Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Josiah's school work while away

Josiah and the rest of the NZ team travelling to the Climbing World Youth Champs were asked by the coaches to bring school work. The kids do a couple of hours of school work each day while away, partly so that the kids don't get "behind" and partly so that everyone gets some quiet time each day.

My first thoughts were to provide school work relating to the trip (e.g. journal, foreign language work): it seems a little crazy to travel across the world and then spend time doing algebra problems etc. In the end, we put together a mixture of activities relating to the trip and ordinary school work so that Josiah can do what he feels like at the time.

Keep a journal


Ideas to write about:
  • How is your climbing training going?

  • What training have you been doing?

  • What climbing have you seen?

  • How is the team?

  • Where have you been?

  • What did you do there?

  • What did you see?

  • What are your thoughts about the country you are in? About the people, the landscape, the buildings, streets, vehicles, food, language, anything else.

  • How are your attempts to use German / French going?


Foreign language


Keep a record of words and phrases that you learn and their meanings, in the languages of each country you visit.
In the phrase book of the language of the country where you are at present, find a useful phrase. Write it down and practise it. [We bought German and French phrase books before Josiah left. He and Tessa had fun with them.]

Spending


Keep a record of what you spend. Add 3.5% to every purchase made with the Prezzy Card.
Notice prices and convert them to NZ dollars when you are shopping:
1 Euro ≈ NZ$2
1 Swiss Franc ≈ NZ$1.30

Maths lesson


Read Gamma Maths [photocopied pages]. Practice each new problem type as you go.

Maths practice


Create maths practice problems from the list. [Josiah and Tessa each have a list of types of maths problem to practice, from which they choose three types each week; they create their own examples.] Write the date in the table each time you do a problem. [Photocopied pages of problems from earlier chapters of Gamma Maths also supplied.]

Language worksheets


[Rod and Staff's Building Christian English series.]

Reading


Take notes and/or use a highlighter while reading.
Science [Pages photocopied from Real Science for Kids Chemistry Level II.]
History [Pages photocopied from Kingfisher History Encyclopedia.]
Penguin Guide to Punctuation.

8 comments:

Frannie said...

Hi! Just providentially "stumbled" upon your blog. I'm curious - do you use Montessori's God with No Hands/Cosmic Curriculum or a Bible curriculum?

Lisia said...

We just do our own thing ... Bible reading, discussion, other books.

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the sleepy time gal said...

i love your ideas--- totally organic to your childrens' experiences. i'm just etting into montessori-- i will be back.