29 June 2015

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 29th June 2015

Tossing up just a portion of our history/reading week ahead with not much else , as life is busy in other quarters at the moment which allows little to no time for me to sit and blog post :)

·       Family
Bible
All:  Hebrews
Hymn: Jesus, Lover of My Soul  #12  1707-88

History & Geography
1:  Read Aloud:
Francis Asbury ~ Benge   1745-1816

2:  Book Basket:
·  Christian Men of Science ~ Mulfinger: Boyle 1627-1691

English
1:  Car (& craft time) time audio: 
The Great Courses: Classics of British Literature
Lesson 17: Defoe—Crusoe and the Rise of Capitalism

·       Daisy
History & Geography
Unit Study on Wesley 1701-91
            
History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket Options:  
Alone Yet Not Alone ~ Craven 1775
Daisy said to add that though this book is fast, easy reading make sure you have some tissues handy. Very emotive story!  She enjoyed the story and wants to watch the film.

2:  History Reading: 
A:  ITTC ~ Western Social & Political  Philosophy 1600-1800
B:  Christian Leaders of the 18th Century ~ R.C Ryle: B: Wesley
6:  Audios for this month:
A:  LOTR Series ~ J.R.R Tolkein
B:  George Whitefield ~ Dallimore


·       Jay
History & Geography
Unit Study on Wesley 1701-91
1: Biblioplan Early Modern Times:   Mon to Fri                            

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
The Tale of Three Kings ~ Edwards 

2:  History Reading: 
A:  ITTC ~ Western Social & Political  Philosophy 1600-1800
B:  Christian Leaders of the 18th Century ~ R.C Ryle: B: Wesley

3:  Audios for this month:  
B: George Whitefield ~ Dallimore 


25 June 2015

Flood ~ June 2015

The week before our region was hit by a flood we'd been going through some National Geographic documentaries on tsunamis, floods and landslides little realising that we'd end up witnessing the last two in reality (again).

A picture or two saves a thousand words. (Just click on the first picture, and then click through for  clearer viewing of each photo).
(I won't include pictures of landslides; even though one of them is rather close to where we live, and has isolated the people who live up that road.  The sound of helicopters going in and out most of the week, as they try to assess and help those stuck up there, is a good sound to hear;  help is being given.)

Photos taken before the flood banks burst:
Our property is high enough that we weren't affected by the water breaching the rivers flood banks, we just had a bit of surface flooding.

Another neighbours cows were more interested in what we were doing than in the rising water :)

The water on the right of the fence is our very flooded drain.  The water to the left is the over flow from the neighbours flooded drain.
Our clever sheep knew where to go, higher up and under cover :-)
Picture sourced from morefm.
A news reporter captured Dn and Daisy investigating the efforts to crane men in to secure the riverboat.  We happened upon this photo by chance :-)
The above shot was taken before the river burst it's banks, and the spot where Dn and Daisy are standing is flooded with water  ...
in the picture below.

After the River Breached the Flood Banks:
Photo taken by Tracey Grant. Found on Stuff NZ 
The entry way into the bottom end of town. Sourced from morefm
The amazing blessing is that no lives were lost in any of the towns hit by flooding this week.

Dn needed to deliver something out of town this week and was confronted with this:
What was a road way is now a lake.  Picture taken by Dn

And going back the other way has it's hazards too!  Picture taken by Dn.

Needless to say, next week we've decided to side step watching any more dvd's in the natural disaster series.

21 June 2015

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 22 June 2015

Fortunately I type up my next week ahead each Thursday.... Which has certainly paid off for the new week, as our town has just been hit by severe flooding.
I'm updating this post on an iPhone..   And promise to answer any emails we can't get to now, later, as we're without Internet access.

I still think the new week feels like a good week- no lives were lost!  ( Though homes have been).

Our week ahead post.
Why does this week already *feel* like a good week, despite the fact that we've not even started
We're at the half way mark in our history and English schedule.   Feels great to look up on the shelf that is holding the books for us to read through this year and see a huge gap.

At this half way point in our year,  is when I start thinking about working on our schedules for the coming year.  Winter is a perfect time to be sorting out, and typing up draft copies of our potential 'next' schedule.
2016 is going to create a significant change in how we do things as Jay moves into the next phase of his higher education journey.

