Peek at My Week

14 May

* We read a fantastic picture book this week.  It’s been on my purchase list for a long time and then I noticed that it was available with my Scribd account so we sat down and read it.  What a wonderful story!  (I’m going to have to buy a proper copy of the book for my collection).  It’s about Isatou Ceesay, a woman from Gambia, who turns discarded plastic bags into crocheted purses.  It’s a true story and you can find out more about the project online.  There’s even a little video interview about Isatou Seesay.

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Here’s a sample of the purses that Isatou’s organisation now makes, thanks to Isatou’s innovative recycling project.

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* “Team Moon” was another great book we read this week.  It tells the story of Apollo 11 while at the same time telling the stories of some of the 400 000 people who made the moon landing possible.  This book sent us on a number of info hunts as question after question came to mind.  (A good book always leaves you full of questions and possible tangents.)

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Consequently, our viewing time was rather space orientated this week.  We watched “The Dish” and “Apollo 13”.  And, being us, we also had to do some research to separate fact from fiction in these movies.  That was really interesting.

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Then on my bookshelf I found this title, “To the Moon and Back“, which will be the perfect followup to “The Dish”.  The book takes the reader on a journey through all of the Apollo Missions while also giving more detail about Australia’s role in the missions.  Did you know that Jackie French’s husband, Bryan Sullivan, worked at Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station during the Apollo missions?

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* From the library I borrowed this newly released book, “Say Yes”.  It fit perfectly with some of our recent discussions but it turned out to be a disappointing choice.

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The author chose to address the topic to young children, making it a terrible choice for older students, for which the topic is more appropriate.

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Its only redeeming feature was the factual page at the back of the book.

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* On Wednesday evening, we went to the theatre to see a performance called Model Citizens by Circus Oz.  We chose to attend the night time showing, rather than the school daytime showing (so hubby could join us).  We made the right choice.  The night time performance was twice as long as the school performance while the price remained the same (which was, for us, free – local homeschoolers were offered free tickets).  The performance wasn’t an ordinary ‘circus’ performance.  It was a piece of theatre with a story and a message to share, all told through giant props and talented acrobats.  It was however a little on the edge of risque for a family performance.  We saw a lot of flesh and several bare bottoms.  I’m guessing that element was removed for the school performances.  But, still, we thoroughly enjoyed the performance.  It had a valuable message to share, and the acrobats were amazing.

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* Our favourite book this week has been, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind“.  It told the true story of William Kamkwamba, a poor boy from Malawi, who has to drop out of school when his family can no longer pay his school fees.  Hoping to keep up with his classmates, this resourceful boy begins reading books from the local library and then determines to build a windmill to bring electricity and perhaps security and prosperity to his home.  It’s an amazing story, which has led us to explore electric circuits and related concepts.

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In the coming days, we plan to watch the related documentary, “William and the Windmill” and William’s Ted Talks (1 & 2).  (I tend towards the belief, that inspiration from curious, resourceful and talented people is far more valuable than all those facts in Science textbooks).

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William’s story, while being a Science focused story, also fit nicely into our focus on Africa. These resources (“Queen of Katwe”, “A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk” and “War Brothers”), set in Africa, came from the library this week and hint at what we’ll be reading and viewing in coming days.  There is soooo much to learn about Africa – some of it is immensely sad, and some of it is wonderful.

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* I attended my monthly homeschooling mother’s book club this week (the kids join us too and run wild in nature while the mum’s chat).  It’s one of my favourite days of the month.  Currently, we’re reading “Life Under Compulsion” and are almost finished.  We’re already in discussion about what to read next.

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* Last night I sat and watched the documentary, “That Vitamin Movie”.  Have you seen it?  It’s powerfully convicting.  As a result of watching it, I’ve ordered the book, “Vitamin C:  The Real Story” and my family is now walking around with so many vitamin C tablets in them that I’m sure I can hear them rattling as they run around.  :)-

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And that pretty much sums up our week.  We did a whole pile of others things – schooly things, family things and lifey things – but these are the things that stood out.


Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Homeschooling Days


4 responses to “Peek at My Week

  1. Heidi Wilson

    May 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

    If you read To the Moon and Back you must also read The Ghost by the Billabong which is one of the later Matilda Saga books, as it takes place during the Apollo Mission and one of the characters in the book is based on Jackie French’s husband’s role!! 😉

    • Tracey

      May 14, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Based on how you rave about the Matilda series, I’m going to have to read it one day. I have read at least the first two books back when they came out. 🙂

  2. janlcoates

    May 16, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Your boys might be interested to know that Jacob Deng, the inspiration for A HARE IN THE ELEPHANT’S TRUNK, is now living back in South Sudan, working as the Minister of Youth and Culture. Cheers! Jan Coates


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