata
  • The Orchard Book of Roman Myths
  • Favorite Celtic Fairytales
  • Bard of Avon
  • What were Castles for?
  • The Ch'i-Lin Purse
  • Indian Tales
SCIENCE
Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding K-2
Going deeper where needed with Real Science Odyssey Life, Earth & Space and Chemistry
Snap Circuit 100

EXTRAS
Getting Started with Latin
Logic & puzzle books
Violin (lessons plus The Violin Book Series)
Playdough
Puzzles
Wedgits
Painting
Drawing
Cooking
Singing (Sing Books)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Weekly Report 4/9 - 10/9

We took a break from formal schooling this week but did attend Homeschool Group and Violin Lessons.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dolphin Discovery Centre

Today we visited the local Dolphin Discovery Centre. The session was conducted by a marine biologist who has been working with the bottlenose dolphins in our area for the past 10 years. He was very knowledgable and quite a funny guy. The kids really warmed to him and got heaps out of the session. They are keen to head back soon so that we can see some dolphins. Unfortunately we visited at the wrong time of the day. Here they are with their certificates. once again thanks go out to one of the local Mum's for organising this wonderful event! Thanks also to the sponsors who enabled our visit to be FREE.

Weekly Report 28/8 - 3/9

MONDAY
Together -
Read aloud When I'm Feeling Lonley
Read aloud from Brer Rabbit Book
Read aloud C13 Detectives in Togas

Flossy -
Read Ancient Rome & Pompeii
Completed MR D-10, D-11, D-12
Completed Kumon WP1 (20) Q8-10
Completed WWE1 W23 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S6
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 The Roman Builders
Read, Discussed & Narrated SOTW1 The Roman Gladiators

Bugsy -
Worked on Kumon Uppercase Letters
Worked on MO E-17
Worked on AAS1 S12
Worked on Kumon 1-30 (29)

Chicky -
Shapes & Colours Book
Playschool Activities

TUESDAY
Together -
Read aloud When I'm Feeling Lonley
Read aloud from Brer Rabbit Book
Read aloud C14 Detectives in Togas

Flossy -
Read Inca Book
Completed MR E-26, E-27, E-28
Worked on Kumon WP1 (21) Q1-5
Completed WWE1 W24 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S6
Completed SL Sci K W16

Bugsy -
Worked on Kumon Uppercase Letters
Worked on L59 100EZ
Worked on MO E-17
Worked on AAS1 S12
Worked on Kumon 1-30 (29)

Chicky -
Shapes & Colours Book
Playschool Activities

WEDNESDAY
Together -
Read aloud When I'm Feeling Lonley
Read aloud from Brer Rabbit Book
Read aloud C15 Detectives in Togas

Flossy -
Read Ancient Rome & Pompeii
Completed MR E-29, E-30, E-31
Completed Kumon WP1 (21) Q6-10
Completed WWE1 W24 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S6
Read, discussed & illustrated Paddle-to-the-Sea C8

Bugsy -
Worked on formation of '5'
Worked on L59 100EZ
Completed MO E-18
Worked on AAS1 S12
Worked on Kumon 1-30 (29)

Chicky -
Shapes & Colours Book
Playschool Activities

THURSDAY
Together -
Read aloud When I'm Feeling Lonley
Read aloud from Brer Rabbit Book
Read aloud C15 Detectives in Togas

Flossy -
Read Ancient Rome & Pompeii
Completed MR E-32, E-33, E-34
Completed Kumon WP1 (22)
Completed WWE1 W25 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S6
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 Gladiator School

Bugsy -
Completed L59 100EZ
Completed MO E-19, E-20
Worked on AAS1 S12
Worked on Kumon 1-30 (30)

Chicky -
Shapes & Colours Book
Playschool Activities

FRIDAY
Together -
Read aloud When I'm Feeling Lonley
Read aloud from Brer Rabbit Book
Read aloud C16 Detectives in Togas

Flossy -
Read Ancient Rome
Completed MR E-35, E-36, E-37
Completed Kumon WP1 (23)
Completed WWE1 W25 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S6
Completed SL Sci K W17

Bugsy -
Worked on Kumon Uppercase Letters
Worked on L60 100EZ
Worked on MO E-21
Worked on AAS1 S12
Worked on Kumon 1-30

Chicky -
Shapes & Colours Book
Playschool Activities

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Child Restraint Legislation is Changing!

From 1 October 2010 Child Restraint Legislation is changing in our state. I am continuously amazed by the number of people who choose not to correctly restrain their children when travelling in a vehicle! This legislation applies to ALL children under 7 years of age. Please take a look here and make sure you comply, please also spread the word!

And just for everyone's peace of mind. Flossy is currently restrained in a Safe n Sound Maxi Rider booster seat with Protecta Harness. Bugsy is currently restrained in a Safe n Sound Maxi Rider booster seat with Protecta Harness. Chicky is currently restrained in a Safe n Sound Royal Convertible Restraint in a forward facing position.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Update on Rusty at the Bowls Comp

Unfortunately Rusty didn't progress any further. He made it to the second round, so the final 16. We are so proud! He played some whopper bowls and rose to the challenge.

Rusty at the Aussie Indoor Bowls Championships

Rusty is away at the moment competing in the Australian Mens Indoor Singles Bowls Championships. He is one of 3 representatives from our state competing against a total field of 32 men. Here are some links to pics of him in action. He won this game, the first round so has made it through to the round of 16. Waiting to hear the results from day 2, go Rusty!!

