Sunday, 29 July 2012

This week we learned ...

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

First things first:  Math.  On Friday Tama 1 completed Math-U-See Epsilon Lesson 27A (area and circumference of a circle in fraction form).  Tamāhine 1 completed MUS Delta Systematic Review 25F and will complete the exam page on Monday.  Tama 2 completed MUS Gamma Systematic Review 16E.

Sample of Handwriting.  I do like recording the children's writing to reflect on their development.  I've chosen tamāhine 1's work this time ...
The above is taken from:
which I purchased from CurrClick a few months ago.  I really enjoy using a variety of copywork cursive workbooks from CurrClick because not only do I find it convenient to have something to quickly print out some days, but the fact that you can find many which are free, or extremely cheap is well worth it.  For example, I think this one is only around $3.00NZD for over 250 pages.

Reading: Tama 1 is happy that I finally bought:
It arrived on Friday and he's already halfway through.

I didn't realise I hadn't purchased it until I was clearing things upstairs a few weeks ago.  Shocking!!  Oh well, at least he's got it now.

As for tamāhine 1, she only has about 50 pages left in:
Tama 2 has read:


CurrClick FREE Clubs

Some months ago I mentioned the CurrClick Lego Club to a very dear friend of mine because her son loves Lego and is very creative with his collection:
Until recently I hadn't registered our own tamariki for the CurrClick Lego Club simply because we had no Lego pieces.  :(

Well, I figured it was time to rectify that, and tried hunting for something/anything Lego.  I looked on TradeMe etc, and we ended buying the following just to get the tamariki started.

Tamāhine 1 made everything very quickly and with ease.  She seemed to know what went where without any trouble.

(photo right) This crane was definitely the most time-consuming.  The children worked together and made a great job.  Much easier to have a team effort - no arguments.

Being completely new to the world of Lego, we don't know how or where you buy pieces without having to buy pre-packaged builds.

But now that we've taken part in a CurrClick Lego Club meeting, and I've listened to Roni Bergeson's advice, I think I have a better idea now.  Roni is obviously very passionate about Lego which I appreciate sincerely.  Having someone truly interested in a hobby is wonderful - and that's exactly what you get with the FREE CurrClick Clubs - teachers who are passionate and keen to inspire your children.

I always knew the CurrClick Lego Club was popular, but wow!, it really, really is popular!!  I take my hat off to Roni for keeping up with such a large group chat while building and instructing at the same time!!!  Nothing like a bit of multitasking eh?! I'd be too exhausted, lol.  Well done Roni!!!  You're a star!!!

I know I've mentioned the CurrClick Magic Tree House Club before, but I thought that since I was talking about the FREE CurrClick Clubs I'd point out to anyone visiting my blog for the first time, that our tamariki thoroughly enjoy this FREE CurrClick Club also.  There's something to be said for book clubs; being with friends talking about the same book and trying out lots of different arts and craft ideas Roni Bergerson shares with the students.

And something else I truly appreciate about the CurrClick Magic Tree House Club is that the meeting is repeated four times a month.  This is just so brilliant because we have had times when the meeting has clashed with an elective.

What's more, Roni has the genuine ability to remain interested in each week's meeting as if it were the very first week she were presenting the material.  Superb!!

Our third CurrClick Club with Roni Bergerson was held this week - the National Homeschool Book Award Club.  This Club is held monthly.  We are up to a new book this month and the tamariki were busting for the Club meeting!!!

Where Roni finds such interesting links and discussion topics I honestly don't know, but this month was no exception.

We learned some incredibly interesting facts about the main subject of our latest book.  (As always, I will put in a mention that I do not divulge the specifics of classes or clubs out of respect for our CurrClick family.)

It's always interesting to learn what some things are called in another country; what things are popular in another country in comparison to our own country; whether something even exists in New Zealand and also the history behind the beginnings of something.

Another Club meeting we had this week (well, tamāhine 1 at least) was the American Girl Club with Mrs Rhodes and her beautiful daughter Erin.

