Sunday, 23 October 2011

Making Every Effort

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!!!

If you've been wondering where I've been ...
We are working as hard as we can to get the whare in the best condition we can afford but it's a race against the clock.
Praying we get to keep our home.  We really don't like to give up do we?  "Never say never, never say die!!" is our motto I guess.  Whatever happens, we can say we gave it absolutely everything and if there's one thing I know for sure: we will live in a house with ceilings, walls and doors.  We want to stay here, so we will continue to keep working as hard as we can.

In the meantime, school work continues.  (It's school holidays in New Zealand but we have kept going with a fractured timetable.)  Really pleased with everyone's efforts.  The family have put in 100% which is so pleasing. :)

Will try to write another update as soon as I can.

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Quickly updating

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back !!!

As expected, our days are full thanks to our latest schedule so it's no surprise we're suddenly looking at the calendar and exclaiming, "Can you believe it's October already?!"

There's a lot of reading, writing and discussion going on nowadays which has meant little time to sit at the computer composing a blog post...

I am more than satisfied with each and every class at CurrClick Live.  For example, tama 2 has certainly loved helping his big sister creating the meals with:
They made a perfectly beautiful effort with their creation last week, and it was an absolutely glorious Spring morning which made such a difference.  We dined al fresco, enjoying their end product with a lot of jovial conversation and giggles.  So, having proven himself, tama 2 is definitely signed up for the Lil Chefs LIVE Class this month.  He was thrilled when I gave him the news!!  Tamāhine 1 also indicated she is keen to continue, so I've registered her for the next Jr. Chefs LIVE Class.
The major reason for taking the cooking classes is to encourage the children to be adventurous in their appetite.  (I guess they would be described as fussy-eaters.)  By taking classes where they are cooking themselves, I'm ever hopeful their taste-buds will change.  When they cook with Uncle Warrick they are very adventurous but when they're home it's a different story.  So, I figured it wouldn't hurt to see if the online classes could make any kind of impact on their taste-buds and so far, they have.  I think the key to this change is that they are cooking in unison with someone similar in age to them, so they find encouragement from this.

The meals are healthy, quick and simple with very little adult help required.  They are keen to continue, so that's what we'll do.

Our very latest class, which I signed up for waaaaaaay back in July is:
Elementary Spanish and trust me, we were ALL excited for it to finally commence yesterday.

We are doing the full semester course because the time of day suits us very well, plus I prefer semester-long classes:-)

With foreign languages I find I really prefer the LIVE Classes because we are challenged to give it a go.  Well, we are encouraged to "volunteer" -- and with their māmā standing on the sidelines I ensure we volunteer often!!  Success comes from challenging oneself.  We learn by making mistakes -- koia pū!!

To have a kaiako in person to guide, correct and encourage throughout the lesson makes all the difference.  Okay, so I can probably teach the children using he pukapuka, but having someone LIVE makes all the difference if you ask me.  Languages are beautiful and to have native speakers makes a massive difference.  Besides, as I always say to you .... we love online learning :-)

These are just two classes I know, but I'll leave it there for now.  I have a lot to get on with and besides the rugby league final is on...

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