• 2020,  homeschooling,  movies

    Unstoppable Soul Surfer

    One of the things I like about homeschooling through Faith CSDE is that the high school english program among other aspects to the curriculum, is really well done. Each term we are asked to read a particular book, answer questions, and learn new modes of writing, and each term has a different focus with regard to the learning mode of the curriculum. The programs are written in such a way that students are taken on a journey alongside the main character in the book. They use appropriate youtube videos, and numerous mediums of learning to bring depth to the subject at hand. This term we are reading ‘Soul Surfer’ (Third…

  • 2020,  Family,  homeschooling

    The Art of Sudden Homeschooling

    Hello! I was lying in bed this morning thinking about the early days of our homeschooling adventure. It was quite the learning the curve, let me tell you. Over the course of the first year, I second guessed myself numerous times. I wondered whether I had made the right decision for our kids. Many days I felt like a complete failure. It took some time for me to find my strides, and 5 years and a few months later, we still have great days, and we have days we would like to forget. The life of a homeschooling mum is very rewarding, but definitely not a walk in the park.…

  • 2018,  holidays,  homeschooling

    Reporting, Homeschooling and Holidays

    This week is the week of the semester that I look forward to the least. Reporting week! Our teacher came on Tuesday to do reporting with us.   I like our teacher, but I really don’t like the reporting process.    I wanted to feel ready, and in control, but this time, I did not.   We have worked hard this semester, but it’s also been a very full on few months.  I feel that the best picture I can give you is of me, pushing two very large elephants up a very long and rocky steep ascented  hill.  A hill where I have tripped and dropped said elephants, and…

  • 2018,  family friendly,  homeschooling

    Fun and Fit Kids

    For  some time now,  one of our daughters has wanted to do gymnastics.  Before our trampoline died she spent a lot of time teaching herself tricks on the trampoline.   Like every good mum out there I looked around for a place where she could go and learn and practice her skills.    In Caloundra we have the YMCA gymnasium hall.   A very big, and very professional looking outfit for those who can see themselves beating the Chinese in the Olympics one day.   We went and had a look around the YMCA, and while it did look amazing, our goal for learning gymnastics was not to necessarily beat…

  • 2018,  homeschooling

    Art is Fun

    Today we started the day with our art course.   It is an art course I bought via Udemy.com a couple of weeks ago in the Udemy sales.  I hear there are more sales on the site at the moment.  It takes the learner through a step by step process.   It really is an incredible course. My kids are far too hard and critical of themselves.   I am not sure how many times I reminded them that the guy doing the course has been an artist for many years, this is the first time they (my kids) are doing this course.  You can’t expect to be Picasso on…

  • 2018,  homeschooling,  motherhood in the naughties

    Believing in Friendship

    Stories are a wonderful way to make a point.   Children and adults alike can relate to stories, and as a parent I find that I am always looking for ways to teach my kids about resilience and such things. Have you heard of the story of the Tiny Green Frog before? I did not write this cute little story, but I’d like to be able to write stories like it one day.  I found it very meaningful,  I haven’t been able to find it online again to see who the author is!  I will continue to look though. Once upon a time, there was a group of tiny frogs…

  • 2018,  homeschooling

    School Life is Back 2018

    The first school term of the year is well and truly underway! Only seven weeks and two days till the next set of holidays.  Not that I am counting – (I so am!!) This year our third child, our Daughter Nelly, started high school.  This is a big deal.  We have three daughters in high school now! I personally don’t like that year 7 is now considered high school.  Nelly doesn’t turn 12 till the end of May, she still loves playing Barbie and with her LOL Surprise Dolls.     She is still a little girl at heart, and I don’t want her to feel as though she has…

  • homeschooling

    An Update about our Homeschooling Adventure

    Homeschooling.   Some days I love it.  Some days I don’t.    I’m only human! Its quite a funny mix bag of responses that I get when people ask why my kids aren’t in school.   Some people are really encouraging and say things such as ‘I really admire mums who can homeschool – I’d love to do it but my kids are happy in school’ or ‘I don’t think I could do it, but good for you’.   Some back peddle out of the conversation quickly as though I am going to preach at them as to all the benefits of homeschooling – which I don’t, but I will answer peoples questions!  Some close down the…

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