Monday, October 23, 2017

Charlotte Chit Chat

Just thought we'd highlight some of the things that Charlotte did this month.

We continue to add memory verse flash cards.


Art by herself.
She did use a directed drawing, but yes, she walked herself through it though.


Months of the Year.


She has started carrying in Math.  Currently in Unit 3 of Rod and Staff Grade 2.


Turning abstract numbers into concrete examples.


Charlotte will finish the formal school year with these books half finished.  They're started already, but yes, won't be finished in 3 days time though.  I imagine that she will still continue throughout her vacation time but at personal leisure.  We'll see how it all goes and what she resumes with in January.  There is a small chance that she'll spend her time really doing no school at all.  But, if by some incentive chance, she might still do the occasional lesson too.  We'll see.  I'm really happy with her reading progress this year.  She's almost entirely done with LTR.


A jigsaw too.



and then.......... on her last official school day this year she did this:






We are finishing early this year because we are MOVING to the other side of Australia.

Anyway, just wanted to keep something to look back on.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Interactive Sea Turtle Lapbook

We are still enjoying making our lapbooks.  With every one I do they seem to improve.  I now have a Life Cycle Story with this one and comprehension questions too.  I'm entirely running out of places to put all these pieces.

As always, a cover.


A compare and contrast venn diagram.
Don't forget the option to cut and paste is also provided.


How it looks when you first open it up.  Both passages are placed on the left hand insert.  What you can't tell from the photo is that the top passage is actually 3 pages.


The comprehension layered over the cloze.
There's 2 pages for this.


The cloze that goes under the comprehension.
This is the underside of the passages.


The second insert with the pockets and the compare and contrast on the right hand flap.


Up close on the pockets.  I've actually got 6 to choose from, but yes, you only do 4 of them.  Just choose which ones.


When we turn the pocket page over we discover the life cycle in the middle and the label activity to the right with the remaining vocabulary words underneath.


The labeling activity comes with cut and paste words - but they were taken off when I put it in the lapbook.


When you lift up the life cycle you find the writing paper for the copy work or freestyle writing.


Underneath - the second page.
There is another option for more junior writers in the file.


And of course, Art opportunities.  Draw or trace or cut and glue.


Paint, or color, or oil pastel underneath.


See, the labels for the labeling activity.  :)


The cut and paste available for the life cycle.


Vocabulary on the front left hand flap.


The copywork available.


I just made a little pocket to house them in under the compare and contrast.


Real life cards for one of the pockets.


Some more sequence cards.


One of the pocket flap books.
Something to keep track of where you do your reading for the topic.


A paragraph walk through.  By the time the child has used this flap book they've written a paragraph.


A tri-fold can, have, are...... which slips into one of the pockets.



And on the backside we have a circular life cycle illustration.


This is a very, VERY full lapbook.

There is even a wordsearch in there too - goodness knows where we will put that, but yes, it's in there anyway, nonetheless.

{ 12 Activities }

Yes, so I am super happy about how this one came out as well.  The girls and I are currently working through it already.  It is designed to take 2 weeks, but it might take us a little longer, depending on how many extra little crafts I add and what we read.

I do have a walk through on how to make the lapbook base HERE.

And a walk through on how to put this lapbook together HERE.

It's currently on SALE for a bargain $4 HERE.

Thanks for visiting.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Columbus Day

I know, I'm late..... 
but better late than never....
or maybe we could just look at it like this:
we're early for next year, right?

Truth is, I did use these resources this year, I just didn't get them to the store in time before Columbus Day though.

We started out with 2 reading passages - which I read to the girls.

One was out of an old book I have on the shelves, the other passage was from here:

The Discovery of New Worlds Christopher Columbus

We put our vocabulary words into our notebooks.


Then we matched up our definitions with the vocabulary words.


Then we worked on the worksheets from here:

Columbus Test Time
 This one is Charlotte's page.



Yeah, so not too much, but just enough for a quick easy lesson.

In fact, we used it as our very last lesson of the year.



Did you do Columbus Day this year?

