Wednesday, 23 September 2015


Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

A few things from the last month::

The Robbery by tamāhine 1
Tamāhine 1 created a wayang.  
The link to the recording is private so you will not be able to view it unless family and close friends.

It's a Javanese word used for puppet theatre.  
Some research indicates that it may have been imported from China or India, but either way, it's been an Indonesian tradition for centuries.

Tamāhine 1's puppet theatre video is just over two minutes long.  The whole project she did herself - with only her big brother required to press the button on the camera and me to hold the third puppet in position at one stage.  What a great project she made.

Speaking of projects, tama 1 made an accordion folder on The Hobbit.

 Bad photos are good -  nobody's likely to want to nab a copy ;)

Some of the kids working on Roman coins with air dry clay.

Tama 3 with another lego creation. Looks like a Chinook to me.

A couple of the boys making a reading corner for themselves.

 Plenty of art ...

Enjoying French ... we found this song ...

A friend was talking to me about the movie Frozen.
It reminded me how often we thrashed this Spanish version of the theme song:

Speaking of español, I found this video to help tamāhine 1 as she reviews the -ar verbs:
As for me, I've been spending few weeks enjoying:
What a line-up of speakers!
Absolutely ♥ing it
Loads of reading lately.  
The Kindles are getting a thrashing.  
I need more!
The kids have taken over mine. 
I'm happily reading from my desktop.

Kura is going great.  Romankids have enjoyed a new avenue of learning this past month so I'm super thrilled about that.  What a great time to be homeschooling!!
On my To Do List for next month ::  Sell some books!

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ka kite ano

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Gaius Julius Caesar - SOTW Vol 1 Chapter 34

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

This week the kids worked on mosaics for Chapter 34 Story of the World.

To round off our week of history, we will watch either:

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Enjoying Science in the Beginning

Nau mai, hoki mai and welcome back!

Just a quick post.

Today we completed Lesson 10 of Science in the Beginning and discussed how light can pass through an object.  This really quick experiment was so effective in helping us all understand transmission.

Tamāhine 1 and tama 2 use notebooks to record their work, and the younger children have their own questions to answer as well.  Tama 1, although working on Physical Science takes an interest in what the others are doing.  While the others worked in their notebooks, he came up with:

We are really enjoying Science in the Beginning by Dr Jay Wile.  It is written in such a way that the kids aren't switched off.  The length of each lesson is just right.  Not too long that they become bored, nor too short that they haven't learned anything.  The experiments to date are brilliant.  They are keen to do science - which is exactly what I hoped for.  Tamāhine 1 and tama 2 are keen to do science now!  The younger ones all enjoy the experiments side of things that's for real.

Before I go, I'll add in the experiment from Week 5:

This is the kind of experiment we've probably all done with a magnifying glass.  Again, simple - but it requires a sunny day ;)  Lessons leading up to this experiment made it so clear how and why this works.  By the time we did the experiment, the kids have learned and understood absorption, reflection, radiant energy, chemical energy, mechanical energy, thermal energy ....  That's why I like Dr. Wile's approach.  Small, chunky lessons with experiments at the end of each lesson.

Oh!!  Check out what the black piece of paper looked like after the kids did the experiment:

It's cool when things happen by chance. :)

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