Australian Homeschooling Summit

Have you ever wanted to attend a homeschool conference?  Are you in need of some homeschool advice?  Need to get your homeschool space organised, but not sure where to start?  You can watch the Australian Homeschooling Summit from the comfort of your own home!

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Click here for more information.

*This is an affiliate link, I earn a little something when you register.    PS. I’m going to be one of the speakers.

Lonely Planet Kids {Book Review}

Books are such fun ways to learn about things and places you’ll never get to see or do.  Or maybe inspire you to go, see, and do!  Lonely Planet Kids sent me 3 awesome books to review, and I’m here to share them with you.

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The Daredevil’s Guide to Dangerous Places is a fun book that has you joining “hazard hunters” Eddie and Junko as the explore the most dangerous places on earth.  What we personally loved about this book is that they explored the Northern Territory of Australia and found the “biggest, fiercest reptiles around.”  This is right in our own back yard!

Along with the Northern Territory, you’ll places like Tornado Alley, Atacama Desert, Poison Garden, the Cave of Death, the Forest of Knives, and much more!

 

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Have you ever wondered how airports work?  Where does your luggage go after you check-in?  What does the inside of the control tower look like?  I found this books to be so fascinating!  This is an interactive book with heaps of flaps to lift and learn more.

 

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This book came as we were studying ancient history – perfect timing!  In Ancient Wonders – Then & Now you’ll learn about the Great Pyramid of Giza, Stonehenge, the Colosseum, Easter Island, Angkor Wat, and many more ancient wonders.

You open the pages to see what they looked like when they were built and what they look like now.  This books also has flaps you can open to learn more.  You can see in this photo my son is reading about the Colosseum.  It’s so cool!

 

 

Check out Lonely Planet Kids for more fun and educational books.

Let’s Get Organised! {Free Printable}

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  For many, Christmas is a busy time of year.  It’s easy to get behind in normal day to day tasks and the clutter tends to pile up.  I don’t know about you, but when there is clutter and the house is disorganised, I just can’t function.  So for the month of January, I’m planning a big declutter of my home.

Would you like to join me?  I created a 31 day calendar to help me focus on a certain area each day.  Feel free to print out the calendar and join me on this fun challenge!  Don’t feel that you have to do it in order, just pick one thing each day.  Let’s get organised together!

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Click the link above to print your own calendar and be sure to tag me in your photos on Instagram! You can find me at HomeschoolAustralia.

The Importance of Family Time

Do homeschoolers really need to plan family time?  Don’t we already spend all day, every day together?

I believe it is important for families to make a special effort to have family time.  Whether you homeschool or not.

A few months ago, we needed a break.  We didn’t have extra cash to go bowling or to the cinemas, so we decided to go camping.  We left around 5pm and was back by 11am, but it was amazing and exactly what we needed.

We found a place not too far from where we live, but just far enough that we didn’t have mobile reception.  We set up camp (our 4 man tent), and then went fishing for a bit.  Actually, my husband and kids went fishing.  I stood far enough back, but close enough that I could keep an eye out for crocs.  Later the kids collected firewood and we enjoyed a meal of hot dogs cooked over the fire.  We later roasted marshmallows.

We were in the tent by about 8pm.  The kids and I played a few games of Skipbo and we enjoyed chatting about our week.  We were all up early, as you do when you’re all asleep by 9pm.  My husband and son fished a bit more while my daughter and I collected more wood for the fire and attempted to make pancakes.  (It didn’t go too well as we forgot the butter and a spatula.)

This camping trip was a few months ago, but my kids still talk about it.  Why?  Because we stepped away from our home and our normal routine, and just spent quality time with each other.  We have had a few more family trips since then and have a few more already planned.  How about you?  When was the last time you scheduled family time?  If it hasn’t been in the last month, why not plan something for the weekend?

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Hello? Is this thing on?

Hello.  Long time no see, or uh, read?

Sorry about that.  I had/have big plans for this blog and then…well, life got busy.

I can’t make promises, but I’m hoping to be back here posting once a week.  I can manage that, right?  For now I’ll leave you with a funny homeschool meme.

Be back soon!

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Education.com [Review]

 

For all you homeschoolers out there, you may be interested in this review!  One of my purposes for this blog is to bring you great homeschool curriculum and supplements.  I think this will be a great help to some of you. I’ve never heard of Education.com, but was pleasantly surprised to check out their website.

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Stop and smell the roses with this Flowery Word Search. For more engaging spelling activities, go to Education.com!

Education.com is for ages 2-11, it has worksheets, games, and activities for math, reading, spelling, and so much more!

I love that they categorise everything by subjects and grades.  It was so easy to find worksheets and games for my son who is in year 5 (5th grade).

If your child is struggling in a certain area, for example, let’s say they are in third grade and struggling with multiplication.  All you need to do is click on third grade, then click on math.  And viola!  You have worksheets and games to help them out.

Go check out education.com.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!  Let me know in the comments if you have ever used education.com before.

*This review is my own opinion.  Education.com contacted me and asked if I would be interested in sharing some of their worksheets and links to their website.

“I want to start homeschooling, but where do I start?”

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I have heard this question several times recently. I started compiling a list of curriculum websites and blogs that would be helpful to those I’ve talked to and so I decided to share it here so I can refer others to it. I will continue updating this post as I come across new information.

The first thing I like to recommend to those interested in homeschooling is to sit down and write out the reasons that you want to homeschool. Be as specific as possible. Then write out reasons that you do not want to homeschool. And for Pete’s sake, do not write socialisation! Seriously, we’ve beat this topic to death. You can homeschool and your kids will be just fine socially. I promise. The reason I tell you to do this bit is because it’s important and you will want to come back to it later.

The second thing you need to do is find our your state/territory’s home education laws. I live in the Northern Territory of Australia, so here is mine. This is really as easy as googling “{insert you state here} home education laws”. Here in the NT we fill out an application each year and have a home visit during the third term. It’s not required here, but I keep a portfolio for each of my children so that I have evidence of their school work throughout the year.

Thirdly, begin looking at curriculum. This can be a very overwhelming process. When I started homeschooling over 11 years ago I didn’t have much access to the internet. So, if there was hundreds of different curriculum companies, I had no idea. If you have a friend who homeschools, go visit her and have a look through what she uses. Keep in mind though that every child is different and what they use may not work for you. This is just to get a feel for what is out there.

I would like to tell you that you will find one curriculum and stick with it all 12 years, but I have found that my kids like change and every few years so we often change what we’re doing.  I plan to share in future posts our current curriculum choices and also curriculum we’ve used in the past.  But always remember, you have to do what works best for you.

And lastly, pray.  This shouldn’t be the last thing you do, but it is the most important.  Praying for wisdom is so important as a homeschool parent.  We all have the fear of messing up our kids and not teaching them everything they’re supposed to need.  Our goal here is to teach our children to love God and to love learning then the rest falls into place.

 

(Sorry for the long lapse between posts, I had a computer crash and was only able to get a new one in January.  We are finally back into the grove of school and life in general.  I hope to be able to write regularly now.)