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This Week in Learning: September 11th, 2015

As I reflect back on this term I’m extremely happy with the progress made; not only in academic skills but lessons learnt about consistently completing tasks.  It’s certainly been the best term we’ve experienced this year.

One week until the holidays, planning a little something different for the week, perhaps quizzes and competitions; a Spelling & Geography Bee, an essay competition etc. Confident the children will enjoy a fun, competitive approach.

Speech Therapy
Remember we were given three weeks of homework instead of weekly lessons, well we’re due to go back for a follow up lesson next week and we’ve done one practice session, yikes, not good.



  • Maths Online –  Michelangelo is making solid progress in his maths studies. Princess worked solidly the first week, not so much the second. Jelly Bean is still struggling to progress past her ‘stuck point,’ Jack Jack zooms effortlessly through his maths lessons and Jem is determined to gain Platinum level for each of his topic areas.




Michelangelo read Critical Thinking
Princess making great progress on her Spanish studies and has encouraged Jelly Bean to also join her in learning how to speak Spanish.

Using passages from Peter Rabbit for copywork. Have returned to using Startwrite as I can quickly prepare passges and the children are finding it helpful to trace the dots and to have starting dots. For Jem in particular Startwrite has been a ‘game changer,’ he has gone from hating handwriting to enjoying it.


  • Princess tested on 20 words from ‘Spelling for Secondary Students’ did well. She also completed a couple of Spelling Wisdom lessons.
  • Michelangelo is still struggling to ‘get to’ his dictation lessons. Haven’t found the ‘solution’ yet.
  • JB and JJ have been consistent in completing their dictation lessons using Spelling Wisdom, I’m happy with their progress.
  • JB and JJ recited poetry pieces from memory and ‘filled in’ missing emotive words.
  • Have been working on Sentences with the M&Ms. Various types of sentences and how to strengthen our sentences. Working on changing ‘loose’ sentences to ‘periodic’ sentences, first having to determine the main idea in each sentence to then be able to change the phrases about. Very effective and our teens can see the difference it makes to change to a periodic sentence.
Composition/Creative Writing
  • JB and JJ writing short essays weekly, not showing any enthusiasm yet;)
  • Michelangelo and Princess’ Precis Writing exercises are tying in well with their grammar lessons on sentences. We’ve been focusing on the main sentence and the supporting sentences.
  • Princess essay writing style is most engaging, she has talent.


  • I have been reading daily, poems from A Child’s Book of Verse to the younger children this Term and with consistent increments we have read our way through the entire book!
  • Princess and Michelangelo consistently reading Four Corners, a volume of Australian and English poetry.


Family Read Alouds
John and Nanbaree – Doris Chadwick –  With JB and younger boys, all engrossed.
The Borrowed House – Hilda Van Stockum – Begun reading to our teens.Science Read Aloud
Under 11s
Benny’s Animals and How He Put Them in Order – Millicent Selsam
A First Look At Bird Nests – Millicent SelsamGeography Picture Books
Lightning Jack – Glenda Millard – Horse fantasy
Hello From Nowhere – Raewyn Caisley – Little girl living on the Nullarbor

Picture Books
Scarecrow’s Wedding – Julia Donaldson – Sweet story, true love and bravery
Stuck! – Charlotte Calder – Fun story
The Windy Farm – Doug MacLeod – Excellent story about wind farms!
The Bravest Knight – Mercer Mayer – Simple fun
Let’s Go Visiting – Sue Williams – Basic, repetitive story

Read Alones

Michelangelo Read:

The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
The Citadel of God
Science Matters (a few chapters)
A Writer’s World: Travels 19-50-2000 by Jan Morris (a few chapters)
Beginning Apologetics Set (a few sections)Princess Read: 
Seven Little Australians – Ethel Turner
Crystal Snowstorm – Meriol Trevor
Calico Captive – Elizabeth George Speare (half)
Story of the World Vol 4  (a chapter)
Where is That in the Bible? – Patrick Madrid (a chapter)Jelly Bean Read:
Betsy Tacy (a few chapters)
Little Pete Stories
Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories (couple of stories)
Beastly Tales – DK Reader(half)
Animal Hospital- DK Reader
The Wright Brothers – Quentin Reynolds (several chapters)Jack Jack Read:
26 Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths (a few chapters)
Dodsworth in Paris (a few chapters)

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  • Nicole Cox

    Erin, your life sounds so full! How wonderful that the children all read aloud. This is something we have only just recently re-introduced into our home, as we realised without practice the children were beginning to lack confidence at speaking. I love it. xx

    • Erin

      Full is the word!:) I must apologise, I wasn’t clear, it’s me reading to the children. However what a great idea! I must do this with my children too, thank you!

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