Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Mid-week with math challenge

The NZ Maths Challenge is different from World Maths Day. The NZ Maths Challenge is held on the Mathletics platform and all points are counted towards the total.

It’s 10 points for every correct Practice (curriculum) question and one point for each point in Live Mathletics. Your child can change their own levels in Live Mathletics.
Monday the kids wanted to use "Live Mathletics." Initially they played separate games for warm-up practice. Then, as soon as they felt ready, tama 1 and tamāhine 1 joined tama 2 on Level 1. I sat back as they called out, "one, two, three, CLICK!" and we all watched anxiously to see if they were placed into the same game.

FOUR times we had the Romankids Homeschool Academy competing against each other. How exciting to see them compete against each other.

{ Luckily I had had a nice talk to the kids about competing and asked the bigger two if they would be okay if tama 2 won against them. I knew they would be, but it's important to keep everyone's confidence in check, huh? }

  1. All three Romankids were pitted against students from Pitt Island School. { I wasn't going to use such a corny pun as I'm sure the locals of Pitt Island are sick of hearing it, sorry, but I guess it's one way to promote the Island just in case any overseas homeschooling readers wish to look up the island's whereabouts }. According to the school website there are eight students, and our kids have played against at least three of them - so far.
  2. (Closer to home this time) - Romankids Homeschool Academy were up against students from Rotorua Intermediate School. I decided to look them up on the web too! But not to find where they're located - hardly !! -> we drive past Rotorua Intermediate when we go to nana and koro's !! No, I looked them up because I'm thinking, "What the hey? Our 5 year old is playing kids at intermediate level? What's the story?!"
    This wasn't the only intermediate school they were paired with, but it was this particular school which grabbed my attention and had me asking why he - well "they" actually - are being matched against older kids.
At first tama 2 wasn't too thrilled to see other kids gaining 50, 60, 70 points. But with plenty of encouragement from his siblings and myself, and in true tama 2 fashion, he was head down bum up, determined to improve himself.

By day's end, all three Romankids had improved their scores! Tama 2 went from a high score of mid-30's to suddenly gaining 49, 51, 52 and then 54. Tama 1 also jumped up, reaching a high of 55. Tamāhine 1 has a high of 49 at the minute, and she's quite okay about that, which is all that matters.

They had such a ball playing and competing with themselves that I didn't push too hard for them to concentrate on the regular curriculum material. Besides, the weather was so glorious, I made sure they had plenty of fresh air and not just math, math, math.

Their overall totals aren't up there with the top 100 - { yet } - but nobody's too bothered. They are enjoying the experience and are giving it their all when they participate. Plenty more days ahead so we're hoping for more record high scores.

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Sunday, 22 August 2010

Prepped and ready

The three older children have practiced throughout the past week in preparation of the NZ Mathletics Challenge.

Excitement abounds in anticipation for tomorrow to arrive!!!
In the last challenge we had two Romankids Homeschool Academy students, this time we have three.

{ I'm so pleased we have three computers to accommodate all eligible students. }

Sure wish it would say "Romankids Homeschool Academy" instead of "Team NZ." At least that way, if your kids are playing, they could say, "hey look, I'm playing Romankids!" We get a kick out of seeing our kids are playing Joe Bloggs from such-and-sucha school from whatever country, but it seems homeschoolers worldwide are simply recorded as "Team NZ," "Team Australia," etc. Is that a whinge? Not intentionally, more of a "that's a pity."

Good luck and have fun to everyone taking part this week!!!

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Friday, 13 August 2010

We Give Books

Regular readers may recall I've talked about Big Universe in the past? Well, once upon a time they would send a link to free books to read. However, that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Subscriptions, when I enquired (ooh, more than a year ago now), were not available to us in New Zealand, so I used to make the most of the free books.

Not anymore.

Then, a few weeks back I came across WE GIVE BOOKS DOT ORG

I signed up for a number of reasons.
  1. Yes, because it's free.
  2. Because you give books to support literacy around the globe.
  3. You can select a campaign and support literacy partners.
I suggest you follow any of these links to learn more about it. I would personally like to back each deserving campaign, and wish them every success.

This book below is what tama 2 read this afternoon. At the moment we're supporting Tinga Tinga Tales. As I said above, if I could support them all I would. Hopefully you too will be keen to support this great organisation with one of their causes.

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Getting Started in Homeschooling (free e-book) - Simply Charlotte Mason

To any new homeschoolers - or those considering the CM method - I hope this freebie will be of use to you:-

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