11 September 2017

Spring Time Cuteness In New Zealand ~ 2017

The sweet lamb in this picture is being raised by some young friends.  One of Girl Lamb's human mummas, Rebekah, took these gorgeous pictures.   Enjoy...
With it being so cold newly born Girl Lamb needed her jumper on, and because she was so little it had to be secured with a belt.

Rebekah sewed Girl Lamb some new pajamas ... though a few weeks older in this picture, she still needs that extra warmth for nighttime and really cold days.

31 July 2017

Our Month Ahead ~ Books to Read in August 2017

Winter time  =  start building a house:  It feels official - that we really are building a new home -  now that profiles for the house have been pegged out and the building team, which includes Dn & Jay (17),  have all the frames up for the work shed.  

Winter builds, that are accompanied by excessive rain and the resulting mud, are such fun  ;-P  
Adding to the fun is the irritating fact that our small herd of cows are determined to get into whichever paddock you are working in: and, they've managed to Houdini themselves through the fences a few time to get on to the building site.  Nosy & naughty.   
I may add some photos of them another day.

Needless to say the weeks feel like they have speed up a bit more for our family, but as we're on a one way trip we're electing to enjoy the journey.

Here is our month ahead and the items in our home educating book baskets; some of the titles still being read are from last month, along with any new books, listed in bold type, to be read in August.  
Beneath are our initial literary/book basket selections for  August  - I'll update with any extras as we go along.   
YLR stands for Younger Level Read: we figure not all books have to attain to the pinnacle of, college worthy, classically rich literature to be appreciated.  Daisy (15) and I enjoy reviewing new finds, to us, in children's literature.   The C which may appear beside any item, during this month, means completed:



    Family Book Basket:
    • Bible (KJV)      St. John   Ch: 19-22
    • Then Sings My Soul BK 3 ~ Morgan    Select songs
    • The Abolition of Man  ~ Lewis      Brit Lit
    • Just as I Am ~ Billy Graham  The children wanted to carry on listening to this with me after hearing a small portion one day, so we've switched it to a family book basket read.
    • The Misanthrope ~ Moliere    1666   
    • The Edwardian Farm   BBC   DvD

    09 July 2017

    Our Month Ahead ~ Books to Read in July 2017

    Welcome to July.    So good .... that means only 2 months until Spring!
    I'm trying to make the most of the winter months, so one of the indoors tasks we are working on is - trying to -  down scale the home educating items we've accumulated.
    I've managed to cull the math section,  many of the history texts,  and most of the spare copies of things just sitting in boxes.  
    Now it's time to thin out the educational Dvds and the homeschooling-helps-for-mum books.   Seems to be a lot of both ;-P
    We want to down scale as it's time to get rid of younger years 'stuff'  and we're hoping to move home before the end of the year;  the less I have to pack and then find a new home for will be win-win in the long run.

    Switching topics to our month ahead and the items in our home educating book baskets; some of the titles still being read are from last month, along with any new books, listed in bold type, to be read in July.  
    Beneath are our initial literary/book basket selections for  July  - I'll update with any extras as we go along.   
    YLR stands for Younger Level Read: not all books have to attain to the pinnacle of rich literature to be appreciated.  Daisy and I enjoy reviewing new finds, to us, in children's literature.   The C which may appear beside any item, during this month, means completed:



      Family Book Basket:
      Shorter listen at only 3hrs long.

      I'm going to see if I can encourage the family to listen to The Swoose ~ Dick King-Smith with me; I know it's for younger years but June Whitefield has crafted a laughter producing narration.

      08 July 2017

      My Book Basket ~ July 2017

      Posting my sip reading selection for this month, and hoping that sharing my little-by-little progress through books may encourage others that have little time to read or listen to take heart and invest themselves in a sip reading approach too.

      I don't always feel like reading one book all the way through, all at once, until I'm done - or I want to allow something I've read to settle and develop before I carry on with the next excerpt - so I have a few titles on the go and sip read from the one I feel like reading/listening to that day.

      My book basket for July, and yes many of the titles are still in there from a few months ago.  The items I'm using for church, christian growth, or, that relate to my own academic studies are not included:

      Jeremiah, and, St. John    KJV: Life Application Study Bible

      New this month
      Just as I Am ~ Billy Graham    audiobook 
      Death Around the Bend: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Bk 3 ~ T.E. Kinsey 

      A Castle Full of Cats ~ Ruth Sanderson    Pict Book,  waiting for it to come from Bookdepository. Update: The pictures are lovely, the story line is a little lacking  ;-)   Would be a fun book to use with really little children and try to spot all the cats on each page.
      A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family ~ Mary Ostyn     I've seen this mentioned on a few book sharing spots on the internet and managed to procure a reasonably priced 2nd hand copy

      New titles added as July rolls along:
      Elbows off the Table, Please ~ Jo Seagar   Library loan.  This is a lovely cookbook to read
      Echo ~ Pam Ryan   young teens audiobook.  The extra musical performances on this are so well done. Modern times Fairy Tale, contains magic and a witch (at the start).  Available for NZ library users through ePukapuka.

