Friday, February 5, 2016

Why I'm Grateful For Homeschooling - 2016 Not Back To School Blog Hop

Here we are, week two of the All Australian Not Back To School Blog Hop. If you missed the first week go back and have a little look around over there first.

This week we are all writing about 'Why We Are Grateful For Homeschooling'. I think I could probably go on for quite some time with this list but I've tried to keep it fairly succinct.

Freedom In Homeschooling

Homeschooling provides a level of freedom that simply does not exist when you have school bells and school terms to work around. Our days, weeks, and months are completely free to do with as we choose. Some of the biggest advantages in this regard is with family holidays. We can choose if we wish to take holidays when they best suit us, the season and the pricing

We also have complete freedom in choosing exactly how education looks like in our home.  This has differed over the years depending on the kids, our family circumstances and any other extra curricular items that may come into play.

Flexibility In Homeschooling 

In some ways flexibility has also been covered under freedom. Although what I will refer to here is the flexibility of our educational path. Because I wholeheartedly trust in this process I can truly allow the kids to work at their own pace. This is not to say that I don't have periods where I freak out, worry, cry and poor my heart out about how much so and so is struggling. Because I have absolutely done all of those things, however when I get over myself and my fears I always come back to trusting the process and trusting the child. And I have to say that this has never failed me, yet!

Whilst we are a curriculum using family I piece together each year exactly what it is my children will use, based on the areas they either need to work on or have an interest in.

I am beyond grateful that I have that level of flexibility. For our family I could think of nothing more stifling to not only the kids learning styles but to my teaching style, than having to work through a prescribed program with not much scope for adding to it or taking some things away. I understand that this works for some families and that's great for them, but they aren't us and this is where flexibility really comes in to play. Each family truly can choose what is best for them.

Family Time With Homeschooling

Clearly this goes without saying. There are so many demands and pressures on all of us today, I couldn't begin to imagine what it would be like for our family if we were all separated for most of the day. I do know for sure that we would barely know each other and for having the gift of time with my children I am truly grateful. And yes even on those days when a completely quiet home and three kids in school seems like a great idea!

Friendships And Homeschooling

Friendships are important for us all but what I am grateful for is the opportunity for my kids to forge solid deep meaningful friendships with people of their choosing and whilst it doesn't always work out that way but when friendships form between the parents also then it's a double win. Our friendship choices are based on people we genuinely enjoy being around, not who we are told we have to be around.

Field Trips Whilst Homeschooling

Seriously we could fill our entire lives with field trips alone and what an amazing education for all of us it would be. But what I'm most grateful for here is in the timing in which we can choose to schedule our field trips. We can and often do take advantage of low season or off peak times for visiting places. This not only saves us money but it generally provides a more relaxed visit due to less people being out and about in general.

Finances And Homeschooling

At the end of the day home educating your kids at home will cost you what you want it to cost you. For us we choose to travel over paying school fees. We know how truly blessed we are to be able to provide this lifestyle for our children but to travel is absolutely the best way to learn about the world we live in.

First Class Education 

My children have the benefit of an education that is tailored to their needs, wants and desires. They have a 1:3 teacher ratio and they often have the experience of participating in classes and workshops where group work is key. They truly have the best of both worlds.


None of these points will be true for all home educators, this is simply my personal thoughts on some of the reasons Why I'm Grateful For Homeschooling.

Keep reading below to see some of the reasons other Australian Homeschoolers are grateful for their opportunity to homeschool.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Homeschool Resources - 2016 Not Back To School Blog Hop

Can you believe it's that time of year again already. We were away for a good part of the holidays this time again and the beginning of a new school year always takes me by surprise when that happens.

Although I wouldn't swap road tripping, connecting and spending quality time with my family for anything.

But yes here we are the first week of  school for 2016 is upon us and you know what the means for us homeschoolers.

It's Not Back To School Celebrations!

Once again, the parks, playgrounds, museums, theatres and most other community resources are quiet and that's when the homeschoolers come out to play.

