26 September 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 26th Sept 2016 (Diverse Selection of Books)

It's always interesting for me to see which books the children will choose from the book basket to read: now that Jay has finished reading, and writing, about a select group of books we had scheduled up for him to use with his NZ English course - he can read any title he would like to out of his book basket.  
(This is for English or history related reading... not for pleasure time reading.   His pleasure/free time reading options are all business and finance related tomes.)
After looking through the selection he chose to go with To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Lee.   
This is a book, in our home, that definitely needs discussion - and is not a story that we'd want Daisy reading any time soon - as it contains very mature, violent, and racist themes. One of the books I was hoping he'd might select to read and study, he's elected to go through in audio format during term break - which is next week for us.

Our Week ahead


September Monday 26  2016
Family
Bible
All:  Luke 21+

History & Geography
Hymn:  Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go  ~ B.B. McKinney (1936)  wk 2 of 4
(Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.293)    

Economics 
Economics for Everyone ~  R.C. Sproul  jnr  (Mostly for Daisy) 

Jay
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 27 Dividing Germany, Dividing India p.409-414a, 415-421
3:  ITTC:  William Faulkner  – Go Down, Moses (1942) p.339

Free Reading in Sept
Business related titles

Mapping:  
o   BP Map 27 

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
o   1:  To Kill a Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee (set in early 1930’s)
o   2: The Birth Order ~ Leman   (selections)

2:  Audio’s in Sept: 
1:  Surfeit of Lampreys ~ Ngaio Marsh (1941)  NZ/Britain  
(content issues - the way the victim was murdered - may need editing out for others!  Recommend you listen through this before handing to your teen.
 Many of Marshs stories are set in and around theatrical localities and often as not a few of the characters are "physically" free spirited    :-/  
This story doesn't have that.
Added to that: this is one of the few audios, that I've encountered of hers, that doesn't have the narrator fleshing out select male characters with a very effeminate affectation.)

Daisy
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 27 Dividing Germany, Dividing India p.409-414a, 415-421
2:  ITTC:  William Faulkner  – Go Down, Moses (1942) p.339
3:  Kingfisher Encyclopedia
o   p.419 (The United Nations 1945-48)
o   p.421 (Indian Indep 1945-47)
o   p.424 (British Commonwealth 1914-49
Mapping:   
o   BP Map 27 

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
o   1:  Parallel Journeys ~ Eleanor Ayer (1938+)  SL 300 Lit

Free Reading
A Little Bush Maid ~ Mary Grant Bruce  (1902) Aust (BCW)
synopsis: Norah's home was on a big station in the north of Victoria-so large that you could almost, in her own phrase, "ride all day and never see any one you didn't want to see"; which was a great advantage in Norah's eyes. Not that Billabong Station ever seemed to the little girl a place that you needed to praise in any way. It occupied so very modest a position as the loveliest part of the world! The homestead was built on a gentle rise that sloped gradually away on every side; in front to the wide plain, dotted with huge gum trees and great grey box groves, and at the back, after you had passed through the well-kept vegetable garden and orchard, to a long lagoon, bordered with trees and fringed with tall bulrushes and waving reeds.

Boys Without Names  ~ Kashmira Sheth (India)    (emotive, gritty read!)

19 September 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 19th Sept 2016 (Tentative Planning for 2017)

With just 9 weeks of history and literature work left on our schedule both of the children are starting to feel pretty motivated, and at about this point is when they start pushing encouraging me to help them get through the work load quicker.
Jay is really looking forward to having all his Reader Responses completed and the last one submitted to Te Kura  (NZ Correspondence School) this week, then he'll start working on a research paper.
Daisy has upped her workload on Essentials in Literature, and, Essentials in Writing so that she can complete both courses this year.  
Added to this hive of activity from them, I've started to idea toss about what we're going to do next year.  It will be the first year that I only have one student doing a history based learning year, as Jay will be focusing on his final year of educating at home which includes extra-curricular courses, a world view course, and a christian counselling study.
Daisy now has the option of studying through any era of history she'd like to over the next two years and we'll match and patch the literature content in.  

Our Week Ahead:
September Monday 19  2016
Family

Bible
All:  Luke 20+

History & Geography
Notes:   Battle of Britain 1940
     Churchill 1874-1956
Hymn:  Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go  ~ B.B. McKinney (1936)
(Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.293)
DvD/Visual:
Hitler’s Speeches/Documentary
BBC – World Wars (Churchill’s Speeches)

Daisy
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 26 WWII (pt.2) p.394-397a, 398b-408a

2:  ITTC:  C.S.Lewis  – The Screwtape Letters (1941) p.335
3:  Kingfisher Encyclopedia
o   p.414-15 (War in the West 1939-45)
4:   DKH:  Blitzkreig
o   p. 392-93
Mapping:   
o   BP Map 26  WWII (pt 2)

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
o   1:  Parallel Journeys ~ Eleanor Ayer (1938+)  SL 300
Free Reading
The Chestry Oak ~ Seredy

13 September 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 12 Sept 2106 (WWII pt1)

Each weeks post, of late, seems to be a quick copy n paste off our week ahead lists.
Things are a bit busy :-p

Our week ahead:

September Monday 12  2016
Family
Bible
All:  Luke 20+

History & Geography
Hymn:  I’ll Fly Away  ~ Albert E. Brumley (1932)
(Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.291)    
Christian of Note:  C.S. Lewis 1898-1963
DvD/Visual/Other:  Hitler’s Speeches/Documentary

