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      AussieHomeschool Closing Down   11/14/2019

      All good things must come to an end and AussieHomeschool is no different. It is with much sadness yet even more necessity that this must be so.   As of Sunday evening, 17/11/2019 the Discussion Forums will close. The Classifieds, for now although not indeterminate, will continue as is.       Why is this happening now? In all honesty, it probably should have happened many years ago but I created this forum, which originally a homeschool classifieds forum for Aussies, about 20 years or so ago. I, along with others for whom I am gratefully indebted to, have spent many, many hours sweating, laughing, praying, crying, writing, apologising, pleading and speaking about this wonderful place. In this day and age of Social Media, along with our ages and therefore differernt stages of life, it is simply not viable in any way for it to continue. You may think differently and that's okay - you honestly have to have lived through some of the dramas and learning opportunities that we all have to truly appreciate why we have the standards that we do - they were borne out of necessity and not undertaken lightly. Much blood, sweat and tears have been spilt over this place. Even more friendships, learning, debate, love, prayer and great times have been had becuase of AussieHomeschool. No one could ever be more thankful for it than I.

      I understand you may feel frustration or even anger and for that I apologise, I feel you. But now it is YOUR time to go out and spread the word of home education and its benefits. Share YOUR story, tell those you know and don't know about homeschooling and what is has done for your family.   On behalf of John (my long suffering and patient husband), myself and the ENTIRE moderating team over the many years - I THANK YOU and WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOURS.   God Bless, Susan (HomeGrownKids /  AussieHomeschool)


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      Hi Teresa, I always enjoy browsing your book lists I think I have a pile already? Please add:   Ballet Shoes for Anna Page boy A Single Shard   Am happy to finalize the postage unless you are posting another list this week! Thanks, Nell
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      Hello everyone,   listed are some titles this month that will help with paying for certain medication that is not the PBS for a child who has a serious complicated operation... your purchase is a blessing!!!! Thank you for looking God Bless you Teresa   H. W. Hanson's History of Art for Young People hb wdj gc $10....   A Child's Seasonal Treasury compiled and written by Betty Jones hb *NEW* $15...This beautiful collection of poems, songs, finger games, crafts, and recipes presents hundreds of ways to incorporate the seasons in children's play. Capturing the sweetness of an old-fashioned childhood, the sing-alongs, little plays, natural materials, and wholesome foods encourage a lifetime of wonderful memories. This keepsake edition makes a gorgeous gift for families with young children, and will prove invaluable to homeschoolers and classroom teachers.This is such a special book with beautiful readings, art projects, recipes which give the kids a special sense of each season. Includes a satin ribbon marker.    About Appy Arbury  An Interactive Australian Bush Folk story About True Times Past as told by Glenda Couch-Keen hb *NEW* $20...... A mysterious character "Appy Arbury" lives in the forest at Arbury Park Outdoor School, Bridgewater, South Australia. He leaves a trail and recorded message for students to follow. Students discover some treasures of the forest as well as pieces of local history. Throughout the book you are guided to go to.... "Look Up"..... and research the information to complete,  Appy's story."   For all those lucky students and teachers who have experienced the wonders of the Appy Arbury Trail and all those yet to follow." "Limited first edition 1000 copies. This book has now become OOP. Makes a wonderful Natures/ Science/ Local South Australian Unit Study....Can be done by families from other States, as you take a tour of the Arbury Park on your computer!!!.. Ages of the children began at 9-15.....and adults joined in too!     