We've been interested in the American Girl Club since it started.  I tried looking for the books way back then, but by golly they are hard to locate in New Zealand.  Anything I did find I just thought was too expensive - don't even ask about the price for the dolls!!! I looked on TradeMe but no thanks, I'll keep looking!  Unfortunately Amazon can't even send the dolls to me in New Zealand.  But in reality, it's the books I'm interested in so at this stage it's simply a case of finding the best deals for those.  If I find a good enough deal for the mini dolls then I will consider them - but as I say, it's the books which are of interest.

(There is the American Girl official website of course, so I will investigate that a little further.)

A little while ago I finally found a good enough deal with Fishpond of all places (for some books that is).  So, this month I decided to email Mrs Rhodes to talk about it, eventually registered and we finally took part in our first American Girl Club meeting.

There are a number of aspects I like about this Club.    Myself and tamāhine 1 simply adore Mrs Rhodes and I particularly admire her lovely teaching style so it makes it really easy to consider anything presented by Lessons Worth Learning.  I also like the historical period for each American Girl story because the storyline revolves around a particular era and therefore the girls are learning something about history through a sweet story.  But most definitely, I like the fact that this is a club for girls.  It's not often tamāhine 1 gets to do girly things and I felt like I'd delayed long enough.  One other reason is because the girls in these stories are around tamāhine 1's age.  What a great way for tamāhine 1 to think about how it must have felt for a girl her age to make their way in a new land.

Immediately tamāhine 1 enjoyed herself and this is yet another FREE CurrClick Club which is very popular.  A large group of students who stayed on topic and contributed very nicely to the meeting.

As soon as the meeting was over, tamāhine 1 completed the craft project.  Later in the day she decided to try another one.

Point of Note:  CurrClick Club meetings are recorded just like classes.  So not only are they FREE but you can watch them as often as you like!!


CurrClickLive Online Classes

This week we commenced the next of Musical Thoughts summer workshops with Ms. Lindsey.
I find learning the history behind songs or musical pieces very fascinating.  I particularly enjoy having someone tell me about it who has a passionate desire to share their knowledge.  I love sitting in on the classes to learn alongside the children.

On the second day I had a flood of memories come reeling back to me when I saw the person's name we would be learning about.  My mother sang many of the songs written by this person and always had a story to go along with each one.  Interestingly enough tama 1 and tamāhine 1 became hooked on one particular song which my mother used to sing.  Gosh it felt good.

After class they played it over and over again.  They searched on the net for the lyrics and hello, all weekend they've been singing the tune with gusto.  I knew certain little trivia about the subject person but it was really lovely to learn more, and go down memory lane for a while.  Imagine if my mum were alive, she would've talked the children's ears off about the song, war time and events that happened.  So yes, I'm very glad we're taking this workshop.  My mum's wairua is right here with us.
Our second class with Ms Lindsey this week of Musical Thoughts is our continued Rhythm & Ear Training Camp.  This was week four which means (boo hoo), we only have two more weeks to go.  There is definitely some challenge involved in this class and I'm so glad the tamariki are up to giving it all a go.

Prior to this class, tamāhine 1 enjoyed the final session of:
The students were placed into breakouts and they had a lot of fun working on their assignment.  Tamāhine 1 had a lot of fun with the group she was with.  They managed to get their assignment finished in time and on return to the main room they put in a fine effort.  All the groups did a superb job actually :o) and you could really tell they loved it.  The only thing I coached tamāhine 1 on was how to add character to her voice when it came time to her acting out her role.  She performed her part really well considering she's not overly familiar with the topic.  (Gosh, it's really hard to try and express myself when I have to leave out detail!!!  But oh well, I know what I'm getting at, so that's all that matters, lol.) Everybody was disappointed to have to say goodbye, but at least we'll be joining many of them in future classes.  We know many of the students from previous classes, and tamāhine 1 has formed new friendships from this class.
Only one more week left in the Zoology 1 with Mrs Mackin!!  Gosh, it seems to have flown by so quickly, but wow, we have learned a lot about flying creatures.