ETA - All the links I provided were wrong :( Bowls Australia changed all their files around after I spent hours locating the ones of Rusty (there were hundreds!). I don't have the energy to do it all again so I've just removed the links.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Weekly Report 14/8 - 20/8

MONDAY
Together -
Read aloud We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Read aloud from The Brer Rabbit Book
Read aloud C11 Detectives in Togas

Flossy -
Read The Gobblin and the Grocer
Completed MR C-20, C-21, C-22
Completed Kumon WP1 (18) Q5-8
Completed WWE1 W22 D3&4
Completed AAS3 S5 dictation sentences
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 The Roman Gods
Completed SL Sci W15 D2

Bugsy -
Worked on L57 100EZ
Worked on Kumon Uppercase book
Completed MO E-16
Completed AAS1 S11 phrases
Completed Kumon 1-30 (28)

Chicky -
Alphabet Book
Playschool Activities

TUESDAY
Together -
Read aloud We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Read aloud from Brer Rabbit Book
Read aloud C12 Detectives in Togas

Flossy -
Read Eggs & Chicks
Completed MR C-23, C-24, C-25
Worked on Kumon WP1 (19) Q1-4
Outlined, composed and completed letter to penpal
Completed SL Sci W15 D3

Bugsy -
Worked on L57 100EZ
Worked on MO E-17
Worked on AAS1 S12
Worked on Kumon 1-30 (28)

Chicky -
Alphabet Book
Playschool Activities

THURSDAY
Flossy -
Read Ancient Rome & Pompeii
Completed MR D-5, D-6
Completed Kumon WP1 (19) Q5-8
Completed WWE1 W23 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S6

Bugsy -
Completed L57 100EZ
Worked on MO E-17
Worked on AAS1 S12
Completed Kumon 1-30 (28)

Chicky -
Alphabet Book
Playschool Activities

FRIDAY
Flossy -
Read Ancient Rome & Pompeii
Completed MR D-7, D-8, D-9
Completed Kumon WP1 (20) Q1-4

Bugsy -
Worked on L58 100EZ

Chicky -
Alphabet Book
Playschool Activities

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Wheels

Having a 6th member join our family in the near future has seen the need to upsize our family vehicle. After much consideration we finally decided on the VW Multivan. This is an awesome vehicle with plenty of room for everyone. We are very pleased with our new purchase!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weekly Report 7/8 - 13/8

MONDAY
Together -
Read aloud We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Read aloud Brer Rabbit
Read aloud Detectives in Togas C9

Flossy -
Read The Snow Queen from Anderson's Tales
Completed MR C-14, C-15, C-16
Completed Kumpn WP1 17 Q5-8
Completed WWE1 W21 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S5
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 The Power of Rome

Bugsy -
Worked on L56 100EZ
1-10 counters
Worked on AAS1 S10
Worked on Kumon 1-30 27

Chicky -
Alphabet book
Playschool activities

TUESDAY
Together -
Read aloud We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Read aloud Brer Rabbit
Read aloud Detectives in Togas C10

Flossy -
Read The Snow Queen & The Little Match Girl from Anderson's Tales
Completed MR C-17, C-18, C-19
Completed Kumon WP1 18 Q1-4
Completed WWE1 W22 D1&2
Completed AAS3 S5
Completed SL Sci W14 D3 & W15 D1

Bugsy -
Completed L56 100EZ
1 - 10 counters
Worked on AAS1 S10 phrases
Worked on Kumon 1-30 28

Chicky -
Alphabet book
Playschool Activities

After a great start to the week we spent the rest of the week laid up with head colds :(


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kumon

These 2 books are my absolute favourite pre-handwriting books! Both Flossy and Bugsy have worked through these before moving onto formal handwriting books and now it is time for Chicky to start.

We begin with the colouring book. It has the child colour a small part of a larger picture then draw a line from a dot to a star navigating some obstacles. By the time we are about halfway through the colouring book they are generally ready to add in the Tracing book which focuses on having the child draw within lines to make shapes like circles and diagonal lines.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Playschool Activities 3

Another week, another set of Playschool draws. Here is what's install for Chicky this week.

Draw 1 Wedgits.

Draw 2 motor skills activity. There are dried split peas in the container on the left. Chicky can spoon them into the smaller containers on the right and back again.

Draw 3 animal match game. Each of the pieces face down has an animal picture which matched the main board. This is from a Galt Animal Lotto game.

Draw 4 build a bug. This is from the game Beetle, the pieces fit together like a puzzle.

Draw 5 activity 1 from Kumon Colouring Book. More to come on these books, I love them! This will be a completely new activity for Chicky but I am sure she is up to it. She likes to draw and has her pencil grip down so we will see how she goes.

Draw 6 a 12 piece Bananas in Pyjamas puzzle.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Weekly Report 31/7 - 6/8

MONDAY
Together -
Read aloud Possum Magic
Read aloud The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Read Aloud Detectives in Togas C5

Flossy -
Read The Flying Trunk & The Ugly Duckling from Andersons Tales
Completed MR B-4, B-5
Completed Kumon WP1 15 Q8-10
Completed WWE1 W20 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S4
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 Rabbit Shoots the Sun

Bugsy -
Worked on L54 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S10

Chicky -
Numbers book
Playschool activities

TUESDAY
Together -
Homeschool Group

WEDNESDAY
Together -
Read aloud Possum Magic
Read aloud The Completed Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Read aloud Detectives in Togas C6

Flossy -
Read The Ugly Duckling & The Nightingale from Andersons Tales
Completed MR B-6, B-7, B-8
Completed Kumon WP1 16 Q1-4
Outlined, composed and wrote letter to penpal
Read, discussed, narrated & illustrated Paddle-to-the-Sea C7

Bugsy -
Worked on L54 100EZ
Worked on MO E-15
Completed AAS1 S10
Completed Kumon 1-30 25

Chicky -
Numbers book
Playschool activities

THURSDAY
Together -
Read aloud Possum Magic
Read aloud The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Read aloud Detectives in Togas C7

Flossy -
Read The Nightingale & The Snow Queen from Andersons Tales
Completed MR B-9, B-10, B-11
Completed Kumon WP1 16 Q5-10
Completed WWE1 W20 D3&4
Completed AAS3 S4
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 Romulus & Remus
Completed SL Sci W14 D1

Bugsy -
Completed L54 100EZ
Completed MO E-15
Worked on AAS1 S11
Worked on Kumon 1-30 26

Chicky -
Numbers book
Playschool activities

FRIDAY
Together -
Read aloud Possum Magic
Read aloud Brer Rabbit Book
Read aloud Detectives in Togas C8

Flossy -
Read The Snow Queen from Andersons Tales
Completed MR B-12, C-12, C-13
Completed Kumon WP1 17 Q1-4
Completed WWE1 W21 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S5
Completed SL Sci W14 D2&3

Bugsy -
Completed L55 100EZ
Completed MO E-16
Worked on AAS1 S11
Completed Kumon 1-30 26

Chicky -
Numbers book
Playschool activities

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Playschool Activities 2

Chicky LOVED her draws last week! I have decided to rotate some of them weekly which will give her a good opportunity to try each of the draws over the week. It will also let me see which ones she is drawn to and which she passes on.

