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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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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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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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