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Genevieve Aged 11.6yrs, 2016
Genevieve is an incredibly conscientious and disciplined student ūüôā She thrives with a regular routine and clear expectations.
Genevieve discovered a love of reading late last year and has simply exploded with reading, she is reading on average 30 books a month!

Genevieve has excellent comprehension skills and expresses herself orally with ease. As well as discovering a love of reading Genevieve has recently become a keen creative writing author happily crafting stories daily. ¬†She will continue to develop and hone her ‘mechanics of writing’ skills.

Creative Writing
Daily writing, furthering Genevieve’s love of writing and working on ‘polishing’ pieces.
Resources Include:
Writing Prompt Cards
Stories with a View

Cursive Copywork (using Startwrite)
–¬†selection of poems/bible passages/catechism

All About Spelling

Spelling Wisdom

Formal study of grammar and punctuation.
Resources include:
Intermediate Language Lessons – Emma Serl
Little Grammar People – Nuri Mass

– Dictate Oral Narrations for Faith, Geography, History and Science. Transition to writing own narrations.

Immersing our children in quality literature is fundamental to our family’s learning approach. Genevieve will continue to be exposed to quality literature through our read alouds and through her independent readings lists.
Resources include:
Our extensive home library.

Genevieve to improve her diction.
Read daily to a sibling for 15+min

Daily enjoy poetry together, memorising at least one poem a week to be recited at family recitation nights.
Resources include
Spike Mulligan
Children’s Book of Verse
and more from our poetry collection

Genevieve to complete to the end of grade 6 by conclusion of 2016

Maths Online

Science and Technology
We desire to encourage Genevieve’s knowledge and awareness of science and technology, to have a questing mind and confidence to tackle technological challenges. Whilst we have been owner building for six years Genevieve has had the opportunity to observe, learn and build.
Genevieve is to investigate and learn in the upcoming year about; living things and environments, discoveries, electricity and earth science, though we are always flexible in following any interests that arise.
Resources include:
Our home and town libraries
Young Scientist set
DVDs and youtubes
K’nex and Lego

– World History
Focus this year will be on contribution to world history by historical figures.  People such as Helen Keller, Nicholas Tesla, Benjamin Franklin, people who contributed in significant ways and impacted on shaping the world.
Resources include:
Our own library and town library

Australian History
Studying from the Colonisation to the Federation.
Resources Include:
Arthur Bailey’s – A Sunburnt Country
Our own library and town library

Wanting Genevieve to have an awareness of and appreciation for different cultures and customs.  To also have a familiarity with maps, to be able to recognise and map the different continents and many countries.
Whilst studying different cultures we will also be mapping continents, countries, geographical features and cities.

Our library and town library
Mega Maps

Creative Arts
-Visual Arts
Genevieve will be exposed to a variety of different mediums and we will be focusing on a couple of areas in particular. Genevieve will be creating her own clothing, beginning with a basic circle skirt and then creating further garments if interested. She is also keen to learn to crochet, cross-stitch, arm knit and to spin wool.
Genevieve will be further developing her interest in drawing, first with intricate tracings and working on her ‘freehand’.
Resources Include:
How to Draw books
youtubes and internet sites
our craft/art supplies

On the advice and enthusiasm of the drama teacher our local homeschool support group employed last year, this year we are employing a choir master.  Genevieve has a lovely voice and is keen to be part of this venture. Genevieve will also be joining our newly formed Youth Group choir at Church under the leadership of a new music director.

Genevieve will be learning ballroom dancing with Malachi and Mariah

Last year our local homeschool support group employed a well respected and well known drama teacher.  At the conclusion of our block of study the children performed the play they had been studying to a stunned audience, they were absolutely brilliant. We will be hiring the drama teacher again and Genevieve will once again have an opportunity to perform under the tutelage of this excellent playwright and teacher.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Values and Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationships, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Interacting, Moving and Communicating
Many of the skills learnt in these areas are covered by the values we hold as a family which are underpinned by our Catholic Faith.
To be confident in their own selves knowing their value and dignity, to understand they must treat their bodies with care, to remove themselves from situations in which this may result in harm, to treat others with kindness, consideration and generosity, to extend Christian charity to all regardless of their belief system.
Genevieve to deepen her personal relationship with God and increase her knowledge of His Church and the saints.
Liturgical Year Resources
Saints biographies from our library.
‘Green’ Catechism

Active Lifestyle, Dance, Games and Sports, Gymnastics
Genevieve to further her understanding of the importance of an active lifestyle and nutritional health.
Genevieve will be learning ballroom dancing this year though will continue to express herself in free form as well.
Genevieve is a talented and committed sportswoman, she will be swimming on our local swim squad, is a keen and key player in her soccer team and will once again compete in running.  Last year she ran 2km in 9 min.

Growth and Development, Personal Health Choices and Safe Living 
Genevieve to have an understanding of ‘the changing body’, the need for personal hygiene and an awareness of health choices. To be aware of the positive and negative choices that we can make and the consequence of our choices, information discussed of an age appropriate nature.