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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The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

This post is part of my series on Mother Culture – My Reading List. Mother Culture – My Reading List The Little Book of Hygge I read this book in an afternoon, curled up on the couch with my 4yo, with his movie on in the background. It sounds hygge (hyggeligt? – I don’t have the language down yet). It wasn’t. My little boy had gastro and my reading was interrupted by moans and spews. I had the book in…

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Consider This – Karen Glass

Consider This – Karen Glass

This post is part of my series on Mother Culture – My Reading List. Mother Culture – My Reading List Consider This I have finally finished reading Consider This by Karen Glass. It took me a lot longer than I expected. The book is not long, nor particularly difficult to read it is just so full of brilliant ideas and arguments that I needed time to mull and reflect on what I’d read. I’ve heard about slow reading but never…

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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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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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Real Australian Homeschools: Penny (The Preschool Unit Study Homeschooler)

Real Australian Homeschools: Penny (The Preschool Unit Study Homeschooler)

It’s time for another instalment of our Real Australian Homeschools Series. I have been so encouraged and inspired by the stories so far and I hope that you have been too. Today I would like to introduce you to Penny. Penny and I met through the Facebook community Early Childhood Homeschool Australia, a new group that Penny began for sharing and discussing homeschooling our young children in particular. As we shared our stories in the group we realised how very…

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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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