View From My House

View From My House

Thursday, August 28, 2008

SPACE!! unit continuation...

Up today is the continuation of our exploration and learning about space. No, won't all be about worksheets*, we will also be putting our planet system together, doing some lovely art inspired by science and attempting poetry. We are also going to attempt the huge mural that was part of the worksheets unit. So here is today's efforts (a snapshot, we actually did 9 worksheets [science, math and language] today but that would have bogged down the blog, so to speak):

*Worksheets have been sourced from thanks for putting up excellent resources!

Labyrinth Turns Nine *)

And so Labyrinth is happy as she got her skateboard (and safety gear), a skating reader which includes tips, a new Baby Bratz, a pair of snow shoes and some Bratz books including one which helps her to make her own magazine from Mum and Dad and brothers and sister. As always (as mentioned before in family traditions - to eliminate family rivalry) the birthday child gives gifts to her siblings. Dante recieved a Rainbow Fish riddle book and shark, Kai a Dig n Glow Dinosaur Egg, Raven a Thomas the Tank Engine numbers game and Edward train, and Monika a Splash! book and they all recieved chocolate or chips (as Kai won't eat choc). This all happened early morning, and later we enjoyed a BBQ with beautiful weather at the park as you can see in the photos:

Raven's pic above deserves a special mention... as he suffers from a type of albinoism, he really needs to wear his hat and glasses (the light actually hurts his eyes) and while he'd prefer to stay indoors he has in the past refused to wear his hat and glasses.. so this is most definately an improvement !!

This is the only problem I have with homeschooling (at least down here in Tassie) - there isn't any friends for my poor darlings! I know they are young yet and the best place for them is at home, but she would have dearly loved to share the day with a lovely friend! Hopefully it will happen through other avenues eventually.
For tea we had a visit from Nan and Pop (my parents) who spoilt the children with lollies, chippies and bubbles, and gave to Labyrinth Baby Bratz lil Petz (looks like some kind of mutant plant) and a Bratz Rock Angelz lunchbox and drink set.
They all enjoyed the day, excepting the fact Labyrinth hassled Dante til point of tears over the fact she didn't have to help with chores and he did.
That's it really, Q.

SPACE (26 August)

We're doing a unit of study - SPACE !! This is Tuesday's efforts...
Raven's up first... Earth and Moons of Earth and Mars.

Here is Kai's work: Earth, moons and Sun.

Dante's Earth, moons and Sun:

And finally Labyrinth's Earth, moon and Sun:

Below are 2 examples of other work we did, rhyme and subtraction. We also did addition. There was so much work it was impossible to put it all on (as it was it was an hour of scanning and preparing.

Friday, August 22, 2008

A better outlook today... and lots to catch up on!!

Pics as always up first....
Above is my very beautiful, very demanding little baby girl. What's not to love? Right now she is in her Jolly Jumper, screaming for attention, but when else will I get to blog? I'm afraid she'll have to wait her turn :( Below is a picture Dante drew that was after his painting. Basically, I've been teaching them about artistic practice and working drawings. The only one who has any clue is Dante. Long story short, this is his drawing inspired by his painting below. But it's no loss really - they've all done beautiful paintings anyway... other things will come later with maturity I'm sure...

The Chocolate Cake (sourced from Cadbury's site). Made from scratch, YUMMO! The kids had a great time, and as some of it was a chemical reaction to bicarb and heat, a neat science lesson too!
So here is the paintings: Kai, Labyrinth, Raven and Dantes great work!

Below a lizard drawing by Dante, followed by a short story and picture by Kai about riding in the park.

Here is a math's excerise that they have done, colour by addition, of butterflies, sourced from somewhere I most definately need to add to my list of things to purchase for homeschooling. They used thier cuisenaire rods to complete these little pictures.

I'm afraid that's it for now, I'd love to blog more but I can barely stand her screaming to me (and she usually won't go to Andrew for comfort). So, I might get to actually put some words with pictures next time... nighty night, Q.