So, what's in the draws this week?

Draw 1 is pattern blocks (same as last week).

Draw 2 is pom-pom motor skill activity (same as last week).
Draw 3 is a counting and motor skill activity. There are 12 'eggs' (pingpong balls) to put in and out of the egg carton. If Chicky feels inclined she can also match the colours up as there are 6 of each. I will number the 'eggs' as soon as I find my Sharpie.

Draw 4 is a counting activity. Each cup is numbered and there are just the right number of pop sticks. The plan is to work with 3 cups in the beginning and build up to 10 as she becomes competent over the next few months.
Draw 5 is a threading activity. A pipe cleaner and 5 beads with small openings.
Draw 6 is Play-Doh with 3 animal shapes and a small cutting knife.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Weekly Report 24/7 - 30/7

TUESDAY
Together -
Read aloud The Little Rabbit
Read aloud The Complete Stories of Peter Rabbit
Read aloud Detectives in Togas C2

Flossy -
Read The Little Mermaid, Andersons Fairy Tales
Completed MO X-2, X-3, X-4
Completed Kumon WP1 15 Q2&3
Completed WWE1 W19 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S4
Read, discussed, narrated SOTW1 The Nazca Drawings
Completed SL Sci W13 D1&2

Bugsy -
Completed L52 100EZ
Worked on MO E-15
Worked on AAS1 S10
Completed Kumon 1-20 21

Chicky -
Shapes & Colours book
Playschool Activity draws 1

WEDNESDAY
Together -
Read aloud The Little Rabbit
Read aloud from The Complete Stories of Peter Rabbit
Read aloud Detectives in Togas C3

Flossy -
Read The Wild Swan, Andersons Tales
Completed MO X-5, X-6, X-7
Completed Kumon WP1 15 Q4&5
Completed WWE W19 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S4
Read, narrated and drew Paddle to the Sea C6

Bugsy -
Worked on L53 100EZ
Worked on MO E-15
Worked on AAS1 S10
Completed Kumon 1-20 22

Chicky -
Shapes & Colours book
Playschool Activity draws 1

THURSDAY
Flossy -
Completed MO X-8, X-9, X-10
MO book completed, yay!
Violin lesson

Busgy -
Violin lesson

FRIDAY
Together -
Read aloud The Little Rabbit
Read aloud from The Completed Stories of Peter Rabbit
Read aloud Detectives in Togas C4

Flossy -
Read The Wild Swan, Andersons Tales
Read The Flying Trunk, Andersons Tales
MR B-1, B-2, B-3
Completed Kumon WP1 15 Q6&7
Outlined and wrote a letter to penpal
Read, discussed and narrated SOTW1 The Heads of the Olmecs

Bugsy -
Completed L53 100EZ
Worked on MO E-15
Completed Kumon 1-20 23
Worked on AAS1 S10

Chicky -
Shapes & Colours book
Playschool Activity draws 1

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Growing Up

Flossy has just turned 6 and over the last few months she has been growing up fast, hitting someone of those all important childhood milestones.

- She had her first adult tooth erupt (behind the baby ones!)

- She learnt to ride her bike without training wheels

- She lost her first baby tooth

- Both her drawing and handwriting have had very dramatic improvement

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Playschool Activities

Whilst planning out school for next year I have been seriously thinking about Chicky and where she is at. I can see that she is going to require some one on one instruction (soon) in the same way the Bugsy did when he was ready to step up from toddler to little scholar :p Something seems to happen in my house right around birthday 3!

Whilst pondering all of this someone posted a thread on TWTM looking for manipulatives to keep their toddler happy/busy whilst they did school. I took a gander at that thread and found a link to this blog post, a blog I used to follow when Bugsy was smaller.

So I was inspired! And here is what I have set up for school on Monday for Chicky. It only took a few minutes.

This is the Ikea Trofast draws I chose to set up in.

Draw 1 has pattern blocks. There are plenty more designs under the fish.

Draw 2 has a little art & craft. 1 sheet of paper, 3 block crayons, 1 glue stock, 10 pre-punched hearts & 10 pre-punched flowers.

Draw 3 has bead threading.

Draw 4 has Wedgits.

Draw 5 has a motor skills activity. You use the spoon to transfer the pompoms from the container to the ice-cube tray and back again. To take it one step further you can colour match as you go. Chicky wouldn't leave this one alone when I set it up. Obviously tickled her fancy.

Draw 6 Play-doh with geometric shapes and a small cutting knife.

I will leave her to choose which activities she would like to do and for how long. The only one she will need supervision for is the art & craft. Can't wait to see how it goes!

Weekly Report 17/7 - 23/7

Chicky has been unwell over the weekend which resulted in an overnight hospital stay. She is on the mend now. I have a head cold so am not at my best either.

This week we did things a little differently trying to catch up a bit on our content areas which have slipped behind over the past few weeks where we have been out and about so much. Hopefully things will settle down a bit for us now!

TUESDAY
Flossy -
Completed SL Sci W10
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 Greece's War with Persia
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 The Greek's fight each other

WEDNESDAY
Flossy -
Read, narrated, drew Paddle-to-the-Sea C5
Completed SL Sci W11 D1&2
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 Philip & his son

THURSDAY
Flossy -
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 Alexander's Invasions
Completed SL Sci W11 D3&4
Completed MO T-5, T-6, T-7
Completed letter to penpal

FRIDAY
Flossy -
Completed MO T-7a, T-8, T-8a
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 The Death of Alexander
Completed SL Sci W12

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Weekly Report 10/7 - 16/7

MONDAY
Flossy -
Completed MO S-4, T-1, T-1a
Completed AAS3 S3
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 The Golden Apple

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-13
Read aloud a reader
Completed AAS1 S9

WEDNESDAY
Flossy -
Completed MO T-2, T-2a, T-3, T-4
Completed letter to penpal

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-14
Worked on L52 100EZ

More new materials arrive

This week we received -

Story of the World 2 : The Middle Ages
Story of the World 2 Activity Guide
Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

So now that I have these in my hot little hands I will be pre-reading and planning for next year. A somewhat mammoth task as I plan out our go-alongs and materials at the same time. Flossy has also requested a more exciting notebook so I will be searching for some pre-made goodies or going the whole hog and making up some pages myself.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Weekly Report 3/7 - 9/7

We spent a fair amount of this week travelling so school was light on.

