27 April 2015

Our Week Ahead ~ April Monday 27th 2015

Just tossing up this short post listing some of the items for our week ahead starting April Monday 27th 2015. 
Image sourced from Free All Pictures
 Monday is a memorial holiday here in New Zealand, ANZAC Day, and we'll be including a few delight led items in our week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Australian and New Zealand soldiers landing at Gallipoli.

·       Bible
All: II Timothy 

·       History & Geography
1: Biblioplan Ch 11:  Bacon’s Rebellion
pgs 258, 259a,  263b-265, 273-276
2: Biblioplan Ch 12:  Freedom of Religion
pgs 278-285, 287-291a, 293b-301   (Tues – Thurs)
3: MOH vol 3, wk 23, 24, 25,  Optional.  Scientists (Pascal, Boyle, Newton)
Mapping: The Seven Continents (Review)

·       Family
1:  Read Aloud:
(1665)  A Parcel of Patterns ~ Walsh SL
2:  Car time audio:  The Dairy of Samuel Pepys: BBC Dramatisation  (continue)
3:  Book Basket:
Christian Men of Science ~ Mulfinger: Boyle 1627-1691
King Alfred’s English ~ White  pg 77 onwards
 ·        Daisy ~ History, Literature and Book Basket:
2:  History Reading: 
FM of 16th & 17th Cent: Cromwell (1599-1658),   John Milton (1608-1674), Richelieu (1585-1642)
(1686)  Escape Across the Sea ~ Kirkpatrick SL7
5:  Free Reading: still to decide
6:  Audio’s: to be decided

·        Jay ~ History, Literature and Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
2: History Reading: 
 FM of 16th & 17th Cent: Louis XIV (1638-1715) William of Orange (1650-1702)  John Locke (1632-1704))
Master Cornhill  ~ McGraw (SL6)    (1687)

3:  Audio: delight led

·       English
1:  Essentials in Writing, Level 8:  Lesson 9 +
2:  Notebooking pages for Escape Across the Wide Sea  (there is no need to sign up to Dropbox to download our notebooking pages, just close the sign up box and download).
1:  Greenleaf Guide Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer
  Lesson 8Milton (1608-1674)
3:  The Screwtape Letters ~ Lewis 
(sadly, the guide we are using from
http://www.lovetolearnplace.com/LitGuild/Screwtape/#anchor87610  is no longer available online …so thankful that we downloaded and archived it!
Audio: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God ~ Edwards (Screwtape Letters side study)

25 April 2015

Escape Across the Wide Sea ~ Notebooking Pages

French-Americans, and Slavery in the late 1600’s
I decided to update the links in this post created in 2011,  and blogger decided it needing republishing as a brand new post... 

Post from 2011
I started out using the bones of this post as our weekly Core 3(D) check in, but it’s not very core 3-ish, it smacks of Core 7, so I decided to pop it up here instead.

We’ve just started our next Sonlight Read Aloud,
Escape Across the Wide Sea by Katherine Kirkpatric, which is a Core 7 (H) book, and we’re all enjoying it – even though Dn is *butchering* all those the French words :)
I decided to throw together a few French history colour in sheet for Daisy, along with a mapping page (scanned out of the SL read aloud) and some notebooking pages for Bobs to use during language arts time. You can find them over at Dropbox :Escape Across the Wide Sea ~ Notebooking Pages
We’ve also listened through Prince Caspian, and The Silver Chair again, since both have a tie-in theme of slave trading or slavery, and any excuse is a good enough one to pull out the Narnia audio books for a re-listen .

20 April 2015

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 20th April 2015

With the cooler weather settling in here we are starting to spend more time inside doing delight led crafts, which also means we start listening to a lot more audiobooks.
(If you're interested in browsing through our more recent lists of audiobooks, go to the two posts before this one ☺)
Crafts at the moment are plastic modelling for Jay, crochet for Daisy, and knitting for me.
A much loved friend from church took the time to teach Daisy, and one of her best friends, how to crochet ; so we are currently loom band freer ;)

Audible has just had their 50% off Spring sale (which ends on the 20th US time) and so we've made good on their sale and stock piled up on our audio options.
Both children have finally completed listening to 36 hours and 9 mins of Don Quixote, and they're feeling pretty pleased with themselves as it surely feels like an epic listen... I'm still lagging behind at the end of part 3.
I am looking forward to being back to scheduled learning again - lovely to have a change and a rest n regroup, but it'll be nice to be back into routine.

