Sunday, 3 November 2013

Home school Happenings!

Our plan this term is to create a family garden. We are off to a great start with all of us working together to clear the garden. But now we have to decide how to build our bed, thankfully Derek is here to help us :)

Avril is learning at such an amazing rate at the moment! I am astounded at how much she has developed and how much she has progressed in herself and her lessons. Here she is learning about time with Math U See. She has had to learn to count in ones, twos, fives and tens this year and she has done it! She amazes me! She has also learned to add and subtract.

She has also come leaps and bounds with her reading! And here she is having a Lesson 50 ice cream sundae! We have been using Teach your child to read in 100 lessons. We tried this last year, but she wasn't ready then. So I tried a different approach this year using Learning Language Arts through Literature, and although this is a brilliant program, it was just too busy for us. So I decided to return to 100 lessons and it is the perfect fit for us now! And she is reading!

Here is some of her writing!! Jesus loves mum and Avril, and Avril and mum love Jesus!

In science we have been looking more closely at plants. Here is a diagram the girls put together, showing the parts of a flower and what they need to live.

We have also read books about what plants need and drawn our own diagrams.

We have also witnessed how plants drink.
We also did the string experiment to watch the water moving along the string. We also used a napkin in another experiment.

We have pulled up plants with their roots. We have talked about the function of the roots and we have heard how strong they are.

We have drawn and labelled our picture simply.

We have listened to poetry about nature, the flowers, the trees, the grass and other wonderful things God made! And Adele created her own poem about a Hollyhock.

 We have read about photosynthesis. The girls have drawn a picture of the exchange between plants and humans. We have classified types of leaves.

The girls are loving their study of plants and have fascinated by our discoveries.

I don't have photos of Damon, but he has been working through chapter 1 of Ancient Civilisations and the Bible. At present he is researching the men who have searched Mt. Ararat for Noah's Ark, and their discoveries. He and I have been reading and discussing topics relevant to the beginning of Genesis.

Josef has started preschool at home :) I am so excited! He has started using Weaver Interlock. This program is centred on the Bible and draws topics straight out of there. So we start with God, which I love! Josef, like Damon, is right at the beginning of Genesis. We have been learning that we have a Father in heaven and God has given us a father on earth too. We have been learning that Jesus and the Holy Spirit were also with God in the beginning when He created the earth. And we are heading into understanding that God is three in one persons. Here he is colouring in God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit.
To illustrate God and creation. I had to find a scene of creation and photocopy one of the resource pages. This page had father and Jesus, plus baby Jesus and some pictures of creation. As I taked about Jesus and God creating the world, I stuck them on top of creation, then we added the trees and other items. then we spoke about Jesus being born on earth as a baby. I am finding the way they explain the concepts and illustrate their points amazing! the kids get it! Even my just turned 4 year old!

We started his preschool journey with two presents - one from his Father in Heaven and one from Daddy! We talked about how God has given us the world and Daddy gave him Wreck it Ralph :) I was amazed as Josef understood the lesson and appreciated both gifts!

Here he is with a collage of Dads. All Dads are different and don't look the same.
Josef was then recorded saying what he liked about Daddy and what he enjoyed doing with Daddy. And he made him a card with written what he liked about daddy inside. He was so excited about making this for his Dad. He hid it under his pillow and when his dad arrived home, he ran and got it! Here he is giving it to Derek.

We also discussed how God has created a home for us in Heaven and how Daddy works really hard to keep a home here on earth for him. Josef had to decorate a picture of Heaven with cotton wool and glitter.

We have also been focusing on the triangle. Josef has had to create it with pencils, stick different sized cut-outs on a photocopy of the same sized triangles. He had to match the size and discuss large, smaller and small. We had a shape hunt at home too, for triangles.

We have also created triangles with our bodies, sang songs relevant to our topics and read poetry and stories. We have followed instructions to move our bodies in different ways as we are asked. 

We have played God said! as we learned about truth and lies. God always tells the truth. And then Josef had to be recorded telling a truth about himself. We have done so much!

Josef and Avril made a picture of shapes and God's creation with my cookie cutters and paint. This program is so good!

In the beginning, I was considering halving a day. I thought they would be too long for Josef, but not so! He grins and smiles all the way through his activities! I feel so blessed to have found such a God centred and wonderful program. Bring on next year! The big kids are also moving into Weaver.

Onto other things! We have had a horrendous early bush fire season. We had many fires burning around us and many friends affected by them. But thanks to firemen many homes and lives were saved. Below are pictures of the sun whilst we were at swimming lessons one afternoon. The sun turned a brilliant pinky, red and the sky filled with smoke.

 My little ballerina has performed in her first ballet concert for the year, with one more to go next week. She danced so beautifully, the whole school put on a wonderful performance.

 Last month I let each child choose a meal to cook. We are still awaiting Josefs choice, set for wednesday this week of pancakes and icecream! But Damon went all out and decided to be American! He put on a feast of corndogs, southern fried chicken, salad, beignets and glazed donuts, plus snickerdoodles!

 When we first started our cooking, he was a little unsure of himself and his measurements, but after some encouragement and being left alone to get on with it for a while, he got it! He created the tastiest meal ever! His gazed donuts were the best I had ever tasted! Even better than Krispy Kreme! I had never had a corn dog, but I am now a fan and that chicken...yum! He is becoming a great cook!

 All the kids got in and gave him a hand!

 This month he says it will be a Greek meal! Can't wait to see what he makes!

 Last month we were also privileged to be able to attend a Medieval Day. The people running it were all in costume, they battled in different armour, let the kids be involved, talked about Medieval society and etiquette and displayed mounted archery and jousting, plus some other exercises. It was fascinating!

 The kids were able to be hands on with some of the items.

Even battling the Knights with pool noodles! lol!

 The ladies showed us different items that were from the Medieval era and discussed their dress, plus the etiquette of the time. The kids had to distinguish between items from modern era and the Medieval times.

 It was a really great day!

Josef turned 4!

My kids are just growing up way too fast! I still look at him and see a two year old! Not because he is immature for a four year old, but because he is the baby of the family. I still snuggle him like he is little and I think this is because he hasn't had to move over for another baby. Is that how it is? The youngest is always the baby of the family (in a beautiful way, of course :)).
 Here he is playing with his new pirate ship water table.

And below is what he ordered for dessert, a giant donut! I was worried about making this one, as I wasn't sure how to get the donut shape, but whilst shopping, Derek came across a giant donut pan, so problem was solved!  
 The boy loves sausages!!! So he ordered for lunch and dinner sausages! And he was very happy!

Here he is blowing out his candles :)

And of course we had a party a few days later! A minion party!

We had minion balloons created by the kids!

And lots of friends over to celebrate with!

And of course, because of the hot weather! we all got wet! We had freeze rays each! These were little water guns found in the Reject shop!

We also played pin the balloon with the dinosaurs..a game chosen by Josef!

 Pretty much the day was filled with water, water and more water!! We all ended up soaked and happy!