Term Three Summary

30 Sep

I finally found time to collate our term summary and the internet was gracious enough to work for long enough for me to add it to the blog.  (If you’ve been wondering why my posts have been rather sporadic this past month, it’s mostly because my internet hates me.  When I log on, it logs off.)  Once again this is Ethan’s summary as you really don’t want to see two summary that are very much the same in all area except Math and Language.

A pretty good term but always room for improvement.



  • Used worksheets printed from the internet to review symmetry; flips, slides and turns; edges, vertices and surfaces of 3D shapes; telling time to/past the minute; and measurement using millimetres and a ruler not lines up with the 0 mark
  • Continued reviewing and practising skip counting patterns to 8s
  • Memorised the names of the regular polygons and the 3D nets
  • Chanted and quizzed multiplication facts and used worksheets and the Flashmaster to practise them also
  • Completed questions from “Challenging Word Problems”
  • Completed pages from our Dailies regularly (addition and subtraction with regrouping, multiplication algorithm, long/short division, fraction equivalents, add unlike fractions, multiplication of fractions and converting mixed and improper fractions)
  • Read “The King’s Chessboard” and completed a ‘pay day’ Math task in conjunction with the concept of the story
  • Watched “MathTacular 3”
  • Read “How Big Is It”
  • Calculated the value of $88 dollars worth of small change
  • Watched Brainpop episodes on angles, geometry, perpendicular and parallel lines
  • In Singapore Math
  • Worked on multiplying fractions and finding fractons of a whole
  • Measured and drew angles up to 180 degrees
  • Measured and drew angles between 180 and 360 degrees
  • Measured angles in shapes
  • Identified and drew perpendicular and parallel lines
  • Calculated perimeters and areas of simple and complex shapes
  • Completed additional worksheets on
  • Angles
  • Rays, lines, line segments
  • Perimeter
  • Area
  • Completed tasks on angles from “Math Mammoth”
  • Demonstrated his understanding of exponentials and dividing any number by 10 by moving the decimal point
  • In Beast Academy we completed the units on
  • Polyominoes
  • Skip counting and multiples
  • Perimeter
  • Area
  • Completed the PatMath 5 test with Daddy (teacher)



  • In “Word Spy” we read about and explored
  • Punctuation (purpose, comma, colon, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark, interrobang, speech marks, apostrophe, punctuation in other languages)
  • Anagrams, pangrams, lipograms, acronyms, Latin, Morse Code, backronym
  • Palindromes, mnemonics, oxymorons
  • Pig Latin, rebus, rhyming slang
  • Puns, homophones, mondegreens, onomatopoeia, tongue twisters, portmanteau words)
  • Read “Spy Dog” and “Arkwright” aloud
  • Completed daily spelling lessons using Spelling Power and Sequential Spelling as guides
  • Utilised the Sequential Spelling app to test his spelling
  • Memorised the poem, “He Knows”
  • Worked on copywork in our joke workbook
  • Listened to the audio of “The Key to Rondo” and “The Wizard of Rondo”
  • Wrote IEW pieces (outlined, drafted, dressed up, and published) on
  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
  • Temple of Artemis
  • Statue of Zeus
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Gold Rush in Australia
  • Volcanoes
  • Wrote a recount of a trip to Seaworld
  • Wrote an alliterative acrostic poem about computers and included some similes
  • In Rod and Staff worked on
  • Complete and simple subject and predicate
  • End punctuation
  • Abbreviations
  • Verb phrases
  • Commas in a series
  • Using printed grammar worksheets, worked on
  • Sentences and sentence fragments
  • Types of sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Simple and complete subjects and predicates
  • Practised a scene of a play they are working on with friends, worked on memorising their lines
  • Created full story charts for the following literature
  • Cassowary’s Egg
  • The Relatives Came
  • Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
  • Henry’s Freedom Box
  • Explored alliterations
  • Created a Powerpoint presentation of nature photos with alliterations as captions
  • Explored and worked with similes
  • Read
  • Crazy Like a Fox
  • The Butterfly
  • Amber of the Mountain
  • Created similes
  • Matched the ending of similes to the beginnings
  • Attempted to include similes in their writing
  • Explored homophones
  • Read “Deer Dear”
  • Participated in the “Premier’s Reading Challenge”
  • Listened to nightly bedtime stories with Daddy
  • Read aloud to Daddy from chapter books
  • Read for pleasure and information by himself each day and night



