Mama's Musings

Homeschooling Methods

Feb 23, 2024

When embarking on the journey of homeschooling, parents have the unique opportunity to tailor their children's education to their individual needs and learning styles. One of the key aspects to consider is the wide array of teaching methods available. Understanding different teaching methods can help parents create engaging and effective lessons that cater to their child's learning preferences. In this subchapter, we will explore various teaching methods commonly used in homeschooling, providing parents with valuable insights and strategies to enhance their homeschooling experience.

1. Traditional Teaching: This method follows a structured curriculum and textbook-based learning. It focuses on teacher-led instruction and emphasises memorisation and repetition. Parents can choose pre-packaged curricula or customise their own to suit their child's needs.

2. Montessori Method: Developed by Maria Montessori, this approach encourages hands-on learning, self-directed activities, and...

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Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Feb 16, 2024

One of the most valuable skills you can nurture in your children is critical thinking and problem-solving. These skills are not only essential for academic success but also for navigating the challenges of everyday life. By developing these skills, you can empower your children to become independent learners and confident problem-solvers. There are several effective strategies and resources to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills in your homeschooling journey.

One of the first steps in fostering critical thinking and problem-solving is to encourage open-ended discussions. Engage your children in meaningful conversations, where they can express their opinions and ideas freely. Encouraging them to think critically about various topics will enhance their analytical skills and expand their perspectives. Additionally, providing them with opportunities to ask questions and seek answers will stimulate their curiosity and boost their problem-solving abilities. One example...

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Free Workshop - School Can't (but you can)

Feb 11, 2024

If you're experiencing 'school can't' or school refusal with your child/ren, you won't want to miss this workshop with Rebecca English - Tuesday evening at 7pm AEDT (Sydney, Australia time).  It's FREE!

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Australian Homeschooling Summit 2024

Feb 11, 2024

It's that time of year again!!
The 2024 Australian Homeschooling Summit is coming March 4 – 15.

For the affordable price of $37 you get:
Live access to all workshops during the summit
Access to an engaging and friendly event community
Summit-only discounts and freebies from presenters and sponsors
Access to recordings of all 2024 workshops for the life of the product
All associated resource guides
Amazing homeschooling help!
Planning, neurodiversity, unschooling, socialisation – if you need to know about it, chances are AHS 2024 are covering it!
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Debunking Common Homeschool Myths

Feb 08, 2024

As parents embark on the journey of homeschooling in Australia, they may encounter various misconceptions surrounding this educational choice. Below, I aim to address some of the most common homeschooling myths, empowering home educators with accurate information and dispelling any doubts they may have.

Myth #1: Homeschooled children lack socialisation opportunities.
Contrary to popular belief, homeschooling does not isolate children from social interactions. In fact, homeschoolers often engage in numerous social opportunities, such as joining homeschooling groups, attending co-op classes, participating in community programs, and taking part in extracurricular activities. These avenues provide ample opportunities for children to develop social skills, make friends, and build lasting relationships.

Myth #2: Homeschooling is less academically rigorous than traditional schooling.
Homeschooling allows parents to tailor their children's education to their individual strengths, interests,...

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Special Days

Feb 02, 2024

I love how Twinkl Australia creates resources especially for homeschoolers. It's like they can read our minds! 

There's this Special Days Planner here which has clickable links to a lot of resources, and a link at the bottom to even more things to acknowledge and celebrate.

I love anything that gives some rhythm to the year - months, terms, special days, seasons, solstices, equinoxes, the moon... 

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Legal Requirements for Homeschooling in Australia

Jan 30, 2024

In Australia, each state and territory has its own regulations regarding homeschooling. While the overall principles are similar, it is crucial to check the specific requirements for the state or territory in which you reside. Generally, parents register with their state or territory's education department or homeschooling authority. This registration process may involve filling out an application form, providing education plans, and occasionally, submitting to home visits or assessments. Some families choose not to ever register - understanding the requirements, your rights, and any repercussions is important.

Parents of registered children are responsible for maintaining records of their child's educational progress. This may include documenting completed assignments to record progress, and maintaining portfolios of their child's work. These records serve as evidence of the child's educational development and may be required during registration or assessment processes.

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Checking In

Jan 25, 2024

Just Checking In... I love this offering from Twinkl. Page 6 is my #1 because I'm back into gratitude journaling for 2024 - my absolute favourite tool for finding peace. How often do we say/think "I'm fiiiinnnne!" with tight shoulders, furrowed brow, clenched jaw? If you're a home educating parent (or any parent/carer, let's face it), it's likely you're overwhelmed from time to time. And that doesn't mean you don't love your life, it just means that things are out of balance somewhere.

Please take care of you. Find the tools you need (like this printable from Twinkl, or my free printable 20 page workbook here), get support, be honest with yourself about your needs.

If you want to chat further about finding this balance, don't hesitate to book in with me at calendly.com/spiralbel for a 1:1 session. I'll validate the heck out of your need to prioritise yourself, and we'll chat about homeschooling along the way!

Photo Credit: M Sessions / Unsplash - woman moving through a field of...

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Homeschool Haiku

Jan 17, 2024

Haiku's keep appearing in our lives ... so we've been writing our own at home.  Here's one I wrote about homeschooling.  Maybe you'd like to write some of your own?  

Laughter in the air,
Knowledge blooms with each sunrise,
Homeschooling joy thrives.

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Learning Co-ops

Jan 12, 2024

In recent years, the landscape of education has been evolving rapidly, with more families opting for non-traditional approaches to learning. Homeschooling has gained popularity for its flexibility and personalised learning experience. In Australia, a growing number of homeschooling families are finding community and support through learning co-ops, creating collaborative environments that enrich the educational journey for both home educators and students.


What is a Learning Co-op?

A learning co-op, short for cooperative, is a collaborative effort among homeschooling families to share resources, knowledge, and expertise. These co-ops provide a supportive community for parents/carers and students alike, fostering a sense of belonging and shared responsibility for education.

Structure of Learning Co-ops:
Learning co-ops vary in structure, but they generally involve a group of families coming together to pool their time, resources, and talents. These co-ops can be formal or...

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