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…
This 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.
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)
For 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.
And 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?
- 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)
Jack 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)
Jack 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.)
- Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)
- Living things have a variety of external features(ACSSU017)
This 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!
We 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.
And 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?
A snapshot of our week, our everyday story with