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2015 Year-Long Summary

22 Dec

I have just realised that I haven’t finished posting my usual term summaries. 

Instead I’m going to post a great big year-long summary. 

(Warning:  It’s going to be loooong.) 

It doesn’t have every single thing on it but it’s got a lot and definitely demonstrates the flavour of our year.

Highlights & Basic Summary

for 2015

Mathematics:

*Worked units in Discovering Mathematics (level 7)

*Studied the Sieve of Eratosthenes

*Regularly reviewed algorithms & multiplication facts

*Measured, recorded & graphed the growth of watermelons

*Utilised measuring skills for real life purposes

*Enjoyed listening to Math focused picture books

 

Language:

*Wrote many essays using IEW methods (in general, one every week)

*Wrote an acrostic poem about China

*Wrote letters to friends

*Read numerous books independently

*Daily parsed & diagrammed sentences

*Daily spelling activities

*Continued with copywork

*Read ‘Grammar Town’

*Reviewed literary elements, in particular personification, onomatopoeia, & anthropomorphism

*Regularly had literary discussions, using picture books & novels, plotting the story & discussing the elements

*Read children’s versions of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Comedy of Errors”, “Taming of the Shrew”, and “Merchant of Venice”

*Watched the movies of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” and “Merchant of Venice”

*Attended two different performances of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors”

*Read “The Canterbury Tales” (three different children’s versions) & watched the animated Canterbury Tales

*Read about Geoffrey Chaucer in MB Synge’s “Great Englishmen”

*Read the book “The Right Word: Roger and His Thesaurus”

*Watched “Grapes of Wrath” (movie about great depression & dust bowl)

*Listened to many read aloud stories & audios including:

-Eragon, Eldest & Brisingr

-Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”

-The Green Ember

-To Kill a Mockingbird

-Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

-Divergent, Insurgent & Allegiance

-Black Like Me

-Itch

-The Unmapped Sea (Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series)

-Little House on the Prairie series (9 books)

-Lawn Boy

-Lawn Boy Returns

-Animal Farm (& watched animated movie)

-The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

-Uncle Tom’s Cabin

-Fahrenheit 451 (& watched movie)

-Lord of the Flies (& watched movie)

-Currently listening to “Inkheart” & “A Christmas Carol”

*Weekly visits to the library

Latin:

*Working through “Lingua Latina”

*Working through Visual Latin videos

Science:

*Attended the 3 different “It’s Atmoic” Chemistry workshops at the Museum

*Read and narrated the following Chemistry titles:

-“The Mystery of the Periodic Table”

-“The Wonder Book of Chemistry”

-“A Beginning Guide to the Periodic Table”

-“Uncle Tungsten” (by Oliver Sacks)

-“The Chemist Who Lost His Head: The Story of Antoine Laurent Lavoisier”

*Watched:

– “Uranium: Tickling the Dragon’s Tail”

-“Chemistry 101” series

*Narrated all that was read, orally and in writing

*Used sub-atomic particle models

*Studied the ocean and oceanographers

-By Reading:

– “Manfish: The Story of Jacques Cousteau”

– “Life in the Ocean” (about Sylvia Earle)

-“Commotion in the Ocean”

-“Tracking Trash”

– And Watching:

-“Deep Sea Challenge” (James Cameron’s dive to the bottom of the ocean)

-“Colossal Squid”

*Reading, “Eric Sloane’s Weather Book”, making own weather observations & predictions (will continue with this one)

*Learned about the scientist, Rachel Carson by reading:

-“Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changes the World”

-chapters from her books, “The Silent Spring” and “The Sea Around Us”

*Watched the documentary, “Biography: Alexander Graham Bell

*Researched the answers to questions such as,

-“What happens to nocturnal animals during 24 hour sunlight?”

-“How altitudes affects runway lengths?”

-“Do space shuttles resemble meteors in the sky as they return to earth?”

-“How do space shuttles propel forward in a vacuum?”

-“Is Earth the only planet in the solar system with a magnetic field?”

-“Do big cats purr?”

