27 March 2017

Our Week Ahead becomes ...Books Being Read ~ March 2017

Trying to find time to get regular 'our week ahead' posts up is just not happening... so I thought I'd share what we've been reading this month, along with a quick comment about the rest of our educating at home topics. 

Jay and Daisy are plugging away at their academic subjects though we've needed to make changes to Jay's academic workload as he spends more and more time away from home with part time work.  Since Jay now has less time to sit and read, we've switched some of his titles over to audio book - works perfectly; and, amazingly he's electing to go through the fiction titles that have been sitting there waiting to be read.  The Surfeit of Lamprey's has been dust collecting on his book basket list since last year; listened to, and enjoyed now.

Daisy is rather enjoying using Greenleaf's Guide alongside her reading of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.   Greenleaf doesn't go through the entire book, so Daisy is electing to read through the rest of it anyway 

** For NZ-ers:  Whitcoulls stock and sell The Greenleaf Guide to Medieval Literature.
Reading for Daisy is never an issue, she'll happily do that anytime, any day, anywhere - so she tries to focus on getting academic subjects out the way first.

Book Baskets:
Book Sale Find:  Just Binne
Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps & Timelines  (Church History)
Bede's Ecclesiastical Hist of the English Speaking Church
How to Write Clearly ~ Beechick  
The Prince of the House of David ~ Ingraham
The Faerie Queen ~ Edmund Spenser (1590's epic poem)   (unabridged audio)
Horrible Histories: Vile Victorians ~ Deary  :-P   (library sale find)
What She Could;  & Opportunities ( A sequel) ~ Susan Warner
Just Binnie ~ Dick King-Smith  (so nice to find a positive presentation of belief in God, and the power of prayer, in a Modern Times chapter book .  I found this easier chapter book book in a library sale; and, since I enjoyed Daisy decided to read it too.)
The Secret of Walter Mitty ~ Thurber  (Short story)
The Most Dangerous Game ~ Connell  (Short story)
A White Heron ~ Jewett  (Short story)
How to Read Slowly ~ James Shire
The Student Leadership Challenge ~ Kouzes & Posner  (Leadership Course. Spine)
Leaders Who Last ~ Dave Kraft   (audio)
Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps & Timelines  (Church History)
Surfeit of Lampreys ~ Ngaio Marsh ( Mystery)
Died in the Wool ~ Marsh   (Mystery)     (audio  the one thing I don't like about James Saxon narration is the heavy! affectation he injects into the reading.)

21 February 2017

Our Week Ahead ~ Mon 20 Feb 2017

Summer has certainly arrived late in our region - the hot balmy weather most hoped for over the Christmas break didn't happen - we are having days with significant heat in them now.
(Perfect weather to be at the beach, the lake, lounging in the pool ....... We, however, are doing scheduled learning, painting the house, stacking away firewood for winter and reorganising our very scruffy shrub gardens; and, enjoying visiting family!)

Our learning for the week ahead contains the following:

History & Geography    
Rose Book of Charts      p.34  AD1, AD100

History, Literature, & Book Basket: 
1: Book Basket:
The Prince of the House of David ~ Ingraham 

2:  Audio’s in Feb:
The Faerie Queen ~ Edmund Spenser (1590's epic poem)   (unabridged audio)
1:  Essentials in Writing 10 
2:  Essentials in Literature
o   The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 
3: Greenleaf Guide to Medieval Lit
o   Bede   (AD 731)  wk 1 of 3   (Lesson 1)

Church History, & Geography
Rose Book of Charts      p.34  AD1, AD100

Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
1:  The Whisper of Glocken ~ Carol Kendall
o   2: Lite Coin ~ Branson
o   3: How to Read Slowly ~ Shire p.1-21  
2:  Audio’s in Feb:
Surfeit of Lampreys ~ Ngaio Marsh (1941)  NZ/Britain

Business Studies 
o   The Leadership Challenge ~ Kouzes/Posner p.3-21

All:   St. John Ch:7+

Book Basket
Christian History Made Easy ~ Jones   Ch:1

1:  Read Alouds:  
o   Short Stories  by Saki

2:  Other: 
C.A. book ~  Dn to read and discuss

My Book Basket:
1 Samuel (KJV Bible)
Surprised By Joy ~ C.S. Lewis (audio)

