Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Homeschool meet at Bashams

Last Tuesday, 18th August, our scheduled Homeschool meet was to be at Bashams Beach for a spot of Whale Watching.
Usually we travel up to an hour for our meets but this one was local to us, bonus!

Was a cold blustery day and unfortunately there weren't any whales around. There was apparently earlier in the morning but we missed them.

Never fear the kids had a great time anyway.

Despite being told not to go in the water, Ethan ended up drenched. We should have known better really. Brian ducked home and grabbed him a change of clothes and one for Eli in case he needed it. He was ok though. He doesn't like waves much so steered clear of the shore line.

We had a great turn out which was lovely. Forgot to get more photos of everyone though.

The kids built sandcastles, played in the scrub and explored the rockpools.

After many of the people we went we went with another family exploring the rockpools.

Ethan and their lad Jonah had become quite good friends which is just awesome!

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Such a fabulous day! Can't wait for next weeks meet. The boys get to try raw milk for the first time!

Take Care
Becci xx

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Morning Wonders

Today is our fortnightly Homeschool meet. Usually we need to travel up to and hour away but this week we are meeting at Bashams Beach, just 5 minutes down the road, for a spot of whale watching.
So our morning can be a little more relaxed.

I was woken by lots of laughter just outside our bedroom. I went to investigate and found the boys reading these awesome poetry books.

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The big books were Randalls as a little one, the smaller versions I picked up fro $2 at Ned's recently

Kids, boys even, reading poetry, before breakfast? What's going on?

Surely they should be fighting over the tv, having mum get grumpy at them because they aren't getting ready fast enough, and just generally dragging their feet?

Yes that was what our mornings used to look like, and sometimes does still if we have to be somewhere early, but one of the joys of homeschooling is we can take our time to get into our day, which means we can enjoy our day more, the kids will absorb information far easier and we can all wonder in ourselves harmoniously.

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Then the doorbell rang and it was the Parcel delivery lady with our latest Scholastic order. I love Scholastic. In our order were a couple of sets of magnetic tangrams. My boys love tangrams and these were a bargain at just $5 each set (transport and zoo animals).

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The sun by Ethan

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A butterfly by Ethan

We need to get our butts moving shortly so we are ready in time to head out, but for now the boys can play and learn.

Maths and Poetry before breakfast! By choice! How amazing!

Take Care
Becci xx

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Time for some PE

One of the core subjects we need to cover as part of our Homeschooling.

The boys are always really active. Every chance they get they are outside running around, climbing trees or riding their scooters around.

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We live just a block away from the local football oval. E&E love to take their bikes over there and ride around. The 16th of July was a glorious day. We'd had a few days of rain and the kids were feeling a little housebound. So we grabbed the bikes and headed to the oval.

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We wanted to take the footy to kick but it was flat and we couldn't fine the needle for the pump.

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After a few laps. Eli decided he wanted to run, helmet and all. he ran just about all the way around, with just a little walking break about half way.

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Here is Ethan cheering him on as he finishes his lap.

E&E just loved getting out in the sunshine and really want to do this each week. Which of course we'll oblige, mixing up the activities a little as we go along.

Take  Care
Becci xx

Monday, 27 July 2015

A Family Picnic .....

This last weekend we decided to get the kids out of the house and go for a drive.
We bought some BBQ picnic supplies and headed into the Adelaide hills.

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We found this lovely spot at Bridgewater.

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There is a lovely little playground, nice, although very slow, BBQ's, tables and a little creek running through. Public toilets are right there too and there is a Coles across the road if you need supplies.

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Once we started the BBQ we were joined by about 20 hikers who were stopping for a packed lunch and then heading to Mylor along the Heysen Trail.

We discussed a little bit about the Heysen Trail with the boys. But did realise that I need to research more about this and plan a unit on it in the future.

We could see the weather coming in, so packed up quickly and only just got in the car before it poured down.

We headed for Lenswood, to our favourite apple supplier. They have apples for sale via an honesty box in a fridge at the side of their packing sheds.
We talked about the difference in the trees now, compared to when we went back in March when they were picking, how they are pruned etc.

We noticed lots of blossom on the almond and cherry trees and discussed what blossom is, how fruit grows from them, and that we believe the Almond Blossom Festival might be next weekend as it's usually around the time of Ethans birthday.

Afterwards we decided to head up to where the Samspon Flat Bushfire area to see if there was any regrowth. We last visited back in March, about a week or so after the fires were extinguished.

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The boys were surprised to notice how the native gum trees had lots of new growth up the sides of the trunks on the tree and that the pines did not.

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We talked about how Australian native trees have adapted over many, many years to survive bushfires but that pine trees aren't native and do no cope with bushfires at all.

We then wound our way back home after a lovely, fun, educational family outing.

3 Months On....

Three months ago today we started our Homeschool life.

Our new life started not by choice but from necessity. Ethan (6yo) and Eli (5yo) were both having difficulties with their anxiety at school. Unfortunately for them instead of them being quite and withdrawn with their anxiety, they would lash out and cause disruption in class.
This, of course, wasn't tolerated at school and resulted in many suspensions.

The school did try many things, but due to lack of funding and logistics they weren't able to provide what was needed for our boys.

But we could.

We didn't choose to Homeschool lightly. In fact it was a decision a year in the making.

I didn't think I could handle dealing with the boys difficult behaviours 24/7.

In the end dealing with the fall out of school life was becoming impossible. I was in tears I couldn't cope with it any longer and the boys were spending less and less time at school, running the risk of 'falling behind'.
The school was demanding that I give the kids school work at home and isolate them from the family.

There was no way I was going to isolate my already anxious children!

But I could educate them.
If I was going to be educating them nearly everyday then I will do it on my own terms.

So here we are.

The first few weeks were hard. We did spend a month (accumulation of public holidays, suspensions and school holidays) doing no school Many term this deschooling. But gaining the kids trust when it came to educating was tough. They wanted so badly to learn but had come to hate learning.
We got there though and the last few weeks were quite productive.
We have all learnt more about how each other works, our strengths and weaknesses, and how best to work our day to be the most productive.

This blog is mostly a way for me to record outings and experiences that are hard to document other wise. A journal if you will.

Take Care
Becci xx