Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Kia ora takura

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Compared to areas in Te Waipounamu, (South Island) like Ōtautahi (Christchurch) where they experienced heavy snow, we certainly can't complain about a bit of rain in Rotorua.
 Photo courtesy of The Press (

Our school day started at 8 o'clock with Mrs Mackin's class:
The class started with a gorgeous animated video and it simply got better after that.

Mrs Mackin posed some interesting questions to the students throughout.  Tama 2 got a little bit lost at times but that was mainly thanks to his incredibly active younger siblings!!  Unlike his older brother and sister, he has yet to learn how to block out distraction.

The conversation at home here between siblings was fantastic each time Mrs Mackin asked questions.  The kids talked to each other - at the computer - to me .... So cool.

We had lots of links and experiments, scripture references and discussion.  The very first experiment Mrs Mackin showed us we made straight after class.  Obviously there's a lot discussed and I can't go into any more detail than what I have done on the blog.  I'm simply trying to get across that the lesson was indepth and very interesting. 

As always, Mrs Mackin went over the hour and stuck around to chat afterward.  I left the children to it because I had those active youngsters to contend with, lol.

Look forward to next week :)

I'm really thrilled that tamāhine 1 read The Secret Garden so quickly.
I was sure she'd enjoy it - and she did :)  
I'm also glad I bought the hardback version :)

At least she's finished her book before her mother.  I'm still trying to make it halfway through my read:
This afternoon I was surfing the net trying to find something different for Geography.  I came across a free download by Terri Johnson.  Here's the freebie:
We enjoyed the following text (tama 1 and tamāhine  1) that I will probably teach tama 2 using:
He can sit in with tama 1 and tamāhine 1 as we move into:
We will also utilise THEAMBLESIDE SERIES GEOGRAPHY BOOKS BY CHARLOTTE M. MASON together with the many websites we enjoy as well.

We're definitely finding our groove again with kura.  This week of course we are having to make sure we slot in TKD practice in preparation for Saturday's trip to Morrinsville.

Well, I guess that'll do for tonight.  Whatever I failed to mention tonight, I'll no doubt think of it āpōpō.

Hang on just a jiffy .... I just went to remind the kids to turn their lights off in half an hour and here's what they're reading ...

Tama 1 is reading/revising:
Tamāhine1 grabbed the following off the shelf around an hour ago and is already nearing the halfway mark:
And as for tama 2, well he's reading:

Thanks for dropping by,
ka kite ano
Naku noa, na

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