The Monster in the Maze

Yay!  Another Lego activity for history!  We built a labyrinth after reading about Theseus and the Minotaur in SOTW chapter eighteen. 

The Monster in the Maze ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Okay, so I’ve heard of a Minotaur but didn’t know the story.  He’s supposed to be half man, half bull.  The closest we had was a gorilla.

The Monster in the Maze ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Here’s Theseus complete with a weapon.  He’s got his string to help him find his way back out of the maze after he defeats the Minotaur.

The Monster in the Maze ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolThe Monster in the Maze ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Here is the rope tied to a Lego brick so that he can find his way out again.  Not that our maze was all that complicated.  :)

The Monster in the Maze ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

And here’s Ladybug working on her maze.  Complete with wet hair.  She hasn’t shown too much interest in Lego but she loved building her own little maze.  She insisted on taking it to her room to work on during our afternoon rest time.  (aka Mama-needs-a-break-time.)

The Monster in the Maze ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We found a couple of readers at the library that tell the story too, which Skeeterbug was happy to read.  This is the kind of story that will keep an 8yo boy interested!


I think I’ve got these out of order, I forgot to post this one.  Chapter fourteen in SOTW is The Israelites leave Egypt.  Story of the World is written so that it can be used secularly, but does include references to some Biblical events.  It is very easy to add more Bible to it, so it is a very popular choice for both secular and religious homeschoolers.  Our project for this chapter was to make a woven basket to go with the story of Moses. 

Moses Basket ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

This turned out to be a bit fiddly and I ended up finishing it all up with staples all over the place.

Moses Basket ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Jitterbug and Ladybug painted the inside.  Skeeterbug was going to do the outside but we never got around to it.  Ladybug absconded with it and for awhile I found it around the house with various stuffed animals or dolls in it.

Moses Basket ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Instead of doing a sticker activity scene like the Activity Guide suggests, we just coloured the pieces and laid them on top of the background to tell the story.  We’ll keep this in Skeeterbug’s history notebook so we can pull it out again sometime.

SOTW: Moses ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

I coloured the background.  Ladybug helped me colour the other pieces.  She said the pharaoh is pink “because he’s mad at the other guy.”  Here’s the Nile turned to blood…

SOTW: Moses ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Ack!  Boils!

SOTW: Moses ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Frogs!  Frogs everywhere!

SOTW: Moses ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Skeeterbug’s colouring page from the chapter.  I don’t make him do all of these, he chooses to do them for most chapters.

SOTW: Moses ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Mapwork showing the Israelites’ path out of Egypt, across the Red Sea and into Canaan.  Or the wilderness nearby, anyway.

SOTW: Moses ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We still need to add a title to this page.  The red one came from here, I can’t find the link for the other.

Moses Lapbooking ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolMoses Lapbooking ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We also read the Exodus by Brian Wildsmith which was perfect.  I found the illustrations to be a bit busy but the story was good.


We also flipped through this Tabernacle Model book by Tim Dowley.  and worked on the paper model of the tabernacle.  We were excited about it until we discovered how fiddly it was.  Lots of tiny pieces to fold and glue.  Skeeterbug lost interest in no time.  I’m setting this aside for when he’s older.  The link says it is unavailable now, I think I purchased it from a Christian bookstore.  The book itself was also a bit above his interest level, upper primary would be more suited to it I think.

Tabernacle ModelWe are about halfway through SOTW Volume 1.  Over the summer (January) I’m planning to do some catch up with history and science.  Hopefully we will be able to start Volume 2 (Middle Ages) toward the beginning of the school year. 

Charlotte’s Web

A couple of months ago we read Charlotte’s Web as a read-aloud.  I haven’t read it since I was a kid so it was fun to read again.  I had to get the copy with the cover I remember from my childhood.  There is also a version with Dakota Fanning on the front and live animals that mimics this cover.  I remember this as being the first big book I read as a child, I remember my teacher taking me to the school library to pick it out.  I remember telling her I cried at the end.

Charlotte's Web

Skeeterbug completed this lapbook to go with it.  It’s one of the literature units from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  I looked at the file more closely after we had finished the book and discovered she has included an activity guide for the book.  It guides you as to when to do each lapbook component and includes some extra activities.  I’ll have to take a closer look at this for future books, we are planning to do at least a couple more of them.

Charlotte's Web Literature Unit from COAH ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolCharlotte's Web Literature Unit from COAH ~ Our Aussie HomeschoolCharlotte's Web Literature Unit from COAH ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

We also watched the movie which we had never seen.  The kids all liked it and weren’t sad at the ending (a toss up with Jitterbug, he’s always upset when someone in the movie is sad, but he did fine with this one).  I’m hoping my younger two will have forgotten the story by the time they are ready to have it read aloud to them.  :)

Spelling Boards

We got these new mini-whiteboards with lines on them and a place to draw a picture.  Skeeterbug likes to draw pics to go with his dictated sentences.  These are perfect for it, and he gets more practice writing on lines which is something he has needed.  (The spelling words for this sentence were ‘who’ and ‘napping’.  I never knew there was a rule for when to double the consonant before adding a vowel suffix!  One syllable, one vowel, one consonant at the end.  I’m learning too.)

Mini Whiteboard for Spelling ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

This picture isn’t flipped, he actually decided to write backwards.  Very proud of himself. :)

Mini Whiteboard for Spelling ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Here’s our board now that we have added all the suffix tiles for All About Spelling Level 3.  A bit crowded, but still works for building words with the tiles. 

AAS Board Level 3 ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Jitterbug will be starting All About Reading Level 1 soon.  I opted to use a separate board for him so all the extra tiles won’t confuse him.  I have a large whiteboard that will fit all the letter tiles across the top.  He’s ready to read but a bit disappointed I can’t teach him in just one lesson!

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