*Listened to Science focused fiction:

-“Itch”

-“The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate”

-“The World of Calpurnia Tate”

*Read “Living Sunlight” about photosynthesis

*Read “Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World”

*Watched “Nikola Tesla – Master of Lightning”

*Read “The Day Glo Brothers” about the inventors of fluorescent colours

*Completed various experiments (replicating those from the books we read), for example:

-using red cabbage dye to determine acids and bases

-capturing and transferring gases

-burning a candle until it used up all the oxygen in the container

-electrolysis

-capturing the CO2 from the reaction between vinegar and bicard soda

-made a siphon

-created rust on a nail

-made voltaic pile battery

-crystals from Epson salts

-built an electromagnet and simple motor

-completed projects from electronic Brainbox kits

*Watched various youtube videos, such as:

-most of the element videos from “Periodic Videos”

-various metals burning

-burning sulphur/iron/magnesium in pure oxygen

-hydrogen explosions

-reaction of chlorine and coca cola/milk

-the reaction between gummy bears & potassium chlorate -many other element and chemistry reaction videos

-various chemistry experiment too dangerous/difficult to do at home

-the mining of various elements and its affect on the environment and people

-unusual places e.g. a highly acidic lake, a volcano where they mine sulphur

-use of chlorine in wars and water treatments

-Chernobyl & Fukushima disasters

-meteors and meteorites

-explaining why the sky is blue

-the four state of matter & the exotic states

-plasma (fourth state of matter)

-TED talk on plasma by Australian professor

-Davy Lamps

*Spent regular time in nature and observed:

-fairy wrens nesting in the garden

-a centipede (comparing them to millipedes)

-kookaburras raiding a termite nest

-processionary caterpillars in their silken web and their response to sound

-a koala in the wild (observed twice this year)

-a cicada

*Hatched a butterfly chrysalis, identified the butterfly and read about butterflies

*Cared for new plants in the garden – watermelon, rosella bushes and corn

*Observed the convergence & separation of Venus & Jupiter

*Visited the Science Centre many times, attending:

– “Humanoid Discover” exhibition

*Visited the Seaworld to see:

-“Creatures of the Deep” exhibition

-Penguin talk and to view newly hatched penguin chick

-Feed Stingrays

 

History:

*Read many books, watched many videos, narrated everything, and wrote essays about each topic of study

*Studied the Roman Britain and Hadrian’s Wall,

-By Reading:

-“Hostage Lands”

-“Why Are You Calling Me a Barbarian?”

-“Eagle of the Ninth”

-By Watching:

-“History of Ancient Britain: Celtic Britain”

-“The Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: Hadrian’s Wall”

-“The Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: Celts”

*Studied the Vikings,

-By Reading:

-“The Saga of Erik the Viking”

-“They Came on Viking Ships”

-“Leif the Lucky”

-“Adventures with Vikings”

-Watching:

-“Greeks, Romans & Vikings”

-“The Viking Saga”

-“The Vikings”

-“Vikings” (Neil Oliver documentary)

*Studied Attila the Hun

-By Reading:

-“The White Stag” (about Attila the Hun)

-By Watching:

-“Barbarians” (Attila the Hun)

*Studied the Battle of Hastings & the Bayeux Tapestry,

-By Reading:

-“The Bayeux Tapestry”

-“Battle of Hastings”

-“The Story of a Conquest” (The Bayeux Tapestry Narrated to Children)

-By Watching:

-“Battle of Hastings” (documentary)

*Studied Medieval Times,

-By Reading:

-“The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England”

-“The Kitchen Knight”

-“Making of a Knight”

-“A Medieval Feast”

-“Harald and the Great Stag”

-“The Legend of St Christopher”

-“Chanticleer and the Fox” (adapted from Canterbury Tales)

-“The Story of King Arthur & His Knights” by Howard Pyle

-“A Tournament of Knights”

-“Brother William’s Year”

-“Heroes of the Middle Ages”

-“When Knights Were Bold”

-“Castle” (by David Macaulay)

-“King’s Equal”

-By Watching:

-“Secret of the Kells”

-youtube videos on medieval manuscripts & book of Kells

-“Europe in the Middle Ages”