Amongst other things, we learned that some insects and bugs only live for a very short time, but the hard work they instinctively do when they are alive is nothing short of miraculous.

Well, I must away and organise myself with the new Fall classes and get working on the exemption.  I couldn't concentrate on it because I wanted to get this blog post out of the way.  Pretty hard to concentrate when we have the Olympics happening as well!!!

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Saturday, 21 July 2012

The way the week ended: mainly about CurrClickLive classes

Nau mai, hoki mai, and welcome back!

On Thursday I started to mention a few things we've covered this week.  The plan was to write more yesterday afternoon, but in all honesty I was exhausted after my early morning wake-ups etc that I couldn't think coherently.  So, it's now Saturday morning:

  • I managed to get a sleep-in of some sorts; 
  • whaiāipo has returned from Rotoma Timber with the framing for all the doors (yep, the plan is to put up internal entry doors .... wardrobes and en suite will have to wait a while longer); 
  • lit the fire, 
  • got the dishes and laundry on, 
  • congratulated tama 1 on losing another tooth for the week;
  • read through my emails and even registered for a couple of free webinars
  • the CurrClick Open House recordings are up so I will play those in the background as I chat with y'all

and I feel ready to sit back now to try and wrap up the end of our brilliant school work.

Firstly, our tamariki achieved:

Math:
Tama 1 - Epsilon Lesson 26C
Tamāhine - Delta Test 24
Tama 2 - Gamma 15F

Reading:
We're moving through the next book in the National Homeschool Book Award Club:
Looking forward to the meeting next week.

Tamāhine 1 is really enjoying reading aloud for me, so I think I'll start leaving the tamariki to do the reading from now on.  By reading aloud I can see why she's improving in her Reader's Theater. :o)  (Tama 1 wasn't in the mood to read aloud because his tooth was giving him such grief.  He quite happily sat sketching instead.)

Maybe we'll end up reading the entire book before the meeting at the rate she's reading it!!!

For some light reading, she went back and finished:
And then she started and finished this book in less than two days!!!:
It's been months and months since she picked up her Goddess Girls books.  We started getting them after tama 1 completed his Mythology class because they are a light-hearted introduction to mythological characters.  I felt that the textbook tama 1 had to use:
wasn't appropriate for her and although we had a couple of little Greek Mythology books, I stumbled upon the Goddess Girls series and decided to try one.  She enjoyed it, so we started with the next.  Anyway, as with any child's reading, it improves and they discover they want to read all sorts of things.  So other books on our shelves were being read, but she kept wanting to come back to do these. The interesting thing about her reading them now is how quickly she motored through them.  That's how much her reading has improved.  It's exciting to witness your children go from strength to strength, isn't it?

Anyway, she's now reading:
Taekwondo:
Tama 1 was co-leader for the second time this year.  He has taken the occasional warm ups with instructors but can now add another feather to his cap.  Tama 1, tamāhine 1, tama 2 and whaiāipo feel very proud and take every session very seriously.  In their briefcase they have the New Zealand flag (folded correctly following Scout rules!!), nunchucks, notebooks, pens etc. 

St. John
Finally tamāhine 1 has her uniform but minus the jacket.  As soon as she receives that I will take a photo to share, but yay!!!! she looks like a Cadet now.  In fact, she looks very grown up.
CurrClick Classes
This week's classes included a three day Camp with Mrs Rhodes:
This was definitely right up our alley. I became so engrossed with it myself, that I didn't realise on the second day we were there for practically two hours!!!  It flew by so quickly that I forgot to get the children into another class!!!!  That's the first time I've EVER done that!!!!

My backup for reminders is Microsoft Outlook.  It gives me the alarm sound 15 minutes before appointments, but on this particular day, guess what?!!  I hadn't opened Outlook!!!  BUT, here's the wonderful thing about CurrClick Live classes -- they are recorded, so we simply watched the class we missed by recording later in the day.

