Monday, February 29, 2016

Bear Writing Pack

Let's finish February off with a freebie:

A Bear Writing Pack

I have ALL the usual features as our previous writing packs.

The only difference is that I've added this new page at the end to help with the structure of writing MORE than one paragraph { if your child is up to doing so }.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Week 9

This week a bunch of the children got sick with a stomach bug given to them via their big brother, who obviously picked it up from work and so kindly brought it home to share.  So yeah, a few days of not so much fun.

Looking forward to Friday evening when our oldest son, who lives on the other side of Australia comes to visit.

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How I ask my girls to give me a one paragraph oral NARRATION.
First they READ a passage.
Me: What is the topic / main idea?
Child: Tells me the topic / main idea - usually the chapter title.
Me: Give me 5 details.
1. detail full sentence
2. detail full sentence
3. detail full sentence
4. detail full sentence
5. detail full sentence
Optional ending - opinion sentence { what they thought of a particular thing. }
The end.

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Craft for Miss 4 this week: { Ll is for ladybug }

Then I read this book to her for fun { and a little information }.

Miss 10 read this book:

Miss 6 read this, yes in its entirety, by herself:

We also spent a little time working on outlining a paragraph using 'key words'.
Outlining is a key skill for clear and precise writing.  It's also good for comprehension as well.  It takes a while to be able to do it competently, but we are making good progress.

It's amazing when the children learn the basic format: topic sentence { main idea }, detail, detail, detail etc...  and then being able to pick out the key words - once they get that they start flying.  It all ties in beautifully when teaching a child to write well.

Of course another week, another Van Gogh.  :o)

Drawn by Chloe { 10 }, colored by Charlotte { 4 }.

This week I thought I'd share another worksheet from my Scrappy Initial Letter Sounds.
Just click the worksheet to download.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Week 8

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the weeks go.

This week we did another Van Gogh.

Today in the biography Christine and Vincent break up.  It was a sad moment, but probably for the best.  He needs the money for painting and models and well, she's got a smoking and drinking problem amongst the other things.  He never has enough money to pull them through each month, and she keeps ending up having to go and stay with her mother.  Not to mention the additional character flaw in that she has no problem with sleeping with other men for money.  Now, it is true she's been nice and clean since she's been with Vincent { well we hope }, but yeah, not exactly the type of woman you'd take home to mother.

Charlotte did the letter { r } for rabbit for craft this week.  She totally has this letter down, but she needed a craft for her alphabet book that we are building.

She's turned into quite the little student.  She loves doing "school."
In particular she's been very diligent with her book work.

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We continue with our Bible survey as well.

Character: Loyalty

History Copywork

Food this week:
Little savory meat/vege rolls.

This week I'll be linking up with:

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Week 7

This week we spent another few days away at the beachside.
So, this means we didn't do a lot of book work.

We did do a lot of nature stuff though.  :o)

The girls on the "walking" beach.  We actually drove to another beach for the swimming.


I also did another run for some figs { grower direct }.

This week I thought I'd share another page out of a book I'm currently putting together:

Just click on the page to download. 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Week 6

Our Van Gogh for the week:

Biography update:

Now, I've got to tell you, Vincent is not having much fun in his life at all, and he's already 30.  It's pretty depressing.  He's experienced starvation, sickness, hopelessness, and failure.   The only thing really going for him is that he's finally figured out that he wants to do Art.  His father has thrown him out again, and his cousin has totally and utterly refused him.  It hurt him so bad that he ended up in a drinking house only to pick up a strange { pregnant } lady with which to finally secure him the female touch, even if it was costing him a franc.

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FEBRUARY, 2nd came again!  Woodchuck { Groundhog Day.  :o)

My favourite read aloud for Groundhog Day is:

After the story quickly write down some of things that we can remember.

Facts and Opinions.  It's good to be able to write them, and to know the difference.

A craft topper, but this one was done by Charlotte { 4 }.

Rough Draft

Final presentation.

Drawing / Painting Woodchucks.
See, it pays to visit teacher bloggers.  One in particular had a step by step drawing of a woodchuck as a craft for her class - so I took a one minute sketch and we used it this afternoon with great success.

Even Charlotte traced and painted one too.

Hannahs writing, craft and painting.

If you'd like a copy of the Woodchuck writing pack for FREE,
just click the cover below to download.

And then, sometimes we make personalized book covers out of paintings.

Chloes History copywork.

And this morning I was up nice and early making play dough for Charlotte.

Recipe and method:

1 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of cooking salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon oil
A good dash of food coloring
1 cup of boiling water
And enjoy~!

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