• Blog,  Home Education,  Home Education - Highschool,  Home Education - Language Arts

    Reading to Teens

    Do you read to your teenagers? I’ve just begun reading to our teens after a hiatus of years. Over the years I’ve read aloud to our middle and younger children (mostly) but for various reasons I haven’t been reading to our teens. This has bothered me for years and I’ve yearned to change the situation but have been griped by an inertia to do so. What was the catalyst for change? I was downloading Sarah’s podcasts when the title Reading Aloud to Older Children (still haven’t listened to it) caught my eye and I was instantly determined and inspired to read to our teens. We began that afternoon and have continued since.   Why can’t our teens…

  • Blog,  Family,  Parenting

    A Week with Only Our Littles

    Last week was an unusual week due to an unprecedented event, the only children we had at home were our youngest two, who are 4 years & 21 months. Our middle four children were away visiting Grandma and cousins and whilst our adult daughter and nearly adult son were in residence, the focus was on our littles.   To adjust to the sudden loss of the majority of playmates we added some ‘extras’ to our week.  We participated in a Lego competition   and enjoyed a morning at a local park in town. We slowed down and concentrated on our little ones and experienced rather a relaxed week. It was…

  • Blog,  Home Education,  Home Education - Learning Notes,  Learning

    This Week in Learning: September 11th, 2015

    As I reflect back on this term I’m extremely happy with the progress made; not only in academic skills but lessons learnt about consistently completing tasks.  It’s certainly been the best term we’ve experienced this year. One week until the holidays, planning a little something different for the week, perhaps quizzes and competitions; a Spelling & Geography Bee, an essay competition etc. Confident the children will enjoy a fun, competitive approach. Speech Therapy Remember we were given three weeks of homework instead of weekly lessons, well we’re due to go back for a follow up lesson next week and we’ve done one practice session, yikes, not good. Faith Jem made…

  • Blog,  Extensions,  Extensions - Deck/Verandah

    On the Board Walk

    Prior to demolishing our old laundry a few weeks ago, PC began laying piers for a new section of verandah. Thus far we’ve laid three sections of our verandah; the end, the front (22m/72ft) and the deck. It was now time to complete the section in front of the ‘old house,’ bringing the total of the front verandah to 40 metres (131ft) in length.   Once the laundry was removed PC could then lay the bearers   and joists.   With the help of visiting friends, the joists were completed in one weekend.   The children were so excited to begin the task of laying the decking boards and   thus began a…

  • Blog,  Celebration,  Celebration - Sacraments,  Faith,  Family

    Our Lads Make Their Sacraments

    Yesterday Jack Jack made his Confirmation  and Jem made his First Holy Communion. To receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is such a blessing and as our Bishop told the children, in the times ahead they will need to be brave. Michelangelo on the right who was fortunate to Serve for this special occasion. Jem was so excited to receive our Blessed Lord for the first time and is keen to receive Him again soon. Our Bishop has now Confirmed seven of our children. Yesterday was the Birthday of Our Blessed Mother, hence blue vestments, not the usual red for Confirmation.   Anna Maria is godmother to both the…

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    Instagram Tour: Australian Outback and Out West

    I’d love you to join me for an instagram tour a follow on from our blog tours, it’s time today to have a visual fest. Whilst I read/follow a variety of blogs and instagrams I’m particularly drawn to some more than others, which I’m certain is the same for most of us, why some blogs and instagram accounts strike a cord more than others I can’t say, but that’s just how it is. Join me today as we visit with Aussie mamas who live in the Australian Outback and Out West. From The Verandah Ainsley at From the Verandah lives in Central Queensland with her husband and six children on their family Station…

  • Blog,  Book Reviews,  Books - Australia,  Books - Picture

    ABC’s of Aboriginal Picture Book Authors

    It’s no secret that I’m passionate about books, in particular Australian picture and chapter books. Sharing today an ABC list of authors who have focused their writing on Australia’s First Peoples, most of the authors are Indigenous, though some aren’t. We are familiar with some of the authors here, enjoying their books in the past, our personal favourite is Percy Trezise. Most excited that as I gathered names for this list I discovered many new authors for us to learn from:) There are about 500 nations in Australia each have their own stories and customs and each author’s writing is mostly of  her/his own clan, consequently whilst there are several…

  • Blog,  Blogging - Daybook

    My Daybook: September 3rd, 2015

    Outside my window… it’s absolutely freezing, the third day of Spring but a wind is whistling about. This afternoon our crazy boys decided to go for a swim in the pool! It will be a few weeks before I’ll join them I am thankful… that a conversation I was long dreading went exceptionally well.  Sometimes I worry, pray and agonise myself in knots about situations and then…all goes smoothly and I resolve to have more Faith and Trust in Him, to leave off worrying. PC however reminds me that all those prayers are the reason all went smoothly, prayers are never wasted. I am thinking… about Harry Potter and underlying…

  • Blog,  Home Education,  Home Education - Learning Notes,  Learning

    This Week in Learning: August 29th, 2015

    As the last fortnight drew to a close I realised with surprise that we have only three weeks of Term 3 left. It’s been a solid term of learning and we’re rather proud of how hard all the children have worked. Speech Therapy Yippee, we’ve graduated weekly lessons. Well we have a huge pile of homework but no regular lessons until next year.  Plan is: we were given three weeks of homework, we do it and return to show progress. Mmm already missed first week of homework, time to ‘crack the books.’ Faith Jem made his First Confession!!! He did it, declaring it not as hard as he thought, in…

  • Blog,  Go Grain Free,  Hearth & Health,  In the Kitchen

    Experimenting in the Kitchen

    I’ve been trying a few recipes in the kitchen adding a new favourite and discovering a few ‘don’t repeats.’ Seed & Nut Balls – A huge favourite that we are making just about daily are these Jewel Bliss Balls, full of goodness with almonds, chia seeds, pepitas and sunflower seeds as well as yummies of dates and dried apricots. I suspect the ultimate yummy is the choc chips we have substituted for cocoa nibs, perhaps not so healthy. Totally happy to know we are eating all the goodness of seeds and nuts. Thanks to Marijke for the pin. Seed & Nut Bars – Thinking more seeds I trialed a different…

  • Blog,  Extensions,  Extensions - Kitchen

    Designing My Kitchen – Wanna Help?

    The pace is picking up once again on our building work, with the laundry now demolished and the last of the verandah work commencing in preparation for re-roofing the ‘old house,’ it’s time to make several major decisions. Building is like that, there is always a flow on effect, one job leads to another, one decision means several others now have to be made. Once the verandah is completed, load bearing posts will be erected in preparation for the roof trusses. As the ‘old house’ walls are lower than the ‘new house’ we need to ‘build up’ the walls, while doing that we will replace old windows with new, thus…