My 3 boys and I

November 16, 2008

weekly review

Filed under: Home and Family,week in review — by my3boysandi @ 8:31 pm



MY HS and I made these fruity buns for play group tomorrow

and the used the lemon jam I made and yaye the clever loving caring Katie knew how to thicken it which I did

thanks sweetheart U ROCK



Its been a quiet but busy home schooling week here

been studying some more about Ancient Eygpt


I got a note from Anne (My Home Schoolers private tutor) saying My Home Schooler needed to know more about world history I spent quite a few hours poured over the internet wondering how I was going to achieve this.  There is so much history that we could learn.  Where was I to start???

A home schooling friend lent me her wall chart of history and upon becoming absorbed in this I began to realise that we have studied some history this year – The Aztecs, Ancient Egpyt, America, Stonehenge, New Zealand – its a start and as my home schooling friend reminded me we teach what interests our boys.

On Friday night I did some more lesson planning in a couple of weeks My Home Schooler is going to be part of a course in Optism Yatching and there is a premeet next Friday afternoon by which time they need to know the parts of a yatch and know how to tie some knots.


After finishing my housework for the week – Ive began spreading out over the days of the week more – I took the boys to the library.  I enjoy driving home after the library visits my boys always have their heads absorbed in their new finds.  I also got a couple of world history books.  I am hoping they will wet My Home Schoolers appitate some and start us with a list of people places and times we would like to learn more about now and next year.

Then we went to Mitre 10 where My Home Schooler brought some screws he needed for his bike.  While he was doing that Our Little Man enjoyed himself on the indoor playground they have in their store.  Wished Id taken my camera he did have a fun time.  Then we went to Paper Plus where My Home Schooler brought some more Zac Power books – he loves them.  He has decided he is going to start collecting them 🙂

While he did this Our Little Man and I walked down to the supermarket and brought some conditioner Id forgotten to buy On Thursday night – my grocery shopping night.

When we got home we enjoyed a shared reading time together.  I read the 4 books Our Little Man had chosen (with help) and 4 chapters of Zac Power to My Home Schooler.  It was a nice time for us all.


church where they talked about the maginficance of God

the preacher showed some photos of what makes him excited about Gods maginiciance – outer space how vast it is and grand and theres so much we are only just beginning to realise

It reminded me of the beautiful sunsets that I LOVE so much

to me God is the greatest artist ever


this afternoon I cleaned the inside of my car

tonight I got the music and lyrics ready for play group on Tuesday we are starting our Christmas theme for the rest of the term.  My dear Mr Wonderful helped me bless him



  1. It is hard to know where to start with world history, isn’t it? Hopefully your homeschooler will be interested in some things you can study, and maybe you can work in some current events into your lessons. That often leads to learning things from history.

    Hope your new week is good, Jen. 🙂

    Love and hugs,

    thanks Diane 🙂

    Comment by Diane Jennings — November 16, 2008 @ 8:50 pm |Reply

  2. Gosh you have had a busy week. Do you have a museum down there? I know that when I was growing up we visited the Akld Museum – it was a great day out that didn’t cost much and it gave me an interest in NZ’s history.

    yes we do its not great and theres a charge. I think we do some history already. We got we had mismatched communication. She just thought that he should know better when things happened.

    Comment by Amy — November 17, 2008 @ 7:17 am |Reply

  3. Sounds like a wonderful week in many ways!

    World History can be daunting. One idea can be to start with a time period he has some interest in (WWII? Your country’s beginnings? Ancient civilizations?) and build from there, because any era will raise the questions “How did things build to this point?” and “What happened as a result?”

    Another idea is historical fiction — that can lead to an interest in the era the book was from.

    One more — I don’t know if you have anything like the History Channel ( there, but here they play a lot of documentaries about history. My kids get into those much more than books. It probably would not be enough in itself, but it would be good to spark an interest or supplement something you’re studying.

    My Home schooler is interested in some aspects of history. See what I wrote to Amy

    Comment by Barbara H. — November 17, 2008 @ 10:23 am |Reply

  4. Man you have ben busy this week.. Hope he likes world history…

    Have a blessed new week… full of fun and smiles!

    Love, Jess


    Comment by Jessica — November 17, 2008 @ 1:28 pm |Reply

  5. Oooooh I love the look of those fruity buns! Hungry…

    God is indeed the greatest Artist and Creator of all!

    he sure is

    Comment by Alice Teh — November 17, 2008 @ 3:37 pm |Reply

  6. our kiddos are all absolutely fascinated by Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians. we have a fold-out timeline book too which lots of my kids have loved.

    i think that a fabulous way to discover history is through “living books” which are those written in story format in which real things happen to “pretend real” people and little interesting facts of history are woven into the story.
    i wish you lived here – i have a bookshelf full.
    but you can find stuff at the library –
    Joel (nearly 13) has recently loved the RAMOSE books (Egypt) and MARA, DAUGHTER OF THE NILE (Eloise Jarvis McGraw) and THE GOLDEN GOBLET (McGraw) as well as the Dorling Kindersley books.
    Sam (11) has just raced over to show me his fabulous interactive book about Pirates which has letters and envelopes and little lists and lots of little information about Pirates in History.

    i think that the marvellous thing about “history” is that there is so much to choose from and we have our whole lifetime to discover it. and the Most Wonderful Thing about history is that we realise that we are but a drop in the bucket of time….
    overwhelming really X

    My Home Schooler likes Egyptian stuff and Ive heard of the THE GOLDEN GOBLET and of course the DK books rock. thanks Kate and read what I wrote to Amy

    Comment by katie — November 18, 2008 @ 11:02 am |Reply

  7. Oh gosh! World History is pretty tough. There is soooo much information out there. I would start with your favorite countries and learn their history, and go from there. It might be a lot fun!

    Maybe you all could paper mache a globe and as your lessons progress put them on…might be interesting to see.

    thanks Leti

    Comment by Leticia — November 19, 2008 @ 12:54 pm |Reply

  8. God is the best artist, indeed. Who else could make a sunset?

    Great job with the homeschooling. I know it’s a challenge. Your friend is right–use whatever part of world history which seems to best interest your son. Then your curriculum will unfold from there. It IS a daunting task, though.

    We love going to the library in our family, too.

    thanks Gretchen and yes we like the library too. Think it was a miscommunication 🙂

    Comment by Gretchen Hanna — November 19, 2008 @ 4:44 pm |Reply

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