Sunday, 16 September 2012

A very, very rainy Spring day

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Not sure if I mentioned this already, but this semester I decided to start teaching tama 1and tamāhine 1 how to write up short (personal) blog posts for each of their classes.  Even if they only type three of four sentences, it really doesn't matter.  If it says something about their learning then tino pai.  I'm so glad we're doing it this way because it means things I want recorded are definitely being taken care of and can be easily accessed.  I've added a challenge for them when composing posts for español - write as much as they can en español.  I might even throw the same challenge on tama 1 for his Mandarin posts ... hmm ....

It's been an important week in history this week.  This year marks the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
No sooner were we discussing this particular event in history when we learned of  the deaths at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.  What transpired from there was a discussion about "worldview," both historically and in the present.  Because we are learning about ancient civilisations (like Egypt, India etc) we tried to better understand why things happen in our world.

Speaking of history we talked about a time capsule.  Tama 1 had to quickly come up with a list of five things to put in one:
  1. Photo album - to show what we looked like, dressed like and what the scenery looks like around us.
  2. A letter written by tama 1 at his age now (10 years old) talking about life from his point of view.
  3. An atlas.  Because if there's one thing we have learned so far in our history lessons is that the world has changed.  For example, the names of areas today were certainly known as something else BC, y'know like Mesopotamia, or what was once known in more modern times as the USSR.  Or about the man-made islands such as Dubai's Palm Islands.  (Imagine if someone were able to have recorded Pangea.)  What about glaciers? ... or tiny Pacific Island countries like Kiribati that are sinking?  Or what if earthquake prone areas sink after a massive earthquake?  Yep, in another 500 years the landscape will be interesting to see.
  4. A set of house keys.  Once upon a time you didn't need to lock a door; some people still don't even live in a house to require a lockable door.  Who knows what people will use in the future?
  5. The last one ... Legos ... because of its worldwide popularity; plus they're fun and educational.  (Plus it had to be something small so he couldn't choose his dirt bike or anything like that.)
Staying with World History, here's what we did on a very, VERY wet Sunday (today) ...
Stonehenge and hieroglyphics ... they read Cleopatra and Tutankhamun (written twice)

Math U See

Zeta - tama 1 completed 3B
Epsilon - tamāhine 1 completed Test 3
Gamma - tama 2 completed 23A

I can only share the scarecrow artwork from tamāhine 1's latest session because it was advertised, whereas the second piece was a surprise for the students.  (Yay!! for their separate blogs :) )

I get such a kick out of tamāhine 1's artistic capability at 5 o'clock in the morning!!!


Tamāhine 1 is into her third semester of:
It's an early start for her but she's enjoyed these in the past.  Tamāhine 1 simply jumps out of bed to join Mrs Rhodes!!  I really don't mind getting up at 4.30am to light the fire and crank up the computers for 5 o'clock classes - especially when I know ngā tamariki enjoy certain classes; otherwise we'd join by recording eh!?
We have a half hour break between Treasury of Literature and Adventure Through Literature - again with Mrs Rhodes.  We're only into week 2, but it's shaping up to be another great class.
Español is one of the highlights of (my) our week. This semester is a true test of my ability to switch between tamāhine 1 while trying to keep an eye on tama 1 and tama 2 in their individual classes as well as sit in on a class that clashes for everybody - and don't forget keep an eye on the three younger ones.  Oh yes, Wednesday mornings are busy but very, very fun :)

Well, it took me a lot longer to write this post ... tama 1, tamāhine 1 and tama 2 are already home from TKD training.  They started learning their new patterns tonight and as always they were buzzing when they came home.

After a very long day being stuck inside I'm ready to hit the hay.

Thanks for dropping by
ka kite ano
Naku noa, na

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