Sunday, May 8, 2016

Year 3: Exploring Countries and Cultures, G'day Australia!

     Hello mate!  We've left Asia and are now in Australia.

     I can tell you right now that my kids enjoyed learning the vernacular used in Australia.  During dinner time the kids shared some of their newly learned vocabulary words with The Principal, asking him to guess their meaning.  Some of them are a bit tricky:

     Of course, no trip to Australia would be complete without a study of the coral reefs and The Great Barrier  Reef.  We read plenty of books about coral reefs and I was able to find something on Netflix for us to watch.

     Since we're always reading and I'm trying to get my son more interested in books I borrowed Dingoes at Dinnertime for the kids to read aloud to me.  It's not the best literature out there, but for the purpose of getting my son to read more, it will do.  It wasn't so long that it would lose my son's interest but short enough that we would be done with it by the time we left Australia.  (We don't get to read aloud every night because of church obligations.)

     Last but not least, it's Mother's Day!  I hope all you moms got to take a break from the daily chores and just enjoyed time with your kids.  I don't know if I've mentioned this before but for our lunch break the kids settle down with their meals and we watch The Chew together.  (I don't always eat at the same time as them but will watch with them and just FYI this is the only time I allow the TV on while we're eating; this and the Super Bowl!)  My kids enjoy the cooking segments and often find meals they want to make or want to help me make.  Last year on their Mother's Day episode, there was a recipe for a Ravioli Lasagna that my daughter wanted to make, which she did.

     This year she wanted to make the lasagna dish again and thus proclaimed that it is now tradition to cook this every Mother's Day for dinner.  It turned out lovely last year and again this year.  Here she is sprinkling the cheese:
  The finished and delicious dish (I don't think we had any leftovers):

     That wraps up our week and our tour of Australia.  Next up is Antarctica!

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