Saturday, 28 March 2015


Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

The boys went off to grading today.  Tamāhine 1 stayed home with me and the little ones because she wasn't keen to go this time.  None of our kids were grading, but they go to tautoko the tauira who are trying to grade.  Especially when someone's going for their black belt.  The more black belts that challenge them en masse the better.

The next grading is at Mōrena (Morrinsville).  But that grading we know tama 1 and tama 2 are up for black belts.  Tama 1 goes for black belt (now that he's 13) whereas tama 2 goes for junior black belt.  Tamāhine 1 has to wait until she is 13, like her brother, to go for her black belt.  So that will make three belt kids in the house.

What a change for me.  Nearly four years of grading with me left home with young ones.  It was really nice to have her home.  But, I am looking forward to going to grading myself one of these days.  The two I have concerns with are getting a lot better, so hopefully another grading or two.  I always get a little sad when they go to gradings now because this time last year I miscarried while they were at a grading.  Sucks!  Especially seeing as I haven't fallen pregnant again yet.  I don't want to be admitting I might be getting too old.  Hang, I'll be half a century next year.  That's still young in my books.  Trouble is, after having so many miscarriages now, I'm starting to feel scared that if I do fall pregnant I'll only miscarry again.  Hate that feeling.

This is what we did during our time together ...
I took the photo using the camera on the laptop. My digital camera is on the blink.  Do you like the Easter egg I did with tamāhine 1?  Nifty huh.  I must find the link for that y'all.

We listened to the audiobook of Green Ember as we painted.

Tama 5 decided to tip out all the Lego, but it's since been cleaned up.  The others played outside every once in a while, and kept themselves amused.

Looking forward to having the menfolk home though.  They should be here very soon.

Received the upgraded TWSS from IEW today.  It looks awesome in its box!  So glad I went ahead with upgrading.

That reminds me:  Yesterday I received a letter from NZ Post.  I had to contact them about the package I'm expecting from Classical Academic Press.  I had to e-mail a copy of the invoice to Customs.  They got back to me and said it was all okay and the figure was under the amount to pay any duty.  I will have to look at their website to learn what they class as too much.  Anyway, the package will be here next week I would say.  The latest update on the tracking thingy said that it has cleared Customs.  It's just a matter of waiting for NZ Post now.  Cool bananas.

Sorry for a jumbled post.  Busy running around with the kids and enjoying the time with my big girl.

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Friday, 27 March 2015

One seriously long word!!

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Here's a word tama 1 gave us about two days ago now:


It means - a lung disease caused by inhalation of silica dust.


+  "ultramicroscopic"

+  "silico"

+  "volcano"

+ "coniosis"


Throw that around in your vocab this week.  Yeah, right!

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Math courtesy of tama 4

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

I just remembered to document something from a little while back.

Tama 4:   "There's an alien called Rankray.  There's another alien called Maggie.  Maggie had a cup, so that's why the answer is a cup."

Okay, what's the significance of that?  We laughed at the time because it was so darn cute they way he did it.

About a week ago, tama 2 was stuck on a math question.  I'm fairly sure it was converting litres into cups or vice versa.  Something relatively simple, but the wording had tama 2 confused.  He's in MUS Zeta and there are plenty of review questions to do with litres, millilitres and so on.

He was stuck as I say trying to interpret the wording correctly, so as always we use the whiteboard or tools - such as the Pyrex measuring dish in this instance, to help solidify concepts.  On this particular occasion we were in deep discussion (when I say "we" I mean, tama 1, myself and whichever student is struggling with a concept), when suddenly tama 4 raises his hand - to which we all laughed at such a sight (raising a hand? What?)

 "Tama 1!" says the little scholar,
{Okay!  So, of course he didn't say "tama 1" ... but you can follow this story I'm sure} 
"I have a question."
Tama 1 asks him to proceed and that's when he came out with the above.  We all looked at each other totally confused, as I'm sure you are too.  But then we all laughed and he laughed.

