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Education Doesn't Have a Use-by-Date

6 years ago

Yesterday Imogen was peering over Charlotte’s shoulder, looking at all the interesting things she is learning. “You are giving yourself a much better education than the one I gave myself,” Imogen complained. “Look at all those wonderful books you’re reading. I haven’t read any of them.” “Well, it’s not too late,” replied Charlotte. “Your education […]

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Doodling

6 years ago

My girls love to doodle. I do too! I used to think doodles were those scribbles people draw while they are talking on the phone. They are, but they’re also a whole lot more. Doodles are easy to draw, require little artistic skill but are so satisfying to work on. Anyone can doodle. Anyone can […]

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An Absolutely Wonderful Book on the Apostles’ Creed for Children

6 years ago

The Creed in Slow Motion was written by Monseigneur Ronald Arbuthnott Knox. Arbuthnott Knox? Don’t you just love that name! It immediately captured my girls’ imaginations, even before they started listening to his book. I first came across The Creed in Slow Motion in Suzie Andres’ book Homeschooling with Gentleness. Suzie and her son were […]

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Great Australian Historical Fiction

6 years ago

There was great excitement yesterday when the postman arrived with a book shaped parcel. Inside was a second-hand copy of Jamberoo Road by Eleanor Spence. It is the sequel to The Switherby Pilgrims which we read last year. Both books are published by Bethlehem Books and both books are historical fiction set mainly in Australia. […]

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A Homeschooler's Thoughts on Her First University Exam

6 years ago

Yesterday, I spent over two hours sitting in the car outside the Flight Centre at Goulburn Airport. Inside this building, Imogen was doing her very first university exam. She has spent the last semester studying the unit Introduction to University Learning through an online course provided by the Open Universities. During the long drive to Goulburn, […]

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Amineko the Crafty Crochet Cat

6 years ago

Amineko is a Crafty Crochet Cat and so cute! He can sit and lie down and kneel and even sleep in his own snuggle bag. He can be made in any colour and any size depending on the chosen yarn. He can be striped or plain. He can wear shorts and his sister can wear […]

English

The Rose Round – children’s fiction

6 years ago

I have just finished reading Meriol Trevor’s  book The Rose Round to Sophie and Gemma-Rose. They were enthralled with the story from the very first page. So was I! The book description on Amazon doesn’t say much at all: Young Matt Rendal’s first experience with the extraordinary inhabitants of the great crumbling house called Woodhall was […]

High School

Charlotte the Unschooling Chemist

6 years ago

Charlotte comes into my room to say goodnight and have an end-of-the-day chat. “Mum, can I tell you about the chemistry video I was watching today?” Her eyes light up as a flood of interesting facts come spilling out of her. I feel excited at Charlotte’s obvious delight in chemistry. She has a passion for […]

Maths

Smiling Over Unschoolers and Maths Text Books

6 years ago

Last year, Sophie declared she hated maths. She would sigh deeply every time I logged her into her online maths course. I decided there had to be a better way to learn this subject. I decided to take the unschooling approach and let Sophie learn maths in her own time in her own way, encouraging […]

Those Weird Unschoolers

6 years ago

Have you ever told someone you homeschool and they look at you as if you’re a bit strange? What if you say you unschool? Do they think you’re rather weird?  I really see no reason for that reaction. My family is perfectly normal. See for yourself: Just a perfectly normal unschooling family. Oops! Have I […]

English

Wanting to Learn How to Spell

6 years ago

Gemma-Rose isn’t a defiant child so when she said to me, “You can’t make me learn anything I don’t want to learn,” I stopped and listened. We were talking about spelling. Did Gemma-Rose want me to enrol her in an online spelling program? “No thank you, Mum.” “Well, how will you learn how to spell?” […]

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What about My Perfect Homeschooling Success Story?

6 years ago

All Callum had to do was go online and log in to find out if he had been accepted on the university course of his choice. “Did you get a place?” I asked eagerly. “I haven’t yet worked up the courage to look,” Callum admitted.  But a few minutes later, he emerged from his room, […]

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Miss Elvis

6 years ago

I’d like to share a post I have enjoyed recently. It was written by Imogen, one of my Jane Austen girls. Learning, a wedding, the Regency period… The former Miss Imogen I have always been fascinated by the formality of names in Jane Austen’s books. After reading The Jane Austen Guide to Good Manners, Charlotte and […]

Family

Longing for Some Quiet Time

6 years ago

Whenever someone mentions the words ‘school work’ there are loud protests: “We don’t do SCHOOL work! That sounds so boring. We’re LEARNING! We’re having adventures.” But Gemma-Rose mentioned the forbidden word the other day and no one corrected her. She said, “I wish we could do some school work, Mum.” And we all agreed. We […]