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Archive for May, 2009

This Week

Our plans for
Week 1, Block 5, Dorothea Term

Puggle
Chapter 12 ‘Manners’ from Song School Latin by Amy Rehn
‘Romulus and Remus’ from The Orchard Book of Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean
‘The Cat and the Fox’, ‘The Boy and the Nettle’ from Aesop’s Fables for Children Illustrated by Milo Winter
The Muddle-headed Wombat by Ruth Park
‘The Little Soldier’ from Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
‘The Nutcrackers and the Sugar Tongs’ The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense by Edward Lear
Copywork: Name, ‘w’, ‘x’
RightStart B

Bilby
‘In the Kitchen’ from European Word Book by Richard Scarry
‘Elsie Marley’s grown so fine’, ‘Pussy-cat, pussy-cat where have you been?’ from My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie
‘Keepsake Mill’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
‘Kari Woodengown’ from The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Tale of Tom Kitten by 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!)
Bonsoir Lune by Margaret Wise Brown

Everyone
decem urnae
Ecce! (Look!)
Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds
Non merci (No thank you)
Folksong: My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
Composer: Franz Liszt
Work: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (This is a link to a recording)
Artist: Caspar David Friedrich
Work: Chalk Cliffs on Rugen
Music: Long/Short (p. 24 The Kodaly Method I)
Bought Me a Cat
Art: Wax Crayons
More Resist Effects (p. 80 The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas)
‘Highland’, ‘Hill’ from Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton
‘The First Cities of India’ from The Story of the World: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer
Recorder ‘Semibreve Samba’ from Black Belt Recorder 1

Food Post Friday

Friday: Take away… Possibly Chooks:-)
Saturday: Dinner with Uncle P and family… I believe he’s planning Beouf Bourgignon
Sunday: Roast Pork with vegies
Monday: Dinner with Granny and Grandpa
Tuesday: Pasta Puttanesca
Wednesday: Dinner with Grandma and Grandad
Thursday: Corn and Bacon Chowder with Bread

Chooks!

chooks
Meet Blackie and Henny, they’ve come to stay for a year while friends go around Australia.
Puggle and Bilby are so excited about their stay! (Although, I had to have a couple of attempts at putting a Very Sad boy to bed tonight, after saying goodbye to his very good friend:-( )
They brought their own tractor with them, so their environment is not too different, but they seem to have settled in ok.

This Week

Our plans for
Week 5, Block 4, Dorothea Term (Break Week)
We’ll keep singing, and we’ll probably try and do a little Latin and a couple of the readings (we seem to regularly miss the Classical Studies readings… I may need to rethink doing them on Mondays!) Otherwise, I’m going to spend a little bit of time trying to get ready to start testing out Workboxes from next week.

Wedding Napkin Rings

knitting-wireThis

became these.
bm-napkin-rings

Food Post Friday

Friday: Takeaway from Tsunami:-)
Saturday: Recovering from a wedding—we’ll see what takes our fancy…
Sunday: Roast Beef and Roast Vegetables
Monday: Dinner with Granny and Grandpa
Tuesday: Beef Sausages with Lentil Stew
Wednesday: Dinner with Grandma and Grandad
Thursday: Black Olive and White Bean Soup with Bread (the soup is new to me).

This Week

Our plans for
Week 4, Block 4, Dorothea Term

Puggle
Chapter 11 ‘More Classroom Commands’ from Song School Latin by Amy Rehn
‘To Hell and Back’ from The Orchard Book of Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean
‘The Fox Without a Tail’, ‘The Mischievous Dog’, ‘The Rose and the Butterfly’, from Aesop’s Fables for Children Illustrated by Milo Winter
The Muddle-headed Wombat by Ruth Park
‘The Enchanted Ring’ from Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
‘A was an Ape’ The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense by Edward Lear
Copywork: Name, ‘u’, ‘v’
RightStart B

Bilby
‘Holidays’ from European Word Book by Richard Scarry
‘Sing, Sing, What shall I sing?’, ‘Hickety, Pickety, my black hen’ from My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie
‘The Lamplighter’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ from The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Story of Miss Moppet by 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!)
Je t’aimerai toujours by Robert Munsch

Everyone
o mea maria
Audi! (Listen!)
Frére Jacques
Merci (Thank you)
Folksong: Land of the Silver Birch
Composer: Franz Liszt
Work: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (This is a link to a recording)
Artist: Caspar David Friedrich
Work: The Wanderer Above the Mists
Music: Long/Short (p. 24 The Kodaly Method I)
Rain Rain, Go Away
Art: Wax Crayons
Wax Resist Rubbings (p. 78 The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas)
‘Gulf’, ‘Headwater” from Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton
‘The Assyrians’ from The Story of the World: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer
Recorder ‘Semibreve Samba’ from Black Belt Recorder 1

Mother’s Day Cake

cake-planFor Mother’s Day, Puggle took this

mothers-day-cake and made me this!

