Weekly Update – 22/1/12

In my life this week…

I have continued to Visit the Doctor. Finally they have things under control, even though they are still not sure why I have the issues I have or what is causing them. The idea is now to see how the medication works for me and what happens when they ween me off it in around another three weeks time. Hopefully it will have fixed the issues….

In our homeschool this week…

The girls have worked hard on their English and Maths. Nik has worked well with the letter ‘W’ again this week. She has also put a lot of effort into learning to read, write and spell her spelling words. She was very pleased to be able to read the words out to Tata at our last family meeting.

Phinee has been working hard on her times tables. It seems that repetitive writing of the times tables is helping her to remember them easier. Which is great news. She has also been doing great with her spelling words. We did have to talk through the old – ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ rule, but otherwise she got almost full marks for all the other words we gave her (45 in total) for the week.

The girls did dome chalk dust drawings for Art. They had to make their own chalk dust and then use it to create a universe. They also started learning about Picasso. They found his art works quick dramatically different, depending on what time frame they were created as well as downright strange at times. Our work on Picasso will continue over the next few weeks.

Both girls enjoyed being able to share their work with Tata this week during our Family meeting. They showed off their art work and literacy and numeracy work amongst other things to Tata who was ‘most impressed’.

We also enjoyed no Electricity day. It did not turn out quite as Planned as We had commitments that took us out of home, so we did use Electricity when outside the home. However once we returned we successfully did not use any electricity. – We are now looking forward to our next No Electricity Day, and intend to stay home for all of it, to really make a difference and impact on our learning.

Places we have been and people we have seen…Phinee attended another SMC Youth Group excursion. This time she went to Tolosa Park in Glenorchy to learn how to draw with a cartoonist and also to the Glenorchy pool for the afternoon.She thoroughly enjoyed this.

We also visited our friends in Austins Ferry again this week, which was a lot of fun, otherwise we just spent time at home with each other and the animals.

My favorite thing this week was…

Our Family meeting. It was very productive, informative but most of all engaging and fun!

Things I’m working on…

The next edition of Glimpse – a FREE Online homeschooling newsletter – which is due out in February.

I’m reading…

Unfortunately i have not had time this week to read anything, maybe better luck next week. However as a family we are reading ‘The Golden Goblet’ as part of our ‘World History’

My Favourite Photo(s) this week is… (again too hard to choose just one!)

A great website worth mentioning is…

Art Attack – The website – also a TV Show. Great value for quick, easy ideas!

Ashley and Debbie



When we got our Chickens, Debbie and Ashley were only a few weeks old, with Debbie being the smaller one of the two. The journey from then to now, has been a long and hard one for Debbie. Bailey, our white hen, decided that she would pick on Debbie and would relentlessly peck at Debbie until she drew blood.

So we had to remove Bailey and watch Alice with the two younger chicks to see how she treated them. After a few days we reintroduced Bailey back into the chicken coop / run and it was obvious from the outset that Alice was now the top hen and well in control. Bailey did attempt to peck Debbie, but Alice quickly put a stop to it. – The black patch on Debbie’s head is one of the places Bailey pecked relentlessly, until we quickly removed Bailey from the other chickens.

A few days after Bailey was back living amongst the other hens, Debbie suddenly developed a loss of balance and the inability to stand or use her left leg and wing. No matter what we tried or how much we watched the hens, we could not work out why Debbie was suddenly this way.

After much research and attention to Debbie’s needs, we decided to isolate the two younger chicks from the bigger hens and put food and drink within easy access for Debbie, so she did not have to wander so far and try and use her leg / wing.

Slowly but surely, Debbie started to get better, leading us to believe that she had possibly injured her wing and leg. After around a week, Debbie is almost as good as gold. She is back walking on both legs, standing to feed and her wings are both in active use.

We have now allowed the little chicks back out with the bigger hens. We still watch Bailey with the chicks – So far so good, they all seem to be getting along well. Which is great news.

Ah the fun of raising chickens!