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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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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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Real Australian Homeschools: Anthony Coafield (The Homeschooling Dad of Living Book Press)

Real Australian Homeschools: Anthony Coafield (The Homeschooling Dad of Living Book Press)

Welcome to our second instalment in the Real Australian Homeschools series! I hope you were as encouraged as I was to read Carol’s lovely story last week. If you missed it, you can find it here. Today, I am so excited to introduce you to Anthony Coafield. Anthony is quickly making a name for himself across the globe with his wonderful business Living Book Press which is putting hard to find living books back into print, right here in Australia….

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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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An Assortment of Experts – Homeschooling Methods. Which one do we use?

An Assortment of Experts – Homeschooling Methods. Which one do we use?

When I first started thinking about homeschooling I was completely overwhelmed by the different educational philosophies being spouted. Montessori? Charlotte Mason? Classical? Unschooling? What does that even mean? I love to research and analyse and my eldest was only a baby so I had, well, a bit of time before implementing anything other than peek-a-boo. I joined Facebook groups, trawled through blogs, bought and borrowed books. At the bottom of this post I have included a list of helpful books,…

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