Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Rolling along

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Things are rolling along very nicely in our homeschool.  This semester is going to be full-on for a while so blogging has to go by the by.  I'm busy all day with everyone; and the homework is so exciting and interesting and time-consuming all rolled into one!  Smiles all around though!  No, honestly!  Very happy campers here.

We've been enjoying some great experiments with tama 1's Physics; an awesome ongoing project in geography as well as fantastic assignments in ASA.  We've recorded everything on YouTube so it's good to know I have it externally as well (for posterity).  Tama 2's geography needs some re-thinking.  The interest isn't quite the same on his behalf.  Hmmm ....

Tamāhine 1 has involved herself in her art, Mystery of History II and, my favourite - W2W.  Each week she has been challenged in her art, but she has given each assignment true dedication and effort.

W2W has afforded the opportunity to try making a video-timeline-thingy.  It worked out splendidly; albeit time-consuming this first-time around.  We now know what to do (more importantly, which computer to use! --- it would appear the usb ports on my laptop are starting to give out.) Pity my laptop doesn't have an inbuilt microphone.  Hei aha, the other has so I've already tested it all out.  Works perfectly.  Technical glitches really can drive a person insane huh?! LOL.

We took a few weeks break from math.  Just so much going on blah blah blah blah.  But, we're getting back into it starting this week.

Dear oh dear, I look around the classroom and aargh! what a mess!  Hei aha, I'm off to watch:

The kids watched it the other day but I missed lots of it...

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Assignment - William Carey

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Recently we read:

Using the above text we created this:

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Feels like spring

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Whaiāipo celebrated his 49th this week.  Some of his family were over for the day which was really nice for him.   

I'll share the drawings by tama 2 ...
and tama 1...
Saturday was exciting.  In the mail came tama 1's physics kit ...
I like this photo by tamāhine 1 which she took through the rainbow glasses...

Then tamāhine 1 played with tama 1's "Magnet Man"
That got tama 1 deciding to be creative too...
Tamāhine 1 started working on her art assignment.  The weather has been just a tad too chilly for her to sit outside to work, so I came up with a different idea.  Photograph a segment of what she needed and get it as large as we could.  It seemed to work very effectively.
Today, (Sunday) felt like spring.  Beautifully sunny and warm.  So this morning, I sent her down the back to continue.

And while she worked, her younger siblings played...
By the time she returned to the house, tamāhine 1 was very pleased with her progress.

With luck, the weather will be nice tomorrow to give her another chance to sit with the subject matter 'live.'
Bengal tiger - yep, what about it?

Well, he just so happened to be in the envelope from India.
We chose to open this envelope now because India is the country tamāhine 1 is working with as part of her Windows to the World class.
By opening this envelope her younger siblings are able to join in and learn a little bit with her.

Tamāhine 1 has also worked on her first assignment for the Windows to the World class.  Hopefully we don't run out of time to add one extra idea.

I have been looking forward to this class so much because I know it will really open her eyes to what some peoples of the world face on a daily basis.  Through the wonderful book selection, discussion and sharing of thoughts, I feel confident tamāhine 1 will grow further in her knowledge and compassion for others.

In her introductory class, tamāhine 1 has learned about the 10-40 window.  To help the students gain a little more perspective, they have been assigned countries to research.  It's a very short assignment; with one of the main purposes behind it to simply give the students an opportunity to submit a piece of work.  It's important for students to be familiar and confident with navigating the home page - it can be mind-boggling the first time around.  Being the veterans we are, this is a breezy week.

Well, I must away.  TKD is in an hour and there's much to do.

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Curious about Math-U-See?

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As I was loading dates to my calendar of the MUS free workshops I'm interested in, I  thought it may be useful to share a link for any readers curious about Math-U-See.
The workshops are held at 2.00pm Eastern; so in New Zealand that's 6.00am the following day, throughout August to September.  Come October, we will have Daylight Saving in Aotearoa, so it will be 7.00am kickoff.  
If you're researching MUS, then these live workshops should provide a tremendous amount of information to better enable your decision-making process.  I'm interested in the Secondary Student session in particular.  Although we are not at that stage yet, I want to research it because I'll have a secondary student faster than I can blink.

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Snippets from today

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Lesson 30
The above was a new game on Veritas Press.  As you can see, it's based on Jeopardy.  Tama 2 totally aced it.

Veritas Press have certainly created an educational, yet entertaining online series.  I'm truly thrilled with this purchase.  There's quite a feeling of satisfaction when I print out the weekly reports. :)


Tama 2 completed Test 23 Delta
Tamāhine 1 completed Test 19 Epsilon
Tama 1 completed Lesson 21 C and D

Yesterday we purchased ...
With luck we bought the right supplies! 
Tamāhine 1's art class with Landry Academy begins next week.  Just between you, me and the gate-post, I'm nervous for her.  I know I want her to be challenged, but I just hope it's not too advanced.  Tamāhine  1's work will be graded - something she's not used to!!  However, I must remind myself that when I decided to register tamāhine 1 for this class, I did feel she was ready to be graded.  I just need to hold faith it'll all be okay.  Oh!!  And fingers crossed the textbook arrives before the first class.

Speaking of art, I will register tamāhine 1 for a free art class with a new teacher at CurrClick.
Last word on art...