I made a point of emailing our teacher to give my apologies, and will make sure I never make this mistake ever again.  In over two years of online classes for the children, this is the first (and better be the last) time I have ever made this mistake.  Considering ngā tamariki had asked what time the next class was, I feel like a right dodo for putting them crook and saying, "plenty of time!"  but in my defence that is testament to how good this Camp with Mrs Rhodes and the great bunch of students really was.
Okay, I put a tiny mention about Reader's Theater (Theatre) on Thursday.

I think this is tamāhine 1's third Reader's Theater with Mrs Rhodes.  We had to miss last month's unfortunately due to a clash.  (This is possibly the only kind of class that is definitely best live because students LOVE getting on their mics and acting their parts.)

On Friday tamāhine 1 managed to get a lot of reading parts and luckily she understood the language to have a good laugh.  Now, because I respect copyright and everything, I will not divulge the author or text from which they read, the main reason being I can't remember if it was ever advertised with the author's name, so I'll play it very safe and not say anything more than it was loads of fun and typically the class was over too quickly for the students - even though it went over as always, lol.

That's an interesting point ... I can remember some classes when I was at school, I was simply out the door once the alarm bell rang.  It was rare that I would wish our classes went on.  One difference with regular school and online school ... you as the parent and student are choosing subjects that your children enjoy and they're the ones who say, "oh, is it done already?!"  To me this is priceless but also a true testament to being a homeschooling family.  We are doing what we know is in our children's best interests.  We see what they enjoy and we select from an a la carte range of classes, curriculum and activities.  That way we have happy children, eager to learn every single day.

Only one more session with this Reader's Theater.  But one thing you can guarantee - tamāhine 1 will be in the next Reader's Theater. :o)
We missed day 3 of this Workshop. (see above)

Ms Lindsey Shaw is a wonderful young woman with a beautiful wairua.  Tama 1 and tamāhine 1 have enjoyed two semesters in Music Theory with Ms Lindsey.  I can remember watching Ms Lindsey present at an Open House maybe this time last year? or possibly further back?  At the time the classes on offer were going to be at around 2 o'clock in the morning NZ time.  I asked her if she would ever consider having classes later in the day (such is the beauty of the Open Houses!!) and she explained what her schedule involved, but would keep it in mind for the future.

I'm so glad I asked, because within a few months we received an email.  She hadn't forgotten us, and asked whether we would still be interested if she could offer a class later in the day.  Immediately I jumped at the opportunity and we've enjoyed our musical journey with Ms Lindsey ever since.  We've enjoyed two semesters as I say in Music Theory, and are now taking part with the summer camps.

On Friday we had our presentation, but tama 1 wasn't very keen to read it because of his toothache.  (I was worried how he was going to cope as a Student Ambassador when he wasn't feeling too bright last week with a different toothache.  Luckily that tooth fell out mid-week last week .... but then he discovered the tooth next to it was loose!!)

We learned some really interesting historical facts during this camp/workshop.  Well done, Ms Lindsey.

Definitely looking forward to the next camp starting next week.
We had the very last session of 7 Days of Creation this week with Mrs Debbie Mackin.

I've mentioned this before, but I'll mention it again because I enjoy pointing out that Mrs Mackin was one of our first semester-long live class teachers with CurrClickLive.  We have thoroughly enjoyed each class with Mrs Mackin and will most definitely continue with future classes.  The very first class we took with Mrs Mackin was Earth Science, using:
I enjoyed the class, and I particularly enjoyed using this textbook.  The variety of hands-on activities are brilliant and we really threw ourselves into weekly assignments.  We formed a friendship with Mrs Mackin which has developed ever since.  It is while developing our friendship that Mrs Mackin discovered what time the children were getting up to take class.  And you guessed it, Mrs Mackin went out of her way to move her classes to later in the day.  Okay, so it wasn't to suit us solely, but at least it meant others in different time zones could consider her wonderful classes.
Zoology is our final online class on Friday's.

