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  • Mrs Chakotay 1:56 pm on October 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art, , , , painting, , Simchat Torah,   

    New Cycle, New Year 

    The Jewish year ends and begins again with the festival of Simchat Torah – rejoicing in the Torah, which took place at the beginning of the week.
    I didn’t manage to get round to posting anything for the High Holidays of Rosh haShanah, Yom Kippur or Sukkot, as we were moving house. But a new Torah cycle begins this week with Bereshit (Genesis 1:1 – 6:8) and in a few weeks the Church year will also draw to a close and begin again. 

    So I will attempt to start posting regularly again and hope to have more time as we become more settled.

    I would enjoy discussing the Torah portions and looking at different aspects and points of view with anybody interested in studying them.

    Check out Chana Helen’s beautiful website of art with Jewish themes:

    https://www.chanahelen.com/

    (And I would love to know who painted the first painting above). If you know, please do tell! 🙂

    Shalom!

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    • Admin 2:13 pm on October 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Tretheglos Beach Community and commented:
      Just a quick note that I will be starting regular weekly posts discussing Jewish and Anglican liturgy, Torah portions (set readings) and the Anglican weekly lectionary over on the Shepherdess Sermons blog starting this week, all being well. Come on over and join in the conversation!

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  • Mrs Chakotay 11:29 am on March 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art, , , , Latin, , , , ,   

    High Culture: Closed for the Winter 

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    We started the day with Latin: Dragon-tamer orally going through the noun tables and verb paradigms we have learnt so far, and reviewing vocabulary, and finally doing a simple translation exercise that involved placing the correct words in sentences. He did quite well considering we only do it occasionally. Pony-rider listens in too.

    As we are fairly relaxed and unschooly, I never insist we do these or any other lessons. My goal in introducing Latin, and other languages, is to give the kids a flavour of the language so if they decide they want to take it up seriously, they can.

    We all listened to a children’s classical CD (Bernstein Favourites: Children’s Classics), and Dragon-Tamer dictated a couple of music reviews which I typed up and posted on to our local home-ed reading group website.

    We thought that, in the afternoon, we would just ‘pop in’ to the local museum, or gallery, but when I checked their opening hours, I discovered that both are closed: the Gallery for two weeks while they change exhibits, and the Museum for the whole winter (except for education groups of 20 or more children… so possible to organise for a later date but no good for today).

    Disappointed, we discussed other alternatives for the afternoon, but nobody could agree, and since Motor-biker was poorly with a slight temperature, we opted for a quiet afternoon in, watching nature programmes and schools maths programmes recorded earlier.

    Originally posted on the Svengelska Hemskolan blog.

     
  • Mrs Chakotay 2:38 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art, , , , , , , , languages, , , , , , religious education, resources, , , ,   

    Ohana Home Education Yahoo Group 

    When I started home educating, the internet was fairly new, and so at the time (1999) the main source of networking between home educators was ‘e-groups’ which eventually got taken over by Yahoo groups.

    I know that almost everybody now has migrated over to Facebook, but although I am obviously there (and Ohana Home Education has a presence there), I’m not a big fan and don’t particularly like entrusting photos or files to them, and so while lots of yahoo groups now stand empty or quiet, I have decided to revive one of my groups as a handy place to store files and links that may be of use to home educators.

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    The group is, surprisingly enough, is called Ohana Home Education and you can find it here: https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/OhanaHE/info

    There are already lots of files and links there. Mainly they are related to lapbooking, unit studies, home economics and some religious topics (mainly relating to Messianic Judaism, celebrating the festivals, cooking etc.), but I hope in future to add resources and worksheets on all other topics, and anybody is free to contribute.

    It is not particularly meant to be a discussion/ support group, although if it does get used that way it would also be OK. But there are of course lots of other places online (especially, inevitably, on Facebook) for that sort of thing. One of these days I will get round to making a list of the most helpful groups.

    So please do go on over and take a look, and if you would like to join to contribute/ make use of what is there, please do make sure to confirm when you apply that you are a home educator. Feel free to suggest as well the topics that you would like to see there.

    I know that, when I was first home educating, I very much appreciated the resources that other home educators had made available for free, so it is all good to make sure that there are free resources still available for a new generation of home educators.

     
  • Mrs Chakotay 7:39 pm on December 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art, , , , , , , , , , , , , Paris,   

    ME Merry-go-round 

    I’ve been waiting, since my Zombie Apocalypse, for something good, or significant, or interesting, or funny to share.

    That’s not to say that nothing of import has happened – I had planned to write after the Paris attacks. When they happened, we were at a metal gig ourselves and even before I knew what had been attacked, I remember thinking that Islamists would imagine that what we were doing was somehow sinful, simply because they don’t understand it and can’t distinguish good from evil.

    But I didn’t write because I didn’t have the energy to express the sorrow and anger I felt.

    I haven’t had much energy for anything recently. I have had a basically unexplained illness since 2003, and since 2013 they have been calling it ME (or CFS, depending who you speak to) and now Fibromyalgia has been added to my list of diagnoses.

    But my relapse has been so hard and so fast and so un-relenting this time that I have started wondering and asking questions about possible alternative explanations, so I have begun to do the rounds of neurologists and rheumalogists etc. trying to rule out MS, RA or Lupus.

    Unfortunately, none of these specialists so far want to get involved with the ME/cfs/Fibro diagnosis. You shouldn’t have to bang your head up against a big brick wall when you’re ill but that seems to be the way of things in the NHS, particularly with this label.

    When I do have more energy, I might write a bit about what is like to live with this illness. Mostly I just rant a little on twitter about the ‘symptom roulette’ that we experience.

    But something I may not have mentioned before is guilt – there are so, so many ways in which I feel I am failing, and while I know it isn’t my fault, I am made to feel as though I am somehow choosing this – choosing to live in pain, unable to do the least work (yesterday, since we had visitors, I did my best to tidy, I cooked, washed up, and today I am a wreck, and can only *hope* the weekend is long enough to recover).

    I hate living in a dirty, untidy house, and there is literally nothing I can do about it.

    There’s a lot about the world, and my life, that feels out of control. My dreams have been weirder and more disturbing than normal, even for me. Music, and specifically Rock and Heavy Metal, is one of the few things that make me really happy in amongst all the mess and pain and sorrow.

    So as much pain I am in, and as much as I feel wrecked beyond anything the word ‘fatigue’ can describe, the one thing I make sure I get out to is live music. I can’t drive there, and I usually can’t stand up for long. But if needs be, I’ll get taken in on a stretcher. Music, and art, makes life worth living 🙂

     
  • Mrs Chakotay 12:51 am on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ancient Greeks, Art, Crafts, ,   

    Ancient Greeks Project 

    Take a look at this lovely Ancient Greeks project by Helen – brings back memories of doing arty-crafty history projects with my older two, and wondering if the younger two would enjoy it again.

    http://www.helenforhisglory.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/ancient-greeks-project.html?m=1

     
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