Friday, May 25, 2018

Butterfly Jigsaws

Do you remember those Bird jigsaws that I showed you a couple of weeks ago?  Yes, guess what?  I found a boxed set of Butterflies by the same company at K-Mart.

A bargain buy for only $5.


They actually show you what the butterflies look like assembled on the back of the pack.


So the hubby and I sat down and did a few while we had a chat about life.










I always like jigsaws.

They are a nice way to get calm and relaxed.



Thursday, May 24, 2018

Spotlight on Castles

One of the little read alouds that I've read with Charlotte for her Middle Ages course this year.

It's an older book, so I don't know if it is still available.


But I loved that it had beautiful labelled illustrations.





It also had some photos of REAL castles towards the end of the book as well.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Montessori Multiplication

Something new that I thought we'd try out:

{ Montessori Multiplication }

It has the same set up as nomenclature cards.

They do do them a little different from what I am used to though.  They say, "10 taken 6 times" where I would normally teach, "6 groups of 10".  Little Miss didn't have any problem though.


And in the same download they also included clip cards as well.


There were actually quite a lot of varied resources included, but yes, these are the ones that I printed and laminated for a bit of use.

Some of the pages I'll just print and then we'll use.

If you are interested in this particular pack - you can find out more about them HERE.



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sorting by Color

Here's another little Montessori activity you can put on your shelves.  It's just a color sorting activity.

I sourced the cubes from a $2 store - they are actually meant to be used as frozen drink cubes { ice cubes in your drink }.  But I figured that they'd make a great little sorting activity, with a small set of tongs for Noah.


Just have some little plastic bowls available.  Tip all the cubes out into a messy pile and have the child use the tongs to sort them into their colors.  He also had some little white rocks in his initial pile. 


He really enjoyed this activity.
Noah is 3 - so if you have a 3 year old, give it a try.  :)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Art Monday

Today the humble Mosquito....

by Charlotte { 6 }


by Phebe { 11 }


By Hannah { 9 }


By Chloe { 13 }


by me, but my age shall remain a mystery... 

I only put their ages for when I want to go for a walk down memory lane here.




Sunday, May 20, 2018

Notebooking AO8 This Week

Chloe gave me these note booking pages.

Did you know that if you go looking for a Blue Wren in a field guide you won't find it?  Yep, that was us this morning.  In the end we discovered that they are called:  'Fairy Wrens'.



Here is our first official Australian Bird field guide.  I've been homeschooling for over 20 years and I'm only just getting to purchase a field guide now.  Ridiculous Johnny come late......, but better than never, I suppose.  We haven't had it long - nearly a week.  I will also be on the hunt for more field guides now.  



There are sooooo many illustrations.



And for the longest time - I have had a book called the  'Atlas of Australian Birds' sitting on my shelves, but that's just it, it's just been sitting on the shelves doing absolutely nothing for like, forever.  I had picked it up at a second hand thingy for a bargain price yonks ago thinking that it "might" come handy one day.  However, now that we are getting deeper into Nature Study and Ambleside - I'm super glad I kept it now, it almost ended chopped up for it's pictures and thrown out because of its size.  It's amazing how a book we don't think much about can suddenly turn around and be an absolute gem!

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This week I had her do her Geography on a map of old England - so that when she reads History of England she'd know exactly what and where the places they were talking about were.  




This morning she was reading about Olaf - and he ruled Mercia.  So by having this map available, it helped her to know where abouts in England that he ruled.  Makes it easier and more enjoyable with connections like that.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Random Week 18 Update

Some random photos of some of the things we did for school this week.

Charlotte continued to work on Silent Letters.

As of today she has completed the first 10 lessons in Unit 5.


Hannah and Phebe started Lesson 11 in their Vocabulary / Spelling words.  Technically it's designed to work with Wordly Wise Book 6, but we're using it as a spelling program at the moment.


The girls all hit up workbook 6 in their respective years.


Phebe wrote a composition and then typed it up.  It was a really nice one.   She'd talked about Mothers Day.  


Noah worked on his little activities.
Here he did a pasting activity.



I've decided to post Chloe's A0 notebooking pages as a separate post.  Look for those tomorrow.