Wednesday, 15 October 2008

A little bit of chit-chat

How often do you look at your kids and think, "gosh, it was only yesterday you were a baby!!!" Then you have that vision where you fast-forward to them having their own children. Yes, exactly!

That day will be upon us before whaiāipo and I know it.

My point? None in particular. More a reflection. A reflection of being grateful for sharing this time with our children. I am SOOOOOO fortunate that I am here with them, watching them get bigger, helping them learn to read and write, guide them to be decent and honest citizens and to grow as a loving family. I could probably justify reasons for why I should be out there working to help bring home some money especially to clear the remainder of our (old) business debt sooner rather than later, but in all honesty, I have no regrets for chosing to be home. I missed out on enough events when the three oldest were babies. I am happier now than I have ever been.

We are 100 times better off than we were this time last year and without meaning to wish the next two years to pass by too quickly ... I'm DEFINITELY looking forward to celebrating the end of clearing the old business debt. That will be one of the greatest, most-satisfying, momentous occasions indeed. Rock on 2010.

Right-oh, that's enough of that ... let's report in with the children's learning for the remainder of last week.

Wednesday

Tama 1
1) Reading
How the Camel Got His Hump retold from a story by Rudyard Kipling
Why Elephants have Long Noses retold from a story by Rudyard Kipling; and
Why the Bear Has a Short Tail retold from an old Norwegian tale

2) Mathematics
30 exercises on mathebook - double digit additions

3) Language Arts
FreeUWorld - Title and Author quiz 20/20 (Grade 1)
Identify Vocabulary Components 21/21 (Grade 1)
Social Studies : People Who Make a Difference > Map Skills > Parts of a Map 26/26 (Grade 2)

Tamāhine 1
1) Mathematics - Systematic Review 9F, Test Booklet - test 9

2) Reading - Continued with Reading Eggs. We also started Montessori Online again. Lesson 1.15.

3) Handwriting - used excerpts from reading material.


Thursday

Tama 11) Reading
Cry-Baby Moon by Kāterina Mataira & Terewai Kemp.

2) Astronomy - used "Don't Stare" as our handwriting exercise as well as discussion as to the reasons why not to look at the sun. Did you know, that if you were on Pluto you STILL wouldn't want to look directly at the sun?!

3) Mathematics
30 exercises on mathebook - double digit additions


Tamāhine 1
1) Mathematics - Lesson Practice 10A, Lesson Practice 10B, Lesson Practice 10C.

2) Reading - Continued with Reading Eggs. We also started Montessori Online again. Lesson 1.16.

3) Handwriting - used excerpts from reading material.


Friday

Major interruptions today, but one in which we celebrated the long-awaited removal of the neighbour's building which has encroached our front property for just under one year. The crane arrived around 9.30am. The kids were oblivious to its arrival as they had their heads down working on their morning mathematics lesson. I decided it was okay to interrupt their lesson to watch the crane in operation, so that's what we did. We watched from the downstairs front room then we all raced upstairs to watch from the children's bedroom.

I know I was more excited than the children. You betcha! So excited I had to text whaiāipo of course. Needless to say whaiāipo completely finished the fence over the weekend!!!!!

The bulk of the day was spent outdoors, exploring the back towards the reserve looking at snails, cobwebs and looking at the tops of trees blowing in the breeze. The weather's been so dodgy the past few days that to get outside has been rather rushed so it was nice to get a decent spell of fine weather.

Tama 1 made his own spelling quiz this afternoon ...

Sorry, you'll need to double-click for a better image. I'm particularly happy he has worked out the syllables in Māori. Considering the phrase "Kei te pēhea koe?" has only been written on the whiteboard once like many of the words and phrases we are learning, I'm really pleased with his effort.

Tama 1 has finished reading his library books so I have been on the lookout for things online. The past few days he's been reading from his Big Book of Knowledge or anything from our own library.

Tamāhine 1
1) Mathematics - Systematic Review 10D, Systematic Review 10E, Systematic Review 10F.

2) Reading - Continued with Reading Eggs. We also started Montessori Online again. Lesson 1.17.

3) Handwriting - used excerpts from reading material.

Please forgive me as I have probably missed a few things out. I'm finding it hard to get the time to sit at the computer these days ... ie kids and whaiāipo are using it also so it's a strange feeling to be taking a number to get on here, lol.


Thanks for dropping by
ka kite ano

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