Thanks so much for visiting.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Captain James Cook


Every now and then I think it good for a homeschooling parent to actually do a lesson or two from their children's workload.  In this particular case I was modeling outlining of a passage and then on a new fresh day, an essay, without consultation to the original passage.  All in all, I see the superiority of what an outline can do for a student.  Here is what I produced: 

Captain James Cook

Cook, like most men of fame, actually started life entirely disadvantaged.  He was surrounded by a culture of hard work for little reward and poverty.  It is often observed that the absence of luxury is the pivotal force on which drive and motivation fix itself.  He was brought up in a struggling colony, an Englishman in England.  Who were to guess that this boy would some day sail the Pacific Ocean and become the greatest navigator of his time?  Yes, that in due time he would come to be noticed through his hard work, trustworthy nature, and for being able to follow orders well.  Soon he had ascended to a very fine role where he had been entrusted to survey great coast lines.  This line of work, in due time, would raise him higher than his common man.  His diligence and laudable work ethic would pay him dividends.

James had been born in England in 1728 to very humble parents.  He had been apprenticed at 13 as a shopkeeper near Whitby.  He really didn’t like the job, in fact he found it to be extremely distasteful to his personality.  He had little choice in the matter. 

James knew about sea life though.  He would often dream about going to sea.  He had heard many stories and tales.  This gave him a good understanding of salt junk, about the foul water that they all drank, the brutality and violence committed by the men on board, the diseases and death that marked and numbered them all, but this knowledge did not stop him from desiring to go to sea.  He had an inner calling that was so loud within his person, that he must obey it, that he must go, and that life on sea would be his work.

One quiet morning, before the daily crowd and throng of people began their usual routine he gathered up all his belongings, which wasn’t much as it all fitted in a small rut sack and stole himself away at daybreak.  He told no one of his intention for fear that he would be restrained.

He was very soon taken on board a ship, a collier as a ship’s boy.  His new adventure was coming alive before his very eyes.  He would now go to sea.

Due to hard work he soon became noticed and entered into the king’s service through the Quebec campaign.  This was a great turning point in his life.  He became acquainted with many courageous men amongst the limited fresh water, the contrary winds, the difficulties with fresh food, the horrendous outbreaks of scurvy.  At any length, these matters he discovered would soon bring expeditions to premature ends.

At last a new expedition arose.  The command had been given to Cook.  He had risen amongst men to an important position, full of responsibility and great accountability.   His dreams were now completely in his hands to explore and bring to life.  They gave him 94 men and food for 10 months.  He quickly sailed from England in a stoutly built collier called the Endeavour to explore the Pacific Ocean.

At this time it is to be noted that Australia was still an unknown land, even though Tasman had discovered the continent 130 years before.  No white man yet lived there.

So Cook sailed on, around Cape Horn, crossed the Pacific Ocean, to the east coast of New Zealand.  New Zealand consists of 2 islands and here he stayed for 6 months while he examined their shores.  He chartered the coastlines and ran excursions to the shore and inland where they would look for local flora and fauna.  After their stay they sailed northwest.  It was a particularly long journey of 1000 miles until he had reached ‘the great southland’ of Australia.

They had come to an eastern shore of Australia and in want of a name he decided to call it New South Wales.  They anchored 5 miles south of Sydney in a bay that he called Botany Bay.  It was much safer to anchor in the bay where they would have some respite from the travailing winds of the ocean.

Soon it was realized that the discovery of Botany Bay would solve a major social problem that England had been having for many years.  They decided that it would make for an excellent destination for convicts.  Not only convicts, but would also allow for new settlements, for both convicts and free men.  Thus a new settlement would be soon arranged, drawn up and established.

At length it was time to return back home to England.  They had been away for many months.  So they sailed northward of Australia, travelling over 2000 miles.  Disease and death had made its abode with them and overtaken the crew.  Upon its arrival in England the Endeavour was more like a ghost ship of members passing from this world to the next in its very corridors.  While Cook had mastered navigation, he had clearly not mastered scurvy.

Cook soon had another command the following year and was given the Resolution to sail.  He was given orders for his continued exploration of the southern hemisphere.  We must also remember that England is situated in the northern hemisphere.  These voyages were very far away from home.  There was a chance that they may never make it home again.  His first voyage had great advantage and success, so too would his second voyage.  

He left England with 100 men, and rounding past Cape Hope again but this time he stopped for food.  In particular they took on beef, mutton, bread and vegetables.  While there he received word and report of another expedition, similar to his own, that 150 men had died of scurvy.  Was there no way to remedy this villain?

