Saturday, 18 April 2015

Good day for planning

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

One day I will sit down and make a new blog - or at least try to revamp the looks of this one.  Well, actually, the intention is to make a website with tama 1.  At this stage we're just making a "pretend" one.  One day - when tama 1 is ready, it will go live.  He's still learning and experimenting.  I've already shown him what little knowledge I have in that area.  Time for him to spread his wings.

Well, this morning I made sure to add all the dates for online classes starting later this year.  It is so tricky having to make sure I change the times on the calendar when it comes to the changes in DST in both countries!  Then again, I'm a pro at it now, lol, so it doesn't take too much effort.  I've also added French 3 (not that I've paid for that).  Having it sorted out, I avoid us coming in late or, on the other side of the coin, too early.

It's raining today.  Certainly getting the change in seasons now.  When we have sunshine, it's lovely, but of course, it's getting dark earlier in the evenings.  I dunno about you, but for me, I count down to the shortest day as something to look forward to, cos then it's the excitement of knowing the days gradually get longer.  (Just my corny way of staying positive.)

Whaiāipo was meant to be working on the house but he hasn't come home yet.  It's now after midday,(after 1pm now!) so who knows what time he will make it.  He had to go out to Tarawera of all places!  I've asked him to buy us something to go with lunch - seeing as it's raining.  Such a miserable day (weather-wise).

Have I mentioned I looked at the Greek class that HSC has?  Only the recorded class ... but I like it!!!  We will introduce that into our lessons at some later date (ie  probably not this year).


Oh yeah!!!!  I'll be so excited if we master any of these.  (Tama 1 is mastering Spanish, so he's on the road to bilingualism).  I could count coding too I guess but that and te reo I don't really class under foreign language, but yeah, another language to know.  It's been how many years now since we did anything with Irasshai?  Too many, but then again, plenty of time.  It hasn't been binned, it's just side-lined.  The kids have been exposed to it, know it's there and we will pick it up at some stage.  Whether tama 1 wants to try Mandarin again in the future, well, who knows.  There's a lifetime of learning, so he will know what he wants to do.  Me, I prefer Japanese.  None of the four tones in the language.  I used to like writing Kanji, Hirigana and Katakana (hey! I even remember the names of the writings, ha ha! High five to me!) 

Right, I need to work on our other subjects for term II.

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Friday, 17 April 2015


Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Although it's school holidays in New Zealand, we haven't actually stopped due to the online classes, but we are winding down to the end of them.  I think the kiwi holidays will be over and done with before the last online class ... or very close to it.  Aaah, it's going to be nice to relax and just have our home learning on its own for a while.

I have spoken a little bit with Schere about tama 2 taking up Spanish.  I am not 100% sure whether to commence him yet.  It will depend how we continue with Latin.  If, by the time Spanish starts, he is doing well enough with Latin, then I guess there's no reason not to try Spanish, but I will play it by ear at the minute.  Tamāhine 1 will return to Schere, and that makes me really happy.

As soon as tama 1  has finished doing his assignments for Python he can have a rest for a week or whatever and then we will kick into AO, join in with the others in Latin etc.

All the books are in from Classical Academic Press.  I think I mentioned I had to contact Customs, didn't I?

Well, now I'm awaiting the arrival of French books from Memoria Press.  I've had to write to them and tell them they have not arrived.  As of 4 April they are in NZ somewhere but I have absolutely no idea where they've got to after Auckland.  Not here, that's for real.

Speaking of French, CAP will have French available in summer (US obviously, so not long to wait).  I didn't know that before I purchased MP's French.  Hei aha.

Schere posted the book the students will read in literature class, so I've ordered that from Book Depository.  "Because of Winn-Dixie" which is entitled "Gracias a Winn-Dixie" in the Spanish version,  We've never read the English version let alone attempt the Spanish. Funnily enough I purchased the English version on Kindle a few months back so that's good.  I will start reading that tonight I think to get an idea of the story.

Tamāhine 1 continues to read like a Trojan and she's been so excited to get back to the the library.  Being without wheels, the library visits came to a grinding halt.  Tama 2 is reading so much more than he ever has done.  Granted, he is reading Asterix and Geronimo Stilton books, but hey!  it's a start.  Tama 3 grabs dozens!!

Speaking of tama 3, he is coming along great guns with his maths and reading and writing.  I want to start him on cursive just as soon as I can see he can write nicely without following my guide-marks on the page.

Anyway, that's a quick rundown.

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

La Ciudad - tama 1

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

The day we filmed this, it rained! rained! rained!  The end result?  Not the flashest we've ever done, but we had no wheels until that very day.  As soon as whaiāipo brought the van home from getting the Warrant of Fitness, the kids and I piled in and headed off.

