Today we tried out the Great Valley Rally, a sort of treasure hunt around Perth's Swan Valley wine region. The children had to decipher direction clues and locate markers around the valley. The trail takes you to several historic sites and past many wineries and the chocolate factories.
First up was the old gaol and museum at the visitors centre.
Convict curfew bell
A family with 13 children all lived in this tiny house.
We passed several historic buildings including WA's oldest church.
Bells Rapid's were looking very un-rapid like due to the hot weather and we saw signs of a recent bush fire in the area.
That's a little geography and history covered this week then!
The children got a 3 month subscription to STEMbox for New Year. The theme this month was magnets. One of the experiments was to make a train using magnets, a battery, and copper wire. Here it is in action.
We are trying out drawing classes from The Virtual Instructor. Our first session was on line. We tried out blind contour drawing where you are not to look at your paper, only the object and your pencil must never come off the paper. We found it really focused our attention into looking at the object and then when we drew again looking at the paper we got much better results.