Sunday, 28 November 2010

Congratulations tama 1

He did it!!!  He reached his goal by the due date.  

Savouring the moment ...

Editing can wait !!!

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Saturday, 20 November 2010

Who is the Milky Bar Kid?

Word spread like wild fire on FB yesterday as soon as the whānau found out the news ...

You guessed it !!!!

Congratulations Hine !!

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Monday, 15 November 2010

Mid-November ALREADY?!!

Over the past few weeks I have written, re-written and deleted posts.  (I seem to be very good at that -- making drafts, only to decide to delete them, LOL!!)

Each time I come back I decide to delete and start again because I just think, "argh! it's so boring!!"  But the reality is, our days/weeks have been very mundane, run-of-the-mill, nuts-and-bolts, everyday schooling.  We haven't ventured anywhere in particular, per se.  We have had a number of manuhiri though, so I guess I can put a check mark in the"socialisation" box.

But anyway, I need to record our mahi no matter what, so okay, here comes the "boring-for-others-but-not-for-me" side of things.

{Hey, I've at least thrown in some illustrations to snazzy it up a little, LOL !!}


As always, we use Math to begin the day -- but rather than three Math-U-See texts, it 's been only one. Tama 1 and tama 2 are using Math Mammoth ...

Tama 2 completed his Additions workbook Friday just gone:

This was a fun workbook for sure. I know I've mentioned before that it was probably on the easy side, but I'm glad we started with it because I've had time to understand how Math Mammoth is laid out. Another advantage in using the above workbook, was that I could leave tama 2 to get on with his lesson when needed elsewhere without him sitting there twiddling his thumbs.

Having completed that workbook, we made a start with this next Blue Series workbook today:

Tama 2 needed assistance today.  There's a definite gear change with this particular workbook -- which is a good thing!!!

As for Tama 1, well, he has made a great start with his fractions lessons using:

In a way I'm not in a hurry to receive Math-U-See Epsilon, because I'm enjoying this different style of workbook.  That DOES NOT MEAN I've gone off MUS -- heck no!!!  I'm just glad I have a fantastic supplement to our regular math.

Three positive points for Math Mammoth:
  • value for money
  • immediate download and 
  • variety of exercises


Tama 1 continues with his story for NaNoWriMo. He's making good progress -- I'm really looking forward to the end of the month to see just how well he does. It's very exciting.

As for cursive and manuscript writing; well, everyone is doing beautifully... not really much more I can say about that subject, LOL.


I finally know what predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives are!!! Better still, tama 1 understands them too!!!!  I sat down with just tama 1 this afternoon to see if he would understand and yay! he did.  I will sit down with tamāhine 1 tomorrow to try and teach her what they are too.  I think that every time we learn new grammar which I, myself, find difficult then it may pay for me to teach them one at a time so that they get the one-on-one -- after all, isn't that why I homeschool?


Well, the hour is now very late for me so I think I will close off at this point, but I will leave you with a reminder to note your diaries for this:

With a bit of luck I'll achieve another posting in the next few days.

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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Vote for the Milky Bar Kid

The search is on for New Zealand's next Milky Bar kid
... my cousin's daughter is one of the finalists.

Here's her audition ...

Cast your vote !!!!

Yeeee Harrr !!!

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Friday, 5 November 2010

Yay! It's finally November

The 1st of November is always a very special day in my family. It not only marks All Saints Day, but it is also my parents wedding anniversary. This is the first one without our mum, but in typical whānau fashion, we gathered together after mass to celebrate with dad. It was a wonderful day filled with happiness good kai and plenty of aroha.

The 1st of November will also become an annual event {I hope} to participate in:
We were too late to take part last November, but, for the past year I have prepared tama 1 for this year's event. As the date got closer, his nerves started to show and his target of 3000 words dropped to 2000 and then a few days prior to commencement, we dropped it to 1000. I tried to make it sound as achievable as possible ... if your target is 1000 words, then that's 33-34 words a day. That's do-able eh?! Well, 1st of November rocked on up and he wrote 114 words!! By day four, he had written over 400. Needless to say, I have put his target back to 3000.  I'd love to put it back to 3000 but I think we will stick to 1000 for his first year's attempt.
Before we headed out on Monday (1st November) tama 1 was keen as mustard to start writing ... and writing ... and writing ... he had such a beaming smile when he exclaimed, "I've written 114 words!" He amazed himself !! Now, as much as I have explained to him that it's just a case of writing hard-out and that editing is not important at this point, he has taken pride in his writing each day and I must say it looks very tidy, spelling is almost 100% correct and his grammar is just great. I'm rather proud that he wants to have it perfect!!!

only thing I need to teach him is how to make paragraphs!!!! LOL

I spent a few days tweaking and retweaking three school timetables. This week we're trying to follow them as best we can. So far, so good. {This is one of the reasons why I want to go private; at the moment I am uncomfortable putting anything like timetables on the blog, but I really want to upload all that sort of stuff now without hesitation.} But I must say, they do look good on paper!!! I just hope they work out in practice.

