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My Week in Bullet Points

It feels like the term is winding down.  Only one more week until holidays.  Whoohoo!

*This week, we spent a morning at a Trampoline centre, jumping and playing laser tag with friends.  It’s great exercise.

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*We’ve been busy trying to wrap up some written work that I want finished before the end of term.  It’s nice to start a new term with fresh topics and tasks.

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*We’ve also been trying to finish a stack of books before the holidays.  Our favourite is “Albert Schweitzer: Genius in the Jungle”.

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It’s a gem of a book!  If you’ve ever heard a Classic Educator say that they aim to introduce their children to the true, good and beautiful, this is the kind of book a Classical Educator might read to achieve this.  Albert Schweitzer is amazing and the author’s descriptions of Albert’s time and work in Africa is fascinating.  And the language of this old book is just wonderful.  I want to find more books of this caliber and read them all with my children.

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*As always, we’ve been watching all sorts of interesting things in the evenings.  “Greeks, Romans,Vikings” was an excellent overview or introduction to the founders of Europe;  “Jandamarra’s War” introduced us to an historic event we hadn’t even heard of before; and “Burke and Wills” was a movie retelling of these great explorers.  This weekend I need to do some library searching to refill our documentary box.  We are running low.

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*It’s been a big week of nature here.  First, we found this neat paper wasp nest in our letterbox.  We’d previously sprayed the wasps but hadn’t found the nest.  But, this week, a parcel knocked down the nest and it was lying neatly in our letterbox waiting to be collected and observed.  How convenient.  🙂

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Can you see the two emerging adult wasps?  The spray obviously killed them in the act of emerging.  Of course, we grabbed “The Wonderland of Nature” (yes, we still use it from time to time) and read up about paper wasps.  Next week, the nest is off to my niece’s kindie for the show and tell table.

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Another night we spotted this gecko dining on a moth.  In a household of boys, this is a major event that everyone is expected to come and witness.  For all you soft hearts – the moth eventually got away and Mr Gecko had to go hungry.

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Oh and all this rain has bought out so many groovy mushrooms.  There are all different sorts.  We need to get a mushroom guide.

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*Yes, books also arrived at our house this week.  Two for me, one for the boys.  “Different” and “Hidden Girl” are mine to read.  “Augustine” is for the boys.  It’s not as long as I expected it to be though.  It’s clearly for a younger audience.  But, oh well.  We’ll read it anyway.  🙂

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*We also spent an afternoon at the park with friends.  Our kids love this park.  No, not for the playground equipment, although it’s pretty awesome.

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The boys love the bush surrounds with all its little nooks and crannies and interesting things to discover. And it’s what kids need more of – time in nature.  Man-made stuff is great, but God-made stuff is better.  And I’m glad our boys realise it.

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(Don’t my two little men look like twins in those seemingly matching outfits.  From the front they were different.  Honestly.  But my boys often end up looking similar as we don’t care much about clothes.  When we find something appropriate, we just buy two in different sizes so they often end up with the same shoes, hats, shorts and sometime shirts.  The less time and money we spend on clothes, the more money we can spend on books and reading them.  We are book people, not clothes people.)

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*On other interesting news, this week my parents went up to North Queensland to visit my Aunty Debbie in Ayr.  However, it seems that another Debbie, Cyclone Debbie, will be visiting while they are there.  At this point, it’s looking like Ayr will get a direct hit.  Mum and Dad might want to rethink their accommodations.  Staying out at the ‘beach hut’ doesn’t sound like a secure location.   :O

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And now I need to go and deal with this desk.  I feel it might need a little attention…or perhaps a lot.

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My Week in Bullet Points

* This week was a week of birthdays – my birthday and my niece’s birthday.  We gave my niece Lego and, of course, books.

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My niece gave me a handcrafted piece of art that has taken pride of place on my bookshelves.

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* We finished a couple of school books this week.  “The Great South Land” was a fantastic read.  If you are looking for a book about the men who visited Australia before Cook, then this is your book!  It’s intended for adults (but there’s nothing inappropriate in it) and it reads aloud really well.

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We also finished “Zoom”, a book on motion.  We said, “Wow!” so many times in this book.  We also said, “Huh?” quite a number of times.

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* Some books arrived in the mail this week.  (Admittedly, our parcel postie arrives most weeks 🙂 ).  This week we got books about Greece.  We’re reading the Iliad so I thought it was a good time to explore some Greek tangents.

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I also got a book gift from a friend.  I’ve drooled over this book for a long while, even since this friend highly recommended it as their favourite children’s version of ‘Cinderella’.

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The illustrations are gorgeous!

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* Currently I’m (trying to) read “The Bear and the Nightingale”.  At this point I’m not sure if I’ll make it to the end, although I’m so close to the end that I think I’ll have to make myself continue.  I really liked the sounds of this book, after reading the blurb and review, but it has turned out to be something completely different from what I was expecting – it’s much darker.  If I had to name a theme for this book, it would be fear – fear to leave the old beliefs (traditional nature centre beliefs) and fear of not accepting the new beliefs (Russian Orthodox).  Not a book to read at night before bed!

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* Thankfully I can pick a different book to read before bed time.  I picked up this bundle of goodies from the library this week.  Decisions, decisions.  What will I start with?  And how will I finish all of these before they are due back at the library!

