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Hills End by Ivan Southall—Book Review

Hillsend by Ivan Southall

Hills End by Ivan Southall was the Australian Children’s Book Council book of the year in 1963. I can certainly see why. I just read this as a read aloud with my children and we were grabbed by the story after the first chapter.

The story is based around seven children who go on a bush walk with their school mistress instead of a town picnic. While ...

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Awesome Aotearoa by Margaret Mahy : A Book Review


I have just finished reading Awesome Aotearoa : Margaret Mahy’s History of New Zealand and I wanted to write this review while it was still fresh in my mind.

This book took about 5 hours to read and it is 128 pages. Many pages are filled with illustrations from political satirist Trace Hodgson.

This book gives a general overview of the history of New Zealand. Margaret is a ...

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Homeschool English Review – What Have We Used?

homeschool english review

Homeschool English Review – What Have We Used?

I have used literature based programs in the following ways.

1.Learning Language Arts Through Literature. I did like the original version but the workbook style was not as good. When we hit fifth grade (I think) the books and poems were all very American including the Star Spangled Banner (that is the year they study American history, I believe) which is great for ...

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Margaret Catchpole – Example Narration

Example narration on Margaret Catchpole

Example Narration of Margaret Catchpole

This term one of Miss 11’s books was Margaret Catchpole by Nance Donkin.

Here is a narration that I asked her to do as a part of her history and English studies.

Margaret Catchpole by Nance Donkin ©1974

Margaret Catchpole arrived as a convict in Port Jackson on a transport ship called The Nile. The Governor ...

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