* We’re in our second week of Term 2 so that means school, school, school.
* The other day, we spent two and a half hours (!!!!) on Math. It was a Geometry topic. Geometry is supposed to be easy!! Did someone forget to tell Singapore Math that?!! My head hurt that day.
My spatially-talented young man had no problems with the task. He did most of the teaching that lesson, thankfully.
* Their favourite activity, so far this term, was investigating sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks
and sorting them.
It’s not as easy as you might think.
* Recently, the boys pulled out some old favourites – our Brainbox kits
and our Zometools.
Zometools are one of my absolute favourite toys. Well, they’re a ‘toy’ for the young at heart; little guys struggle with them.
* Over the holidays, I finally got around to hanging some of the boys’ artworks.
These are my favourite pieces ever!
* Over the weekend, I created a large 4×4 map of the US. We’re memorising the states and I wanted a wall map for the job. So I made one. I used Mega Maps to print out the outline.
* We’ve watched a bundle of great dvds over recent weeks. These are just some. We watched a series of Brain Games (a family favourite and a ‘must watch’), the Huckleberry Finn movie (which we were pleased to see kept fairly close to the book) and “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” (which is a documentary about advertising and quite an eye opener). We also watched “The First Grader” (we highly recommend this movie but it’s a tear jerker), “The True Cost” (about the human and environmental cost of fashion), “Mabo” (a documentary about Eddie Mabo), “Molokai: The Story of Father Damien” (about a leper colony), “High: How Drugs Works” (an ugly side of the world), and “Mystery of Sleep” (about sleep, disorders and the importance of sleep).
Currently, we’re watching “The Years that Made Us: Australia Between the Wars”. It’s a great documentary.
* But not everything is a documentary. At the movies we saw “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” which we all enjoyed, and, at home, I (I say ‘I’ because no one would join me!) watched “Trolls” and “Moana”. The child in me has not grown up. I didn’t like “Trolls” though. Sickly sweet and insipid. But “Moana” was great. It’s a ‘must watch’.
* Oh and this week we scored free tickets to the theatre for a stage Circus performance. It’s an offer open to all Gold Coast homeschoolers.
* We’ve also spent time with my nieces and their family. We went to Dreamworld with them, to see the Tiger Show, again.
Aria loves the tigers.
She also loves that ‘her boys’ go on the kiddy rides with her. They don’t care that no other teenage boy would be caught dead on one of these rides.
They walk around Dreamworld hand in hand with ‘their girls’ and think nothing of it. That’s what homeschooling does for families.
And this little mite. Well, what can I say about her? She’s just ‘eat me up’ sweet, and one of the two reasons we make sure we spent plenty of time with them.