Real Australian Homeschools – Freya Dawson (The Unschooler of Joyful Parenting)

Real Australian Homeschools – Freya Dawson (The Unschooler of Joyful Parenting)

Freya Dawson has been homeschooling her two teenage boys since they were toddlers. She is an author of “Joyful Parenting”, and runs parenting courses and workshops helping parents make peaceful and joyful connections with their children. She kindly agreed to share her story with us. This post is part of our Real Australian Homeschools series. You can view the series here.   Could you tell us a little about your family? Andrew and I met while we were both working…

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Review: Everyone a Child Should Know

Review: Everyone a Child Should Know

My husband came to me one day to tell me about this book he had seen in an email. “It looks great for the boys,” he told me. Little did he know the book was already on my wishlist. You just know it’s going to be a good fit for your family when both parents think it’s a good choice. When I was asked to review the very same book I will admit, I squealed with joy. It was meant…

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How to Celebrate Advent and Christmas with Meaning

How to Celebrate Advent and Christmas with Meaning

I love Christmas. It is my favourite celebration, even more than Easter. For me, Christmas is about the love of God for us and the closeness of God to us. Christmas is about God’s magnificent Salvation Plan. The hope of the Old Testament come to bear. As I wait, excitedly and impatiently, for Christmas to arrive I am reminded of the people of God waiting, excitedly and impatiently, for their Messiah. Likewise, Advent is taking the time to wait, to…

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Reflections on our First Year of Homeschooling

Reflections on our First Year of Homeschooling

Today we have finished our first formal year of homeschooling. Hooray! We have some special things lined up for the Christmas season (stay tuned!) so that’s still sort of homeschool-y but, as of this week, we have completed our first full year of a deliberate and planned homeschool with our 4 year old. In our state (NSW), this year was equivalent to “Prep” at school. The year before the first year of school. We set out this year to homeschool…

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Real Australian Homeschools: Kel (The Gameschooler)

Real Australian Homeschools: Kel (The Gameschooler)

Today I am so excited to introduce you to Kel. I met Kel in a Gameschooling Facebook group. We always seemed to be involved in the same discussions and have similar questions and responses. It turns out that our boys are the same age and enjoy the same games! Kel has been an inspiration to me and an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to using games for homeschooling and for fun. I was so pleased when she agreed…

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Australian Gameschooling Suppliers – Places to Buy Games in Australia

Australian Gameschooling Suppliers – Places to Buy Games in Australia

I put together this list in a gameschooling Facebook group that I am part of (Australian Home Educating Game-schooling) and thought I would share it here as well. I chose two fairly common games to compare the prices of the various stores, and noted the postage costs where possible. A number of these stores also ship to New Zealand. You can see some of our favourite games for 4-6 Year olds here. Gameschooling – Best Games for 4-6 Year Olds…

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Real Australian Homeschools – Melissa Calapp (The Adventurer)

Real Australian Homeschools – Melissa Calapp (The Adventurer)

I’ll be honest right off the bat, Melissa is not an Australian homeschooler. She is however, an American homeschooling mum who loves to take her children on adventures every week and, when I heard that, I just had to find out more. Our own weekly adventures have been such an integral part of our homeschool this year and I was excited to hear that Melissa has recently written a book encouraging homeschooling families to make the most of many, many…

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Mere Motherhood – Cindy Rollins

Mere Motherhood – Cindy Rollins

This post is part of my series on Mother Culture – My Reading List. Mother Culture – My Reading List Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins This book made my heart race, and my head nod with agreement. Empowered. Inspired. Not because Cindy has challenged me to consider new ideas but because over and over again she presented the very same ideas that I hold to and then showed me how they played out in her family. It was an affirmation…

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Christmas Gift Guide for Homeschool Families

Christmas Gift Guide for Homeschool Families

Christmas is fast approaching. My Facebook news feed is filling with countdown announcements. Only 8 weeks until Christmas! Oh my! I like to do the bulk of my Christmas shopping (gifts and special food) in October and November. I find it makes the Advent season in December more relaxed and focused if I’m not stressing about coming up with gift ideas, postage times or our budget. We have lots of fun and meaningful Advent traditions and I find that having…

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Burgess Books

Burgess Books

I feel like I’m a bit late to the party on this one. Thornton W. Burgess. The Burgess Books. What a treasure. I had heard great things about the author’s works, but I had not had any luck finding them at the local Salvos or Lifeline Book Fair and hadn’t got around to looking them up online (pretty silly, since I now realise they’re very cheap!). I do have The Burgess Book of Animals (printed by Living Book Press) but…

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