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    Aussie Homeschool Summit 2020 – Giveaways

    The annual Australian Homeschool Summit begins soon! A roundup of 30 presentations on a variety of Home Education topics. Most exciting is the speakers are Aussies focusing on Home Education in Australia! It’s all online, so watchable from the comfort of your home.   I’ll be speaking once again this year and I have some special guests joining me. All shall be revealed shortly.   Dates are: Giveaway of 3 tickets: March 3 – March 13th Tickets go on sale from March 6th (tomorrow) Showtime: March 23- April 3   Related Summits: I’ve spoken before at the previous Aussie Summits. Nurturing a Love of Literature 2017 Centering Your Education Around…

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    How To Raise a Family of Readers

    Reading in our household is an integral part of our family culture: our children are read to from birth through to their teenage years, reading independently is nurtured, and reading as a pastime is highly valued. Our children are surrounded by books as our home literally contains thousands of books: books purchased, gifted and found at book sales. Both my husband and I are readers as are our children; conversations, activities and movie watching are entwined around our love of reading.  Simply, reading is something we do as a family. Reflecting upon how we have grown a reading culture, I decided to ask our adult children and teens who have…

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    The Australian Homeschool Summit is Back and I’m Talking Again!!

    The Australian Homeschool Summit (Online) is back…and once again I’m going to be one of the workshop presenters    What I’m Presenting This time I’m going to be sharing about Centering Your Education Around Australian Living Books. I’m thrilled to be talking about a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I admit to being rather passionate about Australian Living Books, the type of passion in which I can cause others’ eyes to glaze over. However amongst my fellow home educators I’m with my people and I’m sure you’re just as keen about Aussie Book love, if not you will be by the time I’ve finished 😉 I’ll be…

  • Blog,  Home Education,  Home Education - Language Arts,  Home Education - Leaping into Literature,  Learning

    Leaping into Literature: Animals & Anthropomorphism

    The past fortnight saw us once again diving deep into our Leaping into Literature immersion. This fortnight we focused on reading our way through our collection of Animal and Anthropomorphism (attribution of human characteristics & behaviour to animals) picture books. We discovered and re-discovered some real treasures, we also discovered some total duds. When well done, picture books can be wonderful avenues for learning, informative and engaging, and springboards for the imagination, Jack Jack (12) was so inspired by one book he began re-writing plot twists. Yet some picture books can be such a disappointment, the illustrations gorgeous but the text dull, the premise of the book rich with possibility but…

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    Leaping Into Literature: A Tradition Returns

    Way back in 2013 I had an idea and like all great ideas it took off, blazing a path. The idea was to devote the whole of Term 4 to an immersion in literature, predominately with a focus on quality picture books. When introducing new ideas to our children I need to carefully consider as often my great ideas quickly become firm Tradition, as has our Leaping into Literature, which now reaches it’s 6th year!! Over the years, with our older children particularly in mind, we have expanded our Leaping into Literature Term to include another Tradition, our Bookworm.  This is a favourite, oft visited reading competition which the whole family participates…

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    Homeschool Burnout & Recovery

    Nearly twelve years ago we achieved our dream, one we’d been working towards for years, we finally purchased our rural property! It was the best of both worlds, 147 acres/49 ha only 15 minutes from town. The property was everything we had looked for with the variety we wanted, it was; cleared, semi-cleared and bush, there were flats and hills, a creek and dams. Plenty of land for the children to explore and enjoy, a dam to swim in complete with a flying fox and canoes, space for a dune buggy to roar around in and trees to build a tree house in, places to go camping, freedom to be…

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    Start Homeschooling Summit Starts Today!

    Starts Today The Start Homeschooling Summit  starts today!!!! I’m so excited and eagerly looking forward to listening to all the workshops, counting the hours. I’ve been home educating for a long time and I can sure do with a boost and inspiration. As I shared last week we’ve 34 presenters from around the world chatting about a huge variety of topics. The Start Homeschooling Summit is a shortcut to creating the kind of homeschool you really want.   What You Receive All of the videos are FREE for 48 hours after they go live! I really encourage you to join us, I want you to be empowered by the reassurance, inspiration and sense…

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    I’m Talking At…..The Start Homeschooling Summit

    Exciting news…….I’m chatting in another online Summit, this time in the Start Homeschooling Summit. Sharing ways in which to Create Balance & Preserve Sanity. Chatting about the realities of home educating and mothering ten children. Sharing the struggles, the constant juggling and ways we can meet the massive challenges we face. Essentially some of the tips and tricks we have learnt over 24 years of home educating 10 children. The Start Homeschooling Summit is an online conference that is FREE 🙂  Easily accessible from the comfort of your own home from anywhere in the world!  We can all attend 🙂 The Start Homeschooling Summit begins next week on the 18th and runs…