Back in the ship with morale not as high as it could have been they sailed on.  They sailed southwards.  One night a fierce and unforgiving storm rose up and blew them off course.  It had carelessly deposited them amongst the enormous ice-lands.  As they sat there shivering from the cold he reflected upon the danger they had just escaped and now found themselves in.    Their minds were filled with horror.  Their hearts were filled with fear.  The storm had been so violent that they had come very close to death itself.

Again, Cook sailed on.  They sailed for many weeks.  He had a great responsibility for the command of the ship but also for the souls that were on board as well.  They searched for land, but the cold was bitter and the ropes for rigging frozen.  The decks sheathed in ice.  The only thing they found was frozen water.  The cold had even frozen the little piglets, fresh born, on board the ship as well.

At last they sailed to New Zealand.  They had now been at sea for 100 days and saw no land.  Upon seeing the land their hearts rejoiced and their hopes increased.  Amazingly they all still had their health.  Cook was finally onto something.  He was beginning to conquer every sailor’s wicked enemy, scurvy.  He had been particularly careful and diligent with the food that they had eaten.

A happy sight awaited them with the discovery of new islands.  Of course they claimed them for England.  They now had on the books the Friendly, Society, and Sandwich Islands.  A gift to England upon his return.

In due time they returned safely home again.  He had done what no other navigator had done.  He had circumnavigated the Antarctic Circle.  The Resolution was still intact.  The men were in good health.  He had made their health a high priority and had, by example, lead them to eat well to maintain their health.

Upon his return to England the second time Cooks fame increased greatly.  He was able to publish his accounts of his voyages for the common man to read.  It ignited a healthy and curious interest amongst the people of the far away lands that he had reached.  They heard of strange new things like coral reefs, palm trees, bread fruit, tattooed warriors from New Zealand, gum trees, kangaroos and koalas.  He had opened up a whole new world to Englishmen. 

The earth had plenty to discover, and now it was all at the fingertips and available for any courageous man brave enough to reach out and touch it.

Now, finally, Cook had made a grand name for himself.  The history books would make him a legend.  He had built his name upon the thrashing waves of the Pacific Ocean and the lands that he came to set foot on.

Sadly, our hero navigator ends his life in a strange island while away on yet another expedition.  He was speared through by an indigenous native and died as a result of the wound inflicted.  He had been a stern sailor, like a father to the men entrusted to him.  His face and naval career had been set southwards and its seas and lands had welcomed him.  Though hunger, cold and monotony had plagued him, he got the upper hand.  His calling and heart’s desire drew him on, steered and steadied him to the fame he now holds still.


Deborah Perrot


Should you like to attempt the very same lesson or give it to your children I have it in the store for a bargain $1.50 HERE.   It doesn't actually teach outlining, but it does provide the passage on which to outline.

Thanks so much for reading.  

Friday, October 6, 2017

Chloe Update

Today I just wanted to share some of Chloe's { 12 } recent work.

We are nearing the end of our Australian Emblem work.


I found some information online by googling, and then she did some copywork for the parts that she wanted to include.


Another essay for History, this time on Mary Queen of Scots.





{ Math }

She continues to work in Saxon 7/6 and toggle with Mathsonline.  Mon, Wed, Fridays are for Saxon and Tues, Thurs are for Mathsonline.

{ English }

This month she is working through CLE LA 409.  I originally pulled them out because I didn't want to waste the workbooks, and I wanted them used up.  As it turns out there were a few benefits to doing this, but the main one was that she was able to go back and learn some stuff that had evaded her English knowledge.

Since we've done a couple of these now I decided that it was a good fit for us and her as a subject, so I got everything organised and set up for a follow on for next year.  At this point I have the LA 500's all good to go, but I also have the LA 600's too - but I will make my final selection just before school resumes in January. 

{ Science } 

Chloe continues with her reading, summary copywork, and questions.  She enjoys doing her science this way, so for now we'll keep along the same path.

{ Bible }

Chloe is currently working on Rod and Staff Grade 7.  So that is nice.  She likes it, and that makes it awesome!

And now I leave you with a video of Chloe: A Day in the Life of a 7th Grade.



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