Just the fact he raised his hand to ask a question was hilarious enough.  But, it goes to show, they are listening even when you're actually teaching someone else. 

Very cute.

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

First Term

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Tell yah one thing, I'm such a sucker for anything Latin.  You name it, I've probably either looked at it, got it, or it's on its way.  Take right now for example.  I am playing a recording from First Form Latin on the Memoria Press site.  I'm forever wanting to compare what we're doing with what else is on offer.  What a shocker I am!  Will I get it?  Maybe/Probably.

I hope to watch the Henle II recording that MP has also.  I'm only curious about Henle because I know Classical Conversations go with that nowadays, so nosey-parker Maree, just has to take a look.

There's no real need for me to look at anything else because we're rocking along kei te pai, but hey! what can I say?  LOL.  In my defence, I look at all these things because I know that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to teaching one child to another.  I want to shop around knowing what styles there are in case I think it will better suit a child.


Tama 1's rolling along so well with Spanish, I'm left behind now.  That's so cool!!!  He has a bright future ahead of him by learning as many languages as he can right now. 

What's he got on his agenda at the minute?  Well, he has to work on his assignment for SOARS.  I've asked him to outline his strategy to complete his weekly targets which he understands will help him stay focused.  He's chosen the academic section as, unfortunately, the hands-on project required parts far outside our budget.  As I talk about it, he's since ditched it all to go play down the back, lol.  I'm happy with that.  Nothing pleases me more than kids playing outside every day.  He's well organised that I know he will pick up from where he left off when he eventually comes inside.

Tama 1 and tamāhine 1 are working on country assignments for Spanish and tama 2 is working okay with his music lessons.  Actually, I must check if I need to print out any more music sheets.  I can't ask him because he's out with whaiāipo at a job. Yep!  That means the house is getting very little work done on it this weekend.  Ho hum.

Tama 3 will have completed his reading lessons in two weeks.  His maths is going well; he's now writing expanded notation.  His writing is coming along nicely.  It's been a long, long time since I tried him with cursive writing.  However, I will not revisit that until I get his print at a stage I'm really happy with.  At the moment I am helping with where to write the letter in the middle of the line, etc.

Tamāhine 2 has now gone backwards with her reading.  Her math is kindergarten.  Her writing can be hit and miss.  She recognises a lot of the kiddy Latin.  She muddles up sounds as usual but at least she gives it a try.  She feels like she's doing a good day's work, but mum is tearing her hair out trying to figure where she's gone wrong.  So often I am left thinking that I just don't know how to help her.

Tama 4 continues to play. He knows some of the kiddy Latin.  I am not going to start anything formal with him until he is six.  He's got quite an attitude so I need to fix that first.  I will start writing his exemption when we get the winter break I think.  It helped getting onto it earlier when I did tama 4.  Time escapes so quickly I've learned in the past.

Tama 5 is definitely clever.  I am grateful I potty-trained him early.  I just wish I had done it with all of them.  Never knew it would be so easy.  Look at the nightmare with tama 4 by comparison. :)

It's after 1.00pm and the kids might possibly be heading back to the house?  Or perhaps tama 3 is just here to get something to take back down to the others ...  Whaiāipo returned home about 12.15pm.  He went upstairs but I already heard him talking to someone on his mobile, so no doubt he'll off to another job.  Koro rang to say the boys are going up to Auckland to the Eagles concert.  They went to the unveiling of the uncles plaques down at Muruika, Maori soldiers' cemetery.  I should have gone, I know, but tama 5 is too clever to know when I'm up early.  I don't like leaving him with whaiāipo in the a.m. but the p.m. is okay.  I was there in spirit though.

Anyway, I think that will do.  I will go back to watching Latin recordings and potter around with things that need doing.

Not pregnant; boo hoo.  Seems the season has changed for me but I am having a very difficult time accepting it. ...

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