Since we were taking a week off school I thought, now is the time, that I'd inject a small side detour for 10 mins so that this particular activity, which is normally overlooked and forgotten, could be started.
Hannah has also finished Watership Down, and enjoyed it immensely, as the same for the other two girls. So, I needed to find a new read for that space on the schedule. Here's what I choose for Hannah.
The Rocks of Honey
Sorry guys, but we did dispense with the dust jacket, it was in the way...
Written by Patricia Wrightson and printed in 1960. She is a distinguished writer for children. Her books have won many prestigious awards all over the world.
I love the sketch work in it.
This is an Australian book.
It's about an Aboriginal legend, and a hidden stone axe which is believed to be cursed. Basically it's a treasure hunt. Barney and his Aboriginal friend with a third child are determined to find the axe. But of course, there are a string of accidents along the way, which leads them to conclude that the legend is much more than they originally thought, but is it??
Descriptions of the local landscape do not escape the book and there is even a "shivering authentic encounter account of a close encounter of a local spider".
Since we're doing AO for Phebe at the moment, and she polished off Watership Down in a jiffy, I moved her into a new book.
The Golden One
by Katherine O'Brien
Inside at the first chapter.
"If you like adventure stories, you'll like this one."
The story is based in New Zealand, a close geographical country to Australia.
"Three twelve year olds on holiday near Wellington find a treasure that has been lost for several generations - the Golden One of legend. But that is only the beginning of their adventures, as thieves try to get hold of it. And the antique shop owner's assistant is really nasty, the villian - he's a really good baddie."
The thought here is that I decided that we should combine Bible and Copywork in the one lesson.
Basically, I've taken a photocopy master with a picture and a story with which Charlotte reads the story out loud to me and narrates a sentence or so between each paragraph. I write it down, and then at the end she can copy it out into her book. She uses the picture on the left hand side to trace, thus producing these examples.
She is really enjoying this activity, so we'll continue daily until she tires and then I'll probably make it a weekly thing and move her into the Golden Children's Bible on the other days.
This week I started Charlotte with Ambleside Readings for Year One.
I scheduled out a full 12 weeks to give it a fair go.
I also printed out a few books that were on the Year 1 list..
Charlotte is LOVING this book. It is perfect for her!
This particular History of the Church is Catholic... but I'm not Catholic, but I thought that I would try it out since I would like the children to have some Church History. I am hoping that it will still lend itself to quite a bit of usefulness.