inicio mail me! sindicaci;ón
The Genial Hearth
I’ve just put the kettle on, join me for a cuppa and a chat.

Archive for March, 2009

What’s on Puggle’s Mind

“When you have another baby, I want to ask the midwives how Santa knows that there’s another baby.”

This Week

Our plans for
Week 2, Block 3, Boronia Term

Puggle
Chapter 6 ‘People’ from Song School Latin by Amy Rehn
‘Hades’ from The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus by Aliki
‘The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’, ‘The Bull and the Goat’ from Aesop’s Fables for Children Illustrated by Milo Winter
The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
‘Adventures of an Indian Brave’ from The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
‘The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly’ p67 The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense by Edward Lear
Copywork: Name, ‘b’, ‘e’
RightStart B (some more number recognition, the abacus, writing numbers)

Bilby
‘Drawing and Painting’ from European Word Book by Richard Scarry
‘Smiling Girls, Rosy Boys’, ‘Handy Spandy, Sugary Candy’ from My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie
‘The Land of Counterpane’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
‘Blue Beard’ from The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle Beatrix Potter (I’ve borrowed a number of these on CD, and have found that’s helped a lot with reading them this time around!)
Ours Brun, Dis-Moi by Eric Carle

Everyone
Ardet Roma
Non, mater (Yes, Mama)
Ma Mère m’Envoie-t’au Marche
Vite! (Quick!)
Folksong: When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
Composer: Johannes Sebastian Bach
Work: Brandenburg Concertos
Artist: Sandro Botticelli
Work: Young Man Being Introduced to the Liberal Arts
Music: Timbre (p. 22/23 The Kodaly Method I)
Lucy Locket
Art: Watercolour
Water Painting (p. 52/53 The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas)
‘Cliff’, ‘Continent’, ‘Continental Divide’ from Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton (drawings for Puggle to colour in… although this is an ‘everyone’ topic, realistically, we’ll probably do it while Bilby naps in the afternoon)
‘The First Writing’ The Story of the World: Ancient Times Susan Wise Bauer
Recorder

Bedding Down for Winter (Grubby Nails)

I’m hosting a Grubby Nails gathering! It will be on either Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th April from about 10am (let me know which suits you best and we’ll work out which a little closer to the day).

We have a number of jobs to do in and around the garden.

There’s 2 cubic metres of mulch to spread over newspaper—which also needs to be laid (well, that volume minus whatever we are able to spread in the meantime) in our ‘front’ yard. (If there is excess mulch, it will be going around the mulberry and apple, and in the raised beds—once they’ve been weeded.).
I need to put up a trellis of some sort for the grapevine I planted.
I have some Lantana to remove and Broom to remove/trim.
I plan to plant another grapevine, so a hole needs to be dug for that (once the lantana and broom are sorted). (Although, this may not be the right time to do this… feel free to tell me if it isn’t!)
I have a number of fruit trees that are not doing as well as they could be… I’d love some input as to what we should be doing (now in preparation for winter, as well as what we should plan to do in the lead up to spring) to help them _achieve_ something.
There’s a couple of tool racks to mount.
Rocks to clear.
Jasmine/wisteria to plant.
Apple to plant.
Prune Roses.
(This is a growing list:-) )

Discussion (I like the idea of the Permablitzes which have real ‘learning’ push to them. I don’t have the background to prepare a seminar/workshop on the topic, but I thought it would be a good conversation to have at lunchtime.)
What needs to be done now to prepare gardens for winter?
What can be done now to prepare gardens for Spring?

Lunch
I’ll make a couple of soups (at least one will be vegetarian). If you could bring some bread or sandwiches to go with them, that would be great:-)

Who?
Everyone’s welcome:-) Feel free to bring friends and family:-) I will have kids participating, so yours are also welcome:-)

What should I bring?
Other than a lunch contribution, gloves would be helpful and maybe a shovel/secateurs. If you have any newspapers, that could be quite a help.

Where?
Email me (address is in the ‘About Me’ page) for the address.

(A heads up that I plan to have another gathering in August ‘Look at Chooks, Look at the Book’… focussing on the chooks (and chook tractor I’ll be chook-sitting)—to begin re-building the chook tractor I have, and also on planning for Spring:-) )

Progress

Week 1, Block 3, Boronia Term

Not bad. We hit most of the things I had planned. Maths is continuing to be a hit, as is Latin (although, I do need to be more particular about checking the activities ahead of time in case there are things I need to prepare). They’re both rather taken with When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again:-)

Food Post Friday

Friday: Fried Spiced Nuts, biscuits for a potluck dinner.
Saturday: Roast Beef with Roast Potato, Onion, Butternut and Peas.
Sunday: Oriental Fried Noodle Salad (for lunch). Chorizo and Black Bean Soup with Cornbread
Monday: Dinner with Granny and Grandpa.
Tuesday: Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
Wednesday: Dinner with Grandma and Grandad.
Thursday: Steak and More-ish Crunch Salad.

