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    Home Education Help For You

    The Australian Homeschooling Summit begins tomorrow 4th May through to the 15th. If you haven’t yet got your ticket now is the time!! Quick Recaps I will be talking about Creating your own Booklists for a Literature Based Education. I’ll be sharing my passion and knowledge about this topic and stepping you through on just how to create your own booklists for your topic choice of interest. I can’t wait.  That presentation will be on Friday May 8th at 1pm.   I will also be facilitating a second presentation Home Ed Graduates – What Do They Think? wherein my five home educated children and daughter-in-law will chat about some common questions they…

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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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    Leaping into Literature: Six Years Strong

    A Tradition begun way back in 2013 is still beating strong. As with every 4th Term for the past six years we enjoyed reading our way through piles of picture books, a tradition we look forward to each year. Our Leaping into Literature immersion as per usual was accompanied by the children giving their opinions and star ratings. This year’s participating children shrunk to only four; 13, 11, 8 & 5 years.  Due to the growing ages of the children we also included short chapter books, as the interest of some in picture books is beginning to wane just a little, my heart begins to break. Short Chapter Mr Pettigrew’s…

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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…

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    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…