-“Robin Hood” (movie)

-“Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves” (movie)

-“The Real Robin Hood”

-“The Dark Ages – An Age of Light”

-“Lost Treasures of the Ancient World – The Dark Ages”

– “The Templar Code”

-“Knights”

-“A Knight’s Tale” (movie)

-“Secrets of the Castle”

-“Filthy City Medieval London”

-“Tudor Monastery Farm”

*Studied the Crusades,

-By Reading:

-“Avoid Fighting in the First Crusade”

-“Crusaders”

-By Watching:

-“The Crusaders: The Crescent and the Cross”

*Studied the Silk Road and Marco Polo,

-By Reading:

-“The Adventures of Marco Polo”

-“Marco Polo”

-“Kubla Khan”

-By Watching:

-“The Silk Road”

-“Marco Polo” (mini-series)

*Studied Medieval Books & Bookmaking

-By Reading:

-“Marguerite Makes a Book”

-“The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane”

-“Brother Hugo and the Bear”

-“Across a Dark and Wild Sea”

-“The Man Who Loved Books”

-“Exploring the Book of Kells”

-“Secrets of the Domesday Book”

-“Johann Gutenberg & the Printing Press”

-By Watching:

-“Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press”

-youtube videos of Gutenberg’s printing press & how it worked

*Studied the Magna Charta

-By Reading:

-“Rupert’s Parchment: The Story of the Magna Carta”

-“The Magna Carta Chronicle”

-“The Magna Charta”

*Studied Martin Luther

-By Reading:

-“Martin Luther”

-By Watched:

-“Luther” (movie)

-“Martin Luther” (Documentary)

*Studied Medieval (& Salem) Witches

-By Reading:

-“The Burning Time” (about Medieval witches)

-“You Wouldn’t Want to be a Salem Witch”

-By Watching:

-“The Crucible” (movie)

-“The Salem Witch Trials”

-“Inquisition”

*Learned about Helen Keller and Louis Braille,

-By Reading:

-“Helen’s Big World”

-“Who Was Helen Keller?”

-By Watching:

-“Miracle Worker”

*Studied Edmund Hillary & Mt Everest

-By Reading:

-“First to the Top” (about Edmund Hillary)

-By Watching:

-“Beyond the Edge” (about Edmund Hillary & Mt Everest)

*Studied the Ice Age

-By Reading:

-“Life in the Great Ice Age”

-By Watching:

-“The Great Ice Age”

*Studied the American Revolution (lots more currently being added but I’ll add those to next year’s summaries)

-By Reading:

-“Boston Tea Party”

-“Give Me Liberty” (about American Revolution)

-“Paul Revere’s Ride” (picture book of the poem)

-“Ox-Cart man” to discuss self-sufficiency & pioneer living

-By Watching:

-“America – Story of Us”

*Studied the Statue of Liberty

-By Reading:

-“The Story of the Statue of Liberty”

-“The Statue of Liberty”

-“You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Statue of Liberty”

-By Watching:

-youtube tours of the statue

-youtube video about the renovations and repairs

*Read “Hanging on Jefferson’s Nose about Mount Rushmore

*Read “The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal

*Studied Abraham Lincoln

-By Reading:

-“Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln”

-By Watching:

-“Abraham Lincoln – Preserving the Union” documentary

-“Lincoln” movie

*Read American Folktales:

-“Johnny Appleseed” (one that revealed the facts, two that presented the tall tale)

-“American Tall Tales”

*Read “Digging to Heaven” about coal mining & child labour during the Industrial Revolution

*Studied the Great Depression & the Dust Bowl

-watching “The Dust Bowl” (4hr documentary)

-watching “Prohibition”

-watching “The Great Crash”

*Remembered Anzac Day and Remembrance Day,

-By Reading:

-“Digger – The Dog Who Went to War”

-“Jack’s Bugle”

-“The Soldier’s Gift”

-“The Last Anzac”

-“I Was Only 19” (discussed & listened to the song as well)

-“The Anzac Puppy”

-“And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” (listened to song too)

-“One Minute Silence”

-By Watching:

