Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tama 3 drawing

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These are some of the pictures tama 3 has drawn lately.  He has been following videos on Artventure for most of them.  If you're in Aoteaora, be sure to check out the NCHENZ website to get a discount.

He's really enjoying his art time.  I hope his enjoyment continues to grow.

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Monday went well

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This is one of those super short posts which is only thrilling to me.  When you have productive days it's nice to have it recorded to remind me on days when I wonder what the hang I'm doing on this homeschooling ride.

Today the kids worked on math and then split into whatever they wanted.  Tama 1 worked on his web design.  He's making a website about New Zealand.  I'll make a point of looking at it when they get home from TKD tonight to think of things he could add.

Tamāhine 1 worked on her craft work for Egypt.  Getting there!

Tama 2 was helpful with little ones before he worked on some of his music.  I don't know how far we'll get with music, but hey, while it lasts I'm happy he's trying.

I am pleased as punch Daylight Saving has arrived.  I can hardly wait to enjoy the longer days.  Getting up that hour later is fantastic.  Four o'clock kick-off tomorrow.  Awesome.

This afternoon tamāhine 1 and tama 1 sat with me to practice français.  We are working on saying numbers 20-60.   Spelling correctly proves tricky on some.  We also learned to how to say "What's the time?" Quelle heure est-il? and “Il est une heure, il est deux heures, il est trois heures," etc. plus midday which is "midi" and midnight which is "minuit".

Tama 3 did a heap of pictures today.  I will get them on camera to add.  The Artventure deal is worth it so far then.

Speaking of tama 3, he'll finish his math book this week I think.  If not this week then early next week, but I'm sure it'll be this week.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Bard - For Future Reference

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Apparently this is a good book to help me learn how to teach about the Bard.

I have it on Kindle so hopefully one day I'll chill out and read all the books I'm building up to get sorted.

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Here's the page for free Henty books:

I'm going to use the audio books I won through Jim Hodges :)  I still haven't downloaded those!  Must throw that on my to do list.

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Starting French

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We started French three weeks ago now and, having already known what Mr G is like, I knew the kids would enjoy it.  Mr G is a wonderful teacher.  Both tamāhine 1 and tama 1 have responded well to his style.  We already know his style anyway because we used to belong to the belong to the Language and Culture Club he used to run a few years ago.

There was a discussion the other day about the French not putting a full-stop (or period as the Americans call it) after Mme and Mme but there is one after M. for Monsieur.  We wrote to Mr G explaining that maybe they are like us and the British where we don't use a full-stop after Mr or Mrs anymore.  I'll copy the message here:

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

10:28 AM: Hi Mr G,

My mum said I should send you a copy of what I wrote from some of our learning today. We hope you don't mind. :)

Today in française we talked about abbreviations. Monsieur G showed us that in Le France, they use a full-stop after the abbreviation M. for monsieur. (In New Zealand we call it a full-stop, but in the States it is called a period.) The abbreviation "Mme" for Madame and "Mlle" for Mademoiselle.

My family talked about the use of the full-stop after abbreviations. Mum explained that we follow the British - we don't use a full-stop after Mr or Mrs because the abbreviation ends with the same letter as the whole word. (When we are in our online classes we sometimes forget because we see our American friends using the full-stop, lol)

If the letter at the end the abbreviation is NOT the one at the end of the whole word, then that's when we use a full-stop - like Prof. (Professor) or Capt. (Captain).

So it looks like French is similar Mlle (Mademoiselle) and Mme (Madame) the last letter of the entire word is "e" so you don't put a full-stop, but it's M. (Monsieur) because they haven't used the last letter "r".

Pretty cool.

10:16 PM: Merci ..... ! It looks like you must be right, that makes complete sense. I had never thought about it before! I'll try to remember to share this with the class on Wednesday if that's OK. Thanks for writing.

Week 3 completed today.  We have classes three times per week for an hour each class.  There are something like 54 students registered, but today I noticed we had 31 in class.  That's still large so the chances of getting on the mic are really slim.  Tama 1 got on once today and then when he went into español (which started with Señora Schere today and is unfortunately scheduled halfway through française now), tamāhine 1 asked if she could have a go.  Cool, considering I wasn't with her for a little while to check on tama 1.

