A great beginning to Term 2. Children have been most diligent in accomplishing all their set work, though I think that they are ready for me to 'lift the bar' of expectations.
S sat a test with Maths Seeds, a program for 3-6yr olds and tested off their program. He is very quick and interested in maths.
Genevieve finally had a breakthrough with understanding division!!
MJ doing very well with his maths.
X did an excessive amount of mathematics, Trigonometry and Algebra for Open Uni. Did lots of extra research too!!!
S & G have been preparing for S's Confession (revision for G). Recently we learnt the 10 Commandments via games, a huge hit. Even Ignatius knows most of the commandments and LOVES the memory game. S is just about ready, the next area to study is memorising his act of contrition.
MT Confirmation Prep, My Path to Heaven - Geoffrey Bliss and St Patrick's Summer - Marigold Hunt. Really enjoyed both.
MJ read St Ignatius Loyola - Vision Bk and Philadelphia Catholic in King James Court. Loved St Ignatius, Philly Catholic didn't interest him.
X studied Didache Understanding the Scriptures. Nearly finished the book, 1 chapter to go.
X read saints short chapter history title.
Our mini nature studies have been a popular hit. The first week we read a quality book, the second week the children complete lapbook components, a worksheet, write a narration or jot down some known facts, all relating to the animal studied.
Weeks 1-2 we studied Turtles, and read Sarli the Great Barrier Reef Turtle - Leslie Rees.
Weeks 3-4 we studied Koalas, read Two Thumbs the Koala - L Rees
Week 5, Antartica, read Ponny the Penguin.
MJ loves 100 Engineering Projects, doing some every week Took some notes.
Finished watching all Bill Nye DVDs
MJ read Pioneers of Australia. okay.
Genevieve and Saxon's reading was taken up to a whole new notch:) Genevieve is reading Milly-Molly-Mandy, and Saxon is reading Dr Suess books, both of them with confidence.
S & G have been working on handwriting together via bootcamp. Saxon isn't always able to uniformly write or space his letters. Genevieve is writing nicely but her pencil grip is still awkward.
M & M also do bootcamp together, focusing on cursive. Malachi can write very nicely indeed, Mariah of course has long had lovely writing and knows all her cursive letters easily.
Malachi quite consistent weekly.
S & G have been using Schonell's lists for spelling, I'm not certain how effective the method is, they like it, and I think there is some benefit, would far rather they did AAS.
MT using Spell Well which has lots of grammar and punctuation, finding it interesting.
MJ spasmodic but did most weeks, too many lists.
Genevieve is consistently doing a couple of dictation sentences each week and I feel this quite beneficial, she doesn't always like it but it does help her be more aware of spelling/writing.
MT doing very well with her dictation, so heartening to have a great speller:)
Did Roper with all three, a couple of lessons. Need to re-assess.
MJ spasmodic but did most weeks.
MT using Story Starters for writing, likes it, finds it a bit challenging, but that is good.
M & M doing IEW Grammar Poetry with mum. Both like it.
X rereading Sr J's handouts.
MJ using Fallacy Detective, finds it funny.
X, 2 chapters Critical Thinking.
MJ using Better Read than Dead, finds it okay, but the layout is not easy to follow.