THURSDAY
Flossy -
Completed MO H-6, L-2, L-3, L-4, N-1
Completed AAS3 S2
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 Life in Sparta
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 Life in Athens

Bugsy -
Completed Muggins K geometric sample
Read aloud a reader

Chicky -
Lines up crayons
Drawing

FRIDAY
Flossy -
Completed MO N-2 to S-3
Worked on AAS3 S3

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-12
Completed L51 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S9


Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Puppy Jasper

We picked up our new puppy Jasper yesterday. He is a 7 week old whippet. Here are a few snaps of his first night with us. Our other dog is Indy. She is a 10 month old whippet.






Saturday, July 3, 2010

Weekly Report 26/6 - 2/7

Gosh, I have got really behind with my weekly reporting so I am going to try get down the academics today for the last few weeks.

TUESDAY
Flossy -
Completed MO G-7 & G-8
Read aloud The Runaway Bunny to Chicky
Completed WWE W18 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S2
Read, discussed & narrated SOTW1 Cyrus the Great

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-10
Worked on Websters

Chicky -
Drawing

WEDNESDAY
Flossy -
Completed MO H-1 to H-5
Violin practice
Completed WWE1 W18 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S2

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-11
Violin practice
Worked on Websters
Read aloud a reader

Chicky -
Drawing

Friday, July 2, 2010

Homeschooler Conference

This weekend I am going to my very first Homeschooler Conference, yay! Rusty will be home with the kids while I head off to the city for two nights to attend. Hopefully I will come away having learned something new. Very excited!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Weekly Report 19/6 - 25/6

SATURDAY
Much of today was spent recovering from our trip to the city yesterday.

SUNDAY
Flossy read, discussed and narrated SOTW1 Homer with Rusty.

We went on an awesome nature walk this afternoon. We walk along the river quite some way. We stumbles across some interesting plants and spotted some birds in trees and ducks on the river. It was such a lovely day!

MONDAY
Together -
SSL C5
Read aloud Vole (Virtue)

Flossy -
Completed MP F-9 & F-10
Completed WWE1 W17 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S2
Read aloud SOTW1 The First Olympic Games & narrated

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-5
Completed L50 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S9 8 words
Handwriting

Chicky -
Worked on L4 100EZ

TUESDAY
Flossy -
Completed MO F-11 & F-12
Outlined, composed and wrote a letter to a penpal
Completed Sl Sci W9 D1

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-6
Read aloud 2 readers

Chicky -
Drawing

WEDNESDAY
Together -
SSL

Flossy -
Completed MO G-1 & G-2
Outlined, composed and wrote a letter to a penpal

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-7 & E-8
Read aloud 1 reader
Worked on Websters

Chicky -
Drawing

THURSDAY
Together -
Read aloud Paddle to the Sea C3

Flossy -
Completed MO G-3, G-4, G-5, G-6

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-9
Read aloud 1 reader

Chicky -
Drawing

FRIDAY
No school today. We had a busy day running errands. Flossy got a new pair of glasses. Bugsy got a haircut. We all got something nice for lunch. We visited our local school supply shop who have an awesome end of financial year sale on and picked up some bargains.

My motivation was very low this week. I think I have been feeling some pregnancy tiredness. I am almost 12 weeks along and travelling well so hopefully the tiredness will pass quickly and we will be back to full steam ahead.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Weekly Report 12/6 - 18/6

SATURDAY
We spent most of the day working on the house cleaning, washing etc.

SUNDAY
The kids convinced Russ to take them bike riding. Well, they rode and he jogged :-) Flossy came home able to ride her big bike all by herself! A very big achievement for her. The bike is a little big, her feet don't touch the ground so she needs assistance with starting and stopping but she has the peddling and balance down, yay!

MONDAY
Russ was home today but we decided to school anyway as we already had plans to take Thursday and Friday off. School with Daddy is FUN!
Together -
Read aloud St Francis (Virtue)
SSL C4
Read aloud C1 Detectives in Togas
Read aloud C1 The Magic Faraway Tree
Read aloud The Runaway Bunny

Flossy -
Completed MO F-4, F-5, F-6
Completed WWE1 W16 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S1
Completed SOTW1 Greece Gets an Alphabet

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-3
Completed L49 100EZ
Completed AAS1 S8

Chicky -
Played with c-rods
Worked on L3 100EZ

TUESDAY
It was a very raining day today. The kids got started with a game after breakfast and it was hard to pull them away. They were itching to get back to it so we had a light school day. When the creative juices are flowing best to let them :-)
Together -
ALGF L4

Flossy -
Completed WWE1 W16 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S1

Bugsy -
Worked on L50 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S9

Chicky -
Played and played and played!

WEDNESDAY
Together -
Read aloud Visitors (Virtue)
SSL C4
Read aloud C2 The Magic Faraway Tree
Read aloud 1/2 The Little Mermaid, Andersons Tales
Read aloud When I'm Feeling Loved

Flossy -
Completed MO F-7
Completed WWE1 W17 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S1

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-4
Worked on L50 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S9

Chicky -
Drawing

THURSDAY
We headed out to our friends house for violin lessons and lunch. Everyone had a great time. We stopped by an orchard on the way back for a crate of pears. Really loving all the farm fresh fruit at excellent prices!

FRIDAY
We set off early for the big smoke. We stopped at a friends for a big play and lunch. Everyone had a wonderful time catching up. Then we headed out to the hills to meet a litter of puppies, their Mum & Dad and the breeder. We had already secured a pup from this litter but we needed to pick out our little guy. They were all so cute! 2F and 4M, they were 4 weeks old. We had already decided to take a boy so that narrowed the field a little. We chose Jasper and he will be coming home with us in about 4 more weeks.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Curricula - First Impressions

In the last two days we have received in the mail Writing With Ease 2 and Getting Started with Latin. These are for late this year or next year whenever we finish up what we are currently using. I thought I would share my first impressions.

