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!

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.

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.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Flying Creatures ~ Gliders

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.  :)

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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.  ;)

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.

This Week: the one with Spot It!

Maybe I should start calling these ‘Last Week’ if I’m not going to get around to posting these until the next week!

In pictures…Jitterbug finished the last book in the ETC primer series.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Go for the Code

One of our animal devotions this week was on owls, we loved this slow-motion video of an owl coming in for a landing.  Those talons are huge!

We made a winter landscape scene.  This is Jitterbug’s.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Home Art Studio

Played a math game with Jitterbug.  He liked this one because he kept winning.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ RS Math Games

Skeeterbug started Writing With Ease Level 3.  After a break from writing last week I had intended to start with IEW’s Bible Heroes.  I thought it was entirely an ebook product, I was wrong, the student portion is a printed book.  So while we wait for it to arrive we are forging ahead with WWE 3.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Writing With Ease

He worked on All About Homophones, I printed a few out and then thought we’d try it with the stylus on the iPad to save some printing.  This is the first time we’ve tried doing any work this way, so far it is working well.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ All About Homophones

Skeeterbug and I played 10 Days in Europe, a game I ordered earlier this year but we hadn’t played yet.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ 10 Days in Europe

Skeeterbug won the first game.

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We also enjoyed many rounds of Spot It!  I’m thinking of ordering another version so Ladybug has more of a chance!  She gets quite frustrated at the speed at which the others can play.  We all help her a bit so that she can win sometimes too.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Spot It!

We continued to learn about our skeletons.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ My Skeleton 

Worked on handwriting, Ladybug is working on hers in the same order as her preschool book.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Handwriting Wtihout Tears App

And we gave Mat Man some career choices.  I found these on my computer, I must have downloaded these from the HWOT site at some point.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ HWOT Mat Man

We did some other things too…some math, some grammar, some science, and we had a fun day at the park with our homeschool group.

Anzac Day

There are many children’s books about Anzac Day.  I checked several out from the library as I do every year, but ultimately returned them and only used one.  Even though they are children’s books some of them are pretty intense since the subject matter is so intense.  I have to tread carefully with Jitterbug right now, he has been asking many questions about death and dying, and talking about war too in depth could easily be too much for him right now.  Only a Donkey is a great children’s book about Simpson and his donkey, Anzac war heroes who saved hundreds of men.  In the story, a donkey is ridiculed by a group of animals.  He leads them to a statue of Simpson and his donkey and tells them their story.  The animals then see the donkey in a different light, they are nicer to him and to each other.

Only a Donkey

We used the Anzac Day Unit for Young Learners from Our Worldwide Classroom.  It was perfect for us this year.  They did each one of these cut and paste activities (so they each did three) during the week leading up to Anzac Day.  The file contains links to more information on each of these, as they did the activity I read to them from the links.

Ladybug (3).

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Skeeterbug.

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Jitterbug.

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We read this little booklet every day.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Anzac Day

Just the right amount of information for little ones.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Anzac Day

Ladybug did this magnet page, she loves these.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Anzac Day

Colouring pages, these are Jitterbug’s. 

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And a good opportunity to learn about our flag and national anthem.  I found this cut and paste activity here, this is Ladybug’s.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Anzac Day

Skeeterbug did the copywork from this Australia Day Mini Unit from Our Worldwide Classroom.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Anzac Day

Jitterbug saw the flag at the bottom and wanted to colour his own…

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Anzac Day

And we watched this video every day and in days since to get familiar with the song.  I want them to at least be familiar with it and eventually have it memorised.

I wanted a simple printable of Advance Australia Fair that had both verses, I couldn’t easily find one so quickly made this one.  You can download a copy here.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Advance Australia Fair- free printable

We made poppies from tissue paper.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Anzac Day

And of course we couldn’t do without making some Anzac biscuits…this lot looks rather nice but the second was rather crumbly!  They were all gone the same day.  ;)

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Anzac Day

I had fully intended to make it to an Anzac Day ceremony this year, we have yet to attend one since moving here.  There is a traditional dawn service (I think it starts at 6:30 am) and another at around 11:00.  I thought it would be a nice way to see some of what we’d been learning about, and I’m sure they’d love seeing the soldiers.  But, the dawn service was too early for us, and a trip to the lake won out in the end.  Ladybug and I stayed home and made the Anzac biscuits.  Maybe we’ll make it to a ceremony next year.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

A few weeks back we finished reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  We used the literature unit from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  Here are pictures of the lapbooks we did.  Skeeterbug’s (8) is first to give you an idea of how it is ‘supposed’ to look.  We actually might have been able to fit this all into one folder without that extra piece that folds vertically, but I decided to go with the example in the guide.  Our lapbooks aren’t folded the way traditional lapbooks are, I don’t care for the look, instead I trim them down and make them more like books.  For this one I just added the one vertical page, if more pages are needed I follow the method outlined here at Aussie Pumpkin Patch.

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Inside the wardrobe- a forest (apparently consisting of one tree) and a lamppost.

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In case you are wondering what a lapbook done by a 3yo looks like, here’s Ladybug’s.  She’s too young to be interested in listening to the book but loves to be a part of whatever project we are working on.  When she saw me handing out lapbook pieces to work on she made it clear she wanted to work on some too.

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And here’s Jitterbug’s (5).  He listened to parts of the book, not all.  That’s fine with me, I look forward to reading it to him one day when he can follow it better.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Lapbook

He wanted his lamppost to be ‘on the ground’ and then arranged the others nearby. 

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Lapbook

The wardrobe also had to be on the ground.  It’s upside down because he drew his picture inside upside down.  Shhhh, don’t tell him, he has no idea!

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Lapbook

Inside Jitterbug’s wardrobe- he drew a tree and a faun.  See the furry legs?  Love it.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Lapbook 

The one thing we didn’t get to was making Turkish Delight.  My excuse is that I don’t have a candy thermometer.  Really it just looks like a complicated recipe that I’m not looking forward to making, maybe we’ll get to it one of these days.  :)  We’ll continue to read the Narnia series, I have The Horse and His Boy sitting in my stack of books to start soon. 

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