It's also time for our annual All Aussie Not Back To School Blog Hop. If you are new this be sure to register up over there on the right to receive email updates so you don't miss any of the posts in this series.

A bunch of your favourite Australian Home Schooling Bloggers will all be posting as part of the Not Back To School (NBTS) celebration.

NBTS runs for four weeks with a different topic each week.

WK 1 - Thurs Jan 28th - Homeschool Resorces
WK 2 - Thurs Feb 4th - Why I Am Grateful For Homeschooling
WK 3 - Thurs Feb 11th - Homeschool Spaces
WK 4 - Thurs Feb 18th - A Day In Our Life

If you have a blog and would like to join in simply write a post on the current theme and link it up below.

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Our Worldwide Classroom

This week we are looking at Homeschool Resources. No matter your homeschool philosophy we all utilise various resources when educating our children at home.I always love seeing what everyone else plans on using during the year ahead.

Curriculum Picks

I've been sharing our curriculum picks slowly over the past few weeks so you can check out those posts below.

Read about the resources our 9th Grader will be using by clicking here.

Read about the resources our 6th grader will be using by clicking here.

Read about the resources our 2nd grader will be using by clicking here.

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Share Your Resource Choices 

Now it's your turn. Link up your resource sharing posts below.

Happy Homeschooling,

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2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Previously I shared the resources we will be utilising for our son's 9th Grade and our daughters 6th Grade home schooling year. Today I wanted to share with you what we have chosen to use as our base curriculum and resources for my 7 year old who is entering his 2nd grade year.

I must point out though that we DO NOT USE STANDARD GRADES in our home school. We simply meet each child where they are at and do the next thing. We are also a better late then early family when it comes to academics so please be aware that not everything on the list below is actually aimed at a 2nd grader according to standard levels, they are simply programs/books that we have chosen to use this year.

So without further ado here they are.

Morning Basket:

Daily Notebooks: Quick practice work to reinforce learning
Family Read Alouds
Art Appreciation
Nature Study

Math U See Alpha > Beta
Math Games (online and board style)
Visual Perceptual Skill Builder

Fitzroy Reading Program
Explode The Code
Sight Word Work from TPT
Plus lots of reading aloud

Fitzroy Reading Program

Spelling You See Level A

COAH Literature Units
Aussie Book Adventures
Schoolhouse Teachers

Writing: Daily Journals

Science: Units via co-op (see below)

History: Renaissance & Reformation from Homeschool In The Woods

Geography: Map Reading & Units via co-op (see below)

Art: Art Teacher and via many of our other units 

Health & PE:

Cooking & Home EC Skills
Body Awareness
Bike riding
Running around with friends
Boogie Boarding
Just generally being active
Horse Riding during the winter months

Technology & Design
Safe Internet use
Robotics with a tutor
Lego Construction

Micro-School Learning

Once or twice a week, four times a year we meet with what I have coined our micro-school because in reality that is what it is. We only plan term by term but so far he will be completing a unit using the book If The World Were A Village, exploring Australian Flora, traveling the globe with some cultural round the world units and spending some time learning about Famous People of the world.

Co-op Learning

Once a week in six week blocks, four times a year we will meet with our co-op group. This is a little more relaxed and we have a larger number of families that participate in this group, plus the families are fluid with not all of them coming along all year. Again we tend to only plan per term and so far we have scheduled Art classes, Robotics and some Engineering workshops.

Extra Curricular Activities

Once again this year he will participate Surfing (during summer), Horse Riding lessons (during winter) and we are looking at the possibility of Karate or Little Athletics but need to take a visit to each before making any decisions. He decided earlier this year that at the moment drama classes weren't for him. I'm not sure if he will want to give them a go next year, but I will leave that up to him. He is trying out drumming with a 6 week block of lessons so will see what he thinks of that and what my ears think of it!!

I believe he will make leaps and bounds this year also, his reading is really starting to come together so looking forward to a great year 2!

Happy Homeschooling,

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