Daisy
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 25 WWII (pt.1) The Holocaust p.367-384
2: Story of New Zealand ~ Bassett
o   Ch:17  Wars & Fear of War Since 1939 p.185-189
3:  TGC:  C.S.Lewis  L5.  Heaven & Hell – The Screwtape Letters
4:  Kingfisher Encyclopedia
o   p.412 (German Expansion 1938-39)
o   p.413 (Beginnings of WWII 1939)
5:   DKH :  The Holocaust
o   p. 400-01
Mapping:   
o   BP Map 25  WWII (pt 1)

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
1:  Bonhoeffer  


Dramatised Version (FoTF Radio Theatre)

3: The Butterfly ~ Polacco  (pict bk/artist study)   Copy the artwork. wk 1 0f  2

Free Reading
When the Siren Wailed ~ Noel Streatfeild (easy read)

The Chestry Oak ~ Seredy

2:  Audio’s in Sept:
Screwtape Letters ~ Lewis   read by Joss Ackland.   The best reading of Screwtape, in our opinion

05 September 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ 05 September 2016

Quick toss up of our week ahead.

September Monday  05  2016
Family
Bible
All:  Luke 19+

History & Geography
Hymn:  Only Believe  ~ Paul Rader (1921)
 (Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.283)    
3: Audio (Class Time):
o   TGC:  C.S.Lewis  L3.  Ethics and the Tao – Mere Christianity


Jay
History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
o   2:  Alas,  Babylon ~ Pat Frank  (1959) Dystopian (SL Lit 330)  R.R.  for Te Kura (some content issues in this book - sensuality, promiscuity, and swearing - we edited them out.)
o   3:  Mere Christianity ~ Lewis


Daisy
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 24 Spanish Civil War, Germany’s Weimar Republic & Rise of Hitler p.352b-365a
2: Story of New Zealand
o   Ch:16  Depression & the Welfare State (1929-1939) p.172-184
3:  Kingfisher Encyclopedia
o   p.406-07 (Weimar & Hitler 1919-39)
o   p.408-09  (Spanish Civil War 1936-39)

Mapping:   
o   Review New Zealand Regions (Lizardpoint)
o   BP Map 24  Spain

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
o   1:  The Hiding Place ~ ten Boom (audio)
o   3:  Years of Dust ~ Marrin (1930’s) U.S    wk 4 0f 4

Free Reading
The Star of Kazan ~ Ibbotson (Read during our mid-term break.  Daisy enjoyed it.)
All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens ~ Whelan

22 August 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ 22 August 2016 (Nearly Spring Time!)

It's only a few weeks until Spring 'officially' arrives here:  it's so nice to have the days getting progressively warmer and to have the sun setting later.  
The last week has definitely felt easier to get some outdoors exercise in without the need to bundle up too.  Lovely!
Daisy and I have 12 weeks worth of scheduled history and literature to complete for this year and then we'll be getting ready for Christmas .....

Just posting the new topics and reads for our week ahead:

August Monday  22  2016
Daisy

History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:      
o   Ch: 23 The Great Depression  p.336-348A (selections) 
2: Story of New Zealand
o   Ch:16  Depression & the Welfare State p.172-184
3:  Kingfisher Encyclopedia
o   p.404-405 (Great Depression), 
o   Arts p.426-27,
o   Architecture p.428-29, 
o   Science p.430-31

Mapping:     
o   Review New Zealand Regions (Lizardpoint)
o   BP Map 23  U.S.A

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
Free Reading

Small Acts of Amazing Courage ~ Gloria Whelan (thanks Allie & Elise for recommending this!)

Family
Bible
All:  Luke 17+
  
History & Geography
Composer:
Hymn:  Lead Me to Calvary  ~ Jennie E. Hussey (1921)
 (Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.281) 
 

Artist:   George Edmund Butler     wk 1 of 4
Behind the Twisted Wire: NZ Artists in World War 1 ~ Jennifer Haworth Ch:5-6  (library book)
2:  Book Basket:

o   Parallel Journeys ~ Ayer   (SL 300)

15 August 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ August 15 2016 (New titles being read)

Just listing the new topics and titles being read, or listened to, in our week ahead post.
Daisy
History & Geography  
1:  Bp Early Modern Times:
Catch up, and, Missionary Focus  p.330-331
Eric Liddell, Gladys Alyward

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
3:  Years of Dust ~ Marrin (1930’s) U.S  ( I usually avoid books set in the depression era  - they're so depressing ;-/ - yet,  I really appreciated this one.  Recommending it to my non-U.S associates too.)

Mum
Book Basket:
Pre reading, or listening to, 
before handing to Daisy:
  • Star of Kazan ~ Eva Ibbotson
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd ~ Agatha Christie
  • They Found Him Dead ~ Georgette Heyer
before handing to Jay:
  • Go Set a Watchman ~ Harper Lee  (currently on special , 2 bks for 1 credit - on audible USA)
My books:
  • New Zealand's Greatest Doctor Ulric Williams of Wanganui:  A Surgeon Who Became a Naturopath ~ Brenda Sampson (Some really interesting details/testimonies in this book.  I've been regaling the family at tea time with anecdotes about this very dynamic man  ;)
  • Own Your Life ~ Sally Clarkson (re-read)
  • The Great New Zealand Baking Book ~ created by Murray Thom & Tim Harper
  • John & Naomi Hill: Pioneers in Australia from 1841 ~ Compiled by Ronald H. Hill  I've been reading some of the excerpts, that have interested me, out loud to the family, and we all decided the letters between Naomi Hill (in Australia) and her brother Jesse Vickery (in England) read like something written by Charles Dickens; so much death, sadness, sickness and sorrow.