Real Australian Homeschools: Carol (The Veteran Charlotte Mason Homeschooler)

Real Australian Homeschools: Carol (The Veteran Charlotte Mason Homeschooler)

Welcome to our first instalment of Real Australian Homeschools. I am so excited about this series! I have some wonderful guests lined up who are going to give us a little glimpse into their homeschool. I hope you find them as inspiring and encouraging as I do. Our first guest is the lovely Carol. I was fortunate to hear Carol speak at the Mum Heart Conference in June. She speaks from years of experience with a refreshing humility and openness….

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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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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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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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Mother Culture – My Favourite Podcasts for Homeschoolers

Mother Culture – My Favourite Podcasts for Homeschoolers

“Mothers should cultivate their souls so that in turn they may cultivate the souls of their children.” Billy Graham I love to listen to podcasts. Every Friday I help a local business with deliveries. I take my boys. The little one sleeps. The big one reads or plays, or sleeps. Sometimes we listen to an audiobook but mostly I listen to podcasts. For me this is a central part of my Mother Culture. What is Mother Culture? This is a new…

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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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Morning Time – The Heart of our Day

Morning Time – The Heart of our Day

What is Morning Time? Morning Time is the heart of our homeschool. It’s how we begin our days together. It goes by many names – Morning Time, Morning Basket, Circle Time, Morning Devotions, Morning Meeting, I think I have even heard it called Symposium. Some families do it in the afternoon, some do it in the evening. Simply put, it is our time together specifically devoted to reading the Bible, prayer and things of truth, beauty and goodness. Although many…

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Poetry Teatime – Bringing Wisdom and Wonder to our Week

Poetry Teatime – Bringing Wisdom and Wonder to our Week

I hate tea. There I said it. Sorry to all the tea lovers out there. I just can’t stand the taste. I also can’t stand coffee which apparently is quite unusual these days. Yet every Monday I smile, grit my teeth and drink a cup of tea. Why? Well, Monday is the day that we do Poetry Teatime. While his brother is napping we lay down a white tablecloth. Set out my Grandmother’s good china. Light candles. Drink tea, because…

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Mum Heart – A Conference for this Mother’s Heart

Mum Heart – A Conference for this Mother’s Heart

It’s still dark outside as I leave my sleeping family snug in their warm beds and sneak outside into the cold to begin my drive. It feels so strange to be leaving them. Even if only for a day. I turn on my podcast playlist and begin driving. Three hours and one pit stop later I arrive. I walk from my car to the Hotel. The waves are thundering on the beach across the road. I walk up the stairs…

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