-“The Imitation Game” (movie and related documentary)

-“Unbroken” (movie)

-“Bridges for Spies” (Cold War)

*Read the classics:

-“The Canterbury Tales” (two children’s versions)

-“The Story of King Arthur and His Men” by Howard Pyle

-“The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” by Howard Pyle

-“Rip Van Winkle” (set around the time of the American Revolution)

-“Grapes of Wrath” (watch the movie – about dust bowl and Great Depression)

-“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

*Attended:

-The Gold Coast Renaissance Faire (attempted archery, watched sword fights, listened to medieval musicians, and watched a Shakespeare play)

-the Caboolture Historical Village (listened to a presentation about school, printing presses, washing and gem fossicking, rode the train and talked to two Boggo Road Gaol wardens)

Fort Lytton’s History Alive weekend (attended medieval tournament & archery display, WW1 & 2 re-enactments, Vietnam War re-enactment, Viking & Medieval life talks, toured the replica ship, “Notorious”

-An Aboriginal Plant Uses workshop at Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens

-A guided tour of Boggo Road Gaol

-The Abbey Medieval Festival and attended:

*the joust

*a falconry (and eagle) demonstration

*a medieval cannon display

*a talk on Turkish archery

*a talk on Russian medieval warlords

*a talk on the Magna Carta

*a Knight tournament

*listened to several medieval musical troupes

*watched a fire juggling performer and gypsy dancers

*visited various encampments to watch games being played, people working and living as people would have in medieval times

*talked to one reenactor about weaponry and got to feel the weight of his chainmail and gambeson

*Added more events to our timeline, almost filling it

Civics & Citizenship:

*Studied Slavery and Civil Rights in the US

-By Reading:

-“As Good As Anything”

-“Freedom Summer”

-“Going Someplace Special”

-“From Slaveship to Freedom Road”

-“Heart and Soul”

-“Now Let Me Fly” (about a girl stolen from Africa)

-“Crossing Bok Chitto” (about how the Native Americans helped the slaves)

-“Separate is Never Equal” (about segregated schools for Mexican children)

-Listened to the audio stories:

-“To Kill a Mockingbird”

-“Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry”

-“Black Like Me”

-“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

-“Fahrenheit 451”

-“Lord of the Flies”

-By Watching:

-“Mississippi Burning” (movie)

-“A Time to Kill” (movie)

-“The Help” (movie)

-“The Butler” (movie)

-“Ruby Bridges” (movie)

-“Freedom Riders”

-“Night John” (movie)

-“The Watson’s Go to Birmingham” (movie)

-“School Ties” (movie about racism toward Jewish)

-“Glory”

*Studied Martin Luther King

-By Reading:

-“Martin’s Big Words”

-“Martin Luther King”

-“I Have a Dream” (and listened to audio of the speech)

-By Watching:

-“Selma” (movie)

*Studied Rosa Parks

-By Watching:

-“The Rosa Parks Story”

*Studied Frederick Douglass

-By Reading:

-“Words Set Me Free”

-“Voice of Freedom”

-“Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass”

*Explored Racism in Australia

-By Watching:

-“White Australia Policy”

*Explored the topic of refugees:

-By Watching:

-“The Good Lie” (movie about Sudanese refugees)

-“I’ll Call Australia Home” (documentary about Australian immigration)

*Attended election polling day and watched the election results

* Read “Australia’s State and Territory Governments

*Discussed levels of government

*Studied democracy:

-By Watching:

-“Democracy in Australia”

-“Bloody Cartoons” (from Why Democracy series)

*Read & discussed the United Nations‘ “Declaration of Human Rights” and “Convention on the Rights of a Child”

*Studied Temple Grandin & Autism

-By Watching:

-“Temple Grandin” (movie)

*Had many discussions, for example:

-the plight of Chinese women in the past

-Chinese citizens living under Mao’s regime

-African American current situation

-the welfare of Indonesian sulfur miners

-tin mining companies exploiting the poor for cheap labour and destroying their environment

-the risk of arsenic found in the ground water, particularly wells in third world countries