WRITING WITH EASE 2
This is a significant step up from Writing With Ease 1 which we are currently working through. The copywork selections are longer and the children are introduced to dictation. The selections are somewhat difficult. This is not a graded text so Level 2 is not necessarily designed to be used by a Year 2. I can see that an older child (Y3 or Y4) would have little difficulty with the dictation exercises but I personally feel that your average Year 2 would find it difficult, mostly because of spelling issues. I am hoping that Flossy will find it the appropriate challenge. I certainly don't think she will struggle in any way but I don't see us doubling up lessons as we have been doing with Level 1. Looking through the book I like the way SWB encourages beginning summarising skills which is one of the main reasons we are using this writing program.

GETTING STARTED WITH LATIN
From the moment I open this book to take a proper look at it, I love it. It is such a gentle, systematic approach to learning latin and it makes me wonder why we have bothered with Song School Latin and Minimus to date. They have both been fun programs, don't get me wrong, but this book is 'really' learning latin if you know what I mean. I can't see a problem moving through 1 lesson per day but should we need to slow up it will be very easy to do so. Most lessons have 10 sentences to translate from latin to english. The grammar instruction looks solid and the writing requirement is minimal. This book is excellent value for money and the audio is available free from the authors website, what more could you ask for? One thing to note is that your child really needs to be reading well, I would think a middle school level at least. Not a problem for us, but not all Year 2's would be ready. (I guess that is where Song School Latin comes to it's own, your child really doesn't need to be reading at all to get something out of that program.)

So on face value these are both winning purchases.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Weekly Report 5/6 - 11/6

SATURDAY
The kids went to my Aunty and Uncles house and were taken on a nature walk along the river. I did the food shopping in peace :) Rusty is away for the week playing his much loved lawn bowls.

SUNDAY
We all went out to a local dam and had a sausage sizzle lunch. My Anuty, Uncle and Nanna also came. The kids had a wonderful time exploring the bush, playing footy and throwing the boomerang. They were doing work on the dam wall which provided plenty of discussion.

MONDAY
Was actually a public holiday for our state however we didn't have any plans so did school anyway.
Together -
Read aloud A Child's Prayer from The Children's Book of Virtues
SSL C3
Read aloud Jesse Bear - What Will You Wear?
Read aloud Beauty and the Beast from A First Book of Fairy Tales
Read aloud C2 Mr Poppers Penguins

Flossy -
Completed MO E-20, E-21, E-22
Completed WWE1 W14 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S1 review
Completed The Mycenaeans SOTW1

Bugsy -
Worked on MO D-4
Completed L47 100EZ
Worked on T2 L1 Webster's Speller
Worked on AAS1 S8

Chicky -
Drawing

TUESDAY
Together -
Read aloud Kindness to Animals from The Children's Book of Virtues
ALGF L4
Read aloud Mike Milligan and his Steam Shovel
Read aloud Diamonds and Toads from A First Book of Fairy Tales
Read aloud The Tinderbox from Andersons Tales

Flossy -
Minimus C2
Completed MO E-23
Completed WWE1 W14 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S1 review

Bugsy -
Worked on L48 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S8
Completed MO D-4

Chicky -
Worked on L3 100EZ

WEDNESDAY
We went to a nearby town for our very first violin lesson. Flossy and Bugsy thought it was wonderful. We took a plate to share for lunch as the lessons were being held at a friends home. The kids had a wonderful time playing afterward. On the way home we stopped at a local orchard for a box of apples, they were a steal and excellent quality!

THURSDAY
Together -
Read aloud One Wooly Wombat
Read aloud Twelve Dancing Princesses from A First Book of Fairy Tales
Read aloud Thumbelina from Andersons Tales

Flossy -
Completed MO E-23a, E-24, E-25
Completed WWE1 W15 D1&2
Worked on AAS3 S1
Completed The Greek Dark Ages SOTW1

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-1
Completed L48 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S8
Worked on Webster's Speller T2 L1

Chicky -
Worked on L3 100EZ
Drawing

FRIDAY
Together -
Read aloud The Fisherman & his Wife from A First Book of Fairy Tales - excellent moral in this one and it provoked a great discussion.
Read aloud We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Read aloud The Emperors New Clothes from Andersons Tales

Flossy -
Completed MO F-2, F-3
Completed WWE1 W15 D3&4
Worked on AAS3 S1

Bugsy -
Completed MO E-2
Worked on AAS1 S8
Worked on Webster's Speller T2 L1
Worked on L49 100EZ

Chicky -
Drawing - todays picture was of Rusty and it was actually recognisable with a circle face, eyes, mouth, hair and legs. I could see she put a lot of thought into the picture as she was drawing hopefully the start of more real pictures and not just scribbles :)

An unofficial grade skip

As the middle of the year approaches it is time to review what we have been up to and where we are headed. It has become very obvious to me that the course of study Flossy has undertaken this year, her Pre-Primary year, is far in excess of what Bugsy will be capable of next year which will be his Pre-Primary year. It is also certainly in excess of her age peers at public school. So with much thought and reflection I have decided this Pre-Primary course is actually a Year 1 level course and on completion Flossy will move into Year 2 next year.

That leaves a gaping hole in my programming. Not only do I need to come up with a Year 2 plan for Flossy, I now need to come up with a Pre-Primary year for Bugsy. He will then roll into the Year 1 course of study the following year.

So all hands are now on deck to get some decisions made and materials purchased so that everything is scheduled out and ready to go well before the end of this year. I want it all ready to move on well before our new baby arrives throwing life into chaos.

*Watch for some shuffling in the plans on my sidebar*

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Drawing Board Entries

A few months ago whilst staying at a friends house all the kids entered a drawing competition. Bugsy won! So this month we went looking for that magazine so we could enter the next round. Here are our entries.

Flossy's picture of Angelina Ballerina.

Bugsy's picture of Wilson from Chuggington.

Chicky's picture of a sun, a dog and Mummy.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Weekly Report 29/5 - 4/6

SATURDAY
Still recovering from the head colds and a trip to the city we had a quiet day.

SUNDAY
We planted out half of our winter garden with broccoli, cauliflour, beetroot and rhubarb.

MONDAY
House organising day. After leaving everything because we were sick last week it was time to get everything back in order.