Our week ahead:
·       Bible
All: II Timothy 
Memorisation: Review scriptures learnt during 2014
·      History & Geography
Biblioplan Ch 9:  New England (Church, State, & The Sun King) pgs 228, 230-251a  (Tues – Thurs)
Mapping: The Seven Continents (Review)
·       Family
1: Read Aloud:
2:  Car time audio:  The Best of Our Island Story
3:  Book Basket:
ITTC ~ Cowan Milton- Paradise Lost 1667, Bunyan- Pilgrims Progress 1678, 1684, Pascal- Pensees 1670
4: Audio: The Dairy of Samuel Pepys: BBC Dramatisation (editing out may be required in some parts.  Pepys dairies can be raw and gritty in places. This man was not a bible adhering Christian!)
· Daisy ~ History, Literature & Book Basket:
1: History Reading:

FM of 16th & 17th Cent: Cromwell (1599-1658),   John Milton (1608-1674), Richelieu (1585-1642)
The Great House ~ Harnett (1690 England)
Madeleine Takes Command ~ Brill SL7 (1692 French in America)
2: Free Reading: still to decide
3: Audio Books:
And Daisy asked for the next two audios, as they are titles she’d like to go through but doesn’t really want to spend reading time on them – so they’ve become task time listens.

· Jay ~ History, Literature & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:

Screwtape Letters ~ Lewis
2: History Reading:
  FM of 16th & 17th Cent: Cromwell (1599-1658), John Milton (1608-1674), Richelieu (1585-1642) Master Cornhill ~ McGraw pt1 (SL6) (1665)
3: Audio: delight led
 Jay's decided he, too, will start the week listening to
Just William's Luck.  Just William stories are long held family favourites here ☺
Scaramouche ~ Sabatini (Read by Simon Vance)         
Procuring the free kindle edition over at amazon first mean audible listeners only pay $2.99 for this riveting story)

· English
1: Essentials in Writing, Level 8: Lesson 8 +
4: Word Up! Greek and Latin Roots (Episode 3: Earth)
1: Greenleaf Guide Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900) ~ Shearer
Lesson 7: Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
2: Essentials in Writing, Level 10: next lesson ;)
3: The Screwtape Letters Online Guide (selections only) wks 9-10

· Science (both)
Our 3 Emperor moths are now in their cocoons. And after checking the monarch caterpillars, we currently have at least 16 monarch cocoons :)

Critter update:
Titus is now big enough, and strong enough, to go back out in to the 'wild' (& is too stroppy for us to have him at home in our back yard). This has always been our long term plan so we're contented for that to happen.
We have another turkey, a domesticated one, coming to take his place. Jay already has a name picked out for him ... I'll post his name up with a picture after he's had a chance to settle in here.

18 April 2015

Audiobooks Pt2 ~ High School Listens via Audible

Along with reading lots of lovely books, we also listen to many audiobooks, and since I just enjoy lists .... I'm onsharing a list of titles we've collected in the audible sales during our NZ High School years so far.  
The option of downloading many of these titles via an online library system is currently not an option here in NZ, yet; maybe one day.
Audiobooks Part 2
With some of the titles beneath, the most economical option is to purchase the whispersync kindle first, and then get the audio at a special price.  Having the kindle option is handy for when the children want to read at a quicker pace and drop the audio:
High School Scheduled Listens:
Pilgrims Progress ~ Bunyan   (We’re very familiar with the dramatised version of this book but had never been through the unabridged version.  The intro starts out a little ponderous & dry, stick with it though as it get better.)
Don Quixote ~ Cervantes   (fun listen. Part 2 has some content issues that needed discussion, for our family)
Lorna Doone ~ Blackmore (content issues; see our review elsewhere on our blog)
Gulliver's Travels ~ Swift (recommend you be aware of the content in story before giving to your student!)
Persuasion ~ Austin (for me, because I didn't want to make time to read it )
Rob Roy by Walter Scott  (quick listen through for me before I tackle the unabridged as a read aloud)
Where Love Is, There God Is Also by Leo Tolstoy (short story)
How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy  (short story)
Idylls of the King ~ Tennyson (not the best reader out there, but still good value)
High School Extras
The Year 1000 ~ Lacey (Dn ended up listening through this twice. Very interesting book!  Does have some very raw language useage.)
Gengis Khan and the Making of the Modern World ~ Weathford  (ds really enjoyed this. Does have a few content issues)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys: BBC Dramatised  (lovely extra to compliment the primary resource)

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Churchill Confidential by Whistledown Productions  (Modern Times)
Going Solo by Roald Dahl (SL)

Anytime Listens:
Death Comes as The End ~ Christie (Ancient Egypt tie-in)
Greenmantle ~ Buchan (enjoyable, car time,  series)
Carry On, Jeeves ~ Wodehouse (humour. Recommend pre-listening.  We skipped some of the content.)

