Friday, January 22, 2010

Quote of the Week

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
– William James

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Planning for the new year

This year is going to be different :) why? I have a plan (yes I hear you LOL) No seriously it is going to be different. I have found the perfect systems. Yes combine MOTH with Flylady (takes care of the house) combine MOTH with Workboxes and a Charlotte Mason philosophy (takes care of school) what else do I need :)

So here's what I did. First read through MOTH book to refresh my brain. Then laminate the A3 Master Plans. Sit at the computer and make up little squares that fit the Master Plan. (Little squares must be 1/2 the size of a master plan square - because master plan squares are 1/2 hour time blocks and CM recommends 15 min lessons) Write every lesson you can possibly think of on the squares. Print on 5 different colour papers. Using Velcro cut in half stick squares to plan.

We are using Sonlight and FIAR. As I will be using 3 different LA's with3 kids and my own kindy mix with Monkey I wanted 1/2 hour with each child so that was the first to be blocked out on the chart then group time (which is really Read-Aloud time) Then schedule the computer, DVD for Maths and ipod so no one clashed and so I was available to help Bunny with her Maths. Then fit in anything else essential around this. Any spaces left on the chart are for fun boxes.

Here is a picture of our planning wall in the Dining/Kitchen Room where you have to look at it everyday. (underneath are the older girls job charts, younger ones use chore packs and to the side is my flylady jobs)

We have just finished our first week and it worked really well. There were a few small changes that i had to make to the chart but overall it stayed the same. When it came to planning the workboxes I made a smaller chart with all 4 children on one page with the fixed items on and then blank spaces for the fun boxes. Instead of the 12 boxes Sue uses I used 16 boxes (each box represents a 15 minute time slot) You can download a blank chart here.

This takes care of school so what about the home? Well using Flylady's system I spent 2 weeks before school started and put up in each child's room a Morning and a Before Bed Routine. Then I redid the morning chores list both Zebra and Duckie decided they were too big for chore packs so they have a list underneath the MOTH planner, Bunny and Monkey have chore charts. I typed up Flylady's missions from last year edited to fit me (each Zone listed separately) with a detailed room clean on the same sheet then laminated the lot. This hangs next to the MOTH planner and tells me what to do each week (I change it each week). Just think once this is done my whole house cleaning is planned out for the year for good!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"I am beginning to suspect all elaborate systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he builds a stone wall with his wooden blocks or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experiences."

- Anne Sullivan, tutor to Helen Keller

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Super Pit

I love Slim Dusty and since Peekers took the job at Kalgoorlie we have noticed that many of the songs he sings relate to this town - he sings about the golden mile, the town hall in Kalgoorlie and many others.
Well tonight we got to experience some of the results of the golden mile. KCGM The company that manages the mines (some of them) turned 20 and held a party at the super pit lookout. It was fantastic.
Getting up close to the Super Pit, is a dwarfing experience. At 320 metres deep, about 3km long and 1.4km wide this massive man made hole in the ground makes an awesome sight.
The pit operates 24hours a day. Looking down the trucks are like tiny toy tonka trucks slowly winding their way up from the bottom of the pit. If you look closely at the photo (Click on it to enlarge it )on the left you can just see the tiny toy trucks winding their way up the sides of the pit but up close I have never seen anything so large.
There are 31 of these trucks on the site at $4 million each!
weighs 166tonne and has a fuel tank of 3,790 litres with a max speed of 55Km/ph

Photos below are of our family with the trucks

The best part about the evening (on top of the free sausage sizzle and marshmallow toasting) was the fantastic fireworks. What a way to begin our learning into the history of Kalgoorlie, which looks like being delayed in starting as Duckie now wants to learn how fireworks work!

Friday, July 11, 2008


I have pages and pages in my notebook with links I want to remember plus more saved in my computer under favourites. In my current de-cluttering and organizing frenzy I am tackling my computer so all links are now listed on a new blog where hopefully they will be easier to find and others can share my research. Plus I can throw out all that paper clutter with links scrawled everywhere!

Check it out at

If you find any links that are broken please let me know.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

free paper doll fun

Zebra loves making all sorts of things out of paper. So when I found this free download of paperdolls I knew she would enjoy it. In fact all the girls have had fun making their own dolls.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lots of new things at Homeschool Share

Wow! Wow! Wow! is all I can say.

I am so excited to see all the new unit studies availiable at Homeschool Share and especially all the wonderful lapbook things! Some of the books I had planned to do this year and all planned for me like Mr Popper's Penguins.

You have to check this site out

Look under "what's new" to see all the new units.

A very big thankyou to all who have written these units and shared them with us all.