09 March 2016

Our Week Ahead ~ Monday 7 March 2016

Though we're chugging along nicely with our history schedule, I'm still 4 weeks away from sharing the start of our Modern Times focus (1850 to present day) of New Zealand history - which is just as well as a NZ home educator,  thank you Bek!, mentioned a book she appreciates;
Great Journeys In Old New Zealand : travel & exploration in a new land ~ Compiled by Gordon Ell, and Sarah Ell.  
It sounded like the sort of book we could enjoy -  I managed to source a copy at a reasonable price and am looking forward to going through this with Jay and Daisy during our family book basket time.  (Yes, we still do that even in these last few years of "highschool"  educating Jay. 
Family book basket time happens late morning for us, just before lunch.  It's a lovely time together, a portion of each day I treasure and that we all appreciate;  we read and then discuss our bible reading , someone will prayer  - then if Dn is there he will go back to work in his office -  Jay, Daisy & I carry on reading other books together, with excerpts from our life lessons books etc..., and then the children select and read a piece of poetry each    .....  time to shut the books and head to the kitchen for lunch.
I'll give a review of Great Journeys in Old New Zealand once we've used it a bit.  (Wishing that Bek had a blog - she has some wonderful links and ideas!)

Now back to business and our week ahead:
·       Family
All:  Luke 9+

History & Geography
Hymn:  The Haven of Rest ~ Gilmour/Moore
(Then Sings My Soul Bk 2 ~ Morgan p.207)
Artist:   Winslow Homer
1:  Read Alouds:
The Nickle- Plated Beauty ~ Beatty (1886)   evenings, dad

2:  Book Basket:
·        Do Hard Things ~ Harris
·        Outliers ~ Gladwell 

Poetry selections, inc:
God’s Grandeur ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;

It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil

Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

·       Jay
History & Geography
3: DKH   American Civil War.  Lincoln
4:  ITTC: Gerard Manley Hopkins (Poems) (1874-89) p.275
Review: NZ Cities and Towns

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:  
1:  Three Men in a Boat ~ Jerome (1889)
2:  How to Read Slowly  ~ James Sire
3:  NZ Road Code 
Free Reads
1:  Investing in Commodities for Dummies  ~ Bouchentouf
2:  Audio’s for this month: 
1:  Made for Success ~ Ziglar
2:  The Red Badge of Courage ~ Stephen Crane (repeat read) Jay saw Daisy reading this,  and wanted to revisit the story again :-) 
·       Daisy
History & Geography
2: Bp Early Modern Times: Ch:4 &5: U.S Civil War - selections
3:  KF   p.354-356  (American Civil War 1861-65)
4:  ITTC: Gerard Manley Hopkins (Poems) (1874-89) p.275
Mapping:  Bp Map 4:  A War Between the States
                 Review: NZ Cities and Towns

History, Literature, & Book Basket:
1: Book Basket:
1:  The Baronet’s Song  ~ George MacDonald (1879)  
3:  Miniatures and Morals: The Christian Morals of Jane Austen ~ Leithart  (Sense & Sensibility)
4:  The Red Badge of Courage ~ Stephen Crane (Graphic Novel)

Free Reads:   
1:  Rowland Bingham: Into Africa’s Interior ~ Benge  (Missionary)
2:  Mildred Keith ~ Finley
2:  Audio’s for this month:
Passenger to Frankfurt ~ Christie  (Mystery)
The Red Badge of Courage ~ Stephen Crane (U.S Hist)

1:  Essentials in Writing, Level 8 
3:  Nanowrimo
4:  Word Up!
7:   Level F (Recipes).  Penmanship 

Maths    CTC Math   

Science  Physics 101   
Agricultural Science:  Live Stock (Cows & sheep)
Cocoa (L) & Hornblower (R. front).  Low-line Angus (rear)
Daisy's new calves off to meet our flock of sheep. 
(PS:  I know the picture of the new calves is a nice picture of grass and sky, but I couldn't get in any closer with my little snap shot camera.
Notice A.baa-Ram standing guard behind his flock of sheep ☺
In the first photo:  Hornblower was the steer we raised for the, ahem, freezer.   The 2 low-line angus' cows still haven't been named.)

Other critter comments:
We've had a few loses with Jay's turkeys (Dandelion and Pansy both died), yet his Royal Palm turkey pullets are growing nicely, and have just recently progressed to being allowed out in the back yard unsupervised.  We have a cat, Elsie, that likes to 'jump' the new poultry, so the new birds have to be supervised.  A few years back I heard very distressed squawking in the back yard and looked out the window to see Elsie and one of our new hens re-enacting a low flying 'rodeo ride' - poor chicken!
And Tracy, if you're reading this...  our snail, Mango, died quite a while back.  So out fish tank is just that; a tank with fish in,  which is not overly exciting.

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