Only two more classes to go, boo hoo.

Classes generally run from 60-90 minutes in length each week, and again this is a class with Mrs Mackin.

It's been interesting to learn about flying creatures, and in particular what kinds of birds and insects are common to certain countries.  That's where the live class environment makes it really interesting.  We, in New Zealand, can't relate to bats being in our neighbourhood ... we'd have to go on a tiki tour to look in caves for them.  Some of the students can actually say they've had bats fly through their house and huddle in their bed covers and stuff!!! Wow!!!
Okay, here's one of my all-time favourites from CurrClick.  I have not mentioned Mrs Lynn Schott's classes before, and yet we have taken many classes this year with Mrs Schott, of Founders Academy.  This week we enjoyed another elective:
We had a clash with our timetable so ended up watching the recording.  You see?!  That's the true beauty of online classes!!!! They are recorded so that on occasions when you have a timetable clash ... forget class altogether (ahem!!!) .... are sick .... or the class is scheduled at an awkward hour of the morning or evening .... then you simply go to your CurrClick Home Room Page, find your class and watch the recording!!!!

We love Mrs Schott's live elective sessions.  These can run for 30 minutes (younger tamariki) 60-90 minutes (8 years and up) and are wonderful for all age ranges.  Because tama 1 has such an interest in politics (American as well as our own kiwi institution etc), I considered the Founders Academy Government 101 course last year.  I hummed and haaed and let a semester go by.  Then, it was probably during the last CurrClickLive Open House that I decided to pop along to one of Mrs Schott's sessions.  I knew that tama 1 had an appreciation and understanding of many the facets to be taught so I asked whether it would be okay for a kiwi lad to participate and from there another wonderful friendship blossomed.

(Important Point:  I am incredibly blessed to have formed such wonderful online friendships with our CurrClickLive teachers!!!  The communication and interest generated within our homeschooling campus environment is something I do not take lightly.  I am appreciative of all the wonderful teachers who take a genuine interest in our family, our country and our futures.  I do not feel we would EVER experience this in a traditional school setting.)

The Govt 101 course was an intense 16-week class for a ten year old boy but he absolutely loved it because it was of interest to him to learn more about the American system.  His prior knowledge blew me away, but with Mrs Schott's guidance, he now has a much greater appreciation and knowledge.  I won't say his future is already paved out for him, but I could certainly see a direction he might head in ...

Actually, this is probably a timely moment to say that we heard from a friend yesterday via my brother Craig, in Auckland.  Our friend is now Associate Professor at an Australian University.  We met way back in the days when he was studying Political Science.  He's already worked at an American University, returned to Auckland University, and in just the past few weeks has moved to Australia.  We'd asked him for any guidance he may like to share for tama 1's interest in politics.  Being the tricky man to track down, it was whilst chatting to my brother on Skype that we managed to communicate and get some great feedback.  (Don't you love modern technology!!!)  Our friend had some wonderful suggestions and I was really thrilled to hear a few ideas which tama 1 already follows out of interest.  So, yes, I think I really could see tama 1 heading in that kind of direction ... if he so chooses.

Mrs Schott has an Economics class which I hope to register tama 1 for next year.  This semester his timetable is busy, but about to get insanely busy come August/September.  We will definitely, definitely join the Current Events classes next year at least.

Well, I think that covers the rest of the online classes I started talking about on Thursday.
I've listened to a number of the recorded sessions whilst writing up this post.  That's probably why I've ended up writing such a lengthy post --- quite relaxing to take in these sessions while doing something else, lol.

As always, I've probably left out something I will wish I had mentioned, but I'm glad I've finally put a good posting of our classes on here.  When my blog went quiet, it was because we had a truckload of CurrClickLive classes.  This semester is starting out slower because it's summer in the States, but soon it will be fall and the tamariki will get back into their busy schedules.  Tama 1 will find it particularly busy because I have registered him for two other online classes with another institute.  Whatever happens, I will do my best to keep up and keep recording.  There were some amazing moments last semester (our summer) and although I can't be specific in this public blog, I feel like I've missed a big chunk simply because I got lazy and stopped writing on here.

