23 May 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ 23 May 2016 (Finding Books for a Voracious Reader)

Having a teen that is a voracious reader, and an audio book devourer, is a great problem to have.... until it's time to start finding additional titles that are content appropriate for that particular child.
Keeping up with the supply and demand seemed easier during the younger years;  we are finding keeping Daisy's Free Reading basket supplied with interesting and good quality stories a challenge this year.
We've been scouring  through all/any book lists and suggestions others have compiled and are coming up with very few usable options.  I could start pulling books that are semi ear marked for the next three years English Lit studies, but we were wanting to save those for 'new' stories to enjoy and study then - my prayer orientated friends will understand this;  so, I figured it's time I started praying that we will come across some more worthy or interesting/delightful  (& age appropriate)  books for her,  since Daisy doesn't have many Free Reading titles left on this years list.
(Her free reading options, for 2016,  are listed part way down this long post under  Free, Unscheduled, Reading for Daisy).

Here's a portion of our week ahead:

May Monday 23  2016
·       Family
Bible
All:  Luke 

History & Geography
Christians of Note:  
Jonathan Goforth 1859-1936,  (Canadian.  Missionary to China)
Smith Wigglesworth 1859-1947  (British Evangelist)  

3:  Short Stories: 
·        The Open Window  ~ Saki (1914) Notes for Daisy
·        The Interlopers  ~ Saki (1919)    (extra)

·       Jay
History & Geography  
2:  Bp Early Modern Times:    (allowing 2 weeks)
Ch: 14 p.210a,   Ch:15 Big Business (Robber Barons) 212-224a

3:   ITTC: Henry James (1881)  p.287

Mapping:  BP  wk.15  U.S.A in 1912

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
Outliers ~ Gladwell    (Assignment)  

Free Reading
Animal Farm ~ Orwell   (1945)  Brit Lit

·       Daisy
History & Geography  
2:  Bp Early Modern Times:       
Ch: 14 p.210a,  Ch:15 Big Business (Robber Barons) 212-224a

3:  KF p.378-379 (Arts), p.382-383 (Science) (1836-1913)
4:  ITTC: Henry James (1881)  p.287
 
Mapping:  BP  wk.15  U.S.A in 1912
Review:  Your choice  (Lizardpoint)

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
1:  Hudson Taylor  ~  Benge
2:  The Keeper of the Bees ~ Stratton-Porter  (post WWI)

Free Reading
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit ~ Kerr  SL300 

2:  Audio’s in May:
Mrs. Pollifax series  
Bk8:  Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle       Story line is more intense in this book than others that we've listened to in the series so far.
Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle Audiobook
Bk10:  Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief         Interesting art history/art forgery theme in this one. 

18 May 2016

Fahrenheit 451 ~ A Few Extras

Jay is using Fahrenheit 451 ~ Ray Bradbury as one of his dystopian reads for a research paper he's needing to complete, and SL 300 Lit doesn't have this as one of their Modern History books so I decided to go searching for some discussion guides/writing prompts etc for us to use.  Here is what we archived:
Fahrenheit 451 Teachers Guide (pdf)  Under the heading Books & Lesson plans, scroll down to:  Teacher Guide from Simon & Schuster
The Big Read Fahrenheit 451 (pdf)  also can be down loaded from here
Steppenwolf Guide (pdf)
Essay Questions   &  Themes  (also includes other items that may be of interest)

We also had a brief look at anti-heroes in Modern Times literature and in today's culture.

Spare, sit down and just read, hours seem to be in very short supply this year so I elected to listen through this book on audio (to check for possible content issues, and so I could discuss it with Jay... and in a few years time with Daisy when she reads it.) 
I was able to download the audio for free through e.pukapuka (pertinent info, just for kiwis) - though I did notice that audible USA has the version read by Tim Robbins available too (I thought he read this book really well).

I know of  a few other mums who appreciate knowing of potential content that may need  discussion in books, ahead of time too, so tossing this comment in, again:

Fahrenheit 451 ~ Bradbury    1953
(Dystopian.   This makes for tame reading after pre-reading 1984, and, Brave new World.  We purposely went with this book as opposed to other curriculum providers dystopian suggestion  (depressing! s3x & drug based,  suicidal and despair filled ending) Brave New World.
Fahrenheit 451 still contains content issues -  a woman tries to commit suicide, dysfunctional marriage, totalitarian state which murders people, protagonist uses a fire torch on his work colleagues - but!  the story ends with hope!  We both really appreciated the ending

16 May 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ 16 May 2016 (Navigating around extra-curricular Commitments)

Some weeks feel amazingly short of hours to fit in academic subjects at home; this one is shaping up to be just that with Jay home for lessons only 2 days this week. (High school years sure are requiring scheduling flexibility )
Here's what we do to academically navigate around extra-curricular commitments - we take our intended week ahead  suggestions and do some serious pruning and condensing, as we don't do after tea "homework" - bible and literature stays, always, then, for Jay, we endeavour to fit in English, Math, and Business Studies if there is time.
I've switched Jay's novel (reader) to audio format so that he has something hands free to do while he's out-and-about and sitting around waiting;  and, his reading time will be with a title he is wanting to complete.
·       Jay
History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
4:  Outliers ~ Gladwell    (book of choice to read)

2:  Audio’s in May: 
2:  Out of the Silent Planet ~ C.S. Lewis (1938)  Sci-fi

Most of the line-up beneath is for Daisy, who other than an orthodontist visit is following her suggested working schedule as usual this week.

