World Education Games 2012

Why not register your home school and start getting involved now (as of the 1st of February) for the three online Educational Games to be held on the 6, 7 & 8th of March.

 

The World Education Games 2012 will take place from 6-8 March 2012.

Sydney, Australia is the host city and over 1 million students from 200 countries are expected to participate.
World Spelling Day – 6 March 2012
World Maths Day – 7 March 2012
World Science Day – 8 March 2012

Registration and practice are free! Which country will win the Education World Cup in 2012?

Mathletics has re appeared in our weekly learning!

Well I am happy to say that the use of Mathletics seems to be re appearing in our weekly learning. Yesterday JAHG and I created a new learning grid, which is designed to document all the required things she is to complete in a seven day cycle. It does not have time frames, or even set work for each day, instead it has 50 boxes with a single topic written in each. The idea is that JAHG can choose which activity to do and once she completes it she can colour in the box. The only requirement is that in seven days time everything has to be completed – or it will become carried over into the next weeks learning grid, on top of the usual activities.

If JAHG manages to complete the work in good time, then she will have more time to herself before she must start on the next weeks learning grid. The page is designed to have a fortnights work on it, split into weekly sections. This means JAHG also has the choice to move on over to the next weeks work if she wants so that she has more control over when and where the work is completed.

I must add that since JAHG received her learning grid yesterday the manner in which she has approached her work is great. She is always one to happily do what needs to be done, but the idea of being able to colour in the boxes and therefore see her achievements in chunks of an area on the grid, is enthusiastically pushing her forward to complete the tasks in record time.

Some of the tasks added are simple living skills and chores, like washing, set table and clean up. While others are more learning activities like, spelladrome, mathletics, writing, science, maths, spelling, English, research  and specific work books.

So through the introduction of our Learning Grid we have seen JAHG reintroduce learning tools such as Spelladrome and mathletics again into her daily life, which up until now have been more of a chore than a pleasure to participate in.

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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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……

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Home Educational Resources – Spelling Rules Textbooks!

Trying to Make Maths and Spelling fun….

Work has been going great with the children doing lots of English and maths work. Since we signed the children up for Spelladrome and Mathletics we have seen a change in their abilities.

We have been encouraging them to use these programs each day. They seem to be far more interested in the mathletics than the spelladrome. Both programs are interactive and allow the children to be tested on areas within either maths or spelling, and both provide certificates and rewards, however the spelladrome does not seem to be able to captivate the children as easily as Mathletics. For instance our three year old will happily get involved with the reading program we have signed her up for called reading eggs. This program helps her recognise word and phonic sounds and she loves it, but with Spelladrome, they seem to find that the hangman like games and other activities are just not as exciting as they thought they would be.

Even though we do see an improvement in their abilities we are pleased that we have not spent the full cost of these yearly subscriptions (we got the reduced schools cost) as our particular children find Mathletics and Spelladrome to be ‘work’ even though they are competent at maths and spelling. For us they find these programs not as fun and exciting as we parents had hoped for, which is a real shame, but we will continue to use these programs as any progress is good progress.

Even though our children do not seem to be able to immerse themselves into these programs as much as we had hoped for, we would still recommend that if interested, any partents try out these progarms, as they offer  a money back guarantee and if the interactive style of these programs can captivate your children – (and they have captivated thousands), we are sure any money paid would be beneficial.

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