Have you used Khan Academy? Our teens have used it so much over the years (and still do), especially for Maths!
I used Khan Academy myself recently as I needed some further explanation on some Maths concepts for one of my university subjects. The lessons complimented the uni content perfectly and filled in the gaps I had so I could proceed with my assignment.
And something for my readers who aren't Aussies - they have a great section on Personal Finances with US information and links. So if you were a little let down by the Australian-centric info I shared here on Wednesday, check out Khan Academy! it's FREE!
Recently, I shared a review of a printable resource to learn about Money from Teachers Pay Teachers (which also has heaps of cool freebies too, if you want to sample what's available). Then I reviewed the Barefoot Investor for Families. To continue with the money theme check out this collection of over 60 resources. From this Australian government site families can learn about budgeting, charity, advertising, enterprise, sustainability, consumerism, investing, savings goals and more.
If you do unit studies, or project-based homeschooling, Consider including practical topics like money in your home learning journey... it's relatively easy to gather resources and children love to learn about real life. Some other subjects we've covered in other 'real life' units include:
Rather than a rigid curriculum, the projects have been a conscious choice to include the...
It’s funny, they’ll often joke, if they don’t know how to do something, or don’t know something, “Well, duh, homeschooled.” And while it’s a joke, I think they might sometimes feel self conscious that they don’t know all the same things as their peers. But really, their peers don’t know the same things as each other, either! People have made presumptions about them, their family and their education based on homeschool myths too, which can be awkward. I find that it’s less common now that there is a lot of positive media coverage of home education. Once the kids are a couple of years older, they realise they are just as well-educated as those who went to high school, and a couple of them have described it to me as “the ultimate private education”.
We each have different skills and strengths. One thing they all know is that they can learn ANYTHING...
The term ‘bush tucker’ refers to Australian native foods – the huge variety of fruit, nuts, seeds, leaves, birds, mammals, roots, bark, fungi, herbs, spices, flowers, reptiles, insects, aquatic plants and fish. ‘Wild foods’ is another way to describe these, and includes non-native but often abundant food sources.
Wild foods are the ultimate in spray-free, packaging-free local food. So long as they are harvested in moderation from clean environments, they are a very low impact food source. These were once the only means of food and medicine for indigenous Australians – they are a valuable and viable resource worth learning about.
Our family have been discovering over many years and though each change of season, native and wild foods on our small farm and in the surrounding areas in Far North Queensland, Australia. Some we have found include red and yellow guava, lilly pilly, Atherton nut, lemon aspen, native ginger, pipturus and...
Marie from Nature Study Australia has collated a fantastic list of free resources for homeschoolers looking to include Nature Study in their learning journeys... We've used some of Marie's resources before, and I attended her workshop at the Australian Homeschooling Summit.
Once I started looking for nature study resources, I found there were hundreds, including freebies, available online. If you have any recommendations, please let us know what you're using, especially Aussie products!
We've had this set for about a year and I play it with Zeah, she plays with it alone, and we take it when I babysit some other homeschooled children. It's been really popular with 3-8 year olds. We have the version pictured, with activity cards.
Zeah uses the pebbles for sorting (size, colour, shape), stacking, counting, and making patterns. The pebbles are ideal for loose parts play, as maths manipulatives and the activity cards prompt plenty of variations of learning and play. There are several sets available.
Apart from the sheer hard work of juggling six kids and their varied needs, I actually did feel guilty at times that we were on this almost-constant “holiday”. Our kids didn’t have to wake to an alarm, they had lots of freedom through the day with what they ate, where, when, if they were reading a book they really loved, they could just lay on the couch and finish it in a couple of days. We always tried to travel outside of school holidays to avoid the crowds, went to the beach whenever the weather was best, watched a movie after lunch when we needed a rest, took trips to the city on school days so that the shops, museum etc were quieter. And yes, even our “school work” did not seem to resemble “school” at all.
I’m pretty sure some neighbours and relatives wondered what on Earth I was doing to the “poor kids”! It was easier once the older ones were, well, older, and everyone could see that they were turning out better than...
Gratitude is a bit of a buzz word again, isn't it? As we are faced with a lot of fear and change, isolation and information, I figured it might be a good time to share one of my favourite mental health tools...
I first started consciously practicing gratitude when I read Simple Abundance in 1995. More than any other tool, gratitude has helped improve my mood and mindset consistently during the past 26 years of motherhood. Gratitude journals, gratitude meditations, gratitude lists, gratitude apps - I've tried them all! I also like to ask my children about their favourite part of their day, an outing, a trip, or an activity.
Today's freebie is a gratitude worksheet - a big brainstorming session you can do alone or with your children, family or friends. Afterwards, if you don't already, you might like to try recognising "three things" you're grateful for, do this in any way you like - on your phone or a notebook, out loud or in your head before...
This never seemed to me like a possibility, and I don’t think the kids worried about it too much either. Even when I first went to uni in the 90s, many of my fellow students were not school-leavers and had entered uni via an alternate route. I've just enrolled myself in another university course, 25 years on, and the process was quite simple and 100% online.
When my older kids were teens, a Certificate course was a good entry path into further education, so they started studying those as part of what would be their “senior studies” at around 15. For the younger kids, they also chose certificate courses, and they are also accessing bridging courses into their preferred field. These courses are offered by many universities, and I wish that’s how I entered uni – instead of leaping from high school into the foreign land of tertiary study!
Five of the bigger kids have completed Certificate Courses (such as a Cert 3 in Business, or a Cert 4 in...
Are you as intrigued as I was about the Ultimate Homeschooling Bundle, a collection of resources created by experienced homeschoolers?
I had early access to this bundle and have previewed a lot of the resources over the past two weeks. I downloaded, unzipped, saved, filed and printed like it was Christmas! I kept unpacking more and more goodies and I was AMAZED at the quality! I figured that if there were at least TWO resources of great value, it'd be more than worth the purchase price of just under US$30... Out of 51 resources, I presumed there'd be value there... And I was right! And so I'm sharing this bargain (which is available for THIS WEEK ONLY), with you.
From what I've seen so far, there are at least threecourses I want to do ASAP, two planning tools I will try out (always, always tweaking systems here!), some learning resources I will use with Zeah (4) today, and some stuff I'll save for later on - I've downloaded and...