a learning week

Kboy5’s LEARNING RECORD for the week of 10-16 March 2003 (in which every single breath he took and every single activity he participated in was studiously recorded for a Homeschool Exemption Application, which was subsequently denied!….and then issued after we provided a *timetable*)

The learning experiences are arranged according to the different goals we have for our children’s learning. Naturally some things fit into more than one category.

a) LifeGIFTS
Grace:

  • Dada’s morning devotions
  • Wee chat about gracious speech
  • Discussed resisting temptation to do wrong
  • Read A is for Adam by Ken Ham
  • See Relationships under LifeSkills

 Inspiration:

  • Read biography of Louis Braille
  • Read miracle of loaves and fishes
  • Read of Peter and Jesus walking on water
  • Played God’s Hands – “I see God’s hands when…”
  • Watched the rain
  • Read The Song of the King by Max Lucado
  • Read God Made Our Bodies by Heno Head, Jr.

Faith:

  • Revised memory verses
  • Recited catechism with Dada
  • Dada’s morning devotions
  • Read “Something from Nothing” – discussed Jewish faith
  • Prayer throughout the day (giving thanks, asking for help, declaring God’s greatness, confession)
  • Discussed Egyptian belief in the afterlife – compared it to our own and to our preoccupation with the “now”
  • Read A is for Adam by Ken Ham
  • Read God Made Our Bodies by Heno Head, Jr.

Training:

  • See everything!

Service:

  • Prepared lunch for siblings
  • Set table for dinner – spontaneously
  • Dictated letter to Lee family in Nepal
  • Chores – helped hang washing on clotheshorse, took out compost, dusted dining room, swept, emptied dishwasher, put washing away, set table, made bed, vacuumed bedrooms, folded washing, took phone to Grandpa’s house, made lunch, helped fix deck, loaded dishwasher, cleaned up playdough for the littlies
  • Got stuck tree climbing – helped by siblings
  • Helped Levi tidy up dinosaurs
  • Helped with cooking
  • Helped with gardening
  • Helped look after baby brother
  • Shared chocolate bar bought with own money
b) Learning Tools

 

1. Habits

                                 i.            Attention/Concentration
* Persevered on very difficult puzzle of Maori ladies doing a poi dance
* Lego
* Played with playmobil on his own
* Played with Josiah’s little take apart bike on his own
* Puck Monster (OK, so that’s pushing the educational value!!)

                               ii.            Excellence
* Dusted room again until it was clean
* Swept drive again and again and again

                              iii.            Orderliness/Neatness
* Chores – see above
* Helped Levi tidy up dinosaurs
* Put dinosaurs in straight rows
* Discussion about looking after others’ things
* Reminder to put things away
* Had to sweep driveway after dropping dirt all over it!

                             iv.            Truthfulness
* Was truthful!

                              v.            Self-control
* Discussion about obeying immediately, not when mother raises her voice slightly!
* Letting the littlies answer Dada’s questions during morning devotions
* Played quietly while mama talked with Mrs Frost
* Played quietly at Dada’s meeting
* Used voice in an appropriate manner
* Discussed resisting temptation to do wrong

                             vi.            Diligence/Redeeming the time
* Revised all memory verses
* Had to sweep driveway properly – totally!
* Other chores done well
* Worked at finishing colouring the green bottle even though he wanted to stop soon after halfway – without complaining!
* Always involved in something productive – no aimless wandering

                           vii.            Love
* Hugs and kisses!!
* Preferring others over himself – letting others go first, waiting quietly for Mama to finish talking before interrupting, gentle voice, sharing lolly, tidying up for sibling etc.

                          viii.            Obedience
* Instances of disobedience dealt with as they arose, and obedience encouraged. Everything came down to these two alternatives!!!

