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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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Curriculum Reflection: Targeting Maths

Curriculum Reflection: Targeting Maths

As the year is drawing to a close, I wanted to reflect on some of the resources that we used this year and to jot down my thoughts on each of them. I thought I’d start with our maths curriculum since it has been the most consistently used resource for our first year. This year we have worked through Targeting Maths 1. We started it after realising that preschool maths books were way too easy and boring for our son….

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The Ultimate Guide to Audiobooks (Plus – Getting the most out of your Audible Subscription)

The Ultimate Guide to Audiobooks (Plus – Getting the most out of your Audible Subscription)

I love reading to my boys and am always a little hesitant to give up that role to audiobooks. It’s always worth it though. The stories are loved, and we get to listen to more books! Mostly we listen in the car. We are in the car a lot. We are often driving around on adventures, visits or errands and most of our drives are between 30-60 minutes. This is the perfect amount of time to listen to podcasts, have…

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Home Education Australia

Home Education Australia

If you are currently homeschooling in Australia, planning to homeschool in Australia, considering homeschooling in Australia or even just curious about homeschooling in Australia, then you need to check out the work of the HEA. Home Education Australia (HEA) is a volunteer run organisation which aims to “encourage and promote the practice of home educating in Australia and to provide members with benefits which would be difficult to obtain by individuals or smaller groups.” What a wonderful mission. The HEA…

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City Adventures – Exploring Sydney and Surrounds with Young Children

City Adventures – Exploring Sydney and Surrounds with Young Children

On our very first day of homeschool, we went on an adventure. We’ve continued, heading off on an adventure almost every Wednesday since. I don’t make other plans for Wednesdays. I don’t schedule appointments. I don’t plan errands. Wednesdays are set aside. Wednesdays are for Adventures! Adventure Shirts Having a day set aside for adventures means that we actually go on adventures. I have to take them. They’re expecting it. My son goes to bed excited on Tuesday nights because…

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