Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Hoping to win a free CurrClick Live class

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I would, in all seriousness, love to win a free online class for the children.  And, anyone who follows this blog can attest to how much I love CurrClick - CurrClick Live Classes especially! Well, as luck would have it, there is a competition to win a free class, so although I'm not one for playing Lotto, or attempting competitions too often, I decided I'd be nuts not to try for something I rate so highly.

However, before I write my plug to try and win the children a free class, I want to take a minute and share this link for YOUR opportunity to join a class with a massive 20% saving.
But be quick, you've only got till August 31st (or translated into Kiwi language, the 1st of September).

For me, it's really easy to recommend CurrClick Live Classes because they are not only affordable, but are also presented by extremely wonderful, knowledgeable mums and dads.  I say mums and dads first and foremost instead of teachers because (and I think they'll agree with me here) they acknowledge their love to be with - and teach their own families - with a close second of sharing their teaching gifts with others. In each class our children have been made to feel super special; encouraged to put their opinions across, and always fussed over when they have forwarded presentations - or just making general conversation actually!!  One thing I never expected, but something worth mentioning, are the friendships we have developed outside class with our teachers.  Today's technology brings our two worlds that much closer together, so I guess in a way, we have penpals overseas now, lol and with that we are able to promote our own little country, share our culture which in turn means we not only learn a specific subject with new friends, but also learn geography and other things along with it.

Well, that's my 3-5 sentences used up!!!  Not enough for this chatterbox!!!  It was hard enough to trim back my novel, lol :-)

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Sunday, 28 August 2011

New season brings new adventures

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This afternoon I had hoped whaiāipo would mow some lawns when he got home.

Hmmm!!!! He had other ideas (not that I minded, really!!) ....

First, all six kids played cricket which was great.  It gave me time to vacuum (argh!) etc upstairs.  Then, when I thought maybe whaiāipo would suggest dirt bikes ... he surprised me and had the kids practice Taekwondo, so I raced out to get a few photos.
 
 
 
 
Let me just say, we are all very psyched and excited about their first grading next Saturday (3rd September).  At this stage I'm still fairly sure I'll stay home with the little ones.  I just have to hope whaiāipo remembers to take photos while coaching from the sidelines eh!!

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He mahi ā-ringa

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Unfortunately I completely forgot to take photos of the children's very first raranga harakeke, or flax weaving, so the ones below are a few weeks old now...


My ability to zoom in on this putiputi (flower) isn't the greatest, but I hope you manage to figure out the fine effort tamāhine 1 put in plaiting it.  Ka mau te wehi!  As for tamariki tāne, well their putiputi didn't make it due to little siblings wanting to "play" with them, and Maree being terrible not to photograph quickly enough. :(

Okay, I'll add photos of tamāhine 1's current sewing project.
So far she has completed two.  Again, we're using whatever material we can find.  This particular one is made from a pillowcase and old napkin.  We're working on completing the second one as I post ...
The projects we have devised to date are courtesy of Kids Sewing Projects.  If you're interested in finding great (simple) sewing projects for your kids, then I highly recommend downloading an e-book or two.  These will be the only projects I share from the website because of copyright and of course, I paid for the e-book.  I can but recommend however that the little price is well worth it for some creative ideas.

While working on her sewing, her brothers are working on a birthday present for tamāhine 2.
Right, well tamāhine 1 is ready to sew her extra do-dahs to the placemat, so I shall away and help her set up.  First things first .... the bobbin just ran out so we need to chage that... her first-ever time winding the bobbin ...
Enjoying our little sewing machine indeed.


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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Looking forward to Aroaromāhanahana

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Spring is just around the corner and with the new season comes a new schedule.  For a few weeks we slowed down to catch our breath, but now we are excited to take on new challenges.  I'll try remembering to mention things as we move along as best as I can, if for no other reason than to record it for myself. :-)

For example:
  • As of last week we have an extra music lesson.  (I was fortunate to attend the first two classes, but I probably won't get the chance to sit in again for some time.  It was just lucky whaiāipo was available these past two classes to play tag with the younger ones for me.)
  • This week tama 1 started his Latin again.  Our aim for Latinto complete the first 10 chapters of Lingua Latina by Christmas.  (We lost our rhythm at capitulum quintum.  Although we answered pensum we didn't feel confident to proceed further.  So, we're back to the beginning.  Definitely confident we will achieve the goal.)
  • Sewing.  Tamāhine 1 enjoyed her first project so much last weekend that I'm hoping to introduce sewing as a regular subject for her this term.  Actually, we can probably call it Home Economics because we'll be trying our hands at "scheduled" cooking classes too.  I say "scheduled" because any cooking is done rather spontaneously at the moment with ngā tamariki, but I'd really like to formalise it for a semester to see how well we manage.
We had hoped Elementary French would start in Rotorua, but at this stage the numbers aren't working in our favour.  Oh well, our tamariki probably have enough on their plates this semester, but if any locals are interested I hope you make contact.  We just need two more students (if possible!)

Only nine days till our first TKD grading.  Ngā tamariki are looking forward to it so much, they can hardly wait.  They had another great practice tonight, fuelling their enthusiasm even more for the upcoming event.  It pleases me how much they love to do things together and always encourage each other.