May Monday 16  2016
·       Family
Bible
All:  Luke 12+

History & Geography
Artist:   Mary Cassatt
Christian of Note:  Hudson Taylor 1832-1905

1:  Read Alouds:   Kiwis at War : 1915Diana Menefy
2:  Book Basket:   Do Hard Things ~ Harris 
3:  Short Stories:    The Machine Stops ~ Forester (1909) complete

·       Daisy
History & Geography

2:  Bp Early Modern Times:
Ch: 13  (Review only)  188-190a, 194b-195
3:  KF p.3782  (Boxer Rebellion 1900)

Mapping:  BP Map of Russia (complete from last week)
Review:  China  (Lizardpoint)

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
1:  Hudson Taylor  ~ Benge
2:  The Keeper of the Bees ~ Stratton-Porter   (end of WW1)  To start this week.   (we inserted The Keeper of the Bees here so Daisy's reading line-up about the Great War wasn't all crammed into a narrow time frame.  It fits in well with our family read aloud.)
Free Reading
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit ~ Kerr  SL300  (Complete this week)
2:  Audio’s in May:
The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax ~ Gilman (bk 3)
Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station ~ Gilman (bk 6)  see our review notes

10 May 2016

Mrs. Pollifax series .....

This is not intended as either a promotional or disapproving post, but as an extra info type up for a few others that may be interested in our take on Dorothy Gilman's  Mrs. Pollifax series.
I do enjoy researching the background of authors with books we read, especially if we are going to immerse ourselves in a series by them.  Books definitely promote a writers world view.

A few biography sites on Dorothy Gilman tout her as holding Unitarian beliefs; and, the prevailing beliefs the characters promote in the Mrs. Pollifax series seem to support this - with Mrs. Pollifax agreeing to reincarnation, physic insight, offering a buddist blessing,  and then praying that God would protect someone... all in a few chapters :-)  Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station
Clairvoyants, pyschics, astrologists, and upholders of theological humanitarianism (the belief that Jesus Christ possessed a human nature only) are all treated with the same Unitarian open handedness.

The series is engaging, and we're enjoying the story aspect !! , yet I'm making sure I preview each audiobook before handing them to Daisy so that we can discuss any "religious" issues under girding the storyline in each book.
So far I've previewed:
The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax  (Instanbul)
The Elusive Mrs. Polliax  (Bulgaria)
Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station

We won't be going through every title, maybe just 5 or 6 (and not book 8 as quite a few reviewers note that one as being 'darker' with Gilman detailing the torture of Mrs. Pollifax  - not a theme I'm wanting to include in a 'cozy mystery' book for Daisy.)

The titles I'm selecting out are definitely driven by geographical location to compliment our Modern Times History study this year.  We're using this as an opportunity to, once again, compare and contrast religious world views as we read.... we have a great diversity of religious beliefs amongst our family and associates and it's interesting for Daisy to spot them in the literature she's reading this year.
I just love using a literature based approach to education.

09 May 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ 9 May 2016

What we type up as our week ahead is, always, only a guide line since the out workings in our daily life ends up dictating the things we can, or cannot, achieve during any given day.
Jay will be spending some time this week, and next,  at courses away from home so that changes how much work we choose to prescribe for him to complete.
Here's our intend line up for History and English this week ... hopefully

May Monday 09  2016
·       Family
Bible
All:  Luke 12+

History & Geography
Hymn:  Higher Ground  ~ Johnson Oatman .Jr
(Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.235)       
Artist:   Mary Cassatt

1:  Read Alouds:
1915: Wounds of War ~ Diana Menefy     (It’s Dn’s turn to chose the next family read aloud and this one made the cut ☺)
(teaching notes from Scholastic) 

2:  Book Basket:
Do Hard Things ~ Harris   

3:  Short Stories:
The  Machine Stops ~ Forster (1909)

4:  Afternoon Audio:
War & Peace ~ Tolstoy  (1869)

·       Jay
History & Geography
2:  Bp Early Modern Times:
Ch: 12 Tsarist Russia 168-171a
 
3: ITTC: Dostoyevsky ~ The Brothers Karamazov (1880) p.283

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
1:  NZ Road Code 
2:  Anthem ~ Rand   (1937)  Dystopian  (includes content that is easy to skip and/or discuss as needed) 
4:  Outliers ~ Gladwell     

2:  Audio’s in May: 
1:  Made for Success ~ Ziglar

English
2:  Te Kura English  Reader Response Booklet   
Novel:  Fahrenheit 451 ~ Bradbury  (Utopian)   R.R

3:  Life of Fred Language Arts    Injecting some humorous review into Jay's English time; we've had these for a while and haven't  taken the time to enjoy them yet.