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* We’ve been doing some viewing too.  We watched “Hacksaw Ridge” and it was excellent.  It’s not for those with a weak stomach though.  The gory battle scenes are among the worst I’ve seen, but we had to watch it as it was a true story of great faith.  We also finished watching the 6 episodes of, “Civilisation:  Is the West History?”.  And tonight we’ll watch “Gagarin:  First in Space”.

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* We also had book club this week.  We LOVE book club.  We (the mums, obviously) are currently reading “Life Under Compulsion” by Anthony Esolen (everything he writes is wonderful!).

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While the mum’s chat about the book, the kidlings run wild in our beloved bush setting.  This week, the kids had to seek shelter during a quick but heavy downpour so they sat and played a round of Uno.  After the rain, they went out and played in the mud and had a blast.

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Who knows what next week will hold?  Definitely more books!




A Glimpse of My Week in Bullet Points

*  We had a family emergency this week (nothing major) and we had to help look after my nieces for a day.  There is nothing nicer than snuggling with little people all day.  We went to the park, to an environmental centre and an animal park.  Then, while little Missy 1 napped, we played shop with little Missy 4 and read piles of picture books.
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*  We finished an audio story this week – “Age of Miracles”.  I can’t recommend it though; there was way too much swearing in it and a few other eye popping moments.  But the blurb sounded so interesting – the earth’s rotation was slowing down causing all sorts of problems.  We love a survival story but this one, despite it’s promising blurb, didn’t really hit the mark.  Shame.  The concept had such potential.

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*  Our documentary this week was called, “Federation”.  It was excellent.  I would definitely recommend it.  Somehow it made a rather dull topic quite interesting.  (We watch a documentary of some kind most nights of the week).  Tonight we are watching “Charles Kingsford Smith”. (Later – It wasn’t a very good documentary at all!)

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*  I finished reading two children’s books (I love children’s literature) this week.  First, I read, “Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos”.  It was a good little read (the book is part of a series).  The main character, Theodosia, spends her days in the museum (her parents work there) removing curses from the artifacts that her parents bring back from Egypt.  But one particular artifact causes her all manner of grief.  It would be a great book for anyone studying Ancient Egypt.  The other book was “The Scourge” and I really liked this book (although the ending was a smidge weak).  The Scourge is a deadly disease and people who contract it are isolated on an island.  Then, Ani and Weevil are captured and tested for the disease and are told they have it.  I enjoyed this book so much that I’m on the hunt for more of the author’s books.

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* Oh and we were given a meat tray this week.  So, we’ve been eating roast, sausages, steaks, lamb chops and pork chops.  Clearly, we aren’t vegetarian.  Is there any such things as a meatatarian?!

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*We’ve been reading a stack of books as well.  That’s nearly always the favourite part of our weeks.

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Who knows what next week will hold?  Definitely more books!


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Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Family Life


How We Spent Our ‘Not Ready to Start School’ Week

As I said in my last post, we didn’t start school this week.

However, reading aloud always happens around here.

How else can you fill all those hours in a day if you aren’t reading something?!

So our week still looked rather ‘schooly’, which is pretty normal for us.

We simply aren’t normal people.

Anyway, on Monday, we actually went to a real live school.

Yep, true story!

But, there were no kids.

Well, unless you count my two.

We were helping hubby clean and prepare his classroom for the first day of his school.

Then, on Tuesday, we sat down and polished off eight chapters of “Spice and the Devil’s Cave”.

Great book, by the way.

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On Wednesday, we sat together and read through the remaining chapters of

“Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan”.

If you could only read one book about the Age of Exploration,

then, this is the book I would choose.

It’s very well written and contains fairly detailed chapters on the key explorers –

Prince Henry the Navigator, Bartholomew Dias, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama,

John Cabot, Ferdinand Magellan and others.

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And on Thursday, that’s today, we read Stuart Waldman’s “Magellan’s World”.

This “Great Explorer” series is fantastic.

(We have all except 3 of the books in the series

and this afternoon that number was reduced to 2.)

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Every book in the series is a picture book,

however, the accounts are quite detailed and take a while to read.

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I also loved the fold-out map that we could keep open and in view as we read the account.

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In honour of Australia Day, which is today,

we read a couple of picture books about the First Fleet and the first Australia Day.

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Then, this afternoon, we sat down as a family and watched the documentary,

“Arthur Phillip:  Governor, Sailor, Spy”.

(For my overseas readers, Arthur Phillip was the man in charge of bringing the first colonist/convicts to Australia.

He was also the first governor of our first settlement).

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Gosh the ABC Store has some great documentaries.

I might have to toddle over to their website and see what else they have on offer.

I bought this documentary when their bricks n mortar stores were closing down.

I was one of the only people in the documentary section of the store.

Everyone else was wasting their money on television show merchandise.

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And, tonight, we plan on watching an episode of a documentary about the history of spice.

Tomorrow, will be a social day.

First a trip to the surgeon to remove my stitches,

then a trip to the store to find a birthday present for my youngest niece

(yes, she’s nearly one already!),

and then we’ll spend the afternoon in the park with friends.

All in all, I think it was a pretty good, “Not Ready to Start School” week.


Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Family Life, History, Homeschooling Days, My Library