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Archive for November, 2008

Boxing Day

‘Tis _nearly_ the season to be jolly!

I’ll be hosting my Boxing Day Morning Tea as usual—with one important change… Instead of an open house all day, we will only be around between 10 and 12.

As always, I’d love to see people, even if only briefly. Our address is unchanged… email me if you need it:-)

This Week

Our plans for
Week 2, Christmas Block/Term

Adestes Fideles
Natale Hilare! (Merry Christmas)
Vive le Vent (Jingle Bells)
Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)
Memorisation: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Folksong: Eriskay Love Lilt
Carol: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
So Long, Farewell and Edelweiss from The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Our picturebook artist for this block is Julie Vivas, and we’re looking at Possum Magic
Activity: Christmas Presents

“Cuddle Time”

When I chose Julie Vivas as our Picturebook Artist for this year, I requested a number of her books (that we didn’t have) from the library. Cuddle Time is one of those.

I have to say, I’m delighted by it (enough that I’m thinking about getting it for one of the kids for Christmas!) Very simply, it’s the story of two children getting up in the morning. It makes use of a little repetition, and some gentle rhymes (in fact, gentle is probably a good description of it as a whole). The greatest joy for me thoguh, is that Julie Vivas’ beautiful illustrations show the two children as being very similar in size to my big kids:-) So it depicts waking up as being very like our house (on a good morning:-) )

Bilby’s Babble

rabbit
spill
wind
hose
Jane
Spoon
Playschool
dinner
side
hand (when she wants to hold your hand)
swing (fwing)
straw
knife (fife)
cut
bandaid (ba-band)
rain (ra-rain)
hey
which way?/that way (wa-way)
? (That’s the sort?) (das sa sor)
photo (fofo)
A (her brother, a-n)
press
date
gate
half
full
soap
boat
see
Happy

Hands

So this morning, I had a flat tyre… only noticed it after I had the kids loaded and was on the way to co-op (well, I was still in the driveway—thankfully.)

Eventually called the RAC. I had left the kids in the car while I tried getting the spare out—and Cygnet woke up, wanting to nurse:-( Then, he settled! He found his fists and was sucking on them:-) Definitely made life easier to not have to feed him in the middle:-)

(Puggle reports each morning once he’s received his morning grin from Cygnet—it’s still noteworthy:-) )

This Week

Our plans for
Week 1, Christmas Block/Term

Adestes Fideles
Natale Hilare! (Merry Christmas)
Vive le Vent (Jingle Bells)
Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)
Memorisation: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Folksong: Eriskay Love Lilt
Carol: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Do-Re-Mi and My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Our picturebook artist for this block is Julie Vivas, and we’re looking at Hello Baby
Activity: Christmas Cards

Garden Cake

Today is my father-in-law’s birthday (rather a significant one). When the kids were perusing the cake books, it was mentioned that he’d never had a birthday cake… So obviously he needed one:-)

Gardening seemed a logical theme (quite a common choice for big number birthdays I found:-) ), so I did a Google image search to see what others had done. I came across this—which seemed simple enough, and had the added advantage that we had a number of the components already:-)

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It’s my usual Chocolate Simplicity Cake, just cooked in a loaf tin. I’ll definitely keep the gumdrop flowers in mind for the future—they were very simple and effective.

Bilby’s Babble

(I’m struggling to keep up at the moment! She seems to be constantly trying out new words… it’s a fun time:-) She’s also begun (last week? this week?) to use some two word sentences.)

shirt
plane
closed
face
rain
machine
Mama, I would like to do it myself! (MEE!)
sand
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven (she’s had two and four since around her birthday)
Uncle S. (sayn)
work (oo-er)
balloon is now two syllables (ba-oo)
sing
wipe
shop

This Week

Week 5, Block 9, Edith Term (Break Week)
We’ll continue singing Clementine, but that’s all (for Puggle, at least…)

Of course, I need to do quite a bit. I have some decisions to make towards the Christmas Block (who will we do as our picture book artist? Which songs will we do from the musicals? What are the kids going to make for Christmas presents? What am I going to put out for card making?) I also need to (actually get to it!) make a decision about our first Latin programme and which French picture books we’ll get and encourage Paddington to make the final choice of maths programme…

Then there’s the preparation for Christmas proper (and Advent). I need to work out what I’m actually planning, and get that all set up!

Busy, busy, busy:-)

Progress

Our progress for
Week 4, Block 9, Edith Term
We’ve finished!
We completed Winnie-the-Pooh, and the poems, and the phonemes!
We still haven’t finished all the Aesop’s Fables—but there’s a lot in the book and I wasn’t sure we’d get through them all in any case. We’ll just keep reading them next year:-)
We’re still singing quite a lot of the nursery rhymes and folksongs we’ve sung at different times.
But, finished:-)

Bilby’s Babble

locked
muffin
biscuit
close
look! (yook!)

‘Tis the Season

Our first Christmas card arrived in the mail today. Most pleasant:-) Of course, it’s also a bit depressing because I haven’t even begun to think about our cards yet:-(

(Actually, that’s not entirely true… I know I kept the list of recipients from last year, and all the addresses we had. I’m even fairly certain I know where they are:-)  So although I haven’t done anything about it, I have thought a little:-) )

“I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”

I have been driving past this sign for at least two months… I’m not surprised it hasn’t sold! (You may need to click on the photo to see what I mean.)

Craft Sunday

This week… I’ll be sewing up a storm. Come by anytime after 1.30.

This Week

Our plans for
Week 4, Block 9, Edith Term

Language
Introduce phonograms ‘ti’, ‘si’, ‘ci’ (sandpaper letters and sand tray)
Stultus Simon (Simple Simon)
Surge! (Stand up!)
Bonhomme, Bonhomme (Gentlemen, gentlemen)
Touche pas! (Don’t touch!)

English Studies
The Silent Princess‘ from The Olive Fairy Book Andrew Lang
Winnie-The-Pooh A. A. Milne
Narration: ‘The Rose and the Butterfly‘, ‘The Cat and the Fox‘, ‘The Boy and the Nettle‘ from The Aesop for Children Ill. Milo Winter (He’s really a bit too young for Narration, so I’m mostly going to be keeping an ear out for re-tellings, or incorporation in play)
Recitation: Vespers A. A. Milne from When We Were Very Young

Art and Music
Folksong: Clementine
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Work: Rakoczy March (from the Damnation of Faust)
Artist: Jan Van Eyck
Work: Man in a Red Turban
Music: Melody (The Kodály Method 1 Lois Choksy) Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree
Art: Watercolours, Watercolour City (Art Ideas Fiona Watts)

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