Mariah Aged 8.5 yrs; 2010

Family Learning Motto:

We want books that feed the mind and nourish the soul.


Language Arts

(1a) Reading Aloud
Qld Reader;

(1b) Independent Reading
Each term read one classic children’s book, one saints book and additional history and geography book independently.

(2) Writing

(a) Handwriting/Cursive, Copywork
Continue with Beatrix Potter
Learn Cursive this year.

(b) Studied Dictation
Short selections taken from the Qld readers and ‘Harp and the Laurel Wreath’

(c) Written Narration
Dictate Narrations to mum.

(d)Story Writing/Writing Club
Encourage at least one written story weekly plus weekly Writing Club

(e) Grammar
Ronald Ridout,
Grade 3 Australian Grammar
Emma Serl.

Department of Ed. NSW; Spelling

(3)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
The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

(a) Poetry
Classic Children’s Treasury.

2. Mathematics

(1)Singapore Maths.
Multiplication drill.
Fun Maths – activities, board games and mathematical reading

3. Science and Technology

Nature Study
(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

Modern 20th Century History (Terms 1, 2 & 4)
Story of the World Vol 4, with relevant living books, picture book ideas, Modern History and Geography titles.

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 Australia Book – Eve Pownell
Read, Written Narrations.
Extra Reading

Geography and Earth Studies
A Child’s Geography – Ann Voskamp
Living Books

5. Creative and Practical Arts

Picture Study
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

Music Appreciation
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.

Practical Work
(1) Improve your cooking skills.
(2) Work on learning a practical craft – simple sewing, knitting; clay modeling; making simple toys.
(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; Intermediate

1.Religious Education
Term 1/Lent: New Testament
The Life of Our Lord for Children by Marigold Hunt. Approximately three pages to be read and narrated for each lesson.
Easter:The Story of Padre Pio by Clare Jordan Mohan
Term 2:Bible History – New Catholic Picture Bible by Rev. Laurence G.Lovasik.
Read aloud and narrate one chapter each lesson
Term 3: Saints
The Child’s Book of Saints by Hugh Ross Williamson. Read and narrate one saint each week.
Term 4:Catechism & Advent Plans
Baltimore Catechism