Earth Science and Physical Science are underway now, and I'm very happy with progress. Tama 2 impressed his big brother so much the other day when I was quizzing him that Tama 1 made his little brother a medal!! He also made one for his sister -- shows how thoughtful he is. Tamāhine 1 and tama 2 thought they were really special; in fact tama 2 was so proud of himself that he wore his medal for the entire afternoon.

Tamāhine 1 confidently rattles off the planets which is great; she's able to tell me why Mars is referred to as the red planet, name the Gas Giants, identify Mars has two moons {tama 1 adds his knowledge that they are called Phobos and Deimos - and he spelt those to me so I wouldn't get them wrong!!!} The hottest to coolest stars are blue, white, yellow, orange and then red.

Tama 1 was a much better teacher than me actually, because he spoke about the carbon dioxide on Mars and Venus and pointed out that Mercury is very hot on the side facing the sun, but very, very cold on the side facing away from the sun because there is no atmosphere. He rattled off a lot of detail throughout our lesson(s) which is fantastic.

Math:- Tama 2 continues to enjoy using Math Mammoth - Additions. Seeing as he has completed over half the worktext, I will let him finish the whole thing to experience a sense of accomplishment. Tama 1 completed Math-U-See Delta the other day {we dragged it out as long as we could in the hopes Epsilon would arrive.} He is well and truly ready to move into Epsilon. I wish I'd ordered it a month ago!! I'll definitely have to find out how much longer we are likely to wait because we've passed the fortnight stage and the order still shows as pending.

Oh well, thank goodness for Math Mammoth and Currclick. MUS may not have arrived, but at least I can supplement by downloading:
We worked with the following today: Tama 1 found this text very different indeed -- not horribly different or anything like that -- just different. I helped him to understand the layout and then he was away. I particularly enjoyed the last lesson under the "Practice with Parts" section. We had to find a path from the top to bottom of a table of equations. I'm very pleased to use this supplement because it's laid out so differently -- a GOOD different. Some of it was really easy for him, but things like the lesson I mentioned really had him thinking. Excellent.

Tamāhine 1 continues to beaver away with Gamma. By the end of today's lesson she completed Lesson 27F. Working with numbers in the millions is a very slow process indeed, but she did very well. Because I find Math Mammoth to be an excellent resource, I think I will download a few more so tamāhine 1 can practice using it also. I think she may benefit considerably using this math curriculum... but of course, I shall have to wait and see.

History -- For our weekly history lesson, I am using notebook pages which go along with each chapter in SOTW -- Manuscript for tama 2 and cursive for tamāhine 1. We covered chapter two this week. Sometimes they remember the word "shaduf," but sometimes they forget. However, they at least understand what it is and what its function is. We ended up combining a bit of geography into our lesson this week too -- by coincidence, we just happened to talk about the Panama Canal -- canals of course featuring in our lesson about Nomads.

We learned: The three sets of locks of the two-lane Canal work as water elevators that lift the ships to the level of Gatun Lake, 26m over sea level, and later lower them again to sea level on the other side of the Isthmus of Panama. We all enjoyed watching a little animated video showing the operation.

Geography: As earlier mentioned we learned about the Panama Canal. As part of that lesson, we learned the definition of an isthmus. I was about to mention Auckland Isthmus when Tama 1 pointed to Mahia Peninsula on our New Zealand wall map, explaining how an isthmus connects Mahia to the mainland. Tumeke eh?!

We used the map scale to work out the distance between nominated locations. It's interesting to make the comparison of distance with the length of New Zealand. For example, New Zealand is only 1600 kms (approximately) in length and when we discover distances between point A and point B are longer than our country! well, that puts into perspective just how small Aotearoa really is eh?

Also from this week -- I started economics with tama 1. Economics will be a short weekly lesson. Although he's eight, he is ready for this subject. I don't expect the other children to commence these sorts of subjects at the same age. They are their own person and gauging tama 1's ability I know he is ready for it. From his first lesson, he understands needs, wants and scarcity. I will endeavour to teach him once a week for one term. Depending on his knowledge at the end of one term, we will either continue further or shelve it until such time that he is ready to pick it up again. As long as I find a method which is engaging then we should be fine.

Loads more to talk about, but that'll do for today.

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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

They grow up too fast !!

Not even three years old and today I turned around to see he's riding on his own.

Tino pai e tama, tino pai !!!

Tama 3 riding !!

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