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This week in our child-led homeschool…
You probably noticed last week that I have started to include Australian Curriculum links. I really wanted to show you how you can meet curriculum outcomes (whether you are in Australia or elsewhere) without using bookwork or worksheets.
It’s also not necessary (unless you are required to of course by your state) to follow the same sequence of the curriculum. You can follow your child’s interests and still meet curriculum requirements.
I know each state has different requirements for documentation, but my hope is, throughout this year – now that Jack has entered compulsory schooling-age (and we too will be compiling and submitting documentation – that you will get some ideas, feel confident to develop an inquiry-based homeschool and do away with bookwork.
So on to this week…
Aust. Curriculum Link:
- Recognise and classify familiar two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects using obvious features (ACMMG022)
- Give and follow directions to familiar locations (ACMMG023)
As part of Jack’s physiotherapy goals, we have started a morning walk. I like to let the kids decide where we will walk. They stride off out in front, imaginary map in hand and navigate their way around the neighbourhood.
By letting them take the lead, Jack and Sarah are getting to know our neighbourhood, developing their sense of direction and ultimately learning to find their way home again. It’s a lovely way to start the day.
In other maths…
Jack wanted to build a tower all the way to the ceiling. He predicted that it would take 60 cubes to create a tower tall enough to reach the ceiling.
Up and up he built, choosing the right sized sticks and manipulating the balls into the right position. (Jack is using our Spielgaben set)
You can see in this photo that he had a few failed attempts at making cubes. I pulled out our geometric solids so he could look more closely at the shapes. After that he was off!! Thirteen cubes later, his tower reached the ceiling. There’s always clipboards and fine-tipped markers nearby to consolidate their learning. Here Jack (and Sarah) drew his tower. You can see here how he is trying to draw 3-dimensionally.
- Recreate texts imaginatively using drawing, writing, performance and digital forms of communication (ACELT1586)
Jack and Sarah spent a lot of time this week working together storytelling with Spielgaben dots. Sarah in particular created different stories about girls and fairies collecting flowers and playing together. In this picture, they are creating a story about two friends who are playing at the lake.
Atelier – Art
- Use and experiment with different materials, techniques, technologies and processes to make artworks (ACAVAM107)
This week I set up an exploration for Jack and Sarah from Ann Pelo’s The Language of Art: Reggio-Inspired Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings. This week they explored the impact of water on clay. The learnt how to shape clay, soften clay and manipulate the texture.
- Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)
- Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)
And undoubtedly the best thing we did this week was go foraging. Have you ever foraged? It was so much fun! We found apple, nectarine and cherry plum trees. We talked about how to identify fruits and poison berries and investigated different apples and taste-tested to see if they were ripe.
It was an incredible experience and one we will definitely be doing again.
What did learning look like at your place this week?
A snapshot of our week, our everyday story