Homeschooling with Spelladrome

Well, we signed up for Spelladrome a while ago, along with Mathletics. These two programs are to be used with our childrens homeschooling experience.

When we first started using Spelladrome, we found that the children were not too keen to play some of the interactive games. It was not a matter of they did not know how to spell the words used within them, as we started them out at a level below their usually spelling ability to make sure they understood the “fun” side of it all, before we changed the grading level to suit their particular needs. It was that spelladrome did not really capture our childrens total attention, which for us was a real let down.

Anyway, we have persisted with using the program ( as it is bought and paid for) along with our subscription to Mathletics as well.

The Website says that it is best to encourage the children to use Spelladrome at least three times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes at a time, in order to provide your child with the maximum benefit possible from the program.

At first we would ask them to use it for twenty minutes at a time. We found that they would be watching the clock, hoping that the time would go quickly, so dropped the required time to be only ten minutes of play, but instead we required them to play spelladrome more frequently within the week, so instead of 3 twenty minute sessions the children are now starting to have a ten minute session a day.

It is interesting to see when they play the words (which spelladrome keeps track off) that the children spell incorrectly. We have taken this list and started to use the words in our weekly spelling test. This enables us to capture incorrectly spelt words that we might not have otherwise thought of. Our children don’t get too many wrong, but those they do are very interesting indeed.

We are also going to add the words that Spelladrome states are “yesterdays toughest words” and add them to the spelling list, just to keep our children’s minds active and their spelling abilities sharp.

So far we have these “Yesterday’s Toughest Spelling Words” added

Colleague, Flair, Negligence, Solicitor, They’re, Bandicoot, Commentary, Freight, Handicapped and Whether!

For us, we have decided to take our spelladrome experience and use it with other teaching methods to help our children become and remain competent spellers.

Our Journey Continues……

Homeschooling  Workbooks

Home Educational Resources – Spelling Rules Textbooks!

Malunna Community Group – Molesworth, Tasmania.

The Maluuna Community Group in Molesworth is currently running a number of activities and has extended an invitation to Home educating families and others within the community to come along and join in.

The Group runs from 9am to 4pm Every Thursday and has great facilities for all ages. It is situated in a beautiful setting with lots of room for indoor or outdoor activities.

Some of their upcoming events in May include…

Fun and Friendship in Singing

Fun and Friendship in Singing

Sing Along, Thursday the 14th of May 2009 (and every other 2nd Thursday each month)

Come along and join in the fun with us as we sing along to the ABC “Sing” Book. A fun get together and no singing experience necessary!

There is a secure area for indoor play for the children allowing you the freedom to join in as well as watch children who may be too young to join in all the fun.

This will be a regular monthly event happening every 2nd Thursday in the month.

All Voices and All ages welcome!

Time: 10.30 am onwards

Cost: $2 a Family per week

Includes: Free Coffee / Tea and Cake / Morning Tea

What you need to bring: Drinks for your children and if you wish to stay and enjoy most of the day, please bring lunch and / or afternoon tea with you also. A BBQ is available for your use if you wish to use it.

Where: Molesworth Community Hall, Molesworth Road, Molesworth.

Coffee and Cake

Coffee and Cake

Coffee and Cake, Thursday the 21st of May 2009 (and every other 3rd Thursday each month)

This is a friendly and informal get together where parents can chat over a nice coffee / tea and a slice of cake.

There is a secure area for indoor play for the children in wet weather as well as a huge outside oval and playing area for outdoor activities.

A BBQ is also available if you wish to bring along some sausages or similar to cook up for a warm lunchtime treat.

This will be a regular monthly event happening every 3rd Thursday in the month.

All ages welcome.

Time:
10.30 am onwards

Cost: $2 a Family per week

Includes:
Free Coffee / Tea and Cake / Morning Tea

What you need to bring: Drinks for your children and if you wish to stay and enjoy most of the day, please bring lunch and / or afternoon tea with you also. A BBQ is available for your use if you wish to use it.

Where: Molesworth Community Hall, Molesworth Road, Molesworth.

A Taste of Poland

A Taste of Poland

A Taste of Poland, Thursday the 28th of May 2009 (and every other 4th Thursday each month)

Come and experience the language, culture and food of Poland. We will be learning basic polish Language skills, while enjoying polish music, food and activities related to Poland.

There is a secure area for indoor play for the children allowing you the freedom to join in as well as watch children who may be too young to join in all the fun.

A polish style morning tea will be provided.

This will be a regular monthly event happening every 4th Thursday in the month.

All ages welcome.

Time: 10.30 am onwards

Cost: $2 a Family per week

Includes:
Free Coffee / Tea and Cake / Morning Tea

What you need to bring: Drinks for your children and if you wish to stay and enjoy most of the day, please bring lunch and / or afternoon tea with you also. A BBQ is available for your use if you wish to use it.

Where:
Molesworth Community Hall, Molesworth Road, Molesworth.

DIRECTIONS

Molesworth Community Hall, Molesworth is situated on Molesworth Road, just past the Molesworth Primary school, Look out for the Maluuna – Come in and have a coffee sign!

We are 30 minutes drive from Hobart CBD and 10 minutes from New Norfolk. It can be accessed from the Lyell Highway at Sorell Creek or via Glen Lusk on the Collinsvale Road.

All activities are part of the Malunna Community Group and are co-ordinated by a Home Educating Mum

For further details and or directions please email The Co-ordinator Rachel at malunna_cg @ hotmail.com or alternatively email me at info@ golab.info and I will happily provide you with more information and or directions you require!

We look forward to hopefully seeing you at some or all of these gatherings!