With the Deacon Brodie book we mentioned a while back (the book detailing the life of the man who was the inspiration for R.L. Stevenson to pen Jekyll & Hyde); well,  you can read our 'content issues' comment here;  and,  even though we've moved on from wanting to use that biography as one of our reads this year, the portions that Jay & I did read generated some good discussion about authors, books, and choices.

·       Family
Bible
All:  Hebrews

History & Geography
Start unit study on Wesley 1701-91

1:  Read Aloud:

2:  Book Basket:
·  Christian Leaders of the 18th Century ~ R.C Ryle: A: Whitfield B: Wesley (Journal selections)

English
1:  Car (& craft time) time audio: 
Lesson 16: Johnson—Bringing Order to the Language
Lesson 17: Defoe—Crusoe and the Rise of Capitalism

·       Daisy
History & Geography
1: Biblioplan Early Modern Times:     Mon to Fri                           
Ch: 19 Great Awakening Pt.2  pgs 445-455A, 461-462A, 465-466A

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

2:  History Reading: 
ITTC ~ Cowan   Edwards - Treatise   1746
6:  Audio: LOTR Series ~ J.R.R Tolkein   

English
1:  Essentials in Writing, Level 8:  L. 18+   Mon to Fri
4:  Word Up! Greek and Latin Roots (Episode 4: Many)    Thurs, Fri

·       Jay

History & Geography
1: Biblioplan Early Modern Times:   Mon to Fri                             
Ch: 19 Great Awakening Pt.2  pgs 445-455A, 461-462A, 465-466A

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  continuing on from last week

2:  History Reading: 
ITTC ~ Cowan   Edwards - Treatise   1746

3:  Audio’s for this month:  
B: George Whitefield ~ Dallimore      This is such an interesting biography.  Recommending it!!

 
English
1:  Greenleaf Guide Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer
Lesson   NIL
Jay is so far ahead with the lessons in Greenleaf that I'm not prescribing any work this week  ... however he may choose to do some work in this course anyway.  He's really enjoying this guide.
I'll be upping the writing requirements in other subject areas.

2:  Review: Essentials in Writing, Level 8: L.18+ Mon to Fri

17 June 2015

Books ~ June 2015

I'll try to keep this list shorter -  maybe not ;) - as I have rather a small collection of titles to share.  I've been blessed with quite a few "new" books lately thanks, mostly, to a birthday and then a 2nd hand Red Cross book sale at the end of May.  I shan't list and drool over the Shakespeare collection book, or the lovely poetry titles, nor all the picture books; just love picture books!

Birthday Gifts :)
I'm looking forward to reading this gripping true story of a courageous missionary's faith, and of her remarkable triumph over the hardships of life in the New Guinea jungles and a Japanese internment camp.

I've been wanting to read this title for quite a while.  So happy to get it for my birthday!!

  •  The Enchanted World of Winnie-the-Pooh   Published by Dutton.
This is just a gorgeous book that some sweet friends purchased for me.  What they didn't know before they gifted it to me was that I'd stood in one of the books shop resisting the *want* to  purchase it :-) 
It's a indulgent read; interactive with lift the card features and filled of lovely illustrations and interesting facts that Winnie-the-Pooh lovers will enjoy; I am!
Click on the look inside button here


My darling husband purchased this for me.  It's a book I enjoyed poring over while we were staying at an East Coast beach home last year and we stumbled across this kiwi bestseller at a local bookshop. Yay!

2nd Hand Finds
I'll just link to bookdepository, where I can,  and toss in some pictures of the books we purchased; happily strapped for time elsewhere this week to want to spend extra moments photographing & uploading; so here goes:

After listening through the audio of this book, I'd been half hoping that I'd encounter a good 2nd hand copy somewhere :)   Recommend this title, especially to fine arts appreciators!

  • Crail Bay Farm ~ John Menzies  (NZ Title)
Menzies has written a true to life account of framing life , & wilderness life, in the Sounds ( New Zealand ).  It sounds like a humorous and engaging read.  Not 100% sure of all the content yet.