  • Reviewed vocabulary regularly
  • Completed lesson 16-25 in “Getting Started With Latin” and listened to accompanying audio



  • Completed lessons 20-30 in “Science in the Creation Week”, each containing at least one experiment/activity:
  • Lesson 20: “Water in its gas phase” – liquid, solids, gases; water cycle
  • Lesson 21: “Water is Cohesive and Adhesive” – properties of water
  • Lesson 22: “What is Water” – molecules of water, atoms, chemical bonds
  • Lesson 23: “What is a Solution” – solute, solvent, solution
  • Lesson 24: “Other Kinds of Solutions” – cardon dioxide dissolved in soft drinks
  • Lesson 25: “Don’t forget About Air” – air takes up space, tornadoes
  • Lesson 26: “Sometimes Hot Air is Good” – hot air expands, hot molecules speed up
  • Lesson 27: “Some Weighty Truths” – air has weight
  • Lesson 28: “Air Pressure” – high and low air pressure
  • Lesson 29: “Wind” – moving air, from high to low pressure
  • Lesson 30: “Temperature” – thermometers, Celsius, Fahrenheit
  • Used a simple molecular model kit to build a molecule of water and, out of curiosity, explored and built other molecules as well
  • Discussed acid rain in response to a question about it
  • Watched online streaming of the “Curiosity” landing on Mars
  • Watched various Brainpop episodes
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Natural Disasters
  • Water Supply
  • Water Pollution
  • Water
  • Watched weekly episodes of “Backyard Science”
  • Made a lava lamp from one of the episodes and shared it with a friend
  • Watched all of the episodes of “Magic School Bus” as they worked their way through the complete series
  • Watched an episode of “Science Clips” about the human skeleton
  • Watched a “Newton’s Workshop” dvd about bugs and cells
  • Watched 4 seasons of “Storm Chasers”
  • Watched Naked Science’s “Angry Skies”
  • Read about tornadoes and storm chasers
  • Tornado Alert (pb)
  • Tornadoes (pb)
  • Treacherous Tornado Mystery (n)
  • Storm Chasers (pb)
  • Read “The Shocking Truth About Energy” (pb)
  • Created an experiment to observe the effect of vinegar on a chicken bone
  • Caught, observed, and identified a centipede, determined why it was not a millipede
  • Read about centipedes and millipedes in “Australian Backyard Naturalist”
  • Found and observed an abandoned bird’s nest with an unhatched egg; dissected the egg
  • Handled starfish, sea cucumbers and stingrays at Seaworld and read about them in “Exploring Creation With Zoology 2”
  • Visited the Museum to see the dinosaur exhibit
  • Went bush walking and photographed items of interest, including ferns, lianas, wattles, paperbark trees, wallabies and joeys, and field researchers
  • Fed and patted farm animals at the Ekka
  • Visited the Science Centre’s newest exhibit, “Going Places” and explored various transport concepts



