Thursday, September 13, 2007

Week 4 Report

Peach Melba. Great Barrier Reef. Ayers Rock. Botany Bay. School of the Air. Our week was pretty much all about the topic of (as you already guessed!) Australia! With all of it's curious creatures and interesting people, Australia holds endless fascination for Miss M. Enchantment of the World: Australia, our spine book, was packed with fun facts and beautiful photos of the Land Down Under. After studying the Aboriginal people last week, this week's focus was European exploration and colonization. Using directions in Country Report Projects for Any Country as a base, Miss M made a notebook timeline of events in Australian history. With a fun, documentary film theme, the 3-D notebook page flips up, and each event can be shown and explained one by one. I love pages with movement!

We began Composition this week using BJU's English workbook. The first assignment is a personal narrative story, and this idea was a hit with Miss M. I personally love how BJU takes a student step-by-step through the planning process a with plenty of hand-holding. Although Miss M likes to write stories, she needs help organizing her thoughts and ideas. BJU is just the ticket!

Our homeschool co-op met for the first time this week. It was a blast and always a highlight of our week. Our co-op classes include phy-ed, art, and science this year.

Some productive free time activities this week included reading about coral reefs from our library basket, listening to an unabridged audiobook of Tom Sawyer, watching the Australian movie “Silver Stallion” and earning some extra cash-ola by walking the neighbors' dogs.

On Friday we put away the books and took a field trip to World War II Day at a local historical military fort. Every station was hands-on and we stayed the whole day. I learned so much!

It was a good week, Mate!


Rhonda said...

Y'all look like you are having so much fun this year. :)


Tina in WA said...

What a great week. I want to go down under too!

I love all you do with notebooks.



LisaWA said...

I love your notebooks! M you are doing a great job on all your work!

Tami! I love the camcorder movie camera flap/fold/scrap book theme! Way cool.....

Have a nice relaxing weekend! You deserve it!

Peace~ Lisa

LH said...

Looks great. Nice flashy picture rotation. how does everyone do that :-)

Karen said...

Wow - your week looks wonderful. The documentary film book is a great.

Quiver0f10 said...

What a fun week! Thanks for sharing :-)

Tina said...

Just have to add... neat field trip too!