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Monthly Memories – July 2012

Sharing our Monthly Memories.

A productive learning month, capturing a few of the highlights.

Carpenter’s essay……Carpenter entered an essay competition,  ‘The Greek term ‘polymath’ referred to a person who had expertise in a number of different subject areas. Is there a more contemporary figure that you believe deserves this term? What specific contributions has this figure made to his or her fields of research?’
This essay was the impetus for a huge growth area for him.  Research, diligence, bibliographies are just some of the skills learnt.  His essay writing skills grew enormously during this period.  I have lots more to share about this, which I will in a later post, suffice it for now to say, we were incredibly impressed!

Steady progress in the 4Rs, Science and the Humanities


  • Jack Jack’s new maths book arrived and he is so enthused:)
  • Jelly Bean is really enjoying her Australian history with, The Australia Book by Eve Pownell.  She is always happy to give a quick narration after too.
  • Jelly Bean has progressed to dictating regular narrations for Faith, science and history.  I’m impressed with here understanding and recall.
  • Princess continues to be very happy with taking a literary approach for her Faith, History and Literature.  She is easily reading three books a week.
  • Princess is enjoying undertaking at least one Chemistry experiment each week.
  • Princess is extremely diligent about achieving all of her assigned studies
  • Michelangelo received an MP3 player for his birthday and has been on an audio book binge ever since (see list below)
  • Einstein’s Chemistry study lead to an interest in the history of the Polish resistance to Russian invasion.
  • Einstein has not only discovered that he no longer hates English but he is also enjoying dictation.  Mastery can have a huge difference on how we view matters.
  • Einstein’s ‘country study’ has led him down through India, Mongolia and now Turkey.
  • Einstein is enjoying his logic studies.
  • Both Einstein and Carpenter share that they are enjoying our group English studies, this has led to an fresh appreciation for English as well as improvement in their essay writing.
  • Carpenter has become renewed and refocused on writing his novel.  He is almost finished the first book of his trilogy, an epic undertaking for the past three years.  He has been typing and editing.  Such a massive project!
Spontaneous Learning

Many of our favourite and memorable moments in our home education journey is when our children take up an area of interest and learn of their own volition.

  • Our teenage boys have become rather engrossed by the Periodic Table and have been watching many videos about each element.  This has involved hours of watching, discussing and enthusiasm, wonderful to see.


A big focus in creative play has been creating with clay.  Princess was keen to try a new medium and then all become interested.  Houses, chickens, medallions and more have been proudly displayed.

Music has also seen a resurgence of interest.  Princess is loving piano lessons and Carpenter is learning the clarinet, both are very diligent in practising.

The moment that Jelly Bean realised she could read, I’d been assuring her this was the case, but she didn’t really believe me.  Her excitement was so magical, in the midst of reading a Magic Tree House chapter books she just ‘clicked’ and became so enthused, wanting to read more and then she rang Dad to share her excitement:):)


Documentaries Watched

Magic School Bus- Multiple Episodes!
– Gets Lost in Space Solar System
– For Lunch Digestive System
– Inside Ralphie Immune System
-Hops Home Frogs
– Meets the Rot Squad Rotting Objects
– All Dried Up Desert Plants and Animals
– In the Haunted House Sound / Spooky
-Plays Ball Friction
-Kicks up a Storm Weather
– Blows its Top Volcanos
– Flexes Its Muscles Body Mechanics
– The Busasaurus Dinosaurs
– Going Batty Bats
– Butterfly and the Bog Beast Butterflies
– Wet All Over Water
– In a Pickle Microbes
-Taking Flight Flying
– Getting Energized Energy
-Goes Upstream Salmon Migration
-Gets Planted Photosynthesis
-Meets Molly Cule Molecules
-Goes on Air Air Pressure
-Makes a Stink Smells
-Takes a Dive Treasure map / Coral Reef
-Holiday Special Recycling

Multiple Chemistry Videos
Periodic Table Element Videos



The consuming reading  of books, in particular living books comprises the bulk of our learning.  Attempting to record most of the books read, although I may have missed some.Family Read Aloud
Linnets and Valerians – Elizabeth Goudge (finally finished!)
Butterfly Battle Magic School Bus (half)
Whitefoot the Woodmouse – Robert McClung (Jelly Bean)
Bible Stories (Jelly Bean & Jack Jack)Audio Books 
The Time Machine, Parts 1, 2 & 3
Mariel of Redwall (half read)Picture Books
The Mitten – Jan Brett
The Ugly Duckling – Bernadette Watts
Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline and the Bad Hat – Ludwig BemelmansMadeline in London- Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline’s Rescue – Ludwig Bemelmans

The Gingerbread Man
Three Ducks Went Wandering – Ron Roy
The Nutquaker – Mary Jane Auch (culling, twaddle)
Martha B Rabbit the Fairies Cook – Shirley Barber
Rip Van Winkle
Cook-A-Doodle-Doo – Janet Stevens
The Pied Piper of Hamelin – Peter Weevers
Old Bear – Jane Hissey
Tom Thumb   – Richard Jesse Watson
The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg – Geoffrey Patterson
Fancy That! – Pamela Allen

Individual Reading
Shadow of the Bear – Regina Doman
Red Hugh Prince of Donegal – Robert T Reilly
Joe’s Body (finished)

Didache Morality (1 Chp)

The Young Marie Curie – Clare H Abrahall
The Curies and Radium – Elizabeth Rubin
The Young Dickens – Patrick Pringle
The Young Thomas More – Rosemary Haughton
Our Goal & Our Guides (2 chps)

Dingo Creek Challenge – Robert Elmer
Escape to Murray River – Robert Elmer
Firestorm at Kookaburra Station – Robert Elmer

Faith & Life 7

First Farm in the Valley – Anna Pellowski

The Princess and the Goblin – George McDonald
Lysis Goes to the Play – Caroline Dale Snedeker
Daughter of the Regiment – Jackie French
Ten Eager Hearts
Saints of Old
20 Irish Saints (part)

Jelly Bean
Magic Tree House Mummies in the Morning (part)

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