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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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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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Real Australian Homeschools: Tneal (The Second Generation Homeschooler)

Real Australian Homeschools: Tneal (The Second Generation Homeschooler)

Today I am honoured to introduce to you Tneal. Tneal is a second generation Australian homeschooler. She, herself, was homeschooled as a child and now is homeschooling her own children. I have known her since we were kids and her family was the very first homeschooled family I ever knew. I thought they had a pretty wonderful life! They certainly had a positive influence on me. Now Tneal and her husband are homeschooling their own children. When I arrived, slightly…

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Little Men – Louisa May Alcott

Little Men – Louisa May Alcott

This post is part of my Mother Culture – My Reading List series. To see the full list, click here. Every homeschooling mother should read Little Men. Every mother should read Little Men. I had never read the rest of the Little Women series until now and I am enjoying it immensely. The story takes place at Plumfield, the small orphanage that Jo and her professor husband run. There they seek to raise little men of virtue. The characters are…

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An Open Letter to my friends

An Open Letter to my friends

Yesterday was my thirtieth birthday and, as I was reflecting on such a milestone, I was overcome with thankfulness for my friends. We moved to a new town three years ago. Almost all of my friends are “new” friends and yet I have never felt more loved, more encouraged and more supported in my life. This is for them. Dearest friends, I often wish I could express just how much I love you all and how very thankful I am…

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