16 September 2009


Australia (For links to the book titles not linked in this post, please refer here )

This is our week , or so, for enjoying a small study on this continent - I thought we'd better pause 'here' for a small look around since my parents immigrated from there :-)

Now is a perfect time for us to start reading the pages we have of Janette Casey’s book & history timeline figures/colour-in C/D….
I'm sure Janette's narrative will tie in beautifully with SOTW 2 - Chapt 10.1
We've enjoyed Our Sunburnt Country ~ Arthur Baillie, as an easier, quicker, narrative history of Australia, since I'm only wanting an overview of Australian history for Daisy - we'll go into social injustices later.

For Mapping along side our SL map, & our flag sticker map we'll use these:
Geography Songs - Track 19
Around the World Coloring Book (Dover) - Pg 2

Evan More ~The World Reference Maps & Forms - Pg 94 Australia colour in code (mum calls, the children colour):
New South Wales (NSW) Bright Green
Victoria (VIC) Bright Pink
Queensland (QLD) Yellow Western Australia (WA) Purple
South Australia (SA) Pale Blue
Tasmania (TAS) Dark Green
Northern Territory (NT) Brown
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Red

Here is a blank black line map if you need one. (Coloured in and cut up that map would make a quick puzzle for a lapnote pocket, or you could just print this ).
We are hoping to create lapnotes adding the lovely pictures we've googled, like the Gang Gang Cockatoo below, using the list of Australian States/Territories emblems listed here
Downunder Literature has this free Australian flag book.
Other books and items we have lined up so far are:
  • DK Children Just Like Me - Pg 76
  • Wee Sing Around the World - Song 42
  • String Games From Around the World (Klutz) -Pg 14-23
  • The Voyage of the Poppy Kettle by Robert Ingpen (Daisy really likes this story, so we're revisiting it along with the book below & C/D)
  • Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Paterson. Freya Blackwood sing-along by John Williamson (thanks Aunty S !!) This folk song along with the book is a slightly more sobering study to 'Queensland history'. Great tool to use!
The same Aunty purchased us an audio set of Mary Gibs Snugglepot and Cuddlepie which the children have enjoyed *often* and have been a wonderful 'pre-learning' tool for us to go off hunting to find just what each of the characters in the stories actually are. ** Some stories would be too much for a sensitive younger child.
And to that end .... today during our walk/nature jaunt we collected some gumnut 'hats' to make clay Cuddlepie faces tomorrow for geography art.
The scanned picture below makes a perfect print out to add chalk pastels colour to.
This blog has some lovely nature sketches relevant to "Banksia Men" & the Gum-nut babies.
Here are 2 nature study type colour in go-alongs which we ended up watercolor painting.
I know Bobbi will enjoy crafting the kangaroo, &, koala-go-round 'for Daisy' which is sourced from here )

And I think we'll stop there with Australia, until next time :-)

Just a few extra links first though ....
This site has a few free printables that may be of interest to others.

Waterford Press have some worksheet type pages also, be sure to look under the Games & Activities tab - you will need to sign in first.

And Homeschool Shares Australia Resources
Downunder Literature , do stop by and take a look at the wonderful resources Michelle has!
Here, and Art Links has more than just Aboriginal art . New - added 18 Sept

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