·       Daisy
History & Geography
2:  Bp Early Modern Times:
Ch: 12 Tsarist Russia 168-171a
4: Flesh and Blood So Cheap ~ Marrin   (USA 1911)
5: ITTC: Dostoyevsky ~ The Brothers Karamazov (1880) p.283

Mapping:  Russia
Review:  Australia/Oceania (Lizardpoint)
History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
1:  C.S. Lewis ~ Benge   (optional read)
Free Reading
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit ~ Kerr 

02 May 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ May 2 2016 (Includes Book Reviews)

Term break seems to have gone so quickly; and here we are back to scheduled learning.
I did manage to get some encouragement listening done amongst the other things I was wanting to work on last week.
One of the audiobooks I started listening to was Sally Clarkson's Own Your Life, the topics covered in this particular book resonates so deeply with me.  Much of what Sally writes about is the way I aspire, prayerfully, to live my life ....I said aspire, not attained to ☺.    Recommending this book!

I've also managed to listen through The Great Gatsby ~ Fitzgerald, and am currently a good way through  Alas, Babylon ~ Frank - both are SL Lit 300 reads.
Gatsby is an easy listen (read), almost too easy - Fitzgerald writes with such fluidity and almost poetic, beautiful, prose, which could lull one into missing the content that is actually going on in the book; emotional and physical adultery,  drug and drink induced binge parties,  along with other low calibre conduct that could also be found in the jazz era. For other mums that like to know about additional content issues, Fitzgerald includes two sensual encounters: one premarital, the other adulterous.
I'd like Jay to go through Gatsby next year (2017) with the sensual content edited;  with that adjustment it makes for a great conversational read.
Alas, Babylon also has sensuality interspersed through the beginning chapters, and a few chapters towards the end , along with some language content. (We'll be editing out the former.)  I'm thinking of including this title as one of Jay's reads for this year as the story line is very interesting - written in 1959 Frank details the collapse of the United States after a nuclear war, as he sees it.

Our Week Ahead, which predominately details just what we're doing for History and English:
Children on the Shore ~ Cassett (1884)
May Monday 02  2016
·       Family
Bible
All:  Luke 10+

History & Geography
Hymn:  Send the Light  ~ Charles Gabriel
(Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.213)
    
Artist:   Mary Cassatt 

1:  Read Alouds:
The Road from Home ~ Kherdian (1915)  SL 300

2:  Book Basket:
Do Hard Things ~ Harris   together, book basket time

3:  Short Stories: 
The  Machine Stops ~ Forster (1909)

4: Afternoon Audiobook:
War & Peace ~ Tolstoy (1869)  week 2 of 4


·       Jay
History & Geography
2:  Bp Early Modern Times: Ch:11 Jim Crow Laws U.S.A., Australia, Africa p.153-154a,156-167a

Mapping:  
Review:  Australia/Oceania (Lizardpoint)

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
1:  NZ Road Code
2:  Rabbit-proof Fence ~ Pilkington (1931)  (Aust)
3:  Outliers ~ Gladwell     SL 400

Free Reading
1:  The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ~ Doyle
2:  Tales From  the Perilous Realm ~ Tolkien

2:  Audio’s in May: 
1:  Made for Success ~ Ziglar

English
1:  Essentials in Writing:  Essay  Fri
2:  NZ English  Reader Response Booklet   M, T, W, T
Novel:  
Fahrenheit 451 ~ Bradbury  (Utopian)   R.R
Short Stories:
How Much Land Does a Man Need ~ Tolstoy (1886)   R.R.

·       Daisy
History & Geography
2:  Bp Early Modern Times
Ch:11 Jim Crow Laws U.S.A., Australia, Africa p.153-154a,156-167a

3:  KF Encyclopedia
 p.374-375 (Australia 1788-1913)

4:  Flesh and Blood So Cheap ~ Marrin   (USA 1911)      Really interesting book

Mapping:  Australia   BiblioPlan Map wk11
Review:  Australia/Oceania (Lizardpoint)

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
1:  C.S. Lewis ~ Benge   (optional read)
2:  Delight-led reading (not sure of titles yet) 

2:  Audio’s in May:
1:  Rabbit-proof Fence ~ Pilkington (1931)  (Aust) completed.    Does have a few content issues that we discussed before Daisy started listening to this
2:  Agatha Christie (title (?)
4:  Trumpeter of Krakow ~ Kelly   ex.SL