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 three courses 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...
with Nicholeen Peck
In order for children to be successful socially they need good examples to model after. And what better model to use than yourself? In the webinar, 5 Social Lessons Every Child Must Know, avid homeschool and parenting expert Nicholeen Peck will go through the tools children need to interact with peers while learning social conduct from the best examples they have, their parents.
I almost always find useful tips and tools, and of course encouragement in parenting workshops, webinars and books. I've been parenting for 26 years and I'm still learning!
This FREE WEBINAR with Nicholeen Peck is on TODAY! So book now! It may be recorded for later viewing, check back for more info.
When The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape was published in 2017, I heard about it everywhere and so grabbed myself a copy in paper and audio editions. I read the book, listened to the audiobook (read by Scott himself), joined a facebook groups where the concepts were discussed, subscribed to the Barefoot emails.... And yes, I opened the ING accounts! The books are less than $20 each (new), and are also available as ebooks and audiobooks.
We didn't implement all of the ideas in the book - a lot of the Barefoot steps we were already doing, or didn't apply to us. The way Scott simply and humorously laid out the strategies he suggests made it easy to implement a few easy changes which meant instantly increased savings, decreased expenses, and reaching goals more quickly. Reassuringly, he reminds readers often to "tread your own path."
I bought this book for some of my younger siblings and adult children, I loved it so much! I've...
We used various resources for learning. Collectively, our children attained academic knowledge from text books and workbooks, apps and online learning programs like Duolingo, Rosetta Stone and Khan Academy, online courses from free 4 hour short courses through to Certificate IV level qualifications, reading, documentaries, You Tube, tutors and mentors, classes – and probably a dozen other means of which I’m not aware! Their learning programs were extremely flexible and by the time they were teens they were almost entirely self-designed and self-driven. Some of their favourite ways to learn, especially in earlier years, included Unit Studies or Projects, co-operative learning (where we’d do the same Unit Studies as other families, and come together to share regularly), and classes like art, pottery, Italian, and co-op group lessons on science and math topics.
It’s good to remember that you’re always free to change things. If a book or course isn’t...