(Previewing the following titles for Daisy)
The Girl Who Drank the Moon ~ Kelly Barnhill (Modern fairy tale.  Check out authors worldview)
The Clocks ~ Agatha Christie
Juno ~ Fleur Beale (appears to justify adultery, details 'mystic' powers)

14 February 2017

2017 Booklist in Reading Order ~ info post for me

2017 Book Lists in Reading ORDER
Daisy (15):  
TGC: Classics of British Literature ~ Prof. John Sutherland (audio. selections)
8: Anglo-Saxon Roots—Pessimism and Comradeship
16: Chaucer—Social Diversity
17: Chaucer—A Man of Unusual Cultivation

AllSorts Selection (Includes Brit Lit books)
2: Elbows off the Table ~ Patsy Rowe   (etiquette refresher)
2: The Hound of Ulster ~ Rosemary Sutcliff  (Celts.  Cuchulain Saga.  Read before Beowulf)
4: The Prince of the House of David ~ J.H. Ingraham   (AD 30's) (Christian Classic)
5-7: How to Write Clearly ~ Beechick   (N/F English)
8: Anglo-Saxon Poetry (selections) GG  (Brit Lit)   
  -Deor's Lament
  -The Seafarer
  -The Wanderer
  -Caedmon's Hymn
  -The Dream of the Rood
9: Beowulf   GG   (Brit Lit)    (the illustrated version is a family favourite)
9: Spring Tide ~ Mary Ray    (Roman. AD 311)
16: Knight's Fee ~ Rosemary Sutcliff  ('England'   1066 tie-in)
17-19: Chaucer (selections)  GG  (Brit Lit)   
17c: I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade ~ Wilson  (1339.  Animistic themes)
18: Crispin:The Cross of Lead ~ Avi   (England.  1377)
20: Hamlet   GG (Brit Lit)   (Read alongside:  Brightest Heaven of Invention) (Play)
21: The Three Musketeers ~ Alexandre Dumas (1625-28)  (French Lit)
25: The Hobbit ~ Tolkien ( re-read for lit study EiL)
26: Nicholas Nickleby ~ Charles Dickens  1861 (Brit Lit) audio, dramatised  (Brit Lit)   
28: Silas Marner ~ George Elliot    1861  (Brit Lit)   
31: Moonfleet ~J. Meade Falkner  (pub 1898)  setting 1757
34:  Surprised by Joy ~ C.S. Lewis   (1955) (essay.  Auto bio /Christian) (Brit Lit)   
Free Reading (optional titles)
3: Three Little Great Ladies ~ W. Percy Smith (Young Ladies of Virtue Series
3: Dora: A Tale of Influence ~ author unknonw (YLoVS   which are similar to Lamplighter books)
4: A Little Child Shall Lead Them ~ Amy Le Feuvre (YLoVS)
4b: Christie's Next Things ~ Minnie E. Kenney
5: The False Prince ~ Nielsen   (audio series)
6:  The Faerie Queen ~ Edmund Spenser (1590's epic poem) (unabridged audio(Brit Lit) 
7:  Just Binnie ~ Dick King-Smith (younger, easy reading.  good story though)
7: What She Could: & Opportunities ( A Sequel) ~ Susan Warner
Cadfael (abridged audiobooks)
The Samurai’s Tale ~ Haugaard  (Japan 1500’s)  
The First Four Years ~ Wilder (American Classic)
A Tree for Peter ~ Kate Seredy  (illustrator.   Young read)

Daisy  NZ Focus  
Stories of Old New Zealand      (Universal Books) (Out Of Print)
The Women of New Zealand ~ Helen M. Simpson    (O.O.P.)
        (NZ titles.  easy!! reading)
The Rhys Griffiths Read Aloud Stories Vol II  New Zealand History  
Journey Under Warning ~ Elsie Locke  (1843)

Jay (17): 

