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Primary School

Did I Doubt? I’m Not Telling!

6 years ago

A few weeks ago, I had a photography adventure in the bush with my girls. We had a wonderful afternoon strolling along the bush track with our cameras, and when we returned, I pondered: Should I plan a special lesson about how cameras work, or how the eye works, or the history of cameras or how light works […]

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Leading by Example

6 years ago

Or why I can’t let myself slip into old age I’m lying on the floor. My heart is going thump! thump! Slowly my breathing returns to normal. I heave myself up and drag the exercise bike back to the hall. I’ve done it. My exercise session is over for another day. Why do I do […]

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Lots of Questions About Resources!

6 years ago

A Homeschooling Meme Erin from Seven Little Australians and Counting and Suzy from Scraps of Starlight – A Soulful Life have tagged for me for a homeschooling meme. Thank you Erin and Suzy! I’ve never done a homeschooling meme before. Will I do it properly? Will I have anything interesting to say? Here goes: ·         One […]

Primary School

Resisting the Temptation to Interfere

6 years ago

Or trusting children to learn in their own time I have been rather busy recently, my eyes glued to the computer screen, my mind miles away. “Please can we use the scrapbooking paper, Mum?” “Yes, you may.” “Please can I borrow your stapler, Mum?” “Huh? Oh yes, it’s on my desk.” For a couple of […]

Creative Arts

Drawing, Geometry and a Happy Girl

6 years ago

Or how I solved a maths problem. Sophie is happy. She grins from ear to ear. “I’m off to do some maths, Mum!” What a change from a couple of weeks ago. Not long ago, she was battling her way through an online maths course. But no more. After some thought and reflection, and talking […]

Creative Arts

I am a Pirate King!

6 years ago

Or the delights of Gilbert and Sullivan.      A few years ago, the Dominican nuns from Ganmain came to our homeschooling camp. They swept in, resplendent and imposing in their spotless habits with plans, not only to teach our children the catechism, but also help our teenagers stage a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s […]

Maths

Let’s Talk Maths

6 years ago

My girls have been learning maths in a formal way rather than as a consequence of life. But I have been thinking… The girls used to use workbooks, the sort that cover one school year at a time. They filled them in with correct answers and moved from book to book. And they didn’t complain. […]

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A Little Way of Homeschooling: Free Copies to Win!

6 years ago

Everyone is talking about Suzie Andres’ book, A Little Way of Homeschooling or THE BOOK (as it is affectionately known in unschooling circles). So many people have read Suzie’s book and are raving about it. Glowing reviews are popping up all over the Internet. It seems everyone has something to say about A Little Way of Homeschooling. […]

High School

Yikes! Do They Know About Filtration?

6 years ago

I was chatting to a friend on the phone the other morning. She was telling me about a dialogue her daughter is writing as an English exercise. “One of the speakers is a professor and he is talking about filtration. We did that in chemistry the other day.” Filtration? I began to wonder: do any of […]

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Lunch with Charles Dickens

6 years ago

We are sitting around the table. It is lunch time and as we eat, someone starts a lively conversation. “Do you remember that strange old lady in Great Expectations?” “The one who sat in her wedding dress, day after day after day?” “Yes, Miss Haversham. She sat there with one shoe on and one shoe […]

Creative Arts

The Photography Girls Head into the Bush

6 years ago

The other week while the girls and I were at the lake, we spied a track that disappeared enticingly into the bush. I promised we’d return another day and head along the path in search of adventure. So last Wednesday afternoon we packed up our exploring kit. We grabbed a basket and tossed in small bars […]

English

A Jane Austen Education

6 years ago

I was on my way to bed when I noticed the older girls’ bedroom light was still on. As I stood outside the door I could hear Imogen’s voice. It sounded like she was reading out loud. Pushing open the door, I saw both girls sprawled on their beds. Charlotte was listening enthralled as Imogen […]

English

More eBook Adventures

6 years ago

Gemma-Rose’s 83 ebooks arrived from Heritage History. A single CD dropped into our mailbox on Tuesday afternoon.  I immediately slipped the CD into my computer which I’d already connected to an ereader, via a USB cable. A few clicks of the mouse…and there was a new library of books waiting for Gemma-Rose to read. I separated out […]

Family

An Adventure Hiding in Every Moment

6 years ago

Every Wednesday afternoon I drive into town to deliver Imogen to her place of work. She spends two hours house cleaning.  And I wait. For two hours. Filling in hours? I’ve done a lot of that over the years. Waiting while my children have piano lessons, clarinet lessons, singing lessons, swimming lessons, musicianship lessons, while […]