-the risk of arsenic in treated pine

-the use of phosphorus in warfare eg napalm in Vietnam

 

Economics:

*By Reading:

-“Lawn Boy”

-“Lawn Boy Returns”

-“A Kid’s Guide to the Economy

-“A Kid’s Guide to Stock Market Investing”

-“Investing”

*By Watching:

-“The Great Crash”

-“Ka-Ching: Pokie Nation”

*Followed the Stock Market, graphing profits and losses

 

Geography:

*Studied Mongolia & Genghis Khan

-By Reading:

-“Genghis Khan”

-By Watching:

-“Genghis Khan” x2 (different documentaries, same name)

-“Mongol” (movie about Genghis Khan)

-“Barbarians” (documentary about Genghis Khan)

-“Empire of the Mongols”

*Explored poverty

-By Listening to the audio story:

-“Trash”

-By Reading

-“I’ll Always Write Back” (about penpals, poverty & giving)

-By Watching”

-“Invisible Children”

-“Children Living in a Guatemala City Dump”

-“Once Upon a Rooftop” (living in poverty in Hong Kong)

-various youtube videos about poverty in Hong Kong

-“Domestic Slavery”

*Studied Vietnam, focusing on the war:

-By Reading:

-“The Vietnam War”

-“The Land I Lost”

-“Water Buffalo Days”

-“Children of the Dragon” (Vietnamese folktales)

-“10 000 Days of Thunder”

-“Traveling Solo to Vietnam”

-“The Happiest Refuge”

-“The Littlest Refugee”

-“Vietnam Diary”

-“Onion Tears”

-“Goodbye Vietnam”

-“The Wishing Cupboard”

-“The Lotus Seed”

-“A True Person” (about refugees)

-“Brothers and the Star Fruit Tree” (Vietnamese folktale)

-By Listening to the audio story:

-“A Million Shades of Gray” (novel set during Vietnam War)

-By Watching:

-“Good Morning Vietnam” (movie)

-“Tour of Duty” (some of series)

-“Anzacs in Vietnam”

-“Vietnam War”

-“Agent Orange”

*Studied China,

-By Reading:

-“China Land of Dragons and Emperors”

-“Life in Ancient China”

-“The Great Wall of China”

-“The Song of Mulan”

-“Emperor’s Silent Army” (about Terracotta Warriors)

-“Great Voyages of Zheng He”

-“Adventures of the Treasure Fleet”

-“The Chinese Thought of It”

-“Confucius – the Golden Rule”

-“The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac”

-“Happy New Year”

-“Lion Dance: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year”

-“Fang Fang’s Chinese New Year”

-“Mao and Me”

-“Little Leap Forward”

-“Li Lun”

-“Mooncake”

-“The Name Jar”

-“Bound”

-“Yeh-Shen” (Chinese Cinderella story)

-“Lon Po Po” (Chinese version of Red Riding Hood)

-“Chinese Fairytales” (Chinese folktale)

-“The Lost Horse” (Chinese folktale)

-“The Magic Horse of Han Gan” (Chinese Folktale)

-“The Seven Chinese Brothers” (Chinese Folktale)

-“Ming Lo Moves the Mountain” (Chinese Folktale)

-“The Emperor and the Kite” (Chinese Folktale)

-“Double Trouble” (Chinese Folktale)

-“Yi-Min and the Elephants” (Chinese Folktale)

-“The Peasant Prince” (about Li Cunxim, “Mao’s Last Dancer”)

-By Watching:

-“Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: Ancient China”

-“7 Wonders of China: The Forbidden City”

-“7 Wonders of China: The Terracotta Warriors”

-“Great Wall of China” (2 documentaries with same name)

-“China’s Forbidden City”

-“1421: The Year China Discovered the World”

-“The Last Emperor” (movie)

-“Mao – A Life”

-“China: Trial and Turmoil”

-“Declassified: Tiananmen Square”

-interview with Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxim

-“Mao’s Last Dancer” (movie”

-youtube videos about Chinese bound feet

-youtube videos on China’s One Child Policy

-youtube videos about lion dances and dragon dances

*Studied Korea:

-By Reading:

