This Week… | A Photo Journal of our Child-led Homeschool

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This week in our child-led homeschool…

This week. This week was a bit of an odd one for me. Even though we’ve been homeschooling for two years now, this week Jack would have been in Grade 1; his first official year of compulsory schooling.

I am not sure why this even matters or why it made me feel a little strange in some way, but it did. We are now officially homeschooling.

So, here’s a little of what Jack (5.75yrs) and Sarah (3.75yrs) got up to in our first official week of homeschooling.

First, an update on the homeschool studio…

Subfloor - An Everyday StoryThis week Hubby finished the subfloor of our homeschool studio. Doesn’t it look fantastic?! He’s hoping to get started on the walls next weekend.

Maths

Australian Curriculum Link

  • Represent and solve simple addition and subtraction problems using a range of strategies including counting on, partitioning and rearranging parts (ACMNA015)
  • Recognise and classify familiar two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects using obvious features (ACMMG022)

Addition Activities with Base Ten Units - An Everyday StoryFor the last couple of weeks Jack has been quizzing us; trying to trick us up, with sums. This week he asked me to make him ‘some really hard sums’. This simple set-up uses ones and tens from our Base Ten set.

Shapes Activities for Preschoolers - An Everyday Story Shapes Activities for Preschoolers - An Everyday StoryAnd I know, more shapes and patterns. Well when they are interested in something, you just let them roll with it for as long as they like, don’t you?

Here they’re using magnetic foam shapes on magnetic easels and wooden pattern blocks.

Language

  • Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and explore some features of characters in different texts(ACELT1584)
  • Recognise that different types of punctuation, including full stops, question marks and exclamation marks, signal sentences that make statements, ask questions, express emotion or give commands (ACELA1449)
  • Recreate texts imaginatively using drawing, writing, performance and digital forms of communication (ACELT1586)

Writing Activities for Grade 1 - Story Writing - An Everyday Story Writing Activities for Grade 1 - Story Writing - An Everyday Story Writing Activities for Grade 1 - Story Writing - An Everyday StoryJack has been working so hard this week on writing his own version of The 52 Storey Treehouse. Do you know The Treehouse series of books? They are really silly and quite fabulous and well Jack just LOVES them. We’ve read them all; 13, 26, 39 and now just finished 52. 

Jack really enjoys writing his own books. So much so that I always make sure to keep a fresh stack of stapled books ready for when inspiration strikes.

Design & Technologies

  • Visualise, generate, develop and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling (ACTDEP006)
  • Sequence steps for making designed solutions and working collaboratively (ACTDEP009)

Magnetic Tiles - Shapes Activities - An Everyday Story Magnetic Tiles - Shapes Activities - An Everyday Story Magnetic Tiles - Shapes Activities - An Everyday StoryJack and Sarah spent a lot of time designing and building cities with Magna-Tiles and magnetic tiles this week. They challenged themselves to come up with new roof design ideas; designs which would fit larger dolls inside and designs with floors inside for smaller toys.

(If you’re looking to invest in a set of magnetic tiles (and are in Australia), I can highly recommend Modern Teaching Aids’ magnetic tiles. They work the same as (and are compatible with) Magna-Tiles but you don’t need to pay shipping from the U.S.)

Kitchen Garden

  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)
  • Living things have a variety of external features(ACSSU017)

Growing a Kitchen Garden - An Everyday StoryThis week we had a bumper harvest in the kitchen garden. Our tomatoes have started to ripen at an alarming rate; we’re now getting about a dozen a day! We picked a basket of cucumbers and the first of our lovely pears. The strawberries seem to be finishing up but we are looking forward to a huge crop of raspberries very soon. Yum!

Co-op

Homeschool Coop - An Everyday Story Making Damper - An Everyday StoryWe had the most fantastic time at co-op this week. The kids got to play all day outside by the river; only stopping long enough to make some campfire damper.

Don’t you just love the picture of all the little dampers? Each one of them belonged to a very excited little person; carefully turning their damper until it was crisp and yummy before spreading it with jam and gobbling it up. Such a great day.

Playing in a Cardboard Box - An Everyday StoryAnd just because she is so sweet, and this picture pretty much sums up our days, here’s a picture of Sarah drawing in a cardboard box 🙂

What did learning look like at your place this week?

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5 Replies to “This Week… | A Photo Journal of our Child-led Homeschool”

  1. All our days looks mostly like Sarah in the bottom picture! haha nekid and loving life!
    Looks like a gorgeous week and what fun at co-op! I have started one up in our community and it begins tomorrow with other 4-6 year olds, we cant wait to meet some other home schooling friends in our community 🙂

  2. I really love these weekly posts!! Thanks so much for including the curriculum information in your posts this year it’s really helpful to be able to ‘see’ connections between play based learning and the curriculum like this! I wrote a post this week about our plan to homeschool your kids for kindy & mentioned you as one of my main inspirations. Your blog is wonderful and I appreciate being about to follow your homeschooling experiences, I’ve learnt so much. Thank you 🙂

    1. that should say our not your!! 🙂

  3. What a lovely week! So exciting to see the new homeschooling space coming along. Have you ever tried lacto-fermenting? That’s what I would be doing with the cucumbers…yum!

    Here is a peek at our week: http://alifesustained.blogspot.com/2015/02/our-week-in-review-sorting-buttons.html

  4. What a lovely week. So much learning and having fun too!

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