14 February 2015

Books & Audios ~ 16th to 27th Feb 2015

Books and audios we are reading or listening through for this next fortnight.
Posting may sporadic for the next wee bit, so I wanted to post about books while I have a small space.
Audios:
Don Quixote ~ Cervantes (all)  For our family portions of this need editing out, or discussion.
The Elusive Pimpernel ~ Orczy     (Daisy)
Story of the World Vol 3 Ch.2: Protestant Rebellions   (Daisy)

Books:
Daisy's Book Basket
Mountain Peak Mystery ~ Carolyn Keene
Black Hearts in Battersea ~ Aiken  (Wolves of Willoughby series)
Elsie: Yachting with the Raymonds ~ Finley
Elsie's Vacation ~ Finley
The Family from One End Street ~ Garnett
The Mandie Collection. Vol 10 ~ Leppard
Poetry (various)

Jay's Book Basket: 
The Adventures of Blake and Mortimer: The Curse of the 30 Pieces of Silver, Part 1 v. 13  
The Adventures of Blake and Mortimer: The Curse of the 30 Pieces of Silver, Part 2 v. 14 
The Prisoner of Zenda ~ Hope    (EMTimes read) 
Fellowship of the Ring ~ Tolkien (reading this to Dasiy)
The Day No Pigs Would Die ~ Peck
Poetry for Dummies ~ Timpane (with Greenleaf Guide)
A whole pile of books relating to one of his hobbies

Family Book Basket (incs Early Modern Times titles)
The Siege: Under Attack in Renaissance Europe ~ Shapiro  1585  (each reading this separately)
Invitation to the Classics: 1601-11 Shakespeare ~ Cowan
King Alfred's English ~ White (restart at Ch: 13)
My Escape from the Auto de Fe at Valladolid: October, 1559 ~ Don Fernando de la Mina
Christian Men of Science: Kepler ~ Mulfinger
The New Oxford Book of Children's Verse ~ Philip
Bible (KJV):   I & II Timothy

12 February 2015

Apologia Chemistry 3rd edition - Link to Dr. Wile's Review

Just popping this link here for others that may be interested:

Dr. Jay Wile's review of the 3rd ed for Apologia Chemistry.

I'm not overly interested in the authors name on a text, it's the content inside that is of interest to me and after reading through Dr. Wile's review and concerns over the latest release -  3rd edition - of Apologia Chemistry our 2nd edition copy is looking better and better ;)
For those looking for the errata for the second edition go here  (scroll down for the other Apologia books)

10 February 2015

Early Modern Times: Our Week Ahead ~ 09 Feb 2015

Week: 1
This will be the most basic of posts, no pictures n prettys.....
I'm in the throes of organising 3 birthday celebrations for next week, amongst some other special family events happening, so schooling is a focus and get it done task for me this week.
Even though it's always a busy-beyond-belief week for me - all self inflicted ☺ - I enjoy birthday week in our home so much.

Here's out week ahead:
Continue ramping up academic subjects

Bible
All: 2 Thessalonians 
Hymn: All People That on Earth Do Dwell
Memorisation & Cursive Copywork:
nil

History & Geography
Biblioplan Ch 1: The Spanish Empire in the New World

Family
Read Aloud: Papa Was a Preacher ~ Porter
Afternoon Audio: Don Quixote ~ Cervantes (purchase the kindle first to get the audio for $4.99 NZ)
We are rather enjoying the portion of Don Quixote we've heard so far; Volume 1 - but be advised some of the content may need editing out, or as I prefer to do with some books once the children are older, discuss that content.  Not sure what the rest of the story is like - someone mentioned cursing in Vol 2 (?)
Car time audio:
N/F:  Christian Men of Science ~ Mulfinger: Kepler 1571-1630 (Scientist for this term)
Famous Men:

Daisy ~ History, Literature & Book Basket:
Story of the World vol 3 (audio) Ch:1
N/F:
Reader: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase ~ Aiken SL5
Book Basket:  Beyond Beautiful Girlhood  ~ Noonan (with mum)
Free Reading: some of the original Nancy Drew books

Jay ~ History & Literature & Book Basket:
1: GG Yr 3Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer Lesson 2: Reading Poetry 
2: Book Basket:  Practical Happiness ~ Schultz (discuss with dad)
3: Free Reading: various - delight led
Optional: The Prisoner of Zenda ~ Hope

