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    Writing Elsewhere Today

    Today I’m honoured to be featured at Learning Alongside in April’s running ‘Interview with a Home Educator series.’ April posed some real reflective questions such as; Why did you choose to home educate your children?  Do you follow a particular learning style/philosophy? Has there been any major obstacle you have had to overcome to pursue homeschooling? and What is one piece of advice that you would give to a new homeschooling parent?  If you haven’t already discovered my answers to these do pop on over, and be sure to read the previous interviews with other Aussie bloggers.   A great way to find more Aussie home ed bloggers, best of all April…

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    Nature Study Failure? – The Adventurous Years

    One day we invited another ‘town’ friend to join us at the natural ponding on the edge of the hockey fields.  In amongst ensuring my toddler didn’t fall in, sketching the ducks on the pond, finding a bird’s nest and discussing the pond’s flora an idea was born.  An idea that was to change our nature experience, one that was to introduce our children to a whole new dimension, to throw two intrepid mothers into a series of wild nature adventures….. (Part 1) Part 2 – The Adventurous Years Inspired to expose our children to God’s natural world yet limited by the constraints of town living, my friend Margaret and I decided…

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    Nature Study Failure? – The Earliest Years

    Upon introduction to Charlotte Mason her wisdom resonated with me in most subjects, however there were a few that were ‘stumbling blocks’ and we have ‘tackled them’ with varying degrees of success. When Pam was so bold as to publicly admit she was a Nature Study Drop Out I immediately ‘yelled’, “me too”, but over time I began to ponder, was I really?  We haven’t excelled at formal studies and have abysmally flopped at nature journalling, however we have succeeded in imparting to our children a respect for, and an interest in nature itself simply by much exposure. Reflecting upon our nature journey that covers more than a decade I began to see a pattern and decided to share…

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    Literacy and Beginner Readers

    Educational experts are enthusiastic in promoting exposure to literature, and exposure from a young age, as the key to reading success. Language, thinking and literacy development are fostered by regular reading. Enjoying and sharing books has been played a huge role in our family culture over the years, however at times it has ebbed rather than flowed.  I was recently discussing these tides with a friend and reflecting on how this may have affected the ages our children began reading. My friend had noted a similar pattern in her own home. When our older children were young we enjoyed a huge amount of literature together.  We read many picture books…

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    Our Friendship Quilt

    Who have been your friends along your homeschooling journey? Sue has shared about friends who have influenced her as she has travelled along her Home Education journey and invites us to share about our friends. So to continue my story. When my mum began homeschooling it was the early 80s, home education then was perceived by many to be illegal in NSW, and mum was part of a spearhead movement of pioneering home educators.  Home educators who not only led the way in education but fought for legitimacy, for the rights of their children and future generations.  From my mother and other intrepid families I learnt much.  I learnt about standing by your convictions,…

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    Beginning Our Home Education Journey

    What attracted to you to homeschooling?  How did you get started? Sue has shared her family’s story and would love to hear from others, how they began their homeschooling journey.  I’ve touched very briefly on our journey’s beginning before, but I thought I’d now share the full story. When I was a teenager in the 80s my mum began home educating my younger siblings.  I totally supported her in this decision; emotionally and practically.  As her journey started, it became apparent one of my brother’s did not learn well in the traditional mode and so I began reading home education philosophies, books by John Holt, Raymond Moore, Mary Pride, the Colfaxes and Maria Montessori, all having…

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    Raymond Moore – RIP

    Raymond Moore, pioneer of the homeschooling movement has died. What a debt we owe to him and his wife Dorothy. Raymond and Dorothy Moore have been very influential in our family. Way back before children the Moore’s played a big part in my desire to homeschool. I devoured many of their books. It was to their writing and research I looked to for guidance in the early days of our homeschooling. Thank you Dr Moore. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.