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A night of cello music

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We thoroughly enjoyed last night's performance by the Canterbury Cellists.  I'm pleased we managed to get into the city in plenty of time.  Nothing like being too rushed nē rā?  It was nice to get in early, find good seats and make ourselves comfortable.

The acoustics in St Luke's Anglican Church is perfect for the likes of last night's concert.  The ensemble entertained us with wonderful pieces from Vivaldi, Bach and loads more.

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were amazed at the speed of the cellists hands to manipulate their instruments.

In all seriousness, $15 for an adult with children free .... I just have to say it's so rare these days to get such a treat for so little.  I'm sure the children who came from Tauranga to join the ensemble for a segment must have felt quite exhilirated to share such a moment with them.  They really did themselves (their tutor - who also played) very proud indeed.
Tamāhine 1 came up with a very good idea for reusing the concert tickets - bookmarks.  Golly, why didn't I think of that? :-)

Thanks to Elizabeth for organising the evening.



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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hard to get back into the swing after even the shortest breaks away

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Gone are the days when our mornings would always start with Math lessons.  For one reason or another we are finding Maths difficult to work on together, especially now that Maree is stuck helping tama 1.  Math has never, and never will be, one of my strong suits, and tama 1 has pretty much reached a point where I am not confident to teach him.

However, I've included the children's mahi from today.  Just one page each is all I asked from them because tama 2 and tamāhine 1 are working on "new" areas so concentration was pretty intense.

This is tama 2's effort:
Tamāhine 1's page:
And here is tama 1's page:
I would share their writing today but tama 2's effort isn't his best.  He insisted on using a pen and I explained that if it wasn't good enough he'd have to repeat it.  Let's just say he's had better days:-)  He's obviously had too many days away from writing practice.

We had a visitor this morning as well which threw school out a little bit, so we're only getting around to our reading time ... it's just after 11.30am.  Oh well, all good.  The afternoon is still to arrive.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Any Charlotte Mason fans out there?

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Just in case you are interested in the teachings of Charlotte Mason, you may be interested in this free download. The following provides a preview.  It is an excerpt from Ms Mason's six-volume set on education.  Simply click on the preview. On the right-hand side of the next screen you will notice it's available as a free download.
 
Otherwise, if you found that too confusing then simply follow this link which will take you directly to the free link.


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Some days it can be too hard to bother with "school"

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Not a cloud in the sky!  
We have had such beautiful weather throughout winter, we really have been rather spoiled.  But y'know, even when it's rained I haven't minded because we need it for the water tank.  Yes, I'm one of those silver linings kinda people, lol.  Gotta look for the good in everything.

Anyway, Monday rolled along and the children were having such fun outside that I let them get on with their jobs -- being kids.  What a great job, I wish I had that kind of job.

I missed some great photo shots, but here's a couple at least to share:

On glorious days like these I love my unfinished house and become hopeful we get to stay here.  I love watching the kids run down the back to play in the bush, spreading their wings being adventurous.

Well, anyway, the sun is beaming through, the doors are flung open again and the noise of children playing reminds me it's probably time for me to get organised with their school work ....

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Monday, 22 August 2011

Mother and Daughter

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(If you keep up with my blog, you'll be asking yourself, "hey, haven't I read this post already?" to which the reply is, "Yes you have."  Unfortunately I deleted it when I was supposedly pressing delete to a double-up on another post.  So, I've retyped and revamped this one in its entirety.)

We had such glorious weather on Saturday morning that it felt very much like Spring.  It felt like such a great reason to start sharing what little bit of sewing skill I have with our eldest daughter.

Although I had already decided on our project, I decided to search on the internet for more inspiration.  I came across this great website:
I didn't realise it is the sister site to another website we've been subscribed to for quite some time now, which is:
Finding anything in New Zealand is just downright hard work.  I even looked at Spotlight to see if they still hold classes because I'm sure once upon a time they did.  Well, guess what?  They don't!!!!! How disappointing is that?!  { Very!!! }  Yet there's a demand for it I'm quite sure because as I searched around there were loads of people asking on New Zealand forums where there are classes.  I found a great one ... it's in Christchurch, called SewKnowHow.  No good for me, but perhaps worth your consideration if you live in Te Wai Pounamu.


Anyway, back to our projects ...

Due to lack of sewing notions, we improvised and used a marker pen to draw the outline of our project.



This is tamāhine 1's first time using an unpicker (or stitch ripper as I've since learned is another term).  We didn't really need to unpick because tamāhine 1 hadn't diverted offline too much, but I figured it was as good a time as any to introduce one of the most commonly used sewing notions.

We started filling up the heatpad but discovered we didn't quite have enough rice.  Because whaiāipo was out in the family car, we had to wait until he got home later in the afternoon to complete this particular sewing project.  So, in the meantime I suggested we try doing some mending.  The children came up with a great suggestion ... mending aprons.
Can you see how chuffed  tamāhine 1 is with the strap she's made as well as sewn onto the apron?

As soon as whaiāipo arrived home, tamāhine 1 was straight out the door to see if her dad had remembered rice.  "Will 5kg do?" he asked.  We all laughed.  "Well," he said "maybe you'd like to make more heatpads and sell them as part of our fundraising for Taekwondo."  Actually, that's not such a silly idea dad!!!!

And here's the heatpad, in it's pillowcase.  Incidentally the entire heatpad is made from an old pillowcase. :-)  At the moment I would like to use material found around the house rather than spending money on new material.


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