Freya and the Magic Cloak by Nanna Aida Svendsen hb wdj ec $6....Thomas is a young boy who becomes friends with a snow fairy, Freya, who has come into Thomas' life only to be captured by an ogre who plans to use Freya's magic cloak as a way to lure other fairies into his lair. This is a beautiful art work. Ages 8-2   Ballet Shoes for Anna by Noel Streatfeild pb ec $5...Having lost their parents in an earthquake, Anna and her siblings live with their prim uncle and feeble aunt. Anna lives only to dance – but her uncle forbids her to have anything to do with ballet. How will she survive? For Anna, everything takes second place to her burning desire to dance. Even the earthquake that destroyed her Turkish home has not made her think differently, only now she's with a prim suburban household with an uncle who "doesn't approve" of dancing. What can Anna do? Not only is there no one to give her lessons, but there's no money for them either, and, anyway, dancing's forbidden. Will she ever become the ballerina she longs to be? Recommended for older children - boys or girls - and for those of us who remember this author's books with nostalgia from our own childhoods.    The Boxcar Children Special  #2  The Mystery in Washington DC by Gertrude Chandler Warner pb ec $6...The Boxcar Children take a trip to Washington, D.C, and visit the Capitol Building and the Air and Space Museum. But when things start disappearing from their hotel, and they realize they are being followed, the children know there's a mystery. Parents need to know that this series begins with the book titled The Boxcar Children, which introduces the Alden children, age 14 to 6, who are orphaned and running away from their grandfather, whom they've never met but believe to be cruel. The book ends happily when the children are reunited with their grandfather, who turns out to be a kind, wealthy gentleman. Each subsequent novel in the series revolves around a different mystery the four Alden children solve. These books are written for beginning readers with basic sentence structures and vocabulary. Plots are simple but engaging. Solid values shine through each novel: hard work, respect, and having fun. Ages 7-14   Prelude by C. H. Abrahall hb wdj ec $6...An imaginative account of the early life of the Australian pianist, Eileen Joyce (1908 - 1991). 
      After meeting at a charity concert around 1945, Abrahall persuaded the concert pianist Eileen Joyce to let her tell her story, in which she incorporated imaginative sections about Joyce's early life. They became friends and in the 1950s Abrahall accompanied Joyce on concert tours, overseas and in the UK. The biography, Prelude, was her most successful book. Originally aimed at children, it was also read by adults.   Salamandastron by Brian Jacques pb gc $6....The inhabitants of Redwall relax in the haze of summer-but as they do, the neighboring stronghold of Salamandastron lies besieged by the evil weasel army of Ferhago the Assassin. Worse still, Mara, beloved daughter of Urthstripe, Badger Lord of the Fire Mountain, is in terrible danger. Then a lightning bolt uncovers the sword of Martin the Warrior, and young Samkin embarks on an adventure that leads him to Mara. Can the good creatures triumph over the villainous Assassin? An excellent story full of heroes, villains, adventure, badgers, Long Patrol hares and that lovely idyll of Redwall Abbey. Brian Jacques writing is perfect. As always in a Redwall book there is a fantastic amount of food description which makes you hungry while reading! Ages 10-14   Young Viking by Jack Coggins pb gc $4....The Viking or Norsemen were an adventurous sea roving people who began to raid the coasts of Europe and the British Isles around the year 790.  This story which takes place in 944, is about a Viking boy, Erik. He is the nephew of Jarl - or Chief - of the Vikings. Erik sets out on a mission which first takes him and his followers to the shores of Denmark, France, and England. Then they sail on past Spain, Sardinia, Sicily, and Greece. Finally, Erik and his en reach the rich and beautiful city of Constantinople, or Mikligarde. Erik completes his mission, but not before he has had many perilous adventures which test and rove his Viking courage....Illustrated, includes a map of his travels and is great for children from 8-12.   Page Boy of Camelot by Eugenia Stone pb gc $5....A moving tale of boyhood...It's a wonderful story of a young boy in medieval times at King Arthur's court. or is a village boy whose father, Wain the cowherd, was granted a boon by King Arthur and, knowing that his son wants to be a servant at Camelot more than anything else, asks Arthur to let Tor work at the castle. Unfortunately, Tor, while he tries hard, has a good heart, and performs some very important services along the way, is a somewhat bumbling, inept sort of boy who makes a lot of mistakes and occasionally gets into trouble, and is therefore sent home. However, he encounters Sir Launcelot lying unconscious in the woods. Can Tor save Launcelot, and will he ever be allowed to return to Camelot? There is much to commend about this book. It extols bravery, hard work, obedience, friendship, loyalty, family