Friday, 30 March 2012

Our Week...

We were out and about a lot this week....but first we had a day of school work :)

We have returned to Heart Of Dakota History as Adele wasn't enjoying the other history we were doing. And we only took a break from Heart of Dakota this term as I knew I wouldn't achieve as much as I would like and that would frustrate me! lol So I was happy to return to this.

In Unit 9 of Preparing we started to look at the Greeks and their gods. So we read a chapter on fairy tale gods in A Child's History of the World. Adele found it fascinating and funny reading about these idols. And Heart of Dakota always connects the Bible really well.

Adele practising her cursive handwriting...she doesn't enjoy this.

Avril continued with MEP maths, looking at horizontal and vertical lines.

Adele wrote a poem about spring in response to Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson.

All this graffiti looks terrible!!! But the kids had fun running up and down the skate ramps anyway :)

On Tuesday we headed off to meet a group of homeschoolers, who have been meeting all term. We joined in their Easter celebrations.

First a mum told the story and history of the Passover and Easter. She did this using great story telling skills, solid knowledge and a timeline with removable pictures.

Then it was Easter bonnet parade time.... Adele created a nest of robins out of pompoms.

Avril created a nest of chicks out of pom-poms.

Damon sat with a friend and watched on.

Each child was invited to speak a bit about their bonnet and then they received a certificate for participation.

Then we had a morning tea of hot cross buns.

Games were next... Chocolate egg and spoon race!!

Dress up relay!!! Damon is that a dress around your neck? Poor thing was so embarrassed!!!

Chocolate Egg Hunt!!!!

On Wednesday we met friends at a local park for a play...

Aren't they cute :)

My friend showing them the was a hot day!!!

Playgroup this week had a bring and share morning tea, so we prepared little meringue nests with cream and chocolate eggs. If I had more time, I would have sprinkled chocolate flake around the outside for a nest.

On Thursday Damon had organised a homeschool bird watching excursion. Here are the kids at the local dam checking out all of the schools of little fish.

Damon found some interesting feathers.

And we even found skeletons ...eeewwww!!!

On Friday Damon offered to vacuum and steam clean my car, so off he went...thankyou Damon!

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Friday, 23 March 2012

Friday Favourite Finds....

We are steadily approaching Easter, so my favourite finds follow this theme this week:

Countdown to Easter family activities:

Source: The True Confessions of Mrs Olsen via School Adventures on Pinterest

Raspberry, White Chocolate cupcakes....

Source:  Fabulicious Food via School Adventures on Pinterest

Easter Garland...

Source: Crafty Endeavour via School Adventures on Pinterest

And then some normal stuff:


Source: Frosted Bake Shop via School Adventures on Pinterest

Chocobon Rolls

Chocobon Rolls 

Source: LifeStyle Food via School Avdentures on Pinterest

BBQ Chicken Burgers


Source: PasstheSushi via School Adventures on Pinterest

Check out my Pinterest page if you like... but for more Friday Favourites check out Finding Joy in My Kitchen...

Roll up, roll up....our homeschool week!!!

This has been another busy week :)

On Monday we headed out to a circus workshop at our local PCYC. The kids had heaps of fun learning circus moves and tricks.

 Here is Damon and a friend practising their dramatic Circus Master poses.

 Here are Damon and Adele (below) practising some circus moves.

That's it Adele...more technique than muscle :)

 Damon and friend try to toss the stick between them.

 Practise makes perfect!!

Circus group acrobatics!!!

Josef decided to join in group activities.

That's it Adele!!! Learning to ride a unicycle!!

More circus acrobatics!!

And finally a circus performance!!

We didn't do much sit down learning this week. But the little we did do was fun. This week Adele learned about clouds. Here she is painting our sky.
 This week we also looked at what our names meant as well as a few Bible men like Moses. Adele really enjoyed that activity and spent a lot of time playing with the on-line name dictionary.

This week Adele has started a sewing project. She decided to make a doll but that has now changed into an Easter bunny :)

Here she is cutting out her doll.

 The eyes are attached.

This week I had a go at making some bow clips for Cottage Dreams. The girls love them and have been wearing some. Here is one in Adele's hair.

At the end of the week we headed to a local nature sanctuary. The kids had a few animal encounters.

 Checking out the black swan...

 Looking for ducks and turtles...

Climbing trees....

Playing on the playground....

Josef loved the turtles. They kept sticking their faces out of the water and Josef thought this was delightful!!

And just as we were leaving, a Lace Monitor showed up and strolled through the picnic area!!! The kids were very excited!!

I didn't take many photos this week. We thoroughly enjoyed our outings this week...joining the circus and getting up close and personal with God's creatures.

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