  • Reviewed:
  • the countries in Asia – daily
  • the countries in Europe – weekly
  • the state and capitals of Australia – weekly
  • the towns and cities in Queensland – weekly
  • Tested knowledge of the countries of Europe
  • Completed chapters 6-9 of “A Child’s Geography”
  • Chapter 6: “The Woodstove Outside the Window”
  • Sun, season, axis, solstice, equinox, climate, weather, convection, wind, water cycle,
  • Chapter 7: “Getting to the Core of the Matter”
  • Layers of the earth
  • Chapter 8: “Singing, Dancing and Praising God”
  • Tectonic plates, converging and diverging boundaries, transform boundary
  • Chapter 9: “Stresses, Faults and Explosions”
  • Faults (normal, reverse/thrust, strike-slip), earthquakes, volcanoes (shield, composite, cinder cone), Ring of Fire, geothermal energy
  • In conjunction with our textbook we:
  • Made a playdough representation of the layers of the Earth
  • Created an illustration of plate tectonics
  • Created a diagram of the layers of the Earth
  • Googled the San Andres fault
  • Completed a cloze about the benefits of a volcano
  • Created a graph showing the number of volcanoes in various countries (Ethan utilised Excel to create his graph)
  • Created a diagram of a volcano (Ethan draw his diagram and Brayden used collage)
  • Wrote a report on volcanoes
  • Read books about earthquakes and volcanoes (4 titled, plainly “Earthquakes” or “Volcanoes”)
  • Read “How Mountains are Made”
  • Read the Magic School Bus title, “Inside the Earth”
  • Matched our rock samples to Ms Frizzle’s collection
  • Discussed three types of rocks
  • Read “How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World”
  • Watched:
  • “Pompeii: The Last Days”
  • “Krakatoa: The Last Days”
  • “Supervolcanoes”
  • Naked Science’s “Supervolcanoes”
  • Watched various Brainpop episodes:
  • Olympics
  • Athens
  • Layers of the Earth
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes
  • Read “The Bunyip Who Ate Canberra” and reminisced about our trip to Canberra
  • Discussed and quizzed the flags and stereotypical images of different countries that were displayed on a quilt at the Ekka
  • Talked with the geologists at their display at the Ekka
  • Identified and explored fossils
  • Explored and heard about different features of the three types of rocks
  • Created a complete river catchment model in the sandpit, complete with erosion



  • Read about the seven wonders of the Ancient World
  • Wrote an IEW report about each
  • Watched a dvd titled, “7 Ancient Wonders”
  • Read a picture book titled, “7 Wonders of the Ancient World”
  • Read/Heard the following books about the gold rush and Eureka Stockade in Australia
  • “Seams of Gold” (n)
  • “Seriously Weird History of the Gold Rush” (nf)(n)
  • “Banner of Gold” from the My Story series (n)
  • “The Night We Made the Flag” (pb)
  • “To the Goldfields” (pb)
  • “Eureka Stockade” (pb)
  • “Gold” (nf)(pb)
  • “Gully of Gold” (n)
  • “Journey of Eureka” (audio)
  • “Gold” (audio)(nf)
  • Watched a dvd titled, “Rainbow’s End” about the discovery of gold in Western Australia
  • Watched “Riot or Revolution: The Eureka Stockade”
  • Watched “Besieged: The Ned Kelly Story”
  • Watched “Ned Kelly” the movie (censored to make it appropriate)
  • Watched “The Story of Ned Kelly”
  • Watched “Ned Kelly Uncovered”
  • Read “Ned Kelly and the Green Sash” (pb)
  • Read and listened to “Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie Letter (audio and book)
  • Listened to an audio about bushranging in Australia
  • Read, “The Long Sticky Walk” about life in the outback (n)
  • On Hiroshima Peace Day we read:
  • “Hiroshima” (n)
  • “Sadako” (pb)
  • “Mieko and the Fifth Treasure” (n)
  • Made origami paper cranes and created a peace monument in our home
  • Discussed papyrus paper and used it to colour an Egyptian scene



  • Watched several episodes of “Behind the News”
  • Watched a capitalism dvd
  • Explored some worldwide news articles on “Learn the News”
  • Olympic Insurance
  • Traffic in Beijing
  • A Chinese man who walked to the London Olympics
  • Ballooning Wolf Spiders in Australia (googled images of this)
  • Watched the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games
  • Read books about the Olympics and London:
  • “G is for Gold Medal”
  • “The Story of the Olympics”
  • “How the Olympics Came to Be” (discussed Greek Mythology)
  • “B is for Big Ben”
  • “Katie in London”