2nd Hand Picture Books
  • Quilting Now & Then ~ Karen Bates Willing & Julie Bates Dock
Even though I'm not a quilter, we have them amongst our family so I purchased this to put on the bookshelf, in our guest house, for the quilters to enjoy when they come to stay.  It details the history, and the techniques of quilting. Interesting!!

  • The Life & Times of the Giant Kauri ~ Dave Gunson  (NZ.   History & Picture Book)
This innovative tale follows the amazing four thousand year life story of Kairaru - the largest kauri tree ever to have been officially measured - and other super giants of New Zealand's northern forest, set against a fascinating timeline of national and international events; and accompanied by the finely detailed art work of Dave Gunson

I already had a copy of this book but it was rather beaten up - so nice to be blessed with a better copy. 
This is a gentle retelling of a real life incident during 1904 in Waihi.  The art work compliments the story beautifully.  
Dorothy Butler has crafted some sort after, wholesome, New Zealand picture books.

  • After The War ~ Bob Kerr  (NZ Picture Book)
New Zealanders, if you can get this book through your local library then do; it appears to be a simplistically styled picture book until we stopped and really studied the pictures - a Bob Kerr treasure detailing the changes in NZ lifestyle & landscape over the last 1/2 century!

  • The Red Poppy ~ David Hill  (NZ Picture Book)
Young soldier Jim McLeod waits in the trenches of WWI for the order to attack the enemy.  With him are his friends, and Nipper, the messenger dog.  When they charge across no-man's-land, Jim is shot... and finds himself face to face with an enemy soldier.  Offers a totally different slant to WWI, and the men, who fought in it.  Recommend!
This site lists teaching notes to go with the above book.

And I'll end this post by listing one of the titles that Daisy selected out  (so blessed to have a daughter that also shares a love of good books!); one of her finds was a favourite story,
The Reluctant Dragon ~ Kenneth Grahame, which contains gorgeous illustrations by Michael Hague like this one....

15 June 2015

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 15th June 2015

Just listing the items that are new to us this week, or that we didn't get to start from last week :)

·       Family
Bible
All: Philemon
Hymn: Jesus, Love of My Soul #12  1707-1788
Charles Wesley (Review) 

History & Geography
1:  Read Aloud: George Frederic Handel ~ Ludwig (Continue)

English
1:  Car (& craft time) time audio: 
The Great Courses: Classics of British Literature (Continue)

·       Daisy
History & Geography
1: Biblioplan Early Modern Times:  
Ch: 18 Prussia; Great Awakening pgs 418-425A, 428B-444A (longer reading)

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  Susanna Wesley ~ Charles Ludwig  (from last week)
2:  History Reading: ITTC ~ Cowan   D:   Boswell   1791
6:  Audio: LOTR Series ~ J.R.R Tolkien         Jay has been reading this series aloud to Daisy over the last year.  So she's keen to get into the audio's.  

English
1:  Essentials in Writing, Level 8:  L. 16+ Mon to Fri
6:   Penmanship  Mon  Write up the ministry of young women from the book of Titus

·       Jay

History & Geography
1: Biblioplan Early Modern Times:  Ch: 18 Prussia; Great Awakening pgs 418-424A, 428B-444A

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
The Man Who was Jekyll & Hyde: The Lives & Crimes of Deacon Brodie ~ Wilson
I haven't pre-read this book yet, so Jay & I are going to take a quick flick through this first... as chapter 2 looks like it could be an eye popper!
UPDATE:  Pulling this one off the 'want to read'  pile; it has too much 'adult' content in it for me to want to spend time editing out to make it acceptable as a reader, or as a read aloud to Jay.  (It would make interesting reading for adults who have no problems with what we call 'content issues' )We decided to stick with the online research/reading instead.

