Category Archives: Tanya

Christmas Dinner Report


Playout date: 31 December 2006
Duration: 7:30
Views at the time added to HTV: 494
Likes at the time added to HTV: 5
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 8
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 38.5%
Comments at time added: 1
Total interactions at time added: 14
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: Elena, Tatyana, Sophie, George
Genre: Family
Music used: Some Polish carols from the TV
Languages used: English, Polish
Animals/plants featured: None, but decorated buckthorn and pyracanthus in background.
Other remarks:

Just the atmosphere of Christmas dinner 2006 in our house. The herding together of reluctant kids and the pre-food prayer.

Christmas Tree Decorating Timelapse


Playout date: 10 December 2006
Duration: 11:03
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,614
Likes at the time added to HTV: 7
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 13
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 35.0%
Comments at time added: 7
Total interactions at time added: 27
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: Family
Genre: Family
Music used: White Christmas, and several other Christmas songs
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Plastic fir tree
Other remarks:

This was still very much in my experimental phase of making videos. We have a sped up putting together of the tree as we used to do it, with the voices of our family sped up with the actions. At the same time some Christmas music. You can hear our singing sped up. That’s how we always were, singing to each other and playing instruments the whole time. And Tatyana bouncing around. Such sweet kids.

Chateaux Drive


Châteaux of the Loire Valley

The big picture - we only saw a handful of the total available!

Occasionally these blog posts will contain more than one video – especially if the video is one item which was split up into separate items as this day chasing chateaux in the Loire Valley was split up in order to keep them on HD in YouTube.

They are all one day out, and they can best be enjoyed from beginning to end as one piece, hence putting them into a single post.

I don’t always do this, but sometimes I just feel like it.

OK, so here are the videolinks in order of their appearance:

Enjoy!

Polish Poetry Homework (CUV)


Hot off the press today, not historic in any way, my helping Sophie get more motivated to learn the poetry for her Polish literature class led me to do an impromptu YouTube session with her reciting some from memory.

It may interest you to know that none of the poems were learned with this video in mind, or even recently, and the class test of them happened some time ago.

I don’t let Sophie read a poem more than once a day. I don’t let her read without trying to enjoy the poetry and understand something from it. Never read in order to memorise, but in order to enjoy. Then go back some time later, especially more that two weeks later in the end, and see what was memorised and what not. Just like the goldlist method, only without the writing out, only using recitation.

This method works with a child’s poetry syllabus if you get ahead and do the initial readings well ahead of the class, so that the child already really knows most of the and is at the most putting in the finishing touches while other children are in a panic trying to force the thing into their memory. This results inevitably in the child using the Polish school method having the poem in the short-term memory and the child using a staged repetition technique and taking a long-term view  will have a long-term memory of the poem.

So where you have continuous assessment, the benefit is reaped by people who simply won’t remember the poem once the year is finished. But children need to understand that education is for them to take something precious into their lives and is not just about marks and grades. A teacher might grade the cramming kids higher, but they simply won’t know much when my lower graded kid will remember more than any of the rest of them, and have a more pleasant time over it.

Poolside by Day (CUV)


The fifth in a series of about 20 quite varying videos from our Summer holiday this year, currently uploaded to YT.

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

You won’t believe the insect in this film – I really had to stop and think whether it was a moth or a hummingbird!

The location is not being disclosed at this time. It may be disclosed in a passworded post later on.

This is because it’s too good. If people knew what good value for money this was, I wouldn’t get a look in.

It’s near Tours, that’s all I’m sayin’. Knawm sayin’?

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