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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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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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Our Backyard

Our Backyard

Yesterday was a glorious winter’s day. I grabbed a book, some afternoon tea for the boys and we headed outside for some fun. They didn’t want to come inside, what a blessing. Our backyard is tiny, just a thin strip of grass that runs around the back of our house. It was boring. We never used it. We tend to walk to the park or for a drive somewhere to get outside. Last year, I was inspired to make a…

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My son’s face is smudged with chocolate. He’s smirking with joy and pride. Why? Because we have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It began, like many of our read alouds, with the movie (we prefer the Gene Wilder version). At the moment this is working well for us because he loves the story, knows the characters and is excited to read the book. The book has been delightful. Roald Dahl is a wonderful storyteller and his stories are…

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How to Get the Most out of your Local Library: Children’s Edition

How to Get the Most out of your Local Library: Children’s Edition

Did you know that we can walk to our local library? It’s at the end of our street. How wonderful is that! As an adult I never really used the public library that much. Just an occasional book here or there. Mostly I used my college library for research or bookshops and my Kindle for books. Since having kids, and moving so close to the public library I have been challenged to fully take advantage of this wonderful, FREE, resource….

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Nature Journaling with a Four Year Old

Nature Journaling with a Four Year Old

Mr 4 and I have been keeping a Nature Journal together. The aim is to help develop observation and curiosity. I want him to look deeply at creation and see its Creator. I could spout off all the different birds, animals and plants that he can identify, but that would detract from my purpose in keeping the journal. It is not to accumulate facts, but to wonder. Often we focus on one particular plant or animal for quite some time…

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Planning Day – Term Three

Planning Day – Term Three

It’s Planning Day here, which means there are books and piles of paper everywhere, the laminator is sizzling and the binder is leaving little bits of paper fluff everywhere. The boys are watching a movie marathon of The Land Before Time and I am eating copious amounts of chocolate. Each holidays I plan for the following term which is about 10 weeks with a break midway. It’s a fairly straightforward process, unless I feel the need to change things around….

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Homeschool Holidays!

Homeschool Holidays!

This week, we’re on holidays! Hooray! It seems kind of strange since homeschooling (especially at this stage) is still fairly relaxed and light. It certainly doesn’t feel like hard work. Our holidays are still important though. And we look forward to them. We follow a five weeks on – one week off program, give or take a birthday. We try to align with school holidays so that the boys can have time with family and friends who are also on…

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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

We were standing in our local bookstore when my son spotted it. “May I get that one please, Mummy?” He pointed to the fattest book on the shelf. 767 pages oh my. He didn’t ask because the book was so thick. He asked because he already loved the story and knew the characters like friends. Mary Poppins. The Complete Collection, by P. L. Travers – all six books in one giant book. Of course a box set (Amazon, Book Depository has…

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Tablework – Our Preschool Curriculum

Tablework – Our Preschool Curriculum

Last week I shared with you about our Morning Time. Today, I thought I’d write about what we do after Morning Time which is our Tablework. Tablework is just our name for work done at the table – the more formal lessons that make up our school day. Our son is 4 so technically he is preschool/prep/Yr0.5 aged however, one of the blessings of homeschool is that we can teach him at his level so his lessons for each subject…

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