English

Daisy:
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase ~ Aiken SL5
(we're using a discussion guide I downloaded off the internet: If you go to this link and then just scroll down to The Wolves of Willoughby Chase document)
 
Jay:
1: GG Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer
Lesson 2: Reading Poetry  (Poetry for Dummies ~ Timpane.  Selections over the year)  Cyndy Shearer is right; this book is a very thought filled work and so I try to ignore the title ☺


Maths
Daisy: 
IXL  
Murderous Maths 
Computer Science 101
Jay:  
IXL 
Computer Science 101

Science (both)
Nil
Languages
Nil
Logic
Nil

Emperor Gum Moths - Cocoon to Hatching

Tossing up a few of the pictures we took, in 2013, for any others that are as interested in emperor gum moths as we are ☺
We had to take the pictures through a plastic container so the quality is not that great. Clicking on the picture will allow a closer look at these amazing creatures.
Caterpillar weaving it's cocoon #1
Caterpillar weaving it's cocoon #2
Cocoon just made
Emperor gum moth emerging from the cocoon #1
Emperor gum moth just hatched.
Closer view of the feathered antennae.
Drying off #1
Drying off #2

03 February 2015

Emperor Gum Moths ~ Our Latest Hatch

Over the years we've been privileged to witness a few emperor gum moths hatch.
Dn releasing our emperor gum moth.
The first caterpillar we managed to raise to cocoon stage took over 3 years to hatch.
I hadn't done enough homework on what happened during the cocoon stage and thought the hard case with, what sounded like, a dried up pea rattling around inside it was a failed attempt.
We tossed it into an ornamental vase on my kitchen knick knack shelf and forgot about it. Three years later the ornamental vase started to make loud tapping noises. Ha!

Watching that first emperor gum moth drill it's way out was pretty amazing.
God's creation is certainly fascinating: our family learn so many wonderful life lessons by observing the creatures and critters God has created.

Fast forward to this summer.
The moth pictured in this post only  took 2 years to hatch.
This emperor gum moths cocoon hatched pretty quickly though - once he got started - from the time we heard the first loud tap, to the moth having successfully drilled it's way out of the cocoon, hatching took no more than about 20 minutes.  Once out, our newly hatched moth quickly got itself to a darkened area in our hall way to dry off.

02 February 2015

Early Modern Times: Our Week Ahead ~ 02 Feb 2015

We're still in ramping up stage, so our week ahead contains learning areas typed in grey and nil as the content.

As the children are getting older they don't want some aspects of their educational and delight led interests shared here - so unless I get a nod to do so I won't be including those things in our week ahead posts.

Introductory Week: B
Include a not-back-to-school field trip.  
Continue ramping up academic subjects

Bible

All: 1 Thess ch:4: 10 – Thess ch:2: 1-9   & discussion with Dn

Memorisation & Cursive Copywork:
nil
History & Geography
nil

Family
Read Aloud: Papa Was a Preacher ~ Porter
Afternoon Audio: Don Quixote ~ Cervantes (purchase the kindle first to get the audio for $4.99 NZ)
Car time audio:
N/F:
Famous Men:
Family Book Basket title
Daisy ~ History, Literature & Book Basket:
SOTW 3:
N/F:
Reader: The Prince & the Pauper ~ Twain (wk 2 of 2)
Book Basket:  Beyond Beautiful Girlhood  ~ Noonan (with mum)
Free reading title for Daisy
Jay ~ History & Literature & Book Basket:
Lesson 1: Foxes Book of Martyrs  (selections)
2: Book Basket:  Practical Happiness ~ Schultz (discuss with dad)
Personal Growth Book
3: Free Reading: various - delight led
Optional: Shadow Hawk ~ Norton (Ancient Egypt)

English

Daisy:
Essay Questions    (wk 2 of 2 of The Prince & The Pauper)
Daisy 1st literature study for the year
Jay:
1: GG Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer
Lesson 1Foxes Book of Martyrs pgs 1-73(people), & pgs 74-76 (bible translations) wk2 of 3
I'm going through Greenleaf Guide's literature study with Jay; reading and discussing as we go.  
We were gifted with a free
copy of this guide ♥

Maths
Daisy: 
IXL  
Computer Science 101
Fun Maths read for Daisy
Jay:  
IXL 
Computer Science 101
'Fun' Maths read for Jay

Science (both)
Nil
Languages
Nil
Logic
Nil