      Continuing from last month: 
      On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature ~ C.S. Lewis  N/F
      Companion reading this with Jay

      The Story of Art ~ E.H. Gombrich  N/F   I think I may be sip reading this for a quite a while  ;)

      The Man Who Was Thursday ~ G. K Chesterton     Classic Fiction  Available thru ePukapuka

      Gift From the Sea ~ Lindberg     audio      autobiographical/inspirational
      This is definitely a pause and ponder listen for me - Lindberg's philosophy is challenging me a little, to try and work out what her world view actually is -  not sure if I'm loving this or not yet ;-P
      Pennies for Hitler ~ Jackie French    audio     Y/A historical fiction     Daisy may enjoy this too, even though it's written for a younger age group.   

      01 July 2017

      Audible or Amazon ~ July Sale on Over 1000 Children's Audiobooks

      I'm not an affiliate ... so this is just a share-the-joy post   :)
      There are so many good audio stories on sale  over at Audible during July for  $3.95 USD  ($5.39 NZD)   or less; or,  if you don't have an  Audible account you can still purchase directly through Amazon.com

      ETA: For NZ readers make sure you check for any recently added audiobooks  at ePukapuka, as some of the titles on sale at audible/amazon are available free through our local libraries.

      If you'd like a jump start with audible, beneath are some linked chapter book suggestions from us, other than more obvious titles on offer from authors such as:

      Laura Ingalls Wilder
      C.S. Lewis (1)
      Frances Hodgson Burnett
      (  Heidi  )
      L.M. Montgomery
      Eleanor Estes       2 titles
      George Selden     1 title
      Brian Jacques         our family is not fussed on this series, many are :-)
      Gertrude Warner         Box Car children books, scroll thru the list
      Enid Blyton
      Authur Ransome 
      Kathryn Lasky          I recommend previewing each book in the Ga'hoole series before handing to your children, some topics needed discussion here - we used this series to discuss differing world views, and one title we skipped completely
      Louisa May Alcott
      Marguerite Henry      1 title
      Scott O'Dell       2 titles
      Jean Fritz
      Martha Finley
      Dick King-Smith titles   so many.     I've linked a few of our choices beneath
      Russell Freedman       U.S history 4 titles
      Padraic Colum      2 titles
      and etc.....

      Links to Audiobooks on Sale:
      Starting with younger years books first...
      James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Animal Tales ~ James Herriot
      Buttons the Runaway Puppy ~ Holly Webb     love Phyllida Nash's narration! 
      Tatum and Nutmeg ~ Emily Bearn
      Tatum and Nutmeg: A Seaside Adventure ~ Emily Bearn
      The Green Ember Series  ~ S.D. Smith      all three are for sale 
      The Reluctant Dragon ~ Grahame
      The Ordinary Princess ~ M.M. Kaye  ex.SL title

      The Wouldbegoods ~ Nesbit      wonderful.  a childhood favourite for my two
      All-of-a-Kind Family ~ Taylor  series
      Pollyanna ~ Porter   purchase the Free kindle at amazon and the audio book becomes $0.99
      The Star of Kazan ~ Ibbotson
      The False Prince ~ Nielsen
      Freddy and the Ignormus ~ Walter Brooks
      Pippy Longstocking ~ Lindgren
      The Toby Man ~ Dick King-Smith

       Johnny Tremain ~ Esther Forbes     lots of character development in this story
      Black Ships Before Troy ~ Sutcliff
      I, Juan de Pareja ~ de Trevino    ex.SL title
      A Long Walk to Water ~ Park
      The Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of Whaleship Essex ~ Philbrick
      The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood ~ Pyle    brilliant narrator 
      Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm ~Wiggin 
      The Westing Game ~ Ellen Raskin
      The King's Fifth ~ Scott O'Dell    well read!

      I've purchased to preview  - such a hardship - these next titles, perhaps to share with young children that visit: 
      The Witch of Blackberry Bottom ~ Dick King-Smith      she's not a witch at all
      The Swoose ~ Dick King-Smith
      Pax ~ Sara Pennypacker      a RAR interview recommended this title - so time to hear it for myself

      There's an Owl in the Shower ~ George

      30 June 2017

      Artist / Picture book Illustrator Study ~ Highschool

      Winter time gifts us with extra hours indoors to get the practical aspect of our artist / illustrators study up and running for Daisy.
      We are not going to be going fathoms deep with this one - it's the kind of study that a planning mumma (ahem ;) ) could get seriously submerged in resource gathering.... and then we'd never start.

      We signed up, briefly, to the members section on Read-Aloud Revival, as we plan to use the following interviews as a leaping off point:
      Illustrator 101   members section - Workshop
      Patricia Polacco     members section - Author Event  P.P      author/illustrator
      Jonathan Bean   members section - Author Event  J.B    author/illustrator
      Tomie dePaola  members section - Author Event  T.P    author/illustrator

      Books about select picture book illustrators already read:

      I'm placing these few links here for me to find again quickly:
      Exploring Language: Static Images - Picture Books     NZ English
      Thumb templates for writers and illustrators 

      Daisy will be choosing some favourite illustrators of her choice to study, one illustrator a month, and then I'm asking that she:
      1:  craft a brief illustrator biography,
      2:  select various books by that illustrator to work with,  discuss techniques,
      3:  recreate an illustration using the artists techniques.

      Both of us are really looking forward to working on this together since we are devout picture book appreciators -simple picture books and sophisticated picture books, we like both.