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Creating Meaningful Easter Traditions

Creating Meaningful Easter Traditions

I never thought I’d say this, but I am thankful for my son’s food allergies. It’s because of his allergies that we accidentally created what has become a wonderful and meaningful Easter tradition. Our son, among other things, is allergic to dairy. Which means that his Easter Egg options are severely limited. Knowing that he would receive the same dairy-free Easter chocolate from a couple of different family members we bought him a board book about Easter instead. He was…

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How to Encourage Your Child to Fall in Love with Books

How to Encourage Your Child to Fall in Love with Books

My son is falling in love with books. It’s glorious to see. Recently, he has been seen walking around with his nose in a book. A sure sign of love! Another time, he was seen reading by night light for at least two hours after he went to bed. A third sign was seen when, at the shops, said child was heard to remark, “I’d rather have a book.” The final piece of evidence was provided by the innocent question,…

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Homeschool Needs: 10 Things I’m Loving

Homeschool Needs: 10 Things I’m Loving

It’s one of the most common questions in the world of Facebook Homeschool groups. A family is setting up to begin homeschooling and they ask, “what do we need?” It’s a difficult question because “need” is so subjective. Really, we “need” so little. A library card. Pencil and paper. A sense of adventure. Google. No, scratch that, I guess even Google isn’t truly needed. I’m not going to write a list of things you need. Instead, I’m going to share…

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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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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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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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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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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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