  • Stopped to listen to a harp playing busker (identified instrument, and enjoyed)
  • Observed the metronome art installation at the Gallery of Modern Art (lots of metronomes sets at different speeds)
  • Discovered the metronome’s purpose
  • Appreciated the speed pattern of the artwork
  • Listened to the Classical Kid’s audio of “Halleluiah Handel”
  • Read two books about Handel:
  • “George Handel” by Mike Venezia
  • “Handel” from the Famous Children series
  • Attended weekly church worship
  • Enjoyed listening to CDs of scripture verses to music and Hillsong albums



  • Coloured an Egyptian picture on authentic papyrus paper
  • Folded origami paper cranes and made a mobile with them
  • Completed one Mark Kistler online drawing lesson
  • Visited GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) to participate in the “Fly Away Home” exhibition
  • Made a bird and a bird’s nest out of paper materials
  • Visited the other rooms in the gallery



  • Worked with friends to organise the next scene of the play they are creating based on a popular book
  • Practised and memorised their lines
  • Attended the performance, “Me and My Shadow” at the Gold Coast Arts Centre



  • Participated in a group design challenge to make a self-propelled car out of recyclable materials
  • Watched a Brainpop episode about GPS
  • Helped Daddy build an Ikea bookshelf – screwing and hammering and reading instructions
  • Worked alongside Grandad to fix a shelf, install a new sink tap and check malfunctioning lights
  • Made cardboard box robots with a friend
  • Took photographs of nature and created a powerpoint to present them
  • Read about and dabbled in computer programming languages
  • Java
  • Python
  • Visual Basics
  • Utilised a new resource, Prezi, to make a presentation
  • Built a solar powered robot
  • Explored a technology building kit he was given for his birthday
  • Utilised the park maps to navigate the family around the theme parks
  • Attended the first Annual Lego Expo


Physical Education and Health

  • Started the new swimming season part way through the term
  • Practised ball skills in the backyard with Daddy
  • The game of “tag” or “tiggy” was of particular interest recently
  • Participated in regular family bike rides
  • Played at an indoor playcentre
  • Enjoyed a lot of outdoor play with friends on playdates
  • Went bushwalking around two different circuits
  • Enjoyed a lot of time outdoors, swinging and trampolining, in the sunshine throughout winter
  • Played at several different parks throughout the term
  • Learned about dog safety



  • Attended several family birthday parties
  • Weekly afternoon playdates with a homeschooled friend
  • Three afternoon park plays with four other homeschooling families
  • Two play days with dear homeschooling families (mini birthday parties and group technology challenge)
  • Three days at the Botanic Gardens with the Gold Coast Homeschooling group
  • Numerous visits with grandparents, aunt, uncles and great Nana
  • Visited the Ekka with immediate family, grandparents and their uncle
  • Enjoyed having a ‘special school day’ with a friend
  • Attended a birthday party at an indoor playcentre
  • Went to the Science Centre and Art Gallery with another homeschooling family


  • Visited the Museum
  • Visited Southbank
  • Went to the Ekka for the day
  • Visited the Gallery of Modern Art (“Fly Away Home” exhibit)
  • Visited the Science Centre (“Going Places” exhibit)
  • Attended the performance of “Me and My Shadow” at Gold Coast Arts Centre
  • Visited Seaworld and Movieworld

Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Homeschooling Days


2 responses to “Term Three Summary

  1. April

    October 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Wow Tracey! As always you have completed a well-rounded term of learning with your boys. I love these posts…I steal many of your ideas 😉

  2. JoAnn

    October 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Looks like you have completed a lot things this term. 🙂


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