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Real Australian Homeschools – Simone (The Almost Finished Mum)

Real Australian Homeschools – Simone (The Almost Finished Mum)

I was so honoured when this lovely homeschooling mum agreed to be interviewed as part of Real Australian Homeschools. This is the family that changed our life. This is the family that introduced us to the idea of homeschooling! We knew them from our Church and saw them as a faithful, generous and loving family. It was only when we began considering our schooling options that we stopped and realised just how much we could learn from their example. They…

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Capital Adventures – Visiting Canberra with Young Children

Capital Adventures – Visiting Canberra with Young Children

We began with a road trip that I nicely timed for the early morning so the boys would sleep through most of it. They didn’t. Oh well. We finished listening to Matilda read by Kate Winslet. I listened to a podcast. We stopped for the traditional McDonalds breakfast. We began listening to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe which I had borrowed from the library. I missed the exit because I was so enthralled. One quick U-Turn later and…

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Real Australian Homeschools – The Gifted Mum

Real Australian Homeschools – The Gifted Mum

I am so excited to share this interview with you. Today’s guest is a lovely homeschooling mum I have drawn so much encouragement from. She is one of the first mums I met in the Facebook world who is homeschooling a young gifted child and who understood the questions and tensions that I had. Her daughter is a year older than my son (she’s 5) and a much higher level of giftedness and I could see through her posts a…

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Mr Popper’s Penguins

Mr Popper’s Penguins

“Thomas, I have a special delivery for you. You must take the penguins to Ulfstead Castle. They will be performing for the Earl of Sodor. Thank you Thomas, you are a really useful engine.” “Gook!” One sign of a good book for me, is when my son starts incorporating the story or characters into his play. This week, Popper’s Performing Penguins visited Sodor. Mr Popper’s Penguins has been such a fun read. We got up and pretended to be penguins…

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Real Australian Homeschools: Tanya (The Dance Mum)

Real Australian Homeschools: Tanya (The Dance Mum)

Please let me introduce Tanya, another Australian homeschooling mum. I have loved hearing her story, it has some wonderful highs and some very challenging lows. As you read it though, you can hear her thankfulness for homeschooling and the way it has allowed her family to truly thrive in these situations. I have called her the dance mum, but she truly is so much more. I hope you are encouraged by her story. To read more interviews from our Real…

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Gameschooling – Best Games for 4-6 Year Olds

Gameschooling – Best Games for 4-6 Year Olds

My son loves to play games and this term we have made it part of our daily rhythm. When we move from Morning Time to Tablework we transition with one (or two or sometimes three) quick games. It has been wonderful. He also loves to choose a game from his shelf in free time. Games are some of the most useful tools for teaching thinking and logic skills, but also for honing character traits such as patience, perseverance and graciousness….

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Transitional Chapter Books for Young Boys

Transitional Chapter Books for Young Boys

It’s CBCA Book Week! We have been having fun celebrating books this week with dress ups, making bookmarks, a new book lamp for reading in bed, and a couple of trips to the library planned. I wanted to share some of my son’s favourite books that he has been reading. In fact, as I edit this, he is curled up on the couch with a book. It’s beautiful. I previously wrote about how we began to teach our son to…

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Sandwich Shapes

Sandwich Shapes

Ten reasons why my child is having a meltdown… Have you seen those posts that go around Facebook? You know, the ones with the photos of the children crying and the caption “my child is crying because…” They resonate. My boys have those meltdowns too. The ones where they cry because you gave them exactly what they asked for (the yellow cup!) and the ones where they want you to do the impossible (does anyone know how to get a…

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The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

This post is part of my series on Mother Culture – My Reading List. Mother Culture – My Reading List The Little Book of Hygge I read this book in an afternoon, curled up on the couch with my 4yo, with his movie on in the background. It sounds hygge (hyggeligt? – I don’t have the language down yet). It wasn’t. My little boy had gastro and my reading was interrupted by moans and spews. I had the book in…

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Consider This – Karen Glass

Consider This – Karen Glass

This post is part of my series on Mother Culture – My Reading List. Mother Culture – My Reading List Consider This I have finally finished reading Consider This by Karen Glass. It took me a lot longer than I expected. The book is not long, nor particularly difficult to read it is just so full of brilliant ideas and arguments that I needed time to mull and reflect on what I’d read. I’ve heard about slow reading but never…

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