2. Appetites

                                 i.            Literature
* See book list below
* Chose a book to buy
* Looked through new books

                               ii.            Art
* Observed Raphael’s Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione
* Compared above portrait with the Mona Lisa
* Looked at picture of Britain’s Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

                              iii.            Music
* Listened carefully to Sousa’s Washington Post
* Played with instruments when singing one morning

*
Singing performance at the Edmeades – 3 items
* Performance of Five Green Bottles for Dada and Grandpa            

                             iv.            Video
* Colonial House – video of television programme
* Prince of Egypt video

3. Curiosity
* Experimented with torches
* Bug collecting
* Wondered aloud what the electrician was doing
* Worked out how to put Josiah’s little take apart bike back together
4. Creativity
* Designed pattern for bottle
* Lego
* Imaginative play – made  huts, played dress-ups, ordered dinner from “restaurant”, made maps and money, packed to go “on holiday”
5. Language
* See same topic below for itemised report
6. Reason
* Guessed where kitchen appliances would go in Grandpa’s new house
* Worked out (with help) how to get down from tree when stuck
* Worked out how to put Josiah’s little take apart bike back together
7. Wisdom
* See the LifeGifts above

c) LifeSKILLS

1. Relationships
With five siblings, two parents and an extended family nearby (including one Grandpa living with us), there is no shortage of social contact! Outside the biological family are neighbourhood friends and involvement with church as well. This week, in particular:
* Talking with God often throughout the day
* Edmeades children (2,5,7 years)
* Aidan Quayle (5 years)
* Rebekah and Emma Long (4,7 years)
* Mrs Frost and Reuben and Georgia (1,3 years)
* Mr & Mrs Edmeades and children (again)
* New neighbour from Japan
* Special snuggles with Micaiah
* Played alone with Kaleisha
* Short conversation with electrician
* Chat with Mrs Elima (neighbour)
* Looked forward to playing with James and Janelle – 2 special needs children (8,10 years) – but wasn’t home when they came to visit
* Church
* Sunday School

2. Language and Communication
* Looked up black-headed jumping spider in identification book and recorded in our creation journal
* Listened to books:
            The Song of the King by Max Lucado
            Mr MacNalley’s Hat by Shirley Hughes
            Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
            Bears on Wheels by Stan and Jan Berenstain
            Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
            The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes by Beatrix Potter
            Down By the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton
            Wilfrid Gordon MacDonal Partridge by Mem Fox
            Bible passages
            A is for Adam by Ken Ham
            Biography of Louis Braille
            Excerpts from Little Visits-123
            Secrets of the Mummies by Harriet Griffey
            How do bees make honey? by Anna Claybourne
            God Made Our Bodies by Heno Head, Jr.
            Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
            Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
            My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton
* Watched mama record books in reading log
* Recited poem
* Recited memory verses
* Singing – a new hymn
* Dictated letter to the Lees in Nepal
* Copied siblings’ names
* Chose a book to buy
* “Read” chore lists each day
* Singing performance at the Edmeades – 3 items

*
Phonics – auditory training, recognising letters, recognising words, sounding out words, putting letter cards and magnetic letters together to make words
* “Read” thank you letters from Lily and Bailey
* Discussed giving Lily and Bailey hand-me-down clothes
* Watched Colonial House – video of television programme
* Watched mama and Mrs Frost chat
* Welcomed new neighbour from Japan
* Singing – in a round
* Watched Prince of Egypt video
* Relayed information about the train trip to the rest of the family
* Watched electrician installing lights in Grandpa’s new house – asked questions
* Guessed where kitchen appliances would go in Grandpa’s new house
* Perused new books
* Spontaneously found “m” page in alphabet book
* Mentioned Maori name for wood pigeon
* Discussed daylight savings
* Discussion about using voice kindly
* Talking and listening when playing
* Discussed upcoming Hong Kong/Malaysia visit
* “Read” passport when it arrived in the mail
* Recited catechism with Dada
3. Government
* Followed parent-issued directions
* Consequences for violations thereof!
* Went to church with Dada for a meeting
4. Home Management

                                 i.            Organisational Skills
* Put clothes away
* Tidied “Special Box”
* Sorted new books into piles

                               ii.            Cooking Skills
* Made salad
* Made yoghurt
* Mixed pancake batter
* Flipped pancakes
* Made lunch
* Watched mama in the kitchen
* Mixed batter for slice and crushed Weet-bix

                              iii.            Sewing Skills
* Started sewing picture on hessian to make oven mitt – back stitch

                             iv.            Home Maintenance
* Chores – see above
* Discussed wood hardnesses with Grandpa
* Watched electrician installing lights in Grandpa’s new house
* Guessed where kitchen appliances would go in Grandpa’s house

                              v.            Gardening
* Weeded own garden
* Dug out sunflowers
* Chopped heads off sunflowers with a saw – saving some seeds for next year
* Took out compost

                             vi.            Vehicle Maintenance
* Cleaned bike

                           vii.            Parenting / Childcare
* Fed baby brother, Micaiah
* Brought mama supplies for nappy changing
* Helped Levi tidy up
* Held Micaiah

                          viii.            Educational Foundations

                              ix.            Typing / Computer Skills
* Jump Start Pre-K

                               x.            (possibly: Animal Care)

* Put insects back in own environment when finished looking at them!

 

5. Healthy Living
* Prepared and ate healthy food
* Some days had a long rest – getting over German Measles
* Worked outside in the fresh air
* Exercised through physical labour and play – bike, rollerblades, running, cricket, large ball skills, skateboard, rugby, trampoline, trolleys, soccer
* Observed basic hygiene requirements – clean teeth, brushed hair, cut nails, use sunscreen, blow your nose!
* Watched mama clean up brother’s grazed knee – first aid
* Watched little brother have a “fit” and be taken to the doctor’s
* Bought chocolate bar – and shared it out
* Hurt finger playing soccer – learnt how to care for it
6. Family Reading and Discussion Times

                                 i.            History
* Read story of Louis Braille
* Read Secrets of the Mummies by Harriet Griffey
* Discussed Egyptian belief in the afterlife – compared it to our own and to our preoccupation with the “now”

* Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
* Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
* Watched Colonial House – video from TV
* Bible readings
* Watched Prince of Egypt video

                               ii.            Philosophy

                              iii.            Science
* Read How do bees make honey? by Anna Claybourne
* Read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

*
Watched 4 rosellas in tree
* Read God Made Our Bodies by Heno Head, Jr.
* Watched tui
* Dug out sunflowers
* Discussed wood hardnesses with Grandpa
* Watched electrician installing lights in Grandpa’s new house
* Watched two wood pigeons in the tree
* Lego – technology

                             iv.            Fine Arts
* Music played most frequently – Sousa’s Washington Post
* Picture studied – Raphael’s Baldassare Castiglione
* Compared above portrait with the Mona Lisa

                              v.            Geography
* Read e-mail from friends in Africa
* Looked at photos from friends in Nepal
* Looked at picture of Britain’s Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
* Looked up Egypt on the globe
* Looked up Japan on map – new neighbour comes from there
* Made map in game
* Read My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton

                             vi.            Current Events
* Was aware of people talking about war

7. Practical Arts
* Made puppet
* Made kite
* Singing performance at the Edmeades – 3 items

* Playdough
* Singing – a new hymn
* Singing – in a round
* Designed and drew patterns on a paper bottle with green felt tips
* Performed Five Green Bottles with four siblings for Dada and Grandpa
8. Mathematics and Economics
* Measuring – baking
* Counting sunflower seeds
* Time: discussed daylight savings
* Addition drills
* Rote counting
* Maths song – Ten Green Bottles
* Sorting plastic dinosaurs by colour and shape
* Sharing out food for lunch
* Playdough
* Puzzle
* Drawing tessellations – experimenting with which shapes tessellate
* Grocery shopping
* Bought chocolate bar with own money
* Tangrams
* Colour and shape cards
* Drew patterns on a paper bottle
* Lego
* Made and used money for game

9. Travel skills
* Train trip
* Rode bike
* “Going on holiday” game
* Received passport in the mail
* Discussed upcoming Hong Kong/Malaysia trip
Things we had tentatively planned to do, but which will “roll over” to next week, due to lack of time and other things coming up:

* Give directions to siblings to get them through an obstacle course

* Label sunflower seed packet

* Write parts of shopping list

* Knead bread

* Help stain the deck

* Harvest pumpkins

* Vacuum car with brother

* Work on fixing hutch with older brother

* (Dramatic presentation of The Little Red Hen) – the children are keen to do   

               this again, but they already did it three or four times the previous week!!!

This journal represents a “typical” week for us – learning is occurring all the time.
We have seasons, but don’t have “non-learning” days!

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