Monday, February 10, 2014

Human Body: Finished!

Once upon a time we did a human body unit.  (See here for our resources and here for all related posts.)  Our main resource was the My Body book that I purchased as a pdf from Currclick.

My Body

 

We finished it after a very long break during which Turbo Bug was born.  This meant that we got to enjoy our body outlines hanging on the wall for a very long time! 

The very last thing they did was add the faces.  Jitterbug forgot to add hair until after it was already hanging up.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Human Body Unit

Love the triangle nose!

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Skeeterbug wanted green hair on his.  And lots of teeth, apparently!  He did one of these when he was six or so, it would be fun to compare it to the new one.  I’ll have to do some digging to see if I still have it.

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Ladybug especially enjoyed colouring everything in multiple colours.  She was insistent on putting stickers on the face.

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One thing with these organ cut-outs, I found that if the kids used textas (markers) to do their colouring-in the paper would eventually curl up quite a bit.  I had to reinforce some of them by gluing them onto another piece of paper to make them thicker.  This didn’t happen when they used coloured pencils.

All in all it was fun, we especially enjoyed our Let’s Read and Find Out science books!  We also loved this SomeBody game that I got from Rainbow Resource.  It’s got peel-and-stick body parts, a big hit with the kids.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Human Body Unit, SomeBody Game

Thursday, February 6, 2014

GrapeVine 50% Sale!

Note: This post contains affiliate links.

 

We’ve been using GrapeVine for our Bible lessons for a couple of years now.  Currently we are working through the Old Testament after a break at Christmas when we did their Birth of Jesus study.  I’ve found their method of ‘Stick Figuring through the Bible’ to be very effective for my kids.

I’d like to do a better review but for now I wanted to share that they are having a 50% off sale on all their student books through February 7th (just a couple more days!).  I’m going to be stocking up on their New Testament student e-books because the price can’t be beat! 

For my kids I use two levels.  For Skeeterbug who is nine and in grade four I use the Level 3 student book with the Level 3-4 teacher book. For Jitterbug and Ladybug I purchased the Level 1 Traceables.  I can use the same teacher book for both levels.  Jitterbug, at six, is able to draw on his own but it goes *much* faster if he has something to trace.  Ladybug, at four, generally chooses to do a random page in her book rather than what the rest of us are working on.  That’s okay, she’s four.  :)

Happy Stick Figuring!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Hi there.

My name is Sheryll and I used to blog here.  I’m thinking about starting up again.  It’s a new school year (yay!) so I might actually have some things to say. 

Last year got away from me due to this little guy:

Turbo Bug

A beautiful baby boy…we'll call him Turbobug. ;)  (Hmmm, that looks strange.  Maybe Turbo Bug would be better.)

Turbo Bug

He's six months old now! I really can't believe it.

Turbo Bug

He's gorgeous.

Turbo Bug 

We are so glad he's a part of our family. We just didn't realise that we were incomplete without him.  

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Did I mention he's gorgeous?

Turbo Bug

More to come…

Thursday, August 29, 2013

First Day of School Booklet 2013

It’s back-to-school time in the USA and I’ve had several requests for an updated cover for the First Day of School Booklet.  My blog has been very neglected and I had not posted this previously…so here it is!  This file only has the cover and contains a both a version with and without the Bible verse on the back.  You’ll also need the original download to complete the whole booklet.

Here is the link directly to the download, or click the image below.

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I apologise for not staying on top of this, I do plan to start blogging again, so stay tuned!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Calendars for 2014

I’ve had some requests for updated calendar pages for next year.  Since we school on a calendar year these really hadn’t been on my radar to create yet!  I finally got around to it this week, so here they are…Calendars for 2014 (follow the link or click the image below to download).  The file has both the traceable and blank versions.  

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These calendars are an update for my calendar notebook, blog posts can be found here and here.  Click here for the direct download link to all the calendar printables.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Flying Creatures: Gliders

So earlier this year we started Apologia’s Zoology 1, Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.  The first lesson was quite long, covering animal classification, air pressure (relating to wing shape), instinct, extinction, etc.  Mid-lesson was a ‘Try This!’ section that had us looking at how air pressure works.  In the picture below, Skeeterbug is blowing air (at just the right angle) over the top of the straw that is in the glass of water.  This causes decreased air pressure in the blue straw which makes water squirt up out of it.  We were pleased when it worked!

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Flying Creatures ~ Air Pressure 

Then we made gliders, we used cereal boxes out of the recycle bin.  One was supposed to have a long, narrow strip for wings and the other a shorter, wider strip.

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Then off for testing which one would fly further.

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Lots of throwing and measuring.

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Everyone had a turn or two or three.

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Ladybug eventually switched to recording the results for us.  She was very pleased with her role.  :)

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Flying Creatures ~ Gliders

We ended with the ‘wrong’ result.  The glider with the long, narrow wings were supposed to go further but that’s not what happened for us.  A slight breeze may have affected things.  And arms that don’t quite know how to throw with the same strength every time.  ;)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Finished! ETC Book C

Last week Jitterbug (5.5) finished the third and final book in the Explode the Code primer series.  The primer series covers all the consonants.  He worked very quickly through the three books, only starting them at the beginning of this school year in February.  There were some days he did ten pages! 

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ ETC Go for the Code

The books have helped to really reinforce all the consonant sounds.  The last letter was ‘x’, and they used words like fox, box, and six as examples for that letter.  There were a couple of pages at the end that had him picking out ending sounds for other words as well.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ ETC Go for the Code

One of the things that I have appreciated about having him use this series is that he has learned how to form his letters.  We use Handwriting Without Tears but at a slow pace and he is still working on capital letters in his handwriting book.  By working through the ETC primer series he has learned how to form more of his letters, though he is not writing them beautifully as I would require in his handwriting book.  He doesn’t follow the ruled lines very well, which is fine for someone learning to write.  But this means that he can write words that he couldn’t write before he went through these books.

We’ve loved this series and I plan to use it with my others as well.  Jitterbug is on to ETC Book 1 now, we will take it at a much slower pace!  It covers short vowels, mostly CVC words until the end of the book.  Right on target for where Jitterbug is reading.

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