TUESDAY
We had a wonderful morning meeting some new homeschooling families in a nearby town. They have a once a month activity morning with a shared lunch. The kids enjoyed the activities and loved meeting new people. I can see this being part of our regular schedule.

WEDNESDAY
Together -
Read aloud Kangaroo story (Virtue)
SSL C2
Read aloud Ask Mr Bear
Read aloud Crictor
Read aloud C1 My Poppers Penguins
Read aloud C2 Paddle-to-the-Sea

Flossy -
Completed MO E-13, E-14, E-15
Completed AAS2 S25 Teaching
Completed WWE1 W12 D3&4

Bugsy -
Completed MO D-1
Completed L46 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S7 5 words

Chicky -
Worked on L3 100EZ

THURSDAY
Together -
Read aloud St George and the Dragon (Virtue)
Completed C1 Minimus
Completed ALGF L3 maths
Attended a homeschooler picnic at a great playground which was new to us. Met some lovely ladies and kids who we will hopefully catch up with again soon.

Flossy -
Completed AAS2 S25 Spelling YAY! Level 2 complete :)
Completed WWE1 W13 D1&2

Bugsy -
Worked on L47 100EZ
Completed AAS1 S7 4 words
Completed MO D-2

Chicky -
Butterfly colouring in

FRIDAY
Together -
Read aloud Okapi (Virtue)
SSL c3
Read aloud This is My Family
Read aloud Make Way for Ducklings
Read aloud The Greek News
Read aloud Blinky Bill C2
Play doh

Flossy -
Completed MO E-16, E-17, E-18, E-19
Completed WWE1 W13 D3&4
Completed SL Sci K W8 D1&2

Bugsy -
Completed MO D-3
Worked on L47 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S8 review

Chicky -
Colouring in

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Our Latin Progression

We are studying latin for the reasons outlined in TWTM and in CM's writings. We are really enjoying it and I can already see the benefits.

Our latin progression will be -
*disclaimer, this is subject to change!*

Song School Latin
Minimus
Getting Started with Latin
Latin Prep 1 (we may spread over 2 years)
Latin Prep 2
Latin Prep 3
So You Really Want to Learn Latin 2 (we may go straight to level 3)
So You Really Want to Learn Latin 3

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Weekly Report 22/5 - 28/5

We were all full up with head colds this week so we only managed 1 full day of school.

Together -
Read aloud Hippo Story (virtue)
SSL C2
Read aloud When I'm Feeling Lonely
Read aloud If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Read aloud Secrets of the Mummies

Flossy -
Completed MO E-10, E-11, E-12
Completed AAS2 S25 Review
Completed WWE1 W12 D1&2

Bugsy -
Completed MO C-11a
Worked on AAS1 S7 3 words
Completed 1/2 L46 100EZ

Chicky -
Drawing

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sonlight Science K - What it looks like at our house

We have been using Sonlight Science K in a secular manner for the last 7 weeks and it is a hit! From Sonlight I purchased the 5 day program (minus the supplies kit for K as it is a biohazard to Australia) but I did also get the non-consumable science supplies kit.

First let me say that the K level isn't hard to make secular at all. None of the books used have 'God' references and it is very easy to skip the parts of the Teachers Manual which are religion centred. Most references to 'God' are for discussion purposes.

Once I received all of the materials I had the student pages from the Teachers Manual copied and bound into their own book for Flossy to work through.

Most weeks follow a similar progression. Scheduled days 1, 2 & 3 are reading followed by comprehension questions on the student pages. Day 4 is experiment day where not only do you get to try the experiment yourself you can watch the Discover and Do DVD and see how it is supposed to work. Day 5 is additional reading which is scheduled. The Teachers Manual also contains suggestions for other activities that you might like to do and discussion topics.

So how does that work for us?

Typically we do science twice per week. On day 1 we cover days 1 & 2 from the Sonlight schedule and on day 2 we cover days 3 & 4. The program really is light enough at this level to not feel overwhelmed or like you are spending loads of time on science even doubling up lessons in this fashion. Day 5 in the schedule is reading the 'extra' books they add to the 4 Day program so we are saving those to use as lapbook or unit studies at the end. We school year round so it will make a nice change before we head into the next science program.

Each time we read from The Children's Encyclopaedia we take the time to look up the links on the computer and see if there is anything awesome there. So far we have found some wonderful sites and I think this is one part the kids enjoy most. The other part they love of course are the experiments! Here are some pictures from a couple of things we have done.


Here we are making a weather vein.


Observing how icebergs are mostly submerged under water.

Purchasing the supply kits means you have everything at your fingertips. No need to make a special trip to the hardware store for an obscure item.

I give Sonlight Science K 5 stars.
Flossy gives Sonlight Science K 5 stars.
Bugsy gives Sonlight Science K 5 stars (he wanted to give it 6!)

So there you have it an overwhelming success at our house.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Weekly Report 15/5 - 21/5

SATURDAY

SUNDAY
Together -
Field trip to explore three neighbouring towns. Found an awesome playground we will be picnicking at in coming weeks.

MONDAY
Together -
Field trip to explore another neighbouring town. Caught up with in laws and had a lovely lunch.

Flossy -
Completed MO D-1 & D-2
Made a Birthday Card for Poppy

Bugsy -
Completed MO C-6 & C-7

TUESDAY
Together -
Read aloud The Goldfish Story
ALGF Maths L1
Read aloud Harold and the Purple Crayon
Read aloud The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Read aloud Blinky Bill C5

Flossy -
Completed MO D-3 & D-4
Translated story 1 C1 Minimus
Completed AAS2 S23
Completed WWE1 W10 D1&2
Completed SL Sci K W7 D1&2

Bugsy -
Completed MO C-8 & C-9
Made a Birthday Card for Poppy
Completed 1/2 L45 100EZ
Completed AAS1 S6

Chicky -
Made a card for Nana
Worked on L1 100EZ

WEDNESDAY
Together -
SSL C1
Real aloud Sheep Story (Virtue)
Read aloud Madeline
Read aloud William's Doll
Read aloud Paddle-to-the-Sea C1
Read aloud Little Red Riding Hood, Blue Fairy Book
Play-doh

Flossy -
Completed MO E-1 through E-6
Completed WWE1 W10 D3&4
Completed AAS2 S24 review