And during the lastest sale I purchase some of the dramatised editions of Charles Dicken's works for Daisy to listen through, before she hits the printed version later in the year.
Bleak House (Dramatised)  (Dramatised) by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield (Dramatised) by Charles Dickens

Craft or Car Time Listens:
Boy by Roald Dahl
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates  (SL)
The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family by John Lithgow

Mystery (for term break, or wintery Saturday listens):
A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer  
the reader takes a little getting used to with this series, but she is okay once I got my head around the long pauses mid sentence. 
ie: Instead of reading a spoken piece as;
"Don't place your hat there", said Sally. 
The narrator reads it as; 
"Don't place your hat there".    Said Sally.
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Dramatized) (Dramatized) by Dorothy L. Sayers
A Case for Paul Temple by Francis Durbridge
Paul Temple and Steve by Francis Durbridge

For Jay:
Radio Crimes: Cadfael: Monk's Hood by Ellis Peters  (I prefer the audio’s more than the books, as many of the content issues have been taken out)
Masterman Ready by Captain Marryat
Mr. Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat

For Daisy:
Mary Poppins: The Mary Poppins Series, Book 1 by P. L. Travers (she doesn’t want to take time to read it, but we both wanted to have a listen through this title)
Just William's Luck by Richmal Crompton J
The Tale of Despereaux ~ DiCamillo   (for me actually, as I’ve often want to know what this story was about and, again, don’t want to take the time to read the book… my reading basket is already full to the brim!) 

Audiobooks Pt1 ~ My Wishlist at Audible

Audiobooks Pt1 ~ Wishlist at Audible

It's always interesting to see what is on other home educator's wishlists, so figured I'd share our current list at Audible.  This list is geared, obviously ☺, towards our extras for High School, and also includes summer time and term break listens.
Audiobooks Part 1
Chelle's Audiobooks Wishlist.   (The condensed version)

Biographies (mostly for dad and mum)
Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II
Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography
A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards
Susanna Wesley
The Mighty Weakness of John Knox
Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times
Life of David Brainerd
Out of the Depths: The Autobiography of John Newton
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret
E. M. Bounds: Man of Prayer
George Whitefield: God’s Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century

We found, often, that procuring the kindle edition first, which is often priced at $0.00, brings the price of the audiobook down to $2.99.
We already own some of the unabridged editions of the dramatised works here.
Little Dorrit
David Copperfield
The Old Curiosity Shop  (unabridged)
The Old Curiosity Shop (abridged)
The Three Musketeers 
Les Miserables  (abridged)
Les Miserables: A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
War and Peace (Dramatized)
The Vicar of Wakefield
Selections from The Faerie Queene

Mystery (summer time and term break listens)
They Do It with Mirrors: A Miss Marple Mystery
A Caribbean Mystery: A Miss Marple Mystery
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side: A Miss Marple Mystery
Father Brown: Series 2
Duplicate Death: Inspector Hemingway Series, Book 3

The Great Courses
Medieval Europe: Crisis and Renewal
1066: The Year That Changed Everything
Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage
Shakespeare's Tragedies
Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature
William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

We're not sure of the content in many of the titles listed beneath, so please note; I’m not recommending them, just noting that they are currently on my wish list. If we ever do purchase them, I’ll be wanting to pre-listen to some of the titles (++)  before loading them on the children’s ipods.

Probably of more interest to Jay than the rest of us.
Cry, the Beloved Country
Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry ++
Percival Keene
The Land
The Boy and the Samurai
Moonfleet    we've been through the dramatised edition, which we all enjoyed
The Time Machine ++

Mostly of interest to Daisy (who will listen to anything from lighter, younger years, books to very mature, sobering, story lines)
The Boy Who Dared ++
The Secret School
Bud, Not Buddy
The Children of the New Forest: A Storyteller's Version
North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad
War Dog
Sarah Bishop
Blood on the River
Bel Ria
Alchemy and Meggy Swann ?? content? ++
Laddie: A True Blue Story
Counting on Grace

Sounds Interesting (preview all first) ++
A Faraway Island  ??
Fever 1793
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

Other  (just for mum)
Barry Lyndon
Nancy Wake
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
Just Do Something    
The Holy War: The Losing & Taking of the Town of Mansoul ~ Bunyan

New finds - Suggested in a personal message by Aussie Pumpkin Patch (she has an amazing list!)
Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and 'Downton Abbey'   ++
Jip: His Story
Dragonfly Pool ++
Nick of Time  ++
The Tale of Hill Top Farm  I didn't even know this series existed.  Great new find!! Thanks K.

Audiobooks Pt2 ~ High School Listens Via Audible