AllSorts Selection
A: The Marshmellow Test  (documentary, already watched) LC
1: Short Stories by Saki   (British)  (H.H Munro 1870-1916) (English/Short Stories)
4: Surfeit of Lampreys ~ Ngaio Marsh (NZ author.  pub. 1941) (English/Mystery)
4b: Litecoin ~ Branson  (Business
5: Died in the Wool ~ Marsh (NZ author) (English/Mystery)
6-8: Leaders Who Last ~ Dave Kraft (christian) LC
9-13: Babylon's Ark ~ Lawrence Arthur   (profanity edited out) (English/Modern Bio)
17-22: Leaders and Misleaders ~ Andre Van Heerden (Business  NZ) LC
18: The Abolition of Man ~ C.S. Lewis (christian) (audio option) LC
23-27: Surprised by Joy ~ C.S.Lewis   (1955)  (English/Essays/Autobio)
23-24: Steven Covey  pdf to read  LC
28: The Most Dangerous Game ~ Connell   (1924) (English/Short Stories)
28-31: Margin ~ Richard Swenson (christian) LC
29: A Letter to God ~ Gregoria Lopex Y Fuentes   (1940) (English/Short Stories)
30: A Sound of Thunder  ~ Bradbury   (1952) (English/Short Stories)
33-36: Have a Little Faith ~ Mitch Albom    (English/Bio)
32: Three Men on The Bummel ~ Jerome (English/Humour)

Other Subjects Books

Poetry/Speeches/Essays ( delight led selection, including)
St. Orfeo  (Poem. Translated by Tolkein)  Circa 1300
Luthien Tinuviel  (Poem from the Silmarillion) 

To Kill a Mocking Bird ~ Harper   (American Lit.  pub. 1960)  US Hist Fict
Sparkling Cyanide ~ Agatha Christie
Curtain: Periot's Final Case ~ Agatha Christie

Book Basket
Bible (KJV)
1: Short Stories By Saki ~ H.H.  Munro  (car time audio)    (free. library loan)
4-22: Church Ages    (Dn to read aloud and discuss)
16: TGC  1066: The Year that Changed Everything ~ Prof J.Paxton (audio. 3hrs)
23: Hamlet ~ Shakespeare (BBC Production.  audio)   (free. library loan)

...... then there were nine ~ Phyllis Johnston (NZ hist)
Other titles.  To select as we go along

Plays & Films
A: Longitude DvD  (content issues)
21: The Misanthrope ~ Moliere  (1666)  (play)   
33: Arsenic and Lace ~ Joseph Kesselring (play)
Of Gods and Men (2011)   ? DvD 

08 February 2017

Our Week Ahead ~ Tues 7 February 2017 (Te Kura English Level 2 prep)

With only a few weeks into our learning year, it's interesting to see the things that are being deleted or added to our educational wish lists already.
Daisy has decided she rather not complete work inside any text driven agricultural science courses; as she can learn so much more 'in the field' via a farming associate, and working with Dn on our own acreage.
We're really going to switch Essentials in Literature 9 around to make it a complimentary tool to NCEA writing requirements. We'll certainly be trimming some of the time dedicated to The Hobbit too.  I'm wanting to include practise for reading responses , writing across the texts, and an NZ schooling approach to a research paper (all standards from NCEA level 2).
The way the US curric, we've seen - your experience may be otherwise - and used to craft a research paper , the approach is very different from the outcome Jay was expected to submit in 2016.

Jay is in start up mode with his 2017 Te Kura ( NZ Correspondence School) courses for this year and I think we may have a few adjustments to make there too.   Another NZ home educator recommended Digital Tech studies for Jay this year, thank you; he thinks it's okay  ;-)
(Te Kura course work and Jay were definitely oil and water last year, and he's come away not wanting to pursue anymore Maths, or, English especially,  via that portal.)

Music lesson, history and some of our electives won't recommence until the end of February.

Our Week Ahead:


Literature, & Book Basket:  
2:  Audio’s in Feb:
Hinds' Feet on High Places ~ Hurnard  (we both think that Pilgrim's Progress is much richer, more profound, than this)

1:  Essentials in Writing 10  (not to be confused with Excellence in Writing)
2:  Essentials in Literature   The Raven ~ Poe
4:  Greek & Latin Roots    
5:   Penmanship 

CTC  Mon to Thurs
NCEA Math  Fri

Rosetta Stone French  


Literature, & Book Basket
1: Book Basket
2:  Audio’s in Feb  
Te Kura 
Accounting:    Start with:  AC2010Y1
Business Studies   
Digital Studies 

Drums    Mon – Sat