Bugsy -
Completed MO C-10
Completed L45 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S7 5 words

Chicky -
Nursery rhymes
Drawing
Worked on L1 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S1 phonograms

THURSDAY
Together -
Read aloud Hercules and the Wagoner, Child's Book of Virtues
ALGF Maths L2
Read aloud From Head to Toe
Read aloud Echo & Narcissus, Greek Myths
Read aloud The Princess and the Pea, Anderson's Fairy Tales

Flossy -
Translated story 2 Minimus C1
Completed AAS2 S24 teaching
Completed WWE1 W11 D1&2
Read and discussed The Mysterious end of the Minoans, SOTW1

Bugsy -
Was sick today so mostly just listened in

Chicky -
Read aloud William's Doll
Worked on L2 100EZ
Drawing

FRIDAY
Together -
Read aloud Aging Ape (Virtue)
SSL C1
Read aloud Crictor
Read aloud Leo the Late Bloomer
SL Sci K W7 D3&4
Read aloud The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Blue Fairy Book

Flossy -
Completed MO E-7, E-8 & E-9
Completed AAS2 S24 spelling
Completed WWE W11 D3&4

Bugsy -
Still unwell but couldn't be left out today
Completed MO C-11
Completed 1/2 L46 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S7 5 words

Chicky -
Worked on L2 100EZ
Puzzles

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Currently loving Miquon

Yesterday morning I was woken by Flossy who was standing beside the bed asking, "Mum what do I do on this page?" She had her Miquon book and was keen to get started, it was 7am!

Flossy and Bugsy are loving Miquon! Bugsy is seeing it as a real challenge, a puzzle that needs solving and he is rising to the occasion. That isn't surprising as he loves puzzles like RushHour.

Bugsy working on making 9.


Flossy working on making 7.

Flossy on the other hand. She has been anti maths and numbers for a while. We have been using a variety of programs to try and keep things fresh and try to pique her interest. So far it has failed. She is VERY good at maths but doesn't like to apply herself, she wants it to come easy like other things. Some gifted kids are like that, they like the things they are good at which come easy to them and challenge the things that are more difficult even though they are very capable. However Miquon seems to have caught her attention and in the main she is enjoying it and actually asking to do it, woohoo!

She said to me the other day, "You know why I like Miquon Mum? Because it's fun, easy and it gives me examples to work with. I just love it!"

Working together.

We will be sticking with Miquon for the foreseeable future :) and might look to add some Singapore too as they seem to complement each other nicely.

Breakfast Granola

We love this breakfast granola and typically go through a batch a week. It probably isn't the healthiest but it certainly is yummy when served with plain yogurt.

Into a large bowl place -
3 C rolled oats
1 1/3 C self raising flour
1 C currants
1 C almonds (smashed up)
2/3 C sugar
1/2 C sunflower seeds
1/2 C sesame seeds
1/2 desiccated coconut
1/2 C wheat germ
1/2 C pepitas
4 T golden syrup

Then slowly add 1 C of olive oil mixing well every time you add a little. Once everything is coated well and there are no dry bits spread out on baking paper and bake in the oven at 150C turning every 15 mins or so until golden brown.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Weekly Report 8/5 - 14/5

SATURDAY

SUNDAY
Together -
Field trip to explore two nearby towns

MONDAY
Together -
Cooking, granola and patty cakes

Flossy -
Completed MO C-3 & C-4
Completed AAS2 S22
Completed WWE1 W9 D1 & 2

Bugsy -
Completed MO C-4
Completed L44 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S6 4 words

Chicky -
Drew a picture

TUESDAY
Together -
Listened to SSL C1 songs
Read aloud 'The King and His Hawk' The Childrens Book of Virtues
Read aloud Captain Skilly's Trawler
Read aloud Grandpa and Thomas and the green umbrella
Real aloud Pete's a Pizza
Read aloud part of Blinky Bill
Watercolour painting

Flossy -
Completed MO C-5 through C-11
Completed 1/2 AAS2 S23
Completed WWE1 W9 D3 & 4
Read aloud Pompeii... buried alive
Worked on Human Body project display

Bugsy -
Completed MO C-5

Chicky -
Worked with phonograms on the AAS board
Drew a picture

WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY
We had the rest of the week off to attend Dr appointments and catch up with friends.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Afternoon Tea

Quiet time at our house finishes at 3pm and we celebrate by having afternoon tea. We all sit at the table together and have something to eat and drink. The kids LOVE their tea time. Sometimes we have hot chocolate and cake, other times it is fruit and water but it is always together and always with a smile :)

We have been working on pegging a habit to afternoon tea, the art of clearing the dishes from the table. So far so good. Once that habit is down I plan to peg a read aloud and eventually a short activity like picture study, composer study etc.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Musings 'Education Is' from Simply Charlotte Mason

Over the weekend I read 'Education Is - an atmosphere, a discipline, a life' from Simply Charlotte Mason. I highlighted on the first pass and then re-read the sections later and made some notes. Here are my highlights, musings.

"Education according the Webster, involves training by both formal instruction and supervised practice; it includes all that we do to help our children develop mentally, morally and aesthetically; it entails our persuading our children to feel, believe, or act in a desired way."

The really speaks to me. It says to me that the desired outcome of a Charlotte Mason education is a person who is well rounded. They will have skills in all areas and not just academics. Is this thought perhaps related to Steiner's thoughts on educating the head, hands and heart? Is that what he says?

"Atmosphere - environment children grow up in."
"The child breathes the atmosphere emanating from his parents; that of the ideas which rule their own lives" CM Vol2 P247

Without intent and direct instruction parents pass on to their children their own bias and can colour their thoughts and feelings.

"Discipline - training our children in good habits."

Life - "all the thought we offer to our children shall be living thought; not mere dry summaries of facts will do" CM Vol2 P277

Academic/formal instruction should therefore be limited to 1/3 of the total education of the child. Atmosphere, discipline and life should be equal components in a well rounded education.

"Education is a discipline - that is, the discipline of the good habits in which the child is trained. Education is a life, nourished upon ideas; and education is an atmosphere - that is, the child breathes the atmosphere emanating from his parents; that of the ideas which rule their own lives" CM Vol2 P247

To me education is a growing, living thing. It changes as the child changes and grows with them. As a parent you are providing all of the food for the plant to grow, you water it and prune it and the aim is to end up with a wonderful well rounded specimen. Don't loose sight of the goal at the end, the bloom will amaze you!