-“See Saw Girl”

-“The Firekeeper’s Son”

-“North and South Korea”

-“K is for Korean”

-“The Green Frogs” (Korean folktale)

-“Maya and the Turtle” (Korean folktale)

-“Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth”

-“A Single Shard”

-“Land of the Morning Calm”

-“When My Name Was Keoke” (set during Japanese occupation of Korea)

-By Watching:

-youtube videos of Korean see saws

-youtube videos of bojagi wrapping cloths, hanbok costumes, samulnori percussion & buchaechum fan dances

-youtube and images of celadon pottery

-youtube videos about North Korea (how they live, brainwashing, defectors, concentration camps, China’s treatment of defectors, recent news, the “Great Leader”)

-youtube videos explaining the Korean War and how the countries were divided

*Studied Cambodia:

-By Reading:

-“A Song for Cambodia”

-“Half Spoon of Rice”

-“Never Fall Down”

-“The Mysteries of Angkor Wat”

-“The Last King of Angkor Wat” (Graeme Base)

-By Watching:

-“The Killing Fields”

-“Ancient Megastructures” (about Angkor Wat – a temple)

-“The Missing Picture” about the Cambodia Genocide

*Read about other cultures:

-“Finders Keepers: A True Story in India”

-“Kamishibai Man” (a story from Japan)

-“A Piece of Straw” (a Japanese story)

-“Sasha’s Matrioshka Dolls (a Russian story)

-“Travelling Man” (a Persian story)

-“Legend of the Persian Carpet” (a Persian story)

-“Most Magnificent Mosque” (a Persian story)

-“Water Witcher” (about Australian water diviners)

*Studied Earthquakes,

-located San Andreas fault line and looked at images

-By Watching:

-“San Andreas” (movie)

-“Earthquake” (movie from 1974 – comparing the two films)

-youtube videos about earthquakes and fault lines

*Studied Hurricanes/Cyclones/Typhoons

-By Watching:

-“Isaac’s Storm” (about hurricane in Galveston in 1900)

-“Hurricane Katrina: The Storm that Drowned a City”

-followed news reports of Hurricane Patricia hitting Mexico

*Studied Asteroid strikes by watching, “A Comet Strikes Earth”

*Continued to review the countries of the world

*Learned about time zones

*Located various locations using longitude and latitude

The Arts:

*Completed a series of art projects focused on perspective and disappearing points

*Completed a series of art works focused on watercolour painting

*Attended several theatre performances:

-“Marlin” (based on “The Old Man and the Sea”)

-“Carnival of the Animals” (listened to the book prior to visit)

-“I am Jack” (plus author Q&A session about bullying)

-“The Cranky Bear”

*Attended two different performances of “The Comedy of Errors

*Listened to Medieval music on medieval instruments

*Attended “Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones” (a shadow puppet show at Ipswich Art Gallery)

*Studied cave paintings:

-Read “The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux” (cave paintings)

-Watched “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” (cave paintings)

-youtube videos of prehistoric art

*Studied Paul Cezanne by reading:

-“Cezanne and the Apple Boy”

-“Paul Cezanne: How He Amazed the World”

-“In the Picture With Paul Cezanne”

-“Meeting Cezanne”

*Read “The Impressionists

*Studied John James Audubon by reading:

-“The Boy Who Drew Birds”

-“Audubon: Painter of Birds in the Wild Frontier”

 

Technology & Design:  (Ethan & Brayden differ for this subject.  Ethan prefers technology and Brayden prefers design.)

*Read “Who Was Steve Jobs?” and “Who is Bill Gates?”

