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 uses beautiful, 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
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)

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

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     

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

1:  Essentials in Writing:  Essay  Fri
2:  NZ English  Reader Response Booklet   M, T, W, T
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 (?)

20 April 2016

Books for Youngers by S.D.Smith

Small update after our audiobook post:
Daisy (14) will happily read from young titles like
 Dairy of A Wombat ~ Jackie French, and, 
The Library ~ Sarah Stewart up to, and including, older teen reads like
Don Quixote ~ Cervantes  (content issues),  Lorna Doone ~ R.D. Blackmore and  Northanger Abbey ~ Austen;   since it should be universally acknowledged ;-)  that well written books are able to be enjoyed at any age.  
That is the category that Smith's books fall into for Daisy; they are well written and the story is very engaging!
If you do not have younger children in your space to justify a listen through Smith's books, I'd recommend just doing it; and classify it as literary research... if you were wanting an excuse.
Thanks to audible's recent sale Daisy was gifted with an opportunity to listen through
The Black Star of Kingston ~ S.D. Smith 
A little while back, she didn't really want to go through The Black Star of Kingston since she'd enjoyed The Green Ember so much and thought the prequel might ruin the pleasurable 'after taste' Green Ember had left her with; not so!   The Black Star has been gifted with a solid 5/5 rating, and is a title she recommends.  
She's hoping that the author is hard at work getting a sequel ready for publication, and her subsequent enjoyment ☺   

18 April 2016

Week of April 18 2016

We start our term break on Thursday this week so our line up consists of books, and items, to finish reading before then.

April Monday 18  2016

·       Family
All:  Luke 10+

History & Geography
1:  Read Alouds:
·        The Road from Home ~ Kherdian (1915)       The Rabbit trails we're taking with this book are very interesting.  All of us are appreciating this title as our current family read aloud.  Recommend!!
·        Outliers ~ Gladwell    

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

4:  Film Studies: Watch a portion of the BBC (1972) : War and Peace  production, to help visualise most of the characters.       War and Peace is a very involved book - so many characters!

·       Both
History & Geography
1: The Story of New Zealand  ~ Bassett:  
Ch:10  Family Life in the Late 19th Century p.95 -105
Ch:11  Many Settlements Become One p.106-120
Ch:12  The Rise of Farmer Bill p.121-134

4:   ITTC: Leo Tolstoy ~ Cowan p.279-280a

Short Stories:
How Much Land Does a Man Need ~ Tolstoy (1886)
Three Questions ~ Tolstoy   (1903) Russian Parable
·       Jay
History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
1:  NZ Road Code 
3:   Fahrenheit 451 ~ Bradbury  (Utopian)     Reading Response required.     (content issues)

2:  Audio’s for April: 
3:  Churchill’s History of WWII:
The Second World War.  1: Milestones to Disaster 

·       Daisy
History & Geography
Mapping:  New Zealand
Review:  Mountains and Rivers  (Lizardpoint)

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
1:  William Booth ~ Benge (Missionary)   
2:  Tales from The Perilous Realm ~ Tolkien

2:  Audio’s for April:
The Blackstone of Kingston  ~  Smith
The Secret School ~ Avi
Curtain: Periot’s Final Case ~ Christie (needs discussion. Content issues)
1:  Essentials in Writing, Level 8  Mon, Tues
2:  Essentials in Literature 8  Weds

17 April 2016

Audiobooks in April ~ Just a few More

I'll get off this topic soon...... once the Audible sale is finished I'll get back to posting about other things.  ( I'm not an affiliate of Audible, so these posts have no hidden agenda ☺)

For anyone that was wanting to listen to Elizabeth Gaskell's book Cranford:
if you "purchase" the amazon kindle edition for $0.00  first the well read audiobook,  over at audible , becomes a very affordable  USD $0.99
The same can be done with Wives and Daughters, though if it was me I'd be selecting out another reader to go through the audiobook with.  The other options cost USD $2.00 more than the edition read by Nadia May, but with over 25 hours of listening to get through, that's still very good value for money; and, would gift someone a huge amount of listening time while they tackle some those 'before winter hits' jobs.

Reading through Gladys Hunt's Honey for a Woman's Heart has given me some new authors and titles to consider; one author I've decided to try is Dorothy Gilman, and I went with her book The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax  as it had one of the highest ratings.  I'm hoping this will be an enjoyable new series for Daisy to listen through, since she's listened to all the appropriate Agatha Christie titles we have.

14 April 2016

Audiobooks ~ 50% off Sale at Audible

Which coincides, close enough ☺, with the arrival of our NZ Homeschool Allowance; so, I've been trying to find time to work through our wish list and see what will benefit us the most.
We try not to purchase anything that is over $11.95, as I can purchase titles over that price at a later stage - by selecting Buy 3 Extra Credits, which cost that amount each.
The sales ends on the 18th April (USA time) so that gives me until midday on the 19th to trawl through our wish list.

Here's what has made the cut so far:
 I've heard others mention this book, and decided I'd like to have a try at it; hoping it's not one of those titles that the thought of reading it is much better than actually doing it.
 This is a more economical way, at $9.99, for me to enjoy Sally Clarkson's book.  A printed (book) copy is currently $21.51 over at bookdepository.

 I really enjoy books like this; full of courage, faith and human compassion.

I'm not sure about this one yet... sometimes the 'passion' part is much more than I'm wanting to spend time listening to.  Wondering if anyone else has been through this book and could let us know about any sensual/s3xual content?    The story line appealed to my Scots ancestry ☺
The Highland Witch
A breathtaking novel of passion and betrayal in 17th-century Scotland and the portrait of an unforgettable heroine.
February 13, 1692. Thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan are killed by soldiers who had previously enjoyed the clan’s hospitality. Many more die from exposure. Forty miles south, brilliant, captivating Corrag—accused witch and orphaned herbalist—is imprisoned in the Scottish highlands for her involvement in the massacre. As she awaits her death, she tells her story to Charles Leslie, an Irish propagandist who seeks information she may have condemning the Protestant King William. Hers is a story of passion, courage, love, and the magic of the natural world. By telling it, she transforms both their lives.
Dead Man's Folly is the last Hercule Periot mystery and the story takes place, with Captain Hastings, back at Styles which is where we were first introduced to Hastings.
 I'm wanting to listen to this before (should I?) hand the printed edition to Jay for a Lit study.
 The Secret School is a lighter listen for Daisy; and the content fits in with our Modern History study.
 Mansfield Park was $0.00, as we own the 'free' kindle (via amazon).  I already have the edition read by Juliet Stevenson, but it's nice to have a 'spare copy' with a different reader.

I've wanted to read, or listen, to this for a good while.  So pleased to be able to (hopefully) listen to it while I work.