Family Learning Motto:
We want books that feed the mind and nourish the soul.
(1a) Reading Aloud
(1b) Independent Reading
Each term read one classic children’s book, one saints book and additional history and geography book independently.
(a) Handwriting/Cursive, Copywork
Learn Cursive this year.
Copy Bible passages
(b) Studied Dictation
Short selections taken from the Qld readers and ‘Harp and the Laurel Wreath’
(c) Written Narration
Dictate Narrations to mum at this stage.
As the year progresses start to write your own.
(d)Story Writing/Writing Club
Encourage at least one written story weekly plus weekly Writing Club
Department of Ed. NSW; Spelling
Classic Children’s Literature
Choose at least one book each term from the selection to read aloud. Not for narration, just read and enjoy!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Little House in the Big Woods and other books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Treasure Seekers and other books by E.Nesbit
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Princess and Curdie and The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Swallows and Amazons and other books by Arthur Ransome
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Classic Children’s Treasury.
The Harp and the Laurel Wreath
Re-tellings of Shakespeare plays – The Comedies
Tales From Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
Audio CDs – Jim Wiess
Fun Maths – activities, board games and mathematical reading
3. Science and Technology
(1) Take at least one weekly nature walk
(2) Keep a nature notebook.
Wonderland of Nature – Nuri Mass & CD
Australian nature study; L Rees, Leach
Experiment, observe, record
Cool Chemistry Concoctions by Joe Rhatigan
Online resources – Chem4Kids
4. Human Society and Its Environment
Extra – Introduction to British History
Our Island Story by H.E.Marshall (Also titled An Island Story)
Our Lady’s Dowry by Kathryn Faulkner.
Australian History (Term 3)
The Story of Australia – Eve Pownell
Read, Written Narrations.
Geography and Earth Studies
A Child’s Geography – Ann Voskamp
5. Creative and Practical Arts
Term 1: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Term 2: Vincent Van Gogh
Term 3: Claude Monet
Term 4: A Child’s Book of Prayer in Art by Sister Wendy Beckett
Listen and Dance to various artists.
Classic, Wiggles, 60s, 80s etc.
Discovering Great Artists – Mary Ann Kohl and Kim Solga
The Usborne Book of Art – Fiona Watt
Learn two new songs and two new hymns each term.
(1) Improve your cooking skills.
(2) Work on learning a practical craft – simple sewing, knitting; clay modeling;.
(3) Building Skills– Main focus, working alongside Dad building you are going to learn so many wonderful skills that will be with you for life!
6. Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.
Term 1 &4 – Swim Lessons
Term 2 & 3 – Gymnastics; Boys
1. Religious Education
Term 1/Lent: New Testament
The First Christians by Marigold Hunt. Read and narrate one section each lesson.
Easter:The Story of Padre Pio by Clare Jordan Mohan
Term 2: Bible History – Uncle Arthur’s Bible Story. Read aloud and narrate one chapter each lesson
Term 3: Saints
57 Stories of Saints by Anne Heffernan
*Preview the contents of the chapters on St. Dymphna and St. Maria Goretti
One saint’s biography to be assigned as independent reading each term.
Term 4: Catechism
Stories of the Child Jesus from Many Lands by A.Fowler Lutz. Read one story for each lesson.
Ideas spring boarded from Mater Amabilis – 2
(Thank you Michele and Kathryn)