love, and learning from one's mistakes. Ages 8+++   A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park pb ec $7...Linda Park moulds a moving tribute to perseverance and creativity in this finely etched novel set in mid- to late 12th-century Korea. In Ch'ul'po, a potter's village, Crane-man (so called because of one shriveled leg) raises 10-year-old orphan Tree Ear (named for a mushroom that grows "without benefit of "parent-seed"). Though the pair reside under a bridge, surviving on cast-off rubbish and fallen grains of rice, they believe "stealing and begging... made a man no better than a dog." From afar, Tree Ear admires the work of the potters until he accidentally destroys a piece by Min, the most talented of the town's craftsmen, and pays his debt in servitude for nine days. Park convincingly conveys how a community of artists works (chopping wood for a communal kiln, cutting clay to be thrown, etc.) and effectively builds the relationships between characters through their actions. She charts Tree Ear's transformation from apprentice to artist and portrays his selflessness during a pilgrimage to Songdo to show Min's work to the royal court—he faithfully continues even after robbers shatter the work and he has only a single shard to show. Readers will not soon forget these characters or their sacrifices.Set in 12th Century Korea, A Single Shard spins the tale of Tree-ear. His life, his emotions, his dream. Park's Newbery Award winning book tells the story of Tree-ear's desire to sit before a potter's wheel and one day hope to create a vase so beautiful and detailed that it is worthy of suceeding his master's unreachable level of skill. And so the story begins with Tree-ear bringing home a small sack of rice - a feast he hasn't had the honour in having in months. Ages 10-14   The Lost Umbrella of Kim Chu by Eleanor Estes hb wdj ec $8....Eleanor Estes is one of our favourite authors to read aloud!  Nine-year-old Kim Chu lived in New York City's Chinatown, near the rumbling elevated trains and—best of all—near the Chatham Square Library. Each year her father made a beautiful dragon for the New Year's Day Parade and this year his dragon had won the prize—an elegant black umbrella with a little secret compartment in the handle. One rainy day, Kim Chu borrowed the umbrella without permission to protect the library books she was returning, and while she chose new books it was stolen from the umbrella stand! It must be found. Though she had never traveled alone before, Kim Chu's search led her on an adventurous journey—onto an El train that raced and rattled to South Ferry and then onto a ferry boat to Staten Island. With her best friend, Mae Lee, using their special code, they kept watch on a mysterious stranger and a laughing lady and in the end they solved the mystery of the lost umbrella in a wholly satisfying way. Winner of the Newbery Award for Ginger Pye, author of the much-loved Moffat books and, of course, The Coat-Hanger Christmas Tree, Eleanor Estes has drawn from her remembrances of the children who came to the Chatham Square Library in Chinatown, where she once worked, to create this humorous and childlike story, one that warmly evokes the specialness of New York's Chinatown and that is perfectly matched by Jacqueline Ayer's charming pen-and-ink drawings. Ages 8+   Motel of The Mysteries by David Macaulay pb ec $10....Briefly, this book is a spoof on archeology, with specific reference to Howard Carter's discover of the tomb of King Tut. In the distant future (41st century), a cheap hotel room is discovered, still intact, and the archaeologists, full of wonder, examine the "treasures"....This is a fun quick read. Interesting concept of how future archaeologists will interpret our modern life. It makes me wonder if theories about lost civilizations we've discovered are on the mark, or if we're totally misinterpreting them? Great for middle school to high school..Motel of the Mysteries is not only an interesting speculation about how future generations will interpret the potential remains of current culture, but is a sometimes amusing look back at the technology and furnishings of the 1980s.   Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writers Life by Elizabeth McLeod pb *new* $8...Lucy Maud Montgomery believed that one day she would be taken seriously as a writer. Despite the many obstacles she faced throughout her life, Montgomery not only earned a good living as a writer, but also became famous for it. Anne of Green Gables is one of the most popular books ever written and has been translated into over 20 languages, garnering Montgomery worldwide recognition and appeal. Weaving the real events of her life into the fabric of her fiction using photