Saturday, 27 July 2013

Pay What You Want is on this weekend only!

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Wow!  They said it was going to be HUGE!! CurrClick weren't kidding!

This is wildly innovative !!!
Valid from the 26th through to the 29th of July 2013.  So ... click here and start loading your cart.

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Friday, 26 July 2013

Looking forward to CurrClick Fall Semester classes

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The excitement built leading up to the CurrClick Fall Open House 2013.  This much anticipated event was a success from start to finish.

Tama 1 proudly donned his CurrClick t-shirt and from Wednesday to Friday, he focused his attention on his role as Student Ambassador.
Although winter season here in Aotearoa, we were fortunate in that the Open House was scheduled during the US evening, ie  6.30pm Central.  That equates to 11.30am in New Zealand.  So, in order for tama 1 to wear a t-shirt, it was lucky that by that time of the day the sun is out and the rooms are warm. :)
Each day, tama 1 was assigned a specific task.  
He rose to the occasion and, although I could not be with him due to tama 5 grizzling just at the most inopportune moments (!), I was at least able to sneak in and ask him quietly if things were okay.
One of the best things about online classes - and Open Homes - is that I can watch the recording!  Usually events such as this will be available the following week.  Well, whenever it becomes available, I shall watch the Student Ambassador segments, together with the Open Homes I missed. 
I tried to join in as many as I could.  For example, I made a point of joining Loretta Rhodes of Lessons Worth Learning.  Most of Loretta's classes were already posted, but I hadn't seen the Geography Club so I wanted to know when that was starting again.  For anyone following my blog over the last year or so, you will have seen our family have been part of Mrs Rhodes' Geography Club since its inception (actually, don't quote me on that, I may not be correct!  oops, hmm... well, I think we have ...)

Another of our favourites, is the now Mrs. Lindsey Schwindt of Musical Thoughts.  I've been very keen to register the kids for more music classes.  There are three classes at this stage I am considering.  No doubt I will talk about those once the Fall Semester gets under way.
During Friday's session, my niece, Therese, popped out to spend the day with us.  She remained in Rotorua while her mum and dad and sister, Lizzie, drove down to the nation's capital; Whanganui-ā-Tara (Wellington).

Therese seized the moment and announced to tamāhine 1 and tama 2 that she would give them a photography lesson!!!
And! Get this!  She gave them a test!



The past fortnight has been an absolute blessing.  I am pleased beyond expression for taking an end of term break.  We all needed it.


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Monday, 22 July 2013

Just needs painting

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Here's the stationery cupboard ...






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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Tama 3 experiments with letter writing

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It never fails to excite me:  to watch the excitement of each tamariki as they explore their new skills of writing and reading.

Tama 3 was happily colouring in, then I noticed him copying out the instruction.  I couldn't resist grabbing a few snapshots.



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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Tama 1's sketching

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I grabbed some snap shots from tama 1's sketching - back in May? 2013.



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Monday, 15 July 2013

Wednesdays were busy indeed

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Since the end of March this year through to the end of semester at CurrClickLive, tama 1's Wednesday mornings were exactly like this ...
 Tama 1 would be in class on one computer, and we'd all be keeping an eye on his Brain Teaser Bureau to let him know when new responses appeared requiring attention
We tried to come up with as many interesting ways to present his Bureau.  For example, the above photo shows the newspaper article about our family which was published at Easter.  It coincided nicely with tama 1's Student Ambassador Day, so we used it. :)

I'll keep rummaging through the photos to hopefully find more.

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

End of term holiday project

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The gauntlet was laid down for the eldest three:  Build a stationery cupboard for our classroom.

At this time of year, children who attend 'regular' school, commence Term 2 school holidays.  There are many holiday activities on offer in and around the city.  These activities prove very popular.  So, I'm looking at this as our Romankids Homeschool Holiday Activity.

Nah!  Not really!  Quite simply, we've planned this since building the room, and now we have some time to do it.

Firstly, let's see where the cupboard will be located:
 
The above bookcase is just oozing over with books etc.
You may notice the time on the clock?  It's almost midday.  Saturday.  The morning was spent in the shed measuring, cutting and laying out the pieces before bringing everything over to the house.  I couldn't get any photos of the morning work because I was busy inside the house.  Not to worry, another cupboard (similar to the one the kids are making now), will be built for the opposite corner - where the clock is.




 Explaining why we need to use the brace
 To avoid bowing ...
Whaiāipo showed how it's done

 



 By Saturday evening, we brought it back to the classroom to try it in place.
Whaiāipo wanted to be sure there was a 25mm gap 
between the right side of the cupboard and the wall.
This allows for the phone line which comes through the wall.

There is. :)


So, that's where things are at on Saturday night.

Sunday, my niece Lizzie arrived to collect her furniture that we stored in the shed for her while she returned to Kuwait last year.  Whaiāipo even arose early to clean her couches, and check everything was in order.

The project will continue later in the week.

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Brief Hello!


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Well, Tama 5 is now seven months old.  So that means it's a month since I wrote.  Aargh!!

So, let's look backwards yet again and try to play some kind of catching up.


In recent weeks
I've bought IEW which I've wanted for years.  I'm really, really thrilled with it.

Oh, I must mention too! that I purchased it from the New Zealand distributor!!  I am thrilled to support a local distributor.  Too often it doesn't work out that way.  I spend a lot of time converting, adding freight and comparing prices.  Unfortunately, New Zealand distributors and/or retail outlets do not make it worthwhile.  But this time, it converted well into NZD.  The biggest trick:  Spend $300 or more (really easy considering my aim was the foundational materials) AND pay direct - ie  do NOT use a credit card.  I can't say I'll be spending $300 every time, but the initial order has set us up.

The last thing I have purchased is a self-paced Old Testament and Ancient Egypt course from Veritas Press.  Again, I have looked at this for a long time.  But, oh!  I am definitely glad we have it now!  We are loving it.  I only registered tama 2 because it's really for him that I want to cover this period.  His older siblings tautoko their brother - and even tamāhine 2 joins in with the memorisation sing along.  I shall try to remember to order it when they advertise their big sale ($99USD).

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