So far the kids can say Bonjour! Je m'appelle ..... Je suis néo zélandais or néo zélandaise.  Je suis de Rotorua.  There's some other phrases, but also they concentrated on learning numbers 1-10 and then 20-60.  The nasal sound is hard to do quite often, but it's all practice.

Tama 1 got stuck into Spanish easily enough.  Using WizIQ will take some getting used to.  Schere knows exactly what I think of WizIQ, but I tautoko her with this new venture, so if that's what she's chosen then kei te pai.  The tarea and diapositivas we couldn't access which was weird, but I could watch the recording which was good and seemed to play well enough.  I still prefer Adobe - hands down!, but I'm always open to change so it's just a case of switching gears (backward gears if you ask me ;) ).

During class Schere mentioned Vía Dolorosa.  We knew that via is Latin for 'road' and 'way' and it wasn't until later that I recalled that Vía Dolorosa is in reference to when Jesus walks the road of sorrow before he is crucified.  Man, my religious background is like foreign languages - all but forgotten.

This recording is in Spanish.  Might share it with the class seeing as it was mentioned.  We'll see.

So, French is three times per week and today marked the end of week 3.  How totally cool.

Today Monsieur G shared some photos with the class so I think we better get tamāhine 1 to send her drawing of Eiffel Tower.
She did this as part of the Artventure which we subscribed to via the NCHENZ.  Totally glad we got a discount on that!  Between tamāhine 1 and tama 3 they are the two biggest users of it.  Not the best photo but it's unmistakeable nē rā?

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Not the typical crate, mate! {wink}

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A number of days ago I stumbled across this:

I thought it was a fair-dinkum NZ site, but hello! it's not!!!  They don't even freight to Aotearoa (yet).  Take a look at the site though, it's great.  I have to say, the only kiwi crate I know of is NOTHING like what they promote, lol.  I'm quite sure all (true blue) kiwis will understand what I'm saying, wink, wink, so no more!

Anyway, just throwing this one onto the blog to keep an eye on in the distant future.

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Stellar Parallax

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The above is what tama 1 created on Stellar Parallax.  This is just before he started General Science.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Daylight Saving ended

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Daylight Saving ended last night.  The big kids are at TKD and it's already dark, boo hoo!!!  The clock is nearing 6.30pm and I guess it will be pitch black by then.  Tama 5 is climbing on anything and everything.  I need eyes in the back in my head as I type this!

I'll keep this post very short and sweet.

Tamāhine 1 turned 11 last week.  We had the usual quiet family day.  They had TKD that night, plus whaiāipo had to work half day followed by a plumbers thingy between 4.00pm-6.00pm.  So, we had the staple chocolate cake and banners as our celebration.  No prezzies from us but koro was really brilliant.  He gave her a bunch of wooden kiwi bookmarks.  They're neat!!

Whaiāipo and the kids have been digging the last few days trying to prep the ground for the decking to go on the southern side.  It's been long, arduous work, but they've done a fantastic job.  I told them that if any of them feel exhausted at TKD then just bow and stand with dad.  I don't need anyone pressuring themselves.  Little tickers are tickers nonetheless.

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I wish I had lots of money.  I just want to buy everything that's in the MP catalogue, lol.  I've tried sourcing stuff in NZ but there's hardly a thing.  What little I can find is exorbitantly priced.  The price of postage though from the States (BEFORE converting into kiwi dollars) is scary too.  I need to think carefully.  I have considered getting just a few bits instead, such as the First Form Latin for the older kids and Latina Christiana I for tama 2.  Or perhaps I should just forget the Latin seeing as we have plenty of it already?  Perhaps I should be looking a subjects for tama 2, instead?

I was keen to buy the logic set but I've already purchased the Art of Argument from CAP for tamāhine 1 (she'll not be ready for another year or two, but I have it in advance) and I think that should be good enough for the likes of that. 

With regard logic, Tama 1 did very well with:
But, I'd really like to use CAP and I think some of the other kids (tamāhine 1 and tama 2 especially) would benefit from the DVD lessons from CAP.