Well, I'm off to investigate how whaiāipo is getting on with the doors.

Tomorrow, I had better pick up tamāhine 2's exemption application and get on with the rest of it.  After starting a few weeks ago, I was comfortable to leave it again to just let things mull over in my head.  Now that I've had time to relax I have a much better idea what direction I will take it now.  I can't imagine I'll complete it tomorrow, but who knows?  Maybe I'll find peace like today to put my thoughts down?!!

Actually, just one last thing before I go.  At the beginning of my post I  mentioned I've registered for two free webinars.  Something really cool about the feature:  as soon as I registered the screen comes up with an option to add it to Outlook.  I clicked on that to see what would happen, and get this!!!  Not only did it enter it into Outlook, but it put them on the dates and times specific for New Zealand!!!  Yeah, I expected I'd be shifting it manually - but I didn't !!!  That's very cool!!!! Well, it is to me at least.

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

What a privilege to be part of CurrClick Live

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

This week has been absolutely wonderful and I feel blessed to be homsechooling to enjoy being a part of our children's educational journey.

Tuesday, Tama 1 was back into Mandarin.  This is the first time in which I couldn't sit with him the whole time because tamāhine 1 had a camp with Mrs. Rhodes.  (Tama 1 was registered also, so he sat in after Mandarin.)

From what I heard of tama 1 he sounded fine in Mandarin.  I'm so pleased he kept up his practice while Mrs Hong was in China.  He fell back into the routine with ease, but that comes with confidence from having done the work eh!!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, tama 1 had the honour of taking part in the:
 His role:
I had to get a photo sent through in time for the Open House, so we waited for the sun to come up after day 2 of camp with Mrs Rhodes and at 8 o'clock I got this quick photo of our handsome tama:
Not even 10½ yet, and our eldest son is an Ambassador, speaking to parents around the world!!!  Pretty amazing huh?!

I can only imagine how he must feel at his age to have had this opportunity.

Every single Ambassador did themselves proud, their parents proud and most definitely, they did CurrClick proud.  They all spoke honestly about their experiences in CurrClick Live classes with such tremendous conviction over two days.  May they treasure this time for as long as possible.

Such an honour and a privilege. Thank you to the teachers who nominated for tama 1 and thank you CurrClick for such an amazing Campus environment.

Today we had one of our great classes -  Rhythm & Ear.  Having missed Hymns of Faith yesterday, we made sure we were present today!!

Ms Lindsey has such a wonderful style of teaching that the children aren't afraid to try things when called upon - especially on microphone that is.  Another enjoyable aspect to the class is being able to share it with friends we have made from past classes; one of whom just so happens to be an Ambassador as well!!!! - deservedly so too, I hasten to add.  I was so proud of all the students who were in class today.

Tama 1 and tamāhine 1 were up first with their live practice and they both presented beautifully.  I looked on with pleasure as they put in their best efforts, and I know I've mentioned this before, but having encouraging comments from fellow students in the chat box really makes a big difference.  Everyone is keen to reciprocate with positive comments for their friends which is lovely because it keeps the mood positive, therefore the experience of presenting on microphone (or webcam whenever necessary) is not so nerve-racking.

With clashes in schedule over the last two weeks, we joined the Magic Treehouse Club meeting this week.  Book #5, and if you know the chapter books, you'll know it's about Ninjas.  Here's our kids straight after class making themselves look like Ninjas.  They made a few hand weapons too and played Ninjas for the rest of the day.
I'll have to leave it there because I need to get some rest.  It's a 5.30am start tomorrow.  Tamāhine 1 has Reader's Theatre with Mrs Rhodes - she adores Mrs Rhodes!!!  Then we have the final Hymns of Faith, followed immediately by Zoology.