*Enjoyed playing Minecraft

*Enjoyed programming elements for his Minecraft games (E)

*Maintained his own Minecraft server (E)

*Read computer programming manuals and wrote his own programs (E)

*Assisted with a computer programming afterschool class at a school (E)

*Skype chatted with friends

*Utilised varied pieces of software (E)

*Utilised Word & Powerpoint (B)

*Used Lego Digital Designer (B)

*troubleshooted lots of computer issues for family and friends (E)

*Used Lego Mindstorms to build (B) and programme (E)

*Used Edison Robotics, building (B) and programming them to do things (E)

*Built with Lego, Knex and other construction sets (B)

*Used Stop Animation on the ipad to make Lego movies (B)

*Constructed large items with constructions straws

*Made items out of paper and tape (B)

*Helped build 3D puzzles & worked on a 4D puzzle of New York

*Created movie trailer videos using the ipad with friends

*Used the camera to take photos

*With a friend, made a tepee out of bamboo and sheets

*Flew a Chinese kite and tried to make their own versions

*Watched youtube videos on how matches are made

*Attended “Built for Speed” exhibition at Ipswich Art Gallery (building Lego vehicles & testing them on different gradient ramps)

*Attended a behind the scenes excursion to Movieworld

Physical Education & Health:

*Enjoyed recreational swimming, riding, scootering and walking as a family & with friends

*Swam at the beach & Wet n Wild over the summer

*Had an archery lesson (B)

*Learned to play Bocce

*Regularly spent time at parks and in bushland with friends, kicking around a ball, playing tag, nerf wars and frisbee

*Active outdoor life in general

*Began a small garden and cared for it

*Helped grandparents with gardening & cleaning in preparation for house sale

*Helped with grandparents’ garage sale

*Care for a cat and two dogs over the Christmas holidays

*Visited the hospital many times (including a day in emergency) to visit their great grandmother

*Learned about heart attacks, bypasses, pacemakers and strokes

*Learned about nutrition when an extended family member was diagnosed with diabetes

*Learned about the risk of skin cancer when attending a family member’s surgery appointment

*Discussed bullying in relation to “I Am Jack” performance we attended

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5 Comments

Posted by on December 22, 2015 in Homeschooling Days

 

5 responses to “2015 Year-Long Summary

  1. sarahsdolls

    December 22, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Wow! What a fantastic program. Makes me feel totally inadequate, of course 🙂

     
  2. Heidi Wilson

    December 22, 2015 at 3:08 am

    The whole time I was reading through it I had to keep reminding myself it was for the ENTIRE year not just one term… but I still feel like my boys and I did NOTHING in comparison! I also regularly remind myself that your boys are older than my three as well!!

     
  3. Tracey

    December 22, 2015 at 3:38 am

    We dedicate a lot of time to reading aloud so we can cover a lot. Plus my boys are used to reading aloud and able to sit for hours and listen. It’s been trained into them. And quite of few of the titles are picture books (I always say a picture book is better than any textbook) so you can read far more of them. Oh and we do a lot of driving (one way- 30 minutes to groceries and errands, and an hour to visit family) so there’s lots of audio time. And yes, they are older and there’s no littlies under foot.

     
  4. monikadurand

    December 22, 2015 at 3:42 am

    wow did you guys sleep at all????? :-S you are scaring me!!!! lol

    What do you use to organise your year, printable pages, diary or software? Next time we meet up I would love to see your system.

     
  5. Tracey

    December 22, 2015 at 4:04 am

    It’s really not that difficult. We do school 4/5 days a week and we work for at least the same number of hours as a school (no “school is over by lunch” thinking). We read aloud for approximately 3 and a bit hours in the morning (sprinkled with experiments and such), and we do skill work from lunch onwards. In the evenings, we watch a documentary or educational movie in the evenings as a family. I think the key is that we are consistent and avoid interruptions. Learning is our priority. The only housework that happens in the school day is laundry and meals. The rest can wait. We don’t answer the phone, we keep errands to one afternoon a week and limit social outings to no more than two afternoons a week at most. Plus we think of all the time as learning time. Experiments and art might happen on the weekend, books will be read during holidays and we rarely take public holidays off.

    I have created my own planner a bit like a teacher planner which I print out and bind at the beginning of the year. Admittedly when the kids were younger I used it for ‘planning’. Nowadays I use it more for recording because I’ve got very good at thinking on my feet. Your planner doesn’t have to be flash. You just need space to write what you plan to do during the week and days and I liked to have a memory jogger of the subjects we are supposed to be covering so I didn’t leave something out. I can show you what I use.

     

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