Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back! - and seeing as it's Samoan language week - Talofa!!!
Productive start back to kura. As planned, the entire morning was dedicated to Math-U-See lessons. Tama 2 finished ahead of his older siblings because he only started Gamma today, so there was no reason to revise for him. Tama 1 is confidently moving ahead in Epsilon, but he decided he would go to a lesson he thought could do with revision. For tamāhine 1, we discussed how far back we should go in Delta, and she was happy to do that. So, tama 1 and tamāhine 1 took out the relevant DVDs and started watching Steve Demme. With sufficient breaks to make sure everyone wasn't getting burnt out too quickly, we comfortably achieved our goal for today's math lessons.
After lunch we did our cursive handwriting. I have to say I really do like the development of tamāhine 1's writing :) Gorgeous. Tama 2 has a lovely style also and once he perfects it, ooohhh, I can hardly wait.
The rest of the afternoon it was free reading. Tama 1 with Johnny Tremain, tamāhine 1 with Famous Five and tama 2 with Mrs Piggle-Wiggle. Tama 2 has a sore throat and after reading two pages aloud to me, I let him sit down on the couch and carry on to the end of the chapter reading to himself.
And that was our first day back ... nice and gentle with a familiar pace and ease.
Tama 2 is at Cubs right now and tama 1 and tamāhine 1 have just left for St John.
So, I'm now looking over upcoming online classes with CurrClick.
There are some fun classes coming up, but I've been toying with the idea of maybe taking a break over winter. Well, at least from the earlier classes (ie classes starting at 5.00am). It's a routine we're well and truly used to, but there's a part of me that feels stingy about using extra firewood getting up earlier. Bit of a weak excuse, but the cost of living is quite high in this country right now so cutbacks need to be made somewhere.
But in reality, we'll probably register for a couple of favourites because tamāhine 1 really enjoys certain classes, so perhaps three early mornings will be okay ... hmmm, will keep mulling it over .
I have at least registered tama 1 for the next Zoology class, namely:
I know I have mentioned this before, but Tama 1 really has enjoyed a number of classes with Mrs Mackin and it's great to continue on our journey with her. From memory, the first class we took with Mrs Mackin (Earth Science) was scheduled around 5 or 6am NZT (don't quote me on that, but it was certainly early). We became friendly with Mrs Mackin and upon knowing we intended continuing in her classes, she was very interested in scheduling them later in the day - yes, making it more convenient for us!!! How cool is that? So, since then classes with HIS Creation Science have been set to a later time. Just like Zoology 1 which starts at 8.00am NZT. So, if you have the textbook, consider registering for this 10 week class. It's a bit shorter than most semesters because of the US summer.
I have registered tama 1, tamāhine 1 and tama 2 with another HIS Creation Science class:
7 Days of Creation, but I'd hazard a guess you can figure out what the class is about :) This short course is seven weeks long, so perhaps you'd like to consider that one?
A few other classes are short-listed, but I will leave them closer to the date before committing ourselves.
It really is a family environment at CurrClick Live, with friendships for the children as well as mum, so we will definitely continue including these classes in our homeschooling lifestyle. :)
Anyway, that was our Monday.
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