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Reminder: CurrClick Live Fall Open House 2012 starts tomorrow

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Here's where we're up to with a few subjects today:

Math

Tama 1 completed Epsilon Lesson 25.  He will do the test āpōpō.
Tama 2 completed Unit Test II: Lessons 7 - 14.
Tamāhine 1 completed Lesson 24C.

Literature
Tama 2 - LLATL Yellow Book - lesson 3.
Tamāhine 1 - Serl's Intermediate Language Lessons - Lesson 4 - memorisation.

Mandarin
Tama 1 reviewed riddles 1-4.  Ready to recommence āpōpō.

Handwriting
The children's cursive looks beautiful.  We are still writing out the Rules which they have all committed to memory now.  Awesome:)

Music
Tama 1 looked over theory for himself and tamāhine 1.  Will need to push that along each day.

Free Resource for the Olympics:
The above is via Studyladder.  There was another one I received in my email from School Express this morning.

Before I head off, I hope y'all have registered for the FREE CurrClick Live Fall 2012 Open House events over the next two days:
I certainly hope so.  I enjoy the Open Houses because it's a great way to learn about the classes and to get an excellent feel for all the teachers.  It's FREE plus you may fancy heading over to ask questions from a:
Tama 1 is a Student Ambassador, so we would love to have you pop in and ask anything at all.  7.00pm CST or midday in New Zealand.


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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Coughs and colds can be a challenge but it was a good week nonethless

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

CurrClick
Tamāhine 1 had a busy, enjoyable and successful time in her first Oil Pastel camp.

Two days, two pastels.

Ninety minutes of non-stop drawing.

The results are fantastic.

 Day One

Taking class in PJ's
On her way out to see the doctor

Day Two

Surprisingly, the second drawing was a lot harder.  Trying to keep all the different colours from smudging into each other takes a lot of concentration.

Pilar is happy to slow down for students which is terrific.  Tamāhine 1 got a little behind at one stage, so I suggested she put the general colour and idea then go back afterward to finish off any little bits later.  (That's why the pom poms at the top aren't completed in this photo which I took immediately following class.  She worked on fixing things up later in the day.)

We will most certainly continue with Pilar come (NZ) spring time!!
We had a couple of Sick Days this week.  The two youngest had ear infections - a first for any of the kids.  Then tama 2 complained of a sore eye and tamāhine 1 said her ears have been funny on and off for a while now.  So, luckily whaiāipo already had a doctor's appointment on Thursday and we were able to slot the kids in with him.

Although everyone felt a lot better on Friday, we only did the online classes - which were plenty on their own. :o)

Well, the weekend has gone too fast I must say!!  Whaiāipo has made huge progress in the front room, (but I won't bore you with any pics this time).  He's making a great job of everything and we're all very proud of his work.  I can seriously say I am more than thrilled to see the steel beams disappear behind gibbing now!!!

I did have something else I was going to mention which was about time management, but I've stopped, started and deleted it so often that I'm not really sure how to say it now, but I'll try one more time...

Basically, I wanted to record that I spoke to the children about how I am trying to teach them time management with their school work because whether they are studying, working for an employer or managing a home and family, the ability to successfully manage their time is a learned skill.  Whether they understand that that is what they learn simply through carrying out daily tasks such as making their bed first thing in the morning or whatever, it is the habit of managing their time which will help them to become independent.

Granted, they are all very young still but already tama 1's timetable is becoming quite full, and tamāhine 1 is finding she is getting an increased load also.  This will feel like quite a challenge for them I'm sure, but that's what I'm here for - to guide and help every step of the way.

Anyway, I just wanted to record it here because as always, our blog is a great place for me to reflect on how and when things happen and as much as the last two paragraphs haven't really satisfied me with what I was trying to say, it will have to do.

I'm now gonna kick back and enjoy watching the 50th anniversary of Coronation Street.  Fifty years!!! The tram crash episode just finished and wow, it had a lot of action - definitely one of the best episodes I've ever seen.

Hari huritau ki a Aunty Adelaide.  She turned 86 yesterday - easy to remember her birthday eh!!  Bastille Day.


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