New Additions to the Archives

I’ve just gone through and added a number of posts that I have been meaning to post for a while… so far back that they may not have shown up in your feeds. Some of them were things I really wanted to share (but I also wanted the timing to be correct…), so I thought I’d post links to them all, here. I’m not promising scintillating reading though… I’ve forgotten much of the nuance, so these tend towards the bare-bones details:-(

Museum Visit
Mum’s Laprug
EChO Concert
Art Prints
Cuddlies
Puppet Theatre
Progress 2008
Planning for 2009
Our January Wine Dinner

This Week

Our plans for
Week 1, Block 3, Boronia Term

Puggle
Chapter 5 ‘Family Members’ from Song School Latin by Amy Rehn
‘Apollo’ from The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus Aliki
‘The Frog and the Mouse’, ‘The Fox and the Crab’, ‘The Serpent and the Eagle’ from Aesop’s Fables for Children Illustrated by Milo Winter
The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne
‘The Bird of Truth’ from The Orange Fairy Book Andrew Lang
‘The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly’ p67 The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense Edward Lear
Copywork: Name, ‘s’, ‘qu’
RightStart B (some more number recognition, the abacus, writing numbers)

Bilby
‘At the Zoo’ from European Word Book Richard Scarry (I must remember to get the animals out:-) )
‘Hey Diddle Diddle’, ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ from My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie
‘Where Go the Boats?’, ‘Auntie’s Skirts’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses Robert L. Stevenson
‘Goose Girl’ from The Blue Fairy Book Andrew Lang
The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle Beatrix Potter (I’ve borrowed a number of these on CD, and have found that’s helped a lot with reading them this time around!)
Devine Combien Je t’Aime by Sam McBratney

Everyone
Ardet Roma
Ita, mater (Yes, Mama)
Ma Mère m’Envoie-t’au Marche
Vite! (Quick!)
Folksong: When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
Composer: Johannes Sebastian Bach
Work: Brandenburg Concertos
Artist: Sandro Botticelli
Work: Young Man Being Introduced to the Liberal Arts
Music: Timbre (p. 22/23 The Kodaly Method I)
Down Came Johnny
Art: Watercolour
Painting on Wet (p. 50/51 The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas)
‘Canyon’, ‘Cape’, ‘Cave’ from Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton (drawings for Puggle to colour in… although this is an ‘everyone’ topic, realistically, we’ll probably do it while Bilby naps in the afternoon)
‘Egyptians Lived on the Nile River’ The Story of the World: Ancient Times Susan Wise Bauer
Recorder

Progress

Week 5, Block 2, Boronia Term

Very relaxed:-) It actually felt quite different from our usual pattern—which hasn’t been the case in the past. We did sing occasionally, and Puggle (and Bilby:-) ) asked about Mat Time/Maths/Copywork (very cute, Bilby asking about ‘Dopyword?’).

Food Post Friday

Friday: Sausages and Greek Salad
Saturday: Wine Dinner:-) We’re on Entrée. We’ll be doing Soy Roasted Nuts, Smoked Salmon Rolls, Salami Tarts and Thai Corn Cakes from Jill Dupleix’s Very Simple Food. There’ll be a post on these when it’s done:-)
Sunday: Roast Chicken with Roast Potato, Sweet Potato, Onion and Peas
Monday: Dinner with Granny and Grandpa (Apricot Chicken)
Tuesday: Chicken Pie (I haven’t tried this one before… but I felt as though I needed another leftover chicken recipe, so I went looking.)
Wednesday: Dinner with Grandma and Grandad
Thursday: Lamb/Mint/Yoghurt Meatballs with Oriental Fried Noodle Salad

Craft Sunday

on the 22nd of March, 1.30 onwards.

Hope to see some of you there:-) No idea what I’ll be working on, but as always… I have plenty of options:-)

This Week

Our plans for
Week 5, Block 2, Boronia Term (Break Week)

As usual, fairly limited plans for this week. I’m still on Science for co-op, so we’ll be doing that. We’re still hoping not to kill the garden, so probably some gardening should occur (we’re due to get some mulch tomorrow, so potentially a whole lot of gardening could occur!)

