Wort Moon January 2014 from the Southern hemisphere.
I love my camera - it takes a pretty awesome shot of the moon aye. I sure appreciate our unpolluted night sky here at our place and thrilled to have learnt that no lights will be placed around the new motorway that is being constructed near ( in fact too close) to our place. I haven't shared about the news of the new motorway as its just far too upsetting. We hear the construction machinery daily and trees were cut down where local kingfishers live along our loved walking route. We are not directly effected as the work is a couple of kilometres away from us - However some local properties have been ruined - Sadly they have been transformed from quiet idealic properties next to the river to having a 4 lane express way 50 metres from their back door Yuk Yuk Yuk
Starting next week a big change occurs as "our" walkway will be closed to us.
But it is GRAND news that our night sky will stay unpolluted for our eyes,. We will plant more Pohutakawa trees on our property to make up for the ones cut down for the motorway.
My emotions have been going up and down, round and round so much change is happening. Brent says she'll be right - we have got off lightly we won't see the motorway and with the new motorway there will be less traffic going past the front of our place
At first I kept reaching for what was no longer there. At times of transition, sometimes the first impulse is to look backwards. But I needed to be present to the new state, knowing that emptying out is a vital part of the cycle of renewal.
Juliet's words in her newsletter really hit home this week, I've been having flashbacks of our homeschooling journey probably due to it is coming very close to the end and it has been such a big part of our lives.
When you stay home to educate your children it becomes how you live your life..
Sixteen years of homeschooling is a long time. SMILE.
NCEA results are out, James did fantastic! He achieved level 2 NCEA which we knew, including an excellence and a merit in English. That was such a total buzz and yes I cried.
We were waiting on the exam results and as James was working away from home with his dad. I sat at the computer for James to get his results as they were issued and then phoned the boys. He also got an excellence in graphics and endorsed merit with his art . Wacko!
We have done our best and it sure has paid off. I can still remember the days when I just knew something wasn't right, I knew James was memorizing his reading, not reading - he has an amazing memory and back then could rattle off all the men's jokes he over heard while they were working in the barn! I asked a friend who was a speld tutor to test James and she also thought there was room for concern. We went against a lot of the home schooling viewpoints that boys will read when they are ready. "Better late than early".
Once again we went against the grain and paid the big money to have James assessed (lots of home schoolers do not believe in labelling, but to me labelling is helpful if you can work with it). I still remember the heart breaking news that he was one of the worst cases identified and they said he may never ever learn to read or write. Can you imagine such news being told to a parent. Some would accept it - but not us!
We were so blessed and an amazing tutor came into our lives. She let me sit in with his Speld lessons and I learnt lots of skills to help him. She was soo dedicated and had such a heart for James and with lots of hard work the key was found to unlock his learning style..
She was our Mr Falker
Back in the early days of our home schooling journey, dyslexia was not recognised in the school system. Even now there is very little help for kiddies who learn differently to the main stream. At one stage James was enrolled with the Health school and a teacher came to the home each day to deliver lessons. She would not recognise dyslexia and did not support the work we were doing with the Speld tutor. I knew her teaching style was not working. James was not learning with her. She would ask James the maths questions, then she would write the correct answers down and get him to copy down the answers she had written for him. She would then tick tick tick what he had written. GASP that to me is not learning, that is making the teacher look good. (Needless to say we had a parting of ways)
Once again we went against the grain and un-enrolled James from the Health School. I can still remember the principal and the teacher telling me they had grave concerns for James following our decision to do this. Talk about put doubts in our minds, but I'd sure like to say na na na na to them now. (It's awesomely fun to be childish at times)
Emptying out is a vital part of the cycle of renewal.
I've been emptying out - going through our home schooling resources and listing them on Trade Me It amazes me each time I have such a binge on what more I'm ready to let go.