Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ooey Gooey

We've just started out on "Linguistic Development Through Poetry Memorisation"

It's meant to just be for Big Brother, but Little Sister likes to join in too

Friday, January 27, 2012

Night Sky Fun

This is my first ever sensory tub and so far so good the kidlets have been enjoying it!

In there are a whole bunch of lentils, some star beads (hence the night sky theme), three little containers for collecting treasures, two pairs of tweezers and enough letters to spell Big Brother, Little Sister and the name of a mystery friend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

School Time!

We officially started our new school year today... after much nagging from Big Brother.

Here's what we're up to this term:

History: Story of the World Vol. 1 (Ancients)
Geography: New Zealand Basics
Maths:Finishing Miquon Purple and Carrying on with Life of Fred
Science: Mr Q Chemistry
Memory Work: Poetry and subject related work (at the moment, the 7 regions in the South Island and 9 in the North Island)
Writing: IEW All Things Fun and Fascinating
Oral Language: Also IEW, preparing oral presentations and poetry recitation
Spelling: AAS3 and Spelling Works C (probably)
Art: Artistic Pursuits 1

When it arrives we'll add in some of the MCT language arts curriculum.

Lots of reading, Art, Music and Gymnastics classes + a few other additions such as museum classes and we'll be good and busy!

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Family Members and a Christmas Box!

We have two new family members...

Yet to be named

and Jane

Both are brown shaver pullets, known collectively as "The Girls" - they're about 17 weeks old, so in the next few weeks we hope they'll start laying some eggs for us.  

We were also very lucky to have our Christmas box arrive from our friends in the USA yesterday.  

Lots of Gluten Free treats, including such delights as snickerdoodles (which Big Brother thinks it the funniest name ever) and edamame crackers.  Both kids were extremely excited to have lots of new treats they could try.  I'm wishing there were a Trader Joes here because it looks like they have some cool things there.

Little Sister loves her birthday and Christmas presents... lots of colouring books, a new book, a placemat (with Elmo on it) and a very cool puzzle cup.  Not to forget the Rams tshirt which she put on right away too!  

Big Brother was very excited to open his presents.  He was over the moon to have a whole pile of new books to read, including Where the Red Fern Grows, Dr Dolittle, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Box Car Children and Run Away Ralph.  He's had his nose in a book ever since :-D  He also got a super cool Cardinals Shirt and a sign for his door... a very happy boy!

I forgot to take a photo of it, but there was a very cute snowman frame in there for me and C too...

Thank you to our wonderful friends!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

2012 is here... and off to a shaky start, thanks Mother Nature.

Big Brother and Little Sister had a wonderful Christmas, with lots of spoiling from family and friends... and Satna of course ;)

Hits included Camelot Jr, A Sylvanian Family House and Helmet for LS and a Chess set, Life of Fred Books, Totoro books and Lego for BB.  

Santa also left a tent on the front lawn which was a big surprise! 

It took lots of hard work, and a bit of thinking... 

but eventually BB finished his lego house.  I think he was pleased with the end result.  

Final Christmas picture... mad children!

But just maybe I know where they get it from...