Malachi Aged 12.6yrs; 2012

Family Learning Motto
We want books that feed the mind and nourish the soul.

1. English
Reading Aloud

1 Session per week from current novel.

Independent Reading

Every term read at least one classic book, one saints book and at least one additional history and geography book independently.

Grammar and Composition
English for Australian Schools – Ronald Ridout
Elements of Writing: First Course – Kinneavy & Warriner
Composition work is also to include regular written narrations from history, Faith, geography, literature and science lessons. Further composition will be required for Weekly Writing Club,

Strengthen Cursive Writing.
Startwrite – selection of poems/bible passages/catechism

Studied Dictation
Spelling Wisdom

All About Spelling

Weekly Writing Club
This year we will further develop writing skills using a variety of techniques; Creative Writing, Key Word Outlines, Oral Reports, Writing from Outlines, Creating Titles, Narrative Stories, Allegories, Tall Tales, Borrowing a Conflict, Sentences and Clinchers, Three Paragraph Report, Writing from Pictures and One and Three Paragraph Research Reports.
All Things Fun and Fascinating 
*Early in the year Malachi will transition to Writing Lessons with Sr Judith.  These lessons will contain a variety of techniques including the above and further extension.

Select at least one book each term for read aloud enjoyment, possibilities;

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
or other classic literature of your choice

Begin with the Comedies.
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare – Edith Nesbit
Tales From Shakespeare  Charles and Mary Lamb
Tales from Shakespeare – Marcia Williams
Stories from Shakespere- Geraldine McGaughrean
Bard of Avon – Diane Stanley
Other Library Books & CDs
Shakespeare for Children – Jim Wiess (Audio)
Jimmie’s Post
My Previous Plans

Daily Poetry reading and memorise at least one poem per term.

The Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist: Logic Stage

Select and Australian poet of your choice to study each term.

2. Mathematics
Singapore Maths.
Math-drills 6000+ free math worksheets
Math Worksheets
Living Math books
Math Board Games and activities

3. Science
Nature Study 
(1) Take at least one weekly nature walk
(2) Keep a nature notebook.
Wonderland of Nature – Nuri Mass
Various titles from Home Library.
Insect Adventures – J Henri Fabre

Focus is on Biology this year.
Also enjoy experiments.
The World of Plants
Living Books from Branch Library and our library.
Science and Nature TV Series and DVDs
Various experiment books and you-tubes.

4. Technology
Further develop skills with a variety of electronic technology.
Including webcam, blogs, email, online chat, google sites webpages, Word, Excel.
Last year our teens rebuilt computers from parts.  This year Malachi will be be part of the team and will learnt how to build a new computer for himself.
Excel For Dummies
Word for Dummies etc

Building Skills
Building a house learning many skills; carpentry, painting, tenacity, teamwork etc

5. History
History – Middle Ages 
Story Of The World 3
Notebook Narrations.
Supporting living books from Branch and Home Library.

Australian History
History of Australia – Manning Clark & Meredith Hooper
Our Heritage, History of the Catholic Church in Australia
Notebook Narrations.
Supporting Living Books from Branch and Home Library.

Tour the Continents
Trail Guide to Geography
80 Tales from Around the World – Saviour Pirotta
Notebook Narrations.
Supporting Living Books from our Branch Library and own Library.
The Book of Discovery – MB Synge
Complete Book of Marvels – Richard Halliburton (google ebook)
Michael Palin Around the World DVDs

7. Languages
Live Mocha

8. Visual Arts
Term 1: Art Club
Cover a wide variety of mediums.
Lessons of a high standard and excellent feedback and direction given.
Discovering Great Artists – Mary Ann Kohl and Kim Solga
The Usborne Book of Art – Fiona Watt
Various titles Branch and Home Library.
Blogs;Art Projects for Kids
Harmony Art Mom
Art Appreciation Lessons for Kids

Term 1: Dance Lessons
Listen and Critique variety of artists.
Access our variety of instruments.
Learn Basic Guitar notes and play a number of songs.
Learn new songs/hymns

10. Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.
Term 1 &4 – Swimming Lessons
Term 2 & 3 – Soccer Team

Cover anatomy, physiology and medicinal remedies.
Understand the importance of exercise and personal hygiene.
Have a strong understanding of nutritional health and be capable of shopping for and preparing several meals.
Joe’s Body
Home Library

Religious Education
Year Round: Saints (Free time reading)
Choose one saint’s biography each term from the Vision Books series (or any other saint biography of your choice). Where possible these should tie in with the history studies for the term.
Term 1: New Testament & Catechism
Read Gospel of Luke.
Lent& Easter: Spiritual Reading and Geoffrey Bliss
St Athanasius – Francis Forbes
Term 2:Old Testament
Bible History by Ignatius Schuster (First Part)
Term 3:Apologetics
Friendly Defenders and Beginning Apologetics
Term 4:  Advent Reading
Inos Biffi and Spiritual Readings