(Paddington had been to a Buck’s Night the night before, but still supervised Puggle making the cake, and decorating it—even though decorating is not something he has much experience with:-) )

This Week

Our plans for
Week 3, Block 4, Dorothea Term

Puggle
Chapter 10 ‘Classroom Commands’ from Song School Latin by Amy Rehn
‘Dreams of Destiny’ from The Orchard Book of Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean
‘The Bat and the Weasels’, ‘The Quack Toad’ from Aesop’s Fables for Children Illustrated by Milo Winter
The Muddle-headed Wombat by Ruth Park
‘The Three Little Pigs’ from Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
‘A was an Ape’ The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense by Edward Lear
Copywork: Name, ‘r’, ‘t’
RightStart B

Bilby
‘A Drive in the Country’ from European Word Book by Richard Scarry
‘Little Jack Horner’, ‘Hi! Hi! says Anthony’ from My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie
‘The Wind’, ‘The Cow’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
‘Brother and Sister’ from The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Story of Miss Moppet by 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!)
Je t’aimerai toujours by Robert Munsch

Everyone
o mea maria
Audi! (Listen!)
Frére Jacques
Merci (Thank you)
Folksong: Land of the Silver Birch
Composer: Franz Liszt
Work: Piano Concerto No 1 (This is a link to a recording)
Artist: Caspar David Friedrich
Work: The Wanderer Above the Mists
Music: Long/Short (p. 24 The Kodaly Method I)
The Counting Song
Art: Wax Crayons
Wax Resist Stars (p. 76 The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas)
‘Grassland’, ‘Gulch’ from Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton
‘Hammurabi and the Babylonians’ from The Story of the World: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer
Recorder ‘Semibreve Samba’ from Black Belt Recorder 1

Jam Roll

For Mother’s Day, we took this (one of my favourite Afternoon Tea treats:-) ) to my Mum’s.

Jam Roll from Gourmet Traveller March 2006
jam-roll3 eggs, separated
110 grams sugar, caster
110 grams flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 tablespoon water, boiling

75 grams sugar, caster
200 grams jam, strawberry, raspberry or plum

Using an electric mixer, whisk eggwhites until soft peaks form, then gradually add sugar and whisk until firm peaks form and mixture is stiff and glossy. Add egg yolks one at a time, whisking until just combined.
Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl, then repeat twice more. Mix golden syrup with boiling water and add to egg mixture. Add the flour and using a large metal spoon, gently fold in until just combined. Spoon mixture into a baking paper lined 26×32 centimetre swiss roll tin, gently smooth top, then bake at 180˚C for 12 minutes or until top springs back when pressed (it really is just this long… test it).
Scatter remaining sugar 1 centimetre from the end of a clean tea towel to cover an area a little larger than the cake tin, then carefully invert cake over sugar and peel away base paper. (To turn out, line it up with the sugar (over it), hold the paper at the top, and tip.) Using a serrated knife, trim short ends of hot cake, then, using towel as a guide, roll up from a short side and leave to cool, wrapped in the towel.
Carefully unroll cake, spread with (warmed) jam leaving a 1 centimetre border.
Re-roll, and place seam-side down on a plate. Serve cake cut into slices. Jam roll with keep in an airtight container for up to two days.

Birthday Flag

flagThis year’s image for Puggle’s birthday flag was a Dalek. Although he’s only briefly seen the smallest sample of them (Daleks take Manhatten), he was smitten! This is the year he made his dalek costume for the Masquerade:-)

Tipper Truck

tipper-truckSo this year, Puggle chose another Tipper Truck for his birthday cake! It was different from last year’s though (and easier:-) ), so I was happy to oblige:-)

This Week

Our plans for
Week 2, Block 4, Dorothea Term

Puggle
Chapter 9 ‘Review’ from Song School Latin by Amy Rehn
‘Chains of Love’ from The Orchard Book of Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean
‘The Miser’, ‘The Wolf and the House Dog’, ‘The Fox and the Hedgehog’ from Aesop’s Fables for Children Illustrated by Milo Winter
The Muddle-headed Wombat by Ruth Park
‘Prince Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla’ from Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
‘The Jumblies’ The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense by Edward Lear
Copywork: Name, ‘n’, ‘p’
RightStart B

Bilby
‘In the City’ from European Word Book by Richard Scarry
‘Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake’, ‘Davy Davy Dumpling’ from My Very First Mother Goose Iona Opie
‘Escape at Bedtime’, ‘Marching Song’ from A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stevenson
‘The Master Thief’’ from The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisherby 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!)
La chasse à l’ours by Michael Rosen

Everyone
Caput, Umerus, Genu et Digitus
Veni! (Come!)
J’Entends le Moulin
S’il te plait (Please)
Folksong: The Rose of Tralee
Composer: Franz Liszt
Work: Piano Concerto No 1 (This is a link to a recording)
Artist: Caspar David Friedrich
Work: The Cross in the Mountains
Music: Long/Short (p. 24 The Kodaly Method I)
The Wishing Song
Art: Wax Crayons
Stained Glass effect (p. 74 The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas)
‘Geyser’, ‘Glacier’ from Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton
‘The Jewish People’ from The Story of the World: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer
Recorder ‘Semibreve Samba’ from Black Belt Recorder 1

Land Of The Silver Birch

There’s some information about it here. There’s a recording at the bottom of the page.

Land of the silver birch, home of the beaver
Where still the mighty moose wanders at will

Blue lake and rocky shore
I will return once more.
Boom di-de-eye dy
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My heart is sick for you,here in the lowlands
I will return to you, hills of the north

Blue lake and rocky shore
I will return once more.
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Swift as a silver fish, canoe of birch bark
Thy mighty water ways carry me forth.

Blue lake and rocky shore
I will return once more.
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There where the blue lake lies, I’ll set my wigwam
Close to the water’s edge, silent and still

Blue lake and rocky shore
I will return once more.
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