Monday, July 6, 2015

Paint Paint Paint!

Prepping to paint the hall and theatre room.

Yep you read that right, paint paint paint!

These past few weeks this has been my house. We've been painting every single nook and cranny inside our little beauty.

Oh yes she is sparkling like new, but oh my! I have emptied every single built in cupboard in the house. That's one in every room and two extra large ones in the hall. We've moved furniture backwards and forwards and I've pretty much filled our garage with items that I need to decide what to do with.

Basically we have all but moved house these past few weeks and I have a mountain of sorting left to do. For now though I can simply shut the garage door and pretend that it isn't there ;-)

The painters have now moved on to the outside of the house nd we can begin to get on with our regular life as we know it.

That includes some much needed blog updates.

Hope to see you all real soon!

Happy Homeschooling,

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Homeschooling With R.I.C Publications

R.I.C Publications is an Australian owned and operated publisher of workbooks and teacher supplies. They have sent me a small selection of books in order for our family to make some use of and share our thoughts on them with you.

*I received the following books from RIC Publications to review them, all opinions expressed are purely my own and those of my children.*

The first book I'm sharing is one for the Early Primary Years. It is a magazine for teachers in fact, "Class Ideas", this particular edition has a focus on Civics & Citizenship, along with various other topics.

I do really like how they have included a huge list of ideas to cover the topic of Civics & Citizenship across all of the subject areas, there are a great deal of ideas here.

There are several reproducible worksheets with a focus on developing knowledge and understanding  about what it means to be a good citizen. I really like the magazine includes an extensive picture book list to go along with the overall theme.

I was also sent the ANZAC DAY  - Honouring Our Heritage Workbook. What a shame it was just a couple of days too late for us to make much use out of this year. It includes maps, reading passages, cloze activities and hands on activities.

I've had several thoughts about next years ANZAC Day unit already, now that my kids have a good grasping of this time period so I will be sure to share details of how we are using this workbook along with our ANZAC studies next year.

Next up, Democracy - Power To The People. This topic has been on my mind for awhile now and I know that this particular book will definitely get a good workout. Not only does it cover democracy in Australia, but also topics such as The United Nations, Amnesty International and Ghandi. This unit may not be as boring as I had first thought it would be!

Again they have included a massive array of ideas for hands on cross curricular activities, this part of the book is a real treasure as it will absolutely help in making the unit come alive!

We are currently working our way through an Australian History Unit with our small family co-op and have decided that a unit on Democracy will flow on nicely from that. Therefore it may be a little while before I can share a full review of this item with you.

Finally, the Awesome Art and Craft books. I had to hunt my daughter down so I could photograph these. She's been looking through them non stop since they arrived here on our doorstep.

So far I very much like what I see. Full colour photographs with detailed step by step instructions on a huge variety of art and crafts. Stay tuned, as I'm sure I will sharing creations from these very soon!

Did you know that you can view inside every single workbook that RIC Publications has in their catalogue. I absolutely love this about their website, it is such a great feature and one I wish more curriculum suppliers would utilise.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Fast & Simple Game To Improve Your Homeschool Day

Having one of those days?

Let's face it we all do!

You know the type of days I'm talking about.

Nothing is going to plan.

Not one person is co operating.

The school morning is quickly going to the pot.

You're about to pull your hair out, or worse let out a scream!

Or possibly for you, it's locking yourself in the bathroom and having a good cry.

Let me tell you I have been there on more than one occasion and I am quite certain I will be back there again sometime in the future.

However I did stumble on to one so very simple stress reliever and mood enhancer that works for each and every one of us.

And all you need is a simple balloon. Yes that's it a balloon. I now try to always keep a pack on hand.

When you feel as though your morning is beginning to spin out of control, but you don't really have the time or want to send everyone off outside.

Call a time out!

But not one where everyone gets sent off to their bedrooms for being "bad little children".

It's a time out for connecting or rather a time in!

Because there is no such thing as "bad little children". Clearly if the school morning is out of control there is something else going on. By creating a 'time in' environment you may just be able to get to the bottom of their troubles.

Grab a balloon, blow it up and play, "Keep The Balloon In The Air".

Within literally two minutes we are all laughing, smiling, hugging, yahooing and cheering each other on to keep that balloon in the air.

Having reconnected we are all so much brighter and fresher to tackle the mornings work ahead.

It really is that simple.

So add a bag of balloons to your grocery list for the next time you are having one of those mornings.

Do you have a go to, quick and easy 'pick me up' game or activity that you use to get your homeschool mornings back on track?

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