They’re both enjoying ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’, and the plan is to continue that (although, I think my voice may be on the way out again🙁 So that could be a challenge.

I might try doing last week’s history this week, just because I think he’ll be interested to get started… and I do rather expect he’ll want to do maths once or twice—interesting to see what he asks for.

Of course, we acquired a whole heap of paper today, of various sorts, so it could be quite a crafty time:-)

(Actually, now I think of it… this week would be the logical time to go through the stuff from the last block and stick a few things in a ‘portfolio’… we might see how that goes:-)

Progress

Week 4, Block 2, Boronia Term

We did Mat Time and Table Time four out of the five days (which is all I’m really planning on). Puggle needed to write his name in a birthday card this week, and it was definitely much more consistent in size and the letters were far more controlled (that’s what he’s been doing for Copywork). He’s been very excited to do his maths each morning, and has been telling everyone he comes across about it:-) He’s continuing to be happy and excited by his Latin:-)

We didn’t actually do History this week… But the activity book arrived this week, so I was happy to leave it another week so I can line activities up for it:-)

I’m doing Science for Co-op at the moment, so we began Electricity… and we’ve also been managing not to kill things in the garden:-)

Bilby has had yet another language spurt! She’s singing a whole pile of songs that are distinguishable by the lyrics, instead of only the tune. She seems particularly taken with ‘Old MacDonald’—what I find odd is that it’s our Latin nursery rhyme at the moment, but I can’t think of the last time we sang it in English… and yet, that’s what she’s singing:-)

Food Post Friday

Friday: Fish and Chips for Grandma’s birthday:-)
Saturday: Summer Chickpea Salad for a friend’s birthday:-)
Sunday: Italian Casserole
Monday: Dinner with Granny and Grandpa
Tuesday: Butternut and Chorizo Spaghetti
Wednesday: Dinner with Grandma and Grandad
Thursday: BBQ something with Greek Salad (or, we might decide to go see Sculpture By the Sea, and get Fish and Chips—although, twice in a week may be a bit much:-) )

Developments

Well, it seems I spoke too soon!

Today, I noticed in Cygnet’s mouth the definite appearance of teeth! Both his bottom ones:-)

Then, we came home, and he proceeded to rock up on all fours (and launching himself forward—narrowly missing a faceplant!):-) And he’s reaching out and pulling himself along/pushing with his toes!

A big day:-)

This Week

Our plans for
Week 4, Block 2, Boronia Term

Puggle
Chapter 4 ‘Review’ from Song School Latin by Amy Rehn
‘Artemis’ from The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus Aliki
‘The Astrologer’, ‘Three Bullocks and a Lion’, ‘Mercury and the Woodman’ from Aesop’s Fables for Children Illustrated by Milo Winter
The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne
‘The Princess Bella-Flor’ from The Orange Fairy Book Andrew Lang
‘Limericks’ p3-11 The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense Edward Lear
Copywork: Name, ‘g’, ‘o’
RightStart B (some more number recognition and introducing the abacus)

Bilby
‘The Bear Twins Get Dressed’ from European Word Book Richard Scarry
‘Horsie, Horsie Don’t You Stop’, ‘Father and Mother and Uncle John’ from My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie
‘Singing’, ‘Looking Forward’, ‘A Good Play’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses Robert L. Stevenson
‘Snow White and Rose Red’ from The Blue Fairy Book Andrew Lang
The Tale of Two Bad Mice Beatrix Potter
Devine Combien Je t’Aime by Sam McBratney

Everyone
Agricola habet fundum
Ignosce me (excuse me)
Il Était une Bergère
Maintenant! (Now!)
Folksong: When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
Composer: Johannes Sebastian Bach
Work: Church Cantata
Artist: Sandro Botticelli
Work: The Birth of Venus
Music: Fast/Slow (p. 22 The Kodaly Method I)
Bow Wow Wow
Art: Watercolour
Colour Blends (Red/Yellow/Red) (p. 49 The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas)
‘Badlands’, ‘Bay’ from Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton (drawings for Puggle to colour in… although this is an ‘everyone’ topic, realistically, we’ll probably do it while Bilby naps in the afternoon)
‘The Earliest People’ The Story of the World: Ancient Times Susan Wise Bauer
Recorder

(This marks the start of our full programme. The maths and history books arrived last week, and Puggle couldn’t bear to wait too long to begin them, so we actually started then… He’s so excited by them! Sadly though, the history Activity Book is in the final batch of books to arrive, so we’re not yet doing the activities to accompany the readings.)

Next entries »