"What ideas rule your life?"

Is there bias, political views, social views, etc?

"She just wanted to make sure we realise that the ideas that rule our lives play a big role in what our children learn from us."

Lead by example, keep an open mind.

"Children must face life as it is"
"Due relations must be maintained: the parents are in authority, the children in obedience."

We can freely share our thoughts and feelings but must always remain in charge. The adult, the parent. We should not expect nor ask that children take on adult responsibilities or burden but it is OK for them to witness us having a hard time of it. Hmm, does that conflict with the previous statement about ideas that rule our lives? I don't think it does. If our lives are generally unbiased then sharing our thoughts and feelings surrounding and event should be balanced, or at least instilling the values that we cherish.

"What does your choice of curriculum say about what is important to you?"

Mine probably says that i don't spend enough time planning, or preparing. It probably also says that i don't spend enough time actually reading to the children. Going to be changing that!

"Do not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind" The Story of Charlotte Mason P160

I love this, LOVE it! We can be so focused on the here and now that we loose focus altogether on the end goal. Everyday, every small step is one step closer to the final outcome we are looking for.

"If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children when these are overdone, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play!" CM Vol3 P33

When our kids are overwhelmed we stop and sometimes redirect them. Why then don't we do that for ourselves? We seem to plough on and no, that doesn't make it any better. It is time to STOP, get out of the house, or go to your room and feed our soul. What speaks to you? What can you do to help calm? Meditation? Handiwork? Make time for yourself and you will be better able to manage your household. I am trying to make time for myself everyday during quiet time now.

"At first, a child wants the support of constant supervision, but, by degrees, he is left to do the thing he ought of his own accord" CM Vol3 P108

Demonstrate, instruct, supervise, withdraw one step at a time. Does this show similarities with Montessori? I recall a moto of hers 'Help me to do it myself'.

"She wanted education to be alive to the children, to give their minds the nourishment of living ideas instead of dry facts."

Make it fun, enjoy it :)

"We too often settle for what looks easy rather than going on a treasure hunt for what is living. Education is a life teeming with ideas. Let's spread the feast of living ideas before our children rather than handing them dry factual crumbs."

I think I need a bit of help in this area. We need more living math, more literature and better science. Need to look at what is immediately available in our area. Also need to remember the previous note about making more time to plan.

So that is it. It was very thought provoking and I plan to tackle Smooth and Easy Days next. I think I would quite like to purchase the all day seminar from Simply Charlotte Mason. I'm ready to learn more :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Snap Shot - What our days look like

Since the move our days have fallen into a fairly good rhythm. Here is what our days look like -

Around 7am everyone is up, we all wake naturally, have breakfast, get dressed and do morning chores, making beds, emptying the dishwasher, tidying up etc.

By about 9am we are ready to get started with schoolwork. For Flossy and Bugsy that is typically math and language arts. Chicky joins in where she wants to.

Generally we are finished by 11am then the kids head outside for a play and I have a cuppa and check the e-mails etc then make the lunch.

12noon is lunchtime and most days we enjoy a story over lunch.

About 12.30pm we head off with the dog for our walk which is around a nearby park and involves a short play on the equipment.

We are back by 1pm and the kids then have quiet time in their rooms. Flossy reads her history and science books, Bugsy looks at books and plays quietly and Chicky naps. I use this time for washing, baking, early prep on dinner, phone calls and sometimes book reading or the internet.

By 2.30pm the big kids are up and by 3pm Chicky is up too then it is time for afternoon tea.

Once afternoon tea is over sometimes we head out to the library or shops depends what needs doing otherwise the kids just play and play.

Dinner prep begins around 5.30pm and Rusty is normally home by 6.15pm just in time to sit down with us for dinner.

After dinner the kids are into the bath with Rusty while I clear away the kitchen.

Then most evenings we cuddle up on the couch for the final half hour or so before bed at 7.30pm for the kids.

Weekly Report 1/5 - 7/5

SATURDAY
Together -
Nature walk along the river observing ducks and gulls

SUNDAY

MONDAY
Together -
Nature walk along the river observing ducks and kangaroo's
Practiced social etiquette eating lunch at a restaurant

TUESDAY
Flossy -
Maths fact review + & - with sum up to 20
Reading for research project Human Body
Completed AAS2 S20
Completed WWE1 W7 D2&3
Read and discussed SOTW1 'Nebuchadnezzar's Madness'

Bugsy -
Completed L42 100EZ
Completed MO A-24
Worked on AAS1 S6 5 words
Completed 1L Reading Eggs

Chicky -
Built with Duplo
Coloured in

WEDNESDAY
Together -
Dancing to music
Read aloud 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon' Blue Fairy Book

Flossy -
Completed BJU M2 L58
Math fact review + & - with sum up to 20
Completed 1/2 S21 AAS2
Completed WWE1 W7 D4
Read and discussed SOTW1 'The Hanging Gardens of Babylon'
Reading for research project Human Body
Read and discussed The Bobbsey Twins at School

Bugsy -
Completed 1/3 L43 100EZ

Chicky -
Built with Duplo

THURSDAY
Together -
Read aloud 'The Yellow Dwarf' from The Blue Fairy Book
Read aloud 'When I'm Feeling Happy'
Read aloud 'Ask Mr Bear'
Starfall

Flossy -
Completed BJU M2 L59
Completed S21 AAS2
Completed WWE1 W8 D1 & 2
Read and discussed SOTW1 'Bull Jumpers and Sailors'
Reading for research project Human Body

Bugsy -
Completed MO C-2
Completed 1/3 L43 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S6 5 words
Coloured in
Reading Eggs 2L

Chicky -
Building with Duplo
Drawing
Phonograms m, s, l, a, y, t, e

FRIDAY
Together -
Play-doh

Flossy -
Completed MO A-24 & C-1
Completed 1/2 AAS2 S22
Completed WWE1 W8 D3 & 4
Read and discussed SOTW1 'King Minos and the Minotaur'

Bugsy -
Completed MO C-3
Completed 1/2 L43 100EZ
Worked on AAS1 S6 4 words

Chicky -
Random phonograms

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