Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tot School

Tot School

It's that time of week again. We did sooooo much this week that I didn't have time to get photos of everything, but we had a great time. We went to the zoo, which was a bit disappointing as we went to check out the Australian animals and the reptile house, fairy penguins and several others were closed for renovations...sigh...Never mind we'll just have to go back another day.

We also visited Kalamunda History Village. All the photos for that are in the post below.

Our theme for Tot school this week was combined with Liana's Five in a Row book - Katy no Pocket. So we did all things kangaroo!!

We learned how far kangaroos can jump and then tried to see if we could jump that far.

We tried carrying around all our baby animals in our pockets just like Katy did!

We did some kangaroo crafts. Although Liam was more interested in how high he could stack his crayons.

We played some games with the tool cards from the story. We named them, matched them, hid them and then carried them around for the rest of the day. Liam likes his tools even when they are just pictures!

And then our little chef cooked us dinner....

To see what others have done this week for Tot School, check here.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Kalamunda History Village

Yesterday we went to Kalamunda History Village with our homeschool kindy group. It rained the entire time we were there but it was such a great day. I can't wait to go back on a dry day so we can stay and do some more exploring. I barely saw Liana while we were there because she adopted our tour guide and her umbrella and stuck to her like glue the whole time!! Even Liam enjoyed it because there was an old steam train and some tools and tractors - what more could a boy want?.

Here are some of the higlights of the day:

Handwashing, wringing and ironing the clothes.

Stencilling labels for fruit boxes.

Washing dishes

Grinding wheat

Checking out the machinery and fire truck

School time. The kids loooooved this part. You can tell they are homeschooled, I think they would've sat in those desks all day. They especially liked trying their hand at writing with an ink pot and pen.

Playing some "olden days" games

And Liam's all time favourite........

The old steam train.

At this point it was pouring with rain and the train was not undercover, but there was no way Liam was going to miss out on driving the train, after all, he had been waiting all morning!! I had to stand in the rain to get these photos and by the time I managed to drag the kids off we were all soaking wet. Needless to say, at that point we headed home!

Monday, September 22, 2008


Tot School

This week our theme was Humpty Dumpty. Apart from singing the nursery rhyme waaaay too many times we also acted it our with our plastic eggs and block walls. We cooked eggs for breakfast with toast soldiers, looked at different animals that come out of eggs and did some Humpty crafts.

We also did some cooking..........

......and played with the playdoh. Liana decided to make Jesus on the cross and then proceeded to tell us that we couldn't "smoosh"it but had to keep it forever and ever and Liam, well he's still trying to see if he can get away with eating the stuff, sigh.

To see what others have done for Tot School this week, click here

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Our Week With Ping

These last 2 weeks we have been reading The Story About Ping for our FIAR book. This is such a cute story and we had so much fun.

We made our own Wise Eyed boat for our family of rubber ducks, played with ducks and boats in our sensory tub, went to the lake to look for Ping and then had a picnic with the swans instead and painted with the feathers we found there.

We also learned about China because that is where Ping lived. We found out what our name was in Chinese and how to write it, tried to copy the numbers 1-10 in Chinese, found China on the map and coloured in a Chinese flag. This weekend we are going to try our some chopsticks when we have Chinese for Grandad's birthday.

Here is a look at some of the fun things we did this week!