What else am I looking at with CAP?  Well, I still like the looks of Latin Alive! but again, I've probably got enough Latin material, so the verdict is not out yet on whether I'll buy it (but I'm quietly confident I will, mwah ha ha ha - that's my maniacal laugh for yah!)   I'm just a sucker for Latin.  I'm a sucker for language texts.  I do pick them all up and have a good poke around to understand more clearly.  They're just my kind of fun.
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I've dragged out some of the classical texts I have and am finally reading through them again.  I still find Climbing Parnassus a headache.  I just don't understand half of it.  Text like this one just put me to sleep.  It's not written in my style of enjoyment, y'know?  Me thinks I'll still be in the early chapters come a year or two down the track.

Well, I just tried looking for the Greek Koine DVDs again.  I don't know where they've got to.  I had them the other day but for the life of me, I can't see them now.

I ordered what I thought were the lessons for the CAP Greek, but ugh!  I made a boo-boo.  I ordered what I already have!  What a twit!!!  At least I can say I've only ever made double-up errors twice so that's not so tragic in the grand scheme of things.

{I might sneak upstairs again to see if I can't find the Koine DVDs.  Hopefully tama 5 will be okay playing with the others in the lounge.}

Found it!!

We've started using the CAP Greek Alphabet Code Cracker.  It's great.  (Highly recommend.)  I really wish I'd purchased the correct disks.  It was meant to be the Greek disks for Greek for Children.  This is in the same style as Latin for Children.  Seeing as our Spanish is likely to be coming to an end with our wonderful teacher at Currlick, I decided to watch the CAP Spanish for Children.  It has been designed exactly like the Greek and Latin.  The difference with the Spanish is that it's a totally different person teaching and not Chris Perrin - or Dr. Christopher Perrin to you :)  Spanish is going to be left hanging soon .... and if I don't find something fast, we'll forget what we know.

I think that if we can get our heads around Latin for Children, then we should cope with the Greek for Children.  Familiarity in sequence should make a huge difference I think.  But so does an easy style of teaching.  MP has that, both familiarity and ease of teaching.  Trouble is, I'm not "feeling it" with their Greek lessons.

Hmm, here's a quick thought:  Did I even purchase the correct disks?  Probably not, because we had no money back then and I may have just purchased the textbook to see if I liked it and if so, was of the thought I'd buy the disks as and when we could afford (but then probably forgot all about that part eh!!! hee hee.)

Well, it's now 7.30pm and tama 5 is getting scratchy.  I'll finish off here tonight.  I'm really hoping to add some pictures at some point; but when that'll happen - yep

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Monday, 3 March 2014

Very Small Update

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I'm finding it hard to get time to sit down and blog.  We have been so busy building the house, homeschooling, and of course; raising a family!  The house is going so s-l-o-w-l-y, but I am grateful for anything that is added.

One of my biggest problems with blogging is that I tend to want photos added to the blog posts.  Nothing screams, "boring!" more than a page of words.

Firstly, we didn't school over Christmas at all.  In fact, I probably gave up doing any book-work style schooling around the last time I ever wrote.

That makes documenting the end of last year easier, because we've only started back since the beginning of February.

The three older kids should have commenced 2014 with the next level Math.  BUT, because we flagged a lot of school work well before the end of the year; um, well, yeah!!!  They are now having to complete the workbooks from last year.

I can at least say that the next levels are on their way.  I purchased them late last week.  (I was NOT impressed with the postage price - let alone the increase in workbook price!  If it were anything other than MUS, you can bet your bottom dollar that I would probably have purchased from overseas direct.  I find kiwi prices just too phenomenal.  I get my nose out of joint that delivery is more expensive to rural addresses too (not that THAT is relevant in this case, but I'm throwing it in there cos I'm allowed to have a grumble every now and then! :) )

Tama 3 didn't commence his formal schooling until age six, but I have absolutely no qualms about his learning.  He's a breeze after struggling with his older sister.  He likes mathematics which is great.  He is very much like the older kids, so I know we can grow with learning with him.


This week Tama 2 completed Delta, Tama 1 completed Zeta.  Their motivation?  Receiving their next leveled workbooks.  Wow!  Fancy being motivated to finish a workbook so you can start the next one?!

Tamāhine 1 is still working in Epsilon.  I think she's up to Lesson 24.

Late last week I decided to buy Primer and Alpha for tamāhine 2 and tama 3 or have it ready for tama 4. I don't think there's much in Primer that tama 3 needs to do, but I'll start with that book anyway, just to introduce school to him.

Well, that's where I have to finish today's post.  Attention wanted in a hundred directions!

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