Hodge Podge

30 Apr

*  We’re in our second week of Term 2 so that means school, school, school.

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*  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.

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My spatially-talented young man had no problems with the task.  He did most of the teaching that lesson, thankfully.

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*  Their favourite activity, so far this term, was investigating sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks

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and sorting them.

It’s not as easy as you might think.

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*  Recently, the boys pulled out some old favourites – our Brainbox kits

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and our Zometools.

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Zometools are one of my absolute favourite toys.  Well, they’re a ‘toy’ for the young at heart; little guys struggle with them.

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*  Over the holidays, I finally got around to hanging some of the boys’ artworks.

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These are my favourite pieces ever!

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*  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.

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*  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).

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Currently, we’re watching “The Years that Made Us:  Australia Between the Wars”.  It’s a great documentary.

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*  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’.

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*  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.

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*  We’ve also spent time with my nieces and their family.  We went to Dreamworld with them, to see the Tiger Show, again.

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Aria loves the tigers.

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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.

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They walk around Dreamworld hand in hand with ‘their girls’ and think nothing of it.  That’s what homeschooling does for families.

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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.

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