Today the children enjoyed the special guest at Mark Kistler Live.  The characters they drew are easily recognisable.  Gosh, I feel so excited for them.  Their art has improved in the last year, and I feel privileged to be able to watch it develop even further over the coming months.
Notice how we are able to expand the live feed video?  Wicked eh?!
Well, my second brother should be in the country now.  This will be the first time since mum died that we've gathered together.  Tomorrow we celebrate koro's birthday.  Most of the kids are bathed and ready for the day.  Only two stubborn ones to tackle tomorrow morning, lol.
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Thursday, 8 August 2013

This is where Romankids are at with Math-U-See

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Time for an update on Math-U-See.
Tamāhine 1

Tama 1

Tama 2
I would really like to buy Primer for tamāhine 2 and tama 3.  I just need to decide if I'm buying everybody else the next levels up at the same time because they've only 10 lessons each (or less) remaining.

Ngā tamariki scored 100% on their mahi.  Tamāhine 1 started a new lesson today and did so well that she did both A and B.  Tamāhine 1 didn't need anyone to explain it; she understood Steve Demme's instructions and simply got on with it.  Tino rawe.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Giggles with Art Classes - thanks Mark Kistler

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I didn't have to wake tamāhine 1, or tama 1 yesterday.  They both got up within minutes of me sneaking downstairs just after 6.00am.

They had a blast.  As I busied myself lighting the fire and setting the table for parakuihi, I could hear them laughing out so loud - more than once!  What a great way to start a morning!  Love it.
Then at 11.30am tamāhine 1, tama 1 and tama 2 joined in the 6.30pm CST class.  Tama 2 found it tricky to keep up initially, but soon found his groove and enjoyed laughing alongside his siblings (and fellow classmates).
We only did the 11.30am NZT class today.

Online classes with Landry Academy begin next week, so I decided the kids can enjoy what precious few days they can and sleep-in until 7.00am if possible.  Come next week, we have 5.00am kickoffs.  And, depending if tama 1 really wants to sit in on the live Physics class, then possibly 3.00am kickoff on Tuesdays.

So, perhaps for the rest of the week we'll just do the 11.30am NZT class? ... Maybe, lol.

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I never drove it; and I only ever sat in it twice: 
  1. The day it arrived; and 
  2. The day I took photos to sell it.  
It served its purpose for the time we had it, but we need the moolahs so it's bye-bye Honda.

No sooner had I pressed the "Start Auction" button on TradeMe when suddenly someone's wanting it. 

Tomorrow it'll be gone.

Now we turn our attention to figure out what else we can sell ...

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Maths Challenge has rolled around again

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We have participated in this event for what? three years now, I think.

The children enjoy themselves, so I've registered them again this year.

Registrations now open for the ASB New Zealand Maths Challenge. 

Attracting over 70,000 Kiwi students, the ASB New Zealand Maths Challenge (21st 22nd of August) uses curriculum activities and live on-line competitions to immerse your child in the world of Maths.  It's free to enter, all on-line, and encourages your child to love learning maths whilst competing against their mates.

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Monday, 5 August 2013

Self-paced History Course with Veritas Press

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Okay, I want to record just a little bit about the fun we are having with:

 Old Testament Ancient Egypt
Self-Paced History Course
Remarkably we have already completed five weeks!  Tama 2 would say one of his favourite parts is the memorisation song.  It is really helping to cement his understanding because it's catchy and with the aid of the flashcards, he's learning the Old Testament in chronological order.

This self-paced course is 36 weeks in duration, which equals 160 lessons.

As luck would have it, I already had the bulk of the texts in our home library.  What I did buy though, was:
Volume Two should arrive later in the year.  It's pretty much just come off the presses; good timing, Maree! Can't wait to get it! Yes!

I can't describe it any better than you'll read at the websiteIt is written with the same kind of engaging style as the self-paced history course videos are.  Tama 2 looks forward to each instalment.  And that's what I was aiming for.  Finding something that grabs and holds his attention.  I know I don't need to say this, but kids all have different learning styles, different likes and dislikes when it comes to textbooks etc.  Tama 2 easily switches off if he finds things difficult, or uninteresting.  Five weeks down, and it's tama 2 who asks if we can do the next lesson.  Tau ke!!

This is by no means a review.  Good heavens, I haven't even scratched the surface, lol.  As always, I'm documenting what we're using; finding useful; recording for our schooling journey purposes and just putting it out there should it tickle anyone's fancy to look into.

Veritas Press have some online live classes which we could attend because the time converts nicely in Aoteara time, and they are endeavouring to provide more for overseas customers.  That's definitely worth a thumb's up from me.  Now, as for whether any of our kids have the opportunity to take something online ... well, I'll keep you posted.  You know me, (well, actually you don't, ha ha), so lets rephrase that. ...  Knowing me, I'll not rule it out.  Anything that clicks for one or all of the kids, I'll research it and then give it a go.  Like anything else, it all depends on how much herengi/moni is in the pūtea.

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Online Art Classes

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Ngā tamariki got a kick out of reading an email today.

Sorry, you'll need to click on the image for a larger view. :(

We're just trying to work out which live classes we'll do.  Probably try the 6.30am NZT class first and then the 11.30am NZT.

The online class was earmarked because we were already committed for 12 months over at Mark's:
I chose to wait until the above subscription ran out, and now we're ready.

Our tamariki have all enjoyed Mark's witty character.  Even our five year old has managed to draw better than I can - thanks to Mark Kistler.

Test run complete; now we just need to wake up and jump in.

Hmm .... I wonder what creations the kids will share with dad at the breakfast table āpōpō.

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Saturday, 3 August 2013

Playing Paramedics

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As I ironed, I watched the kids playing this afternoon.

I've included all the photos because the kids took the photos themselves.  Tama 3 had fun photographing, so I've just got to include all of them.

Whether Shrek (aka the patient) survived treatment, I don't know, lol.

I like the way they used the fort as a helicopter.  They not only played as siblings, but practiced first aid skills learned at St John Youth and knots they learn at Cubs and Scouts.  Imaginative play is just the best isn't it?!

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