Saturday, 12 September 2009

Spring is here already

Last week was very productive. Although we were out and about a number of times, we accomplished quite a lot of school work. Knowing that this week would be very muddled it was important to work well last week.

With pencil and paper

or using technology

The children embraced their week of work and I'm glad they found it fun rather than mundane. Touching briefly on only a few topics:
  1. Tama 1 and tamāhine 1 enjoy practising their typing skills.
  2. They still enjoy their math lessons (yay for MUS!) and are becoming confident with their multiplications.
  3. We had a couple of spelling tests; Tama 1 with perfect results and although tamāhine 1 may not have scored 100% she most certainly accomplished over 50% ... if we scored purely on phonetics, she scored even higher!
  4. Reading. It feels odd mixed with a twist of sadness that tama 1 can read on his own, yet one is also pleased and proud that he can be left to his own devices to do things. For instance, as I rummaged through the library books asking which ones have been read to date, tama 1 was able to announce he had read a lot more than I had set aside. And as for tamāhine 1, her reading improves with leaps and bounds. She has already gained confidence to read with lots of expression, so if I'm not mistaken, that would mean she understands what she's reading. Excellent progress.
Then our weekend went a little like this:


Whaiāipo and the three older children were shouted to a helicopter flight. Belated birthday present from Nana Nancy to her son. [The flight was actually meant to take place the weekend prior, but due to bad weather it was postponed.] And what a glorious day for a helicopter flight!

The children were absolutely none the wiser until they heard the question, "and who will be flying today?"
I know they were all excited at the prospect of flying in a helicopter, but for tama 1 especially I was very excited because he has shown an interest in flight in general for a while now, so to have the opportunity present itself was just fantastic.
As you can see, tama 1 is the co-pilot
Tamāhine 1 and tama 2 (sitting on dad's lap) were buzzing They flew from airport out around Mt Maunganui and back

A 12-minute flight but that went unnoticed by dad and kids.

Father's Day

Whaiāipo and the kids enjoyed the day riding together

This week our school schedule went out the window. We had many appointments away from home. We managed to squeeze in a few things here and there, but overall it was a socialising week. Tamāhine 2 turned three years on Thursday also, so the week truly became a busy one and was over before we knew it.

Anyway, that's a very quick overview of the past fortnight. If I don't hurry up and publish this post, it'll be another week down before I sit down to compose something!!!

Thanks for dropping by
ka kite ano

BTW, we're in for a long night tonight. Whaiāipo won tickets to the All Blacks v Springbooks Rugby match. A bus-load of 30+ plumbers has headed up there, so I have no idea what time he'll be back in Rotorua. I guess that's why I've found myself twiddling my thumbs, (well, not really), but it's a way of helping me pass the time without him at home I guess.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic pics of the flight, it looked absolutely beautiful. that must have been incredible for your kids