(This will no play if you do not have permission from Romankids Homeschool Academy.
For school record purposes only.)

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Early April

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

So, tamāhine 1 turned 12 yesterday - it just happened to fall on Good Friday this year.  That meant we didn't see koro or the boys because, of course, dad went to mass.  We spoke to them all in the early evening.

Nana Nancy came over though bearing Easter eggs and things.  It was lovely having her.


Being Easter, the kids received pyjamas, but yuck! My poor girls were given "onesies" !! Aaargh!!  The boys got good pyjamas, but my girls?  ONESIES?!!!  Are you kidding me?  Who the hang came up with the idea - worse still, who came up with such a stupid name?  I can't stand the things.  {Oh dear, I see some people heading out the door, never to return to this blog.  Hei aha.}  Tamāhine 2 actually wore her one last night because it's a novelty.  She soon took it off when she felt hot - thank goodness.  Tamāhine 1 is not keen on her one in the slightest.  I cannot believe that even adults wear the ridiculous things.  What adult in their right mind thinks they look any good?  I hold them right up there in the same category as pants hanging around backsides.  Pa.the.tic.


The kids awoke to the keyboard for their surprise.  Tamāhine 1 can probably claim it as her birthday present, but in actual fact it is meant for them all.  I did say that to them, but I think the boys were happy enough for tamāhine 1 to feel privileged.

Tama 2 was a good boy and sat down within minutes of seeing it to work on his music composition.  It will be interesting to see what he comes up with.


Tamāhine 1 completed her Zeta workbook; she just has the test booklet to complete, so she will either finish that next week if we keep working right through.  I really don't want to lose the momentum of the classes, but by the same token we do have to get Tama 1's project completed for Spanish.  I don't usually have to worry about maths though.  The kids normally take full ownership of their maths lessons, so yeah, she should be completely finished next week.


Whaiāipo got the van motor all sorted yesterday.  He almost had it done when Nancy arrived.  So, as soon as she left he completed it.  He took it for a drive last night.  He said it drove well.  Today he will take the shelving out, put the seats and seatbelts back in.  Yay!  Then it is ready to go for a warrant on Tuesday (if he has time to do it then).  So, we are almost ready to get out on the road as a whole family soon.  At least it came in handy for him when he first went out in business.  Don't forget, to check out the website if you need a plumber!

This morning, he has taken tama 2 and tama 3 to get a haircut and then drop off library books.  He will come home afterwards and take tama 1 and tamāhine 1, so tama 1 can get a haircut and then the two of them get to go into the library also.  It may be inconvenient that he can only take two passengers in the van, but we've planned things out really well around some of his plumbing as well as incorporate the kids to get to the library.  Because he does some work for the barber, the trips to the barber shop tie in with what he needs to do there too.  So, it's all good.


It started off as a really nice, clear blue sky kind of a day ... but now there is cloud.  We had a super super SUPER day yesterday.  Hot, sunny and just perfect for a birthday girl.  Hopefully this cloud will lift and we had a great clear night for that eclipse to watch just before 1.00am.


Oh, we pushed the piano outside yesterday.  We will push it over to the shed later today.  The kids can clank it over there.  I just wanted more room in the school room.  Much easier to move a keyboard around than the piano.

The material from CAP arrived.  I had my first experience having to contact customs because of that order.  My package was held until I could verify it was for personal use.  I had to send through a copy of the invoice, which I did.  It wasn't over the amount required to pay any further tax, thank goodness.  {Mental note:  Be sure to check the customs website to see how much I can bring in before further tax is added.}  That was certainly a first.  Hardly anything to what I ordered, so pretty weird it was held up, but I certainly didn't mind.

Looking forward to finishing with the online classes.  The final classes will be filled with great presentations.  Which reminds me, I am "meant" to be helping compose tama 1's Spanish assignment.  The video needs to be in by the 8th (well, our 9th).  I haven't written much at all, and knowing me I will probably re-do what I have already rewritten.  I'm trying to draw on my knowledge of the history of Rotorua for tama 1.  He'll be translating and then it's thinking of where to shoot the scenes.


Tama 5 is playing on the keyboard right now making all sorts of silly noises!!  Crazy kid.  A big hint for mum to get off the computer, nē?!  Besides, Uncles Craig and Mark should be heading this way at some point, so I had better try tidying up the work spaces.  They are full to overflowing.

Plus, I really MUST work on that assignment!  The uncles will come in handy, as they always do, to pick their brains for ideas on la ciudad.

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