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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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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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Capital Adventures – Visiting Canberra with Young Children

Capital Adventures – Visiting Canberra with Young Children

We began with a road trip that I nicely timed for the early morning so the boys would sleep through most of it. They didn’t. Oh well. We finished listening to Matilda read by Kate Winslet. I listened to a podcast. We stopped for the traditional McDonalds breakfast. We began listening to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe which I had borrowed from the library. I missed the exit because I was so enthralled. One quick U-Turn later and…

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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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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: 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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