Monday, July 16, 2018

Craft Time on Holidays

One of the ways to keep the children busy during holiday time is to let them do crafts.  Freestyle.  Just give them stuff and let them make their own things.

Today they are happy to craft punch and add glitter and what not's to their creations.








Sunday, July 15, 2018

Trying Out the Figures from Caesar's Augustus World

My only regret is that they didn't have their date on or close by each picture.  Never the less, they still lent themselves to the timeline schedule without too much difficulty per se.

Hannah just preferred to cut and paste directly.

We guessed where they should fit because I wasn't feeling well enough to do the extra leg work to get the accuracy.  I hope we weren't too far out.


And Phebe's page.  She used textas to outline the picture before cutting and pasting.


I'm not sure if we'll do more or not later on, maybe, we'll see.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Working on Charlotte's Medieval Timeline

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.  

I found the figures through Ambleside Online.


Friday, July 13, 2018

The Rocks of Honey

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".


Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Golden One

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."

At present Phebe is about to start chapter 3.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Science this Week for Charlotte

This weeks Science for Charlotte...


It's an Interactive Notebook page.


The lesson plan DOES include instructions for completing a left hand page as well, but I feel that just doing the interactive page is enough at the moment.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Combining Bible and Copywork

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.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Adding Ambleside for Charlotte

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.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Noah Writing the Letter h

It's always exciting to see the littles doing their beginning writing.

Noah even gave himself some ticks for his own good work.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Australiana - A Couple of Classic Australian Poems

Sometimes you can find some awesome bargains being in the right place at the right time....

Here's a couple I got last week:


Published by Scholastic...


Essentially an illustrated walk through of the poem....


and...


for 50 cents a book, I might add.


Can't wait to share with the girls.


Beautiful, yes??


Yes.  :)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Christian Liberty Nature Readers

It only took me about 6 hours to locate these particular books in amongst the bookshelves today.  I started looking at about 6 am and then, when it occurred to me to continue looking, looking I did.


Page one of the contents, but it has 154 pages in its entirety.


I love the simplicity of the text and layout, nothing taxing or distracting.



I love that it also includes a review of each section.



I highly recommend this set of books if you can get them!



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Counting in Preschool with Elephants

Noah is moving into school readiness...

and while he can count quite well, he needs to practice writing the numerals too - at some point....

so.... I've started working on these....


I'll let you know when they are done.  :)

Monday, July 2, 2018

Humpty Dumpty Freebie

This afternoon I was sitting here wondering what I could post for today...  I'm trying to post daily again at this point.

and then I thought, hey, I could offer a freebie...

so, if you click the page below it will take you to where you can download this cut and paste activity for FREE.

Humpty Dumpty - Make a Scene { freebie }

Thanks so much for visiting.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Art Saturday

Finally got to the end of the week and had some 'me' time.

I started out with a bit of a 5 mins sketch.


Then I started thinking about what I wanted on the page to fill it out, and add those.


Then I started painting.  Painting is always the scary part because anything can go wrong at that point since it's always an experiment.


Then as she was drying I started black lining her and adding embellishments.


And finally I was happy with her at this point, so I called it good and was finished.