Home Educational Resources – Books about Australian Convict History

Here are some of the books that we have read as we learn about Australian History and Convicts.

The books are very interesting and informative and the children have both enjoyed listening to them as well as JAHG has enjoyed reading them to us.

Avoid Being a Convict Sent to Australia! (Danger Zone S.) Grim Crims and Convicts (Fair Dinkum Histories S.)

Convicted!: The Unwonderful World of Kids, Crims and Other Convict Capers Grim Crims and Convicts: 1788-1820 (Fair Dinkum Histories S.) Convicts of Australia Little Felons: Child Convicts

The Series of books below are both wonderful to look, at as well as to read and enjoy. there is so much information within their pages about Australian convict pasts, penal colonies, jobs and industries, crimes and punishments as well as famous and infamous convicts!

Famous and Infamous Convicts (Australia's Convict Past) Penal Colonies (Australia's Convict Past) Jobs and Industries (Australia's Convict Past) Crimes and Punishments (Australia's Convict Past)

Homeschooling – Australian Convict History.

Homeschool Happenings – Australian Early Settlers and Convict History

Home Educational Resources – Spelling Rules Textbooks!

For Spelling we are using a series of Textbooks called Spelling Rules with our Children.

This is a great series, that has each book set up with a unit of work designed to be completed each week. The book contains 35 units in all. Each unit comprises of a series of activities based around a set spelling list. We have found that even though JAHG is extremely good at spelling and always gets the designated spelling words right, that the extended activities are great reinforcement for her learning. JAHG never gets bored of these books and enjoys the activities within each weeks lessons.

Most of the time JAHG will sit down and complete the unit of work in one sitting and often she will do more than one unit a week. We often also build upon the activities within the unit with extra writing, drawing and word games related to the topic of the unit.

Spelling rules is the basis of our weekly spelling. We do however build a series of other spelling related activities such as Boggle, Spelladrome & Focus on Text just to make a few.

The Spelling Rules series starts at Book A which is grade Prep level and continue through to book G for grade 6. It also has Two teaching books you can purchase if you wish to to help you teach your own children. however we did not buy these.

The best thing about these books is that they are made in Australia,

with Australian Spelling for all the words!

Teachers Spelling Rules books

Spelling Rules!: For Spelling Rules! A, B, C

Spelling Rules!: For Spelling Rules! D, E, F, G

Children s Text books

Spelling Rules!: Makes Spelling Stick: Bk. A: Student (Spelling Rules! S.) Grade Prep Spelling Rules!: Bk. B: Student (Spelling Rules! S.) Grade 1Spelling Rules!: Bk. C: Student (Spelling Rules! S.) Grade 2

Spelling Rules!: Bk. D: Student (Spelling Rules! S.)- Grade 3 Spelling Rules!: Makes Spelling Stick: Bk. E: Student (Spelling Rules! S.) Grade 4 Spelling Rules!: Makes Spelling Stick: Bk. F: Student (Spelling Rules! S.) Grade 5 Spelling Rules!: Bk. G: Student (Spelling Rules! S.) Grade 6

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Home Educational Resources – Maths Textbooks

I thought that i would share with you all some of the books that we purchase for our children to use as part of their home educational experience.

We use these maths textbooks as a basis for their learning and then build upon what they enjoy with activities such as Cooking – for weights, measures, temperatures & Washing – for sorting, grouping, pairing, matching etc. We are only limited by our own imaginations as to how we can incorporate Maths into our daily life and routines.

One set of books that we use are called Mighty Mentals. This is a great series of four books, which are labeled ‘Book A, B, C & D’. They are geared for grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 of the primary school years.

JAHG is currently working through ‘Book A’ as she is in grade 3.

Mighty Mentals: Bk. A

JAHG has never been the most confident child when it comes to maths, but since using this Maths textbook, she has found that she enjoys learning math and has even surprised herself with wanting to do more of the units within the book.

Each Unit is designed to be completed over the course of a week. It is broken up into 6 different sections one being designed to be completed each day Monday to Friday and then one over the weekend. We however find that JAHG prefers to sit down and complete the unit most of the time in one sitting and will often do more than one unit of work from the book each week.

Once JAHG finishes the first book we will just continue on to the Book B in the series and work our way through them.

Here are the other books for you to view if you like. I can not recommend this series high enough.

Mighty Mentals: Bk. B

Mighty Mentals: Bk. C

Mighty Mentals: Bk. D

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A Poem by JAHG – At The Beach

At The Beach

When I was walking at the beach I could here…

The sound of crashing waves and lots of seagull’s squawking.

When I was walking at the beach I could see…

Twirling leaves falling from trees and seagulls flying around.

When I was walking at the beach I could smell…

Hot food cooking at the takeaway store and hot chips!

When I was walking at the beach I could taste…

Hot chips with sauce and bread and the taste of water!

When I was at the beach I could feel….

The touch of soft wet sand and the hardness of a shell.

~ JAHG Aged 8