Weekly Update – 30th April 2011

Wow these weeks end rather quickly around here!

This week we have enjoyed time with Tata, who has been off work due to the public holidays that fall around this time of year. It has been nice to have him around a bit more too.

The girls have been busy learning – as always – but this last week or two have been focused on play and free time, rather than book work and required learning. The girls have enjoyed this change of focus and it has been great to see what they have chosen to do themselves with their time.

Phinee – as usual – has spent much of her time reading and reading. She has completed ‘The Roman Mysteries Series’ again – all 17 books!. Watched the TV series of the same name also and has started to read other books again. This series of books and story line just seemed to capture her and she is now very interested in Ancient Roman times.  We have had a trip to the library and borrowed some books based around Ancient Rome and looked at these also. Phinee has also been playing computer games with her older Brother DJ Online. She loves this opportunity very much. They have worked together apparently and built houses, visited each other and worked hard on it all. She seems to definitely be having fun with DJ which is great.

Nik has chosen to play with her littlest Pet Shop Toys. She loves these very much and they are always a favourite thing when she is looking for something to do away from the books. She has played with them time and time again over the last week or so. Nik has also brought books to me to read to her. She loves nothing more than to sit on my knee and snuggle up while I read her books.

We have cooked together, watch documentaries, done our usual daily chores, danced, sung, read, walked, talked and so much more!

The Hype over the Royal Wedding and Phinees interest in Royal Kings and Queens of the past seen the girls and Tata watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton. I was at work, so did not get to enjoy this family time. However I did manage to sneak a peek at the ceremony on the TV when I was on my dinner break. We have also watched countless documentaries about The Royal Family, Royal Buildings, Royal History and life.

We spent time reflecting on ANZAC Day, by reading books about the subject, talking about our families members who were a part of the war and imagining what it must have been like, and thanking our lucky stars for the life we lead now and the freedoms we have, and giving thanks to those people who have paid for us to enjoy this life. – Lest we forget.

Some of the ANZAC related books we enjoyed where:

Simpson and His Donkey

A Rose for the Anzac Boys

Simpson and Duffy

The Donkey Who Carried the Wounded: The Famous Story of Simpson and His Donkey - a True Anzac Legend

A Nice Quite and relaxing week was had by all!


Happy Easter!

Well we had a very quiet Easter. Just the four of us and a visit from the bunny while we were all sleeping. The girls received some books about Easter each as well as a Chocolate Bunny and some smaller solid chocolate eggs hidden all around the house.

A good day was had by all.

Here are some pictures of our lead up to and Easter Celebration

Weekly Update – 23rd April 2010

Well we have started to wind down with Easter in our midst.

The focus for the next week or two will be on family, fun, freedom and relaxation. The girls have put the books away and have enjoyed the ability to choose what they wish to do each day this week.

Friday as we all know was Good Friday so Tata and I both had the day off work. The beauty for everyone concerned was no one had to do their daily chores – except me – as I Still had to cook!

Computers, TV and books were high on the priority this week followed by bike riding, outdoor play and playing inside with little pet shop toys 🙂

What a relaxing and easy week!


Weekly Update – 16th April 2011

We have definitely had a busy week.

Phinee has continued to read the The Roman Mysteries Series. She has finally finished reading all 17 books in the series and enjoyed them so much she has started to re read them all over again. She has also asked if we would be able to get the TV series of the same name which is based on the books. So Tata is seeing what he can do about this.

We have also started reading the Jackie French bookThe dog who loved a Queen‘ as a family. This is the second book in ‘The Animal Series’ books. It is based on the life of a dog who lived with Mary Queen of Scots. It is very engaging and well written. The children are also finding it fun to be reading from the dogs perspective, So much so that we have purchased all five books in The Animal Series range. Over the years we have read quite a few Jackie french books and found them all to be very entertaining as well as thoughtful and full of great information. We love her historical books best, but all the one we have read written by her are most enjoyable.

The girls have also been busy with Netball and Dancing throughout the week. Nik is busy training and rehearsing for the middle of the year concert, which will be held on the 20th of May. She is very excited about the fact that she will be performing on a stage in front of people, and in a costume as well! Phinee’s netball team are doing good they seem to be more cohesive now as a group and it definitely shows. This week they played one of the higher teams in the division and even though they lost, they played extremely well as a team.

We have started our own banking system and shop in the Gołąb house. So the girls have been busy earning ‘Gołąb dollars’ which they can trade in the end for certain items. This is our own family banking system. The idea is that the more extra jobs and work they do without having to be asked, the more Gołąb dollars they can earn in any given week. Once they have earnt the money they can either save it towards an expensive purchase (such as buying a Dog or Rabbit – these are the pets they both want) or they can use it to purchase smaller items from the Gołąb Shop. We have a list if items currently for sale from a lolly, a book, toy, trip to the cinema, bowling etc. The more money the girls save, the more interest they can earn. The more they spend the less they have. So far both girls are working hard to save for their desired pets. Nik wants a Rabbit, while Phinee wants a dog. These are both higher purchases within our Shop, so will take them both a  lot of hard work and around 4-6 months to save for them if they do not make any other purchases within this time.

The girls decided what items would be available to purchase within the Gołąb shop and how much each item was worth in Gołąb dollars to Purchase. They also decided what tasks and jobs they would be paid Gołąb dollars for completing and how much each would be worth. The things they hate doing are worth more than the things they do all the time and easily attend to. They are enjoying the experience and the ability to have more control over their money and purchases and we are enjoying the fact we do not have to ask twice at times for something to be done or remind the girls when a job needs attending too. These days they have usually done it before we realise!

The girls have also completed the usual weekly things such as spelling rules, Signpost maths, comprehension checklists, might mentals, dot to dots, Singapore Maths, projects and so much more!

Here is a few pictures of our week in action