Thursday, 21 November 2013

LLATL (Part 2)

This is a follow up post of Part 1 of our LLATL (Learning Language Arts Through Literature) adventure. We absolutely love this curriculum.

The kids really enjoy doing the lapbook and all the cut and paste (Red book). Just a note on that, my son really dislike cutting and pasting, except if it is for his paper-crafts. However he really likes doing it in LLATL. They also love the  additional activities/projects. Such as the bingo game and making the imprint of a leave and obviously drawing. My daughter is very easy, she loves anything that has got to do with a scissor, glue, pencils.

Why I love it so much: It is fun, every day is mapped out what you need to do and when. Very easy to follow. Most important it is Christian based.  We will continue to use LLATL until our final year.

Here's some  pictures of what the lapbook looks like so far. We will be making more as we go along.

Various areas of the Lapbook

Leave prints after we read A Tree is Nice

Compound words

What the full lapbook looks like

Our lapbook is not the standard size lapbooks. It is almost twice the size than what people normally use.

Will do another post once our next lapbook is full.



Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Book look: Ulitmate Paper Plane Challenge

After a visit to our local Bargain Books Matthew saw this book on paper planes. Just like any boy he loves to play and build things. If it is with paper even better.

The book has been put together in a very easy and simple manner. It starts with the basic and other folds in a step-by-step method. It moves on to some games that can be played using the planes. Finally you get all the beautifully printed pages that can be torn out to fold your planes with. 

Everything that is needed is in the book. If a younger child can't read, it would not be a problem as they simply follow the pictures. Mom can always read the instructions of the games to them. This book is really any boys dream.

The basic folds glossary
Different games that can be played.

The paper you use to fold your planes.

Some of the items included in the book.

This book can be a great gift idea. There were several paper plane books to choose from, but we went with this one for now. Do yourself a favour and go check out what is at Bargain Books.




Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Learn Afrikaans Idioms


If you are English and you are able to read and communicate well in Afrikaans you need to see this fun idioms boardgame. A little different and fun way to learn some Afrikaans language.

This game was made by Meneer Vermeulen. On his website he explains how the same work and there will will also find all the necessary downloads. This includes the boardpiece, cards and songs. 

I made this little envelopes that you can download to put the cards in. The envelope size is just big enough for the cards. You can download the envelope 

  I also made a paper dice that you can download HERE. Please read all the instructions before you print it out.

On Papermau is very basic cars that you can download and print to use with your boardgame. Below is what the cars look like. 

 All the instructions in this game is Afrikaans, please make sure you are able to read it.

Happy learning.



Friday, 8 November 2013

First Holiday

Picture taken in the restaurant
The past week we went on our very first holiday ever. Yes long overdue. We started our countdown by months then weeks and then finally how many sleeps.

We went to ATKV Drakensville Resort in Kwa-Zulu Natal which is at the heart of the Drakensberg. The views of the mountain are breathtaking. I did try to capture several mountain pictures but the camera just did not see what my eye saw.

Some holiday snapshots
The kids absolutely loved it. There were a few pools, 2 cold and one hot, a waterslide, putt-putt (mini-golf), animal farm, games room, trampolines you name it. We took their bikes with and they enjoyed riding around (this is not possible where we live back home) It is extremely safe there, we even forgot our key in the door on the outside one night.

Animal farm
The weather was super hot and everyone got quite a tan. There were some senior citizens on a tour and everyone was very nice. The hospitality is really outstanding. This is a good place for a family vacation.

KZN is very rich with history, unfortunately we were unable to experience any of that this time. Anyone ever going that way really got to check out everything in the surround.