2:  History Reading: 
ITTC ~ Cowan   D:   Boswell   1791

3:  Audio’s for this month:  

English
1:  Greenleaf Guide Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer
Lesson 13:   Jonathan Swift (already covered) switch to GLG Lesson 25  Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ~ Stevenson 
18: 1714-1788 (William)  Deacon Brodie                                                
Read through the questions in GLG Lesson 25 before listening through Jekyll & Hyde.
Be prepared to discuss similarities and differences during discussion time.
7:   Penmanship    Mon  Write up the ministry of young men from the book of Titus

08 June 2015

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 8 June 2015

Winter is well and truly here and while I could take a significant side trip into bemoaning the lack of sunshine I won't ☺, instead I'll focus on this season of the year being a perfect opportunity for us to be at home with the fire going, our sheep skin lined slippers on, sipping steaming cups of hot chocolate, or tea,  .... and, the chance for us to make some pretty serious inroads into our academic schedule.
We purposely have our winter months schedule typed up so that it requires more in depth writing, reading and audio book listening from Jay and Daisy, than the amount of work I set for them during the summer months.

The children seem to want to listen to a larger volume of audio books too, which makes me thankful for audible sales that happen just before our winter starts ☺
I find it handy to have audio options of some of our read alouds on hand too, as coughs and colds can get in the way of effectively reading aloud; it's annoying when a reader would continually stop reading, every few sentences, to blow their nose ;)

Our week ahead:
·       Family
Bible
All: Titus
Hymn: Come, We That Love the LORD  (All Glory, Laud & Honor C/D #11)  1674-1748

History & Geography
1:  Read Aloud: George Frederic Handel ~ Ludwig 1692+
2:  Book Basket:

English
1:  Car (& craft time) time audio: 
The Great Courses: Classics of British Literature
(content issues)
Lecture 14: Swift—Anger and Satire
Lecture 15: Johnson—Bringing Order to the Language

·       Daisy
History & Geography
MOH vol 3, wk 28, Peter I: Czar of Russia
Mapping: Biblioplan wk 17;  Peter the Great's Reign in Russia

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  Susanna Wesley ~ Charles Lugwig  1669+
2:  History Reading:
ITTC~ Cowan  (read over the next 2 weeks)
A:  Swift: Gulliver’s Travels   1726
B:   Edwards: Treatise   1746
C:   Johnson  1759
D:   Boswell   1791
6:  Audio: Lorna Doone ~ R.D. Blackmore   

Free Reading: The Mandie Collection  Vol.10 ~ Leppard

English
1:  Essentials in Writing, Level 8:  L. 15+ Mon to Fri
2:  Timed writing with mum  Mon, Fri
7Typing.  A narration from history reading, or from your current reader          (due Weds)

·       Jay
History & Geography
1: Biblioplan Early Modern Times: Ch: 17 Russia; More French Explorers pgs 395-413A
Mapping: Biblioplan wk 17;  Peter the Great's Reign in Russia 

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  Tartuffe ~ Moliere (Play)  book  &  audio production  wk 1 of 2
I think this is a great play to discuss false religious piety and hypocrisy,  and the outcomes of blindly following anyone that practises those traits .  I'm also going to place Letters to a Devastated Christian ~ Edwards,   
&  ,The Tale of Three Kings ~ Edwards  into Jay's book basket to expand that line of thought. 
2:  History Reading:  
ITTC ~ Cowan  (read over the next 2 weeks)
A:  Swift: Gulliver’s Travels   1726
B:   Edwards: Treatise   1746
C:   Johnson  1759
D:   Boswell   1791
3:  Audio:  A:  David Copperfield ~ Dickens (dramatised) I enjoyed this audio production so much, I now want to read the book also. Highly recommending this audio!
B:  George Whitefield: God’s Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century ~ Dallimore
C:  The Hound of the Baskervilles ~ Doyle   (we purchased a budget priced kindle edition first, and that allowed us to procure the audio for $2.99)
Someone suggested we also watch a visual production of this book; we won't be as most of the movies amplify the 'scary, nightmarish'  tone of the story.  I  prefer to go for creating our own visual pictures as we listen along, and to discuss the fears & superstitions that were put to rest once the 'mystery' surrounding the hound of the Baskervilles is dealt with.  (Trying not to add any spoilers for those that wish to read the book somewhere and are not familiar with how the story ends.)

English
1:  Greenleaf Guide Yr 3 Lit (1550-1900)  ~ Shearer
Lesson 11:  Moliere’s Tartuffe (1622 -?)  Mon to Fri
2:  Review Essentials in Writing, Level 8: L.15+  Mon to Fri