Thursday, February 16, 2017

Back to School Trip - Kakadu National Park

Each year before we begin a new school year we like to take the kids on a trip.  Most times it's just a trip to Darwin, but this year we decided to go to Kakadu National Park.  Patrick has been here a few times, but this was our first as a family.

We have had a proper wet season, so many things were closed,
but we had a wonderful time regardless.

I love the beautiful skies the wet season brings us.

Jabiru is a town in Kakdu,
and where we stayed.

This is the hotel where we stayed.
(Photo from google images.)

The foot of the crocodile was the stairway.

The kids were quite happy to each have their own bed.

The hotel had a wonderful restaurant.

My dinner.

Cody loved the breakfast buffet.

I need one of these for home!

Cody loves bird watching,
so he was quite excited to find some new birds to add to his list.

We walked a few different trails,
where we found some cool rock paintings.

 Cody found this cool spiderweb.

Witchety grub anyone?


A beautiful overlook after a very steep hike.

The gorgeous wetlands.

A family photo from my iPhone on a timer!



We had a wonderful time in Kakadu and hope to go back during the dry season and explore a bit more.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Times Tables the Fun Way {Homeschool Review}

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

Here in Australia, the children are heading back to school after a 6 week school holiday.  This review has been a great way for my fourth grader to start the year with a refresher of his times tables.  Times Tables the Fun Way are online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way!  Thanks, Times Alive, for letting us review these fun, online lessons!

My son working on a timed drill.

Times Tables the Fun Way teaches all the times tables 0 - 9.  The lessons include fun songs, games, and quizzes.  You only need a computer and internet to get started.  You can use the program for several children (so long as they use the same computer).

As a mom, I felt it would've been great for him to do last year as he was initially learning his times tables.  It has been a good refresher for him, and I know a few of the little rhymes will stick.  

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}
One of the drag and drop games.

Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}As you can see in the photo, there is a progress report available.  This is convenient for the parent/teacher to see what has been completed, and what needs to get done.  It shows the student's progress, quiz scores, and dates when the work was completed. I also liked that it included the times for the timed drills, so I could see the progress being made.  There is also the option to print the progress report.

This is a very mom/child-friendly program.  My son found his way around pretty quickly.  He could stop his lesson anywhere, and pick up at the same place the next day.

I will also add that he did find the songs a bit cheesy, and he would mute some of the music videos so he only had to read the words on the screen instead of hearing the music.  He is almost 9 and is starting to enjoy more "big kid" things as he said.  I think this would be a great program for those just starting to learn their times tables.  It really is Times Tables the Fun Way.  

A little snippet of the online program.

The initial set up cost of the online version is $6.95 and then it is $9.95/month.  The online version can be used immediately after purchase.  No downloads necessary.  We used the online version, but you can purchase cds or books (which is what the program is based off of).  Click here for me information.  
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Times Tables the Fun Way {Review}

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Back to School Photos and Our 2017 Curriculum!

A new school year is upon us.
Desks are ready with new curriculum and new school supplies.

And here is my 9th grader and my 4th grader.

Cody has been excited about school, his sister, um not so much.  This is day 2.  Cody was downstairs in the schoolroom and had started his school work before I even got down there.  I'm hoping this enthusiasm lasts all year!

Here is the curriculum we are using this year.

Grade/Year 4

Math - Teaching Textbooks
English - ACE (School of Tomorrow)
History - Our Sunburnt Country (with lots of supplementals)
Science - Apologia (Land Animals)
Spelling - ACE (Schoool of Tomorrow)
Literature - Lots of read alouds

Grade/Year 9

Math - Teaching Textbooks (Algebra)
English - ACE (School of Tomorrow)
History - Notgrass (World History)
Science - Apologia (Physical Science)
Spelling - ACE (School of Tomorrow)
Bible - Notgrass and ACE (New Testament Survey)
Literature - Notgrass
Language - Middlebury Languages (French)
Health - Lifepac

We have also enrolled the kids through NT School of Music, and they will be getting guitar lessons.  Autumn will also be getting voice lessons if all goes well.  This is the first year NT School of Music has been offered in our town, so this is a new experience for us.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sunday Morning Service

Sundays are my favourite day of the week.  I feel our whole week leads up to Sundays.  We've had a few little changes over the past months, but everything is going well and very smoothly.  We are seeing a steady increase in people attending.  Please continue to pray for the Barunga Community.  This is a community of approximately 300 people.  Wouldn't it be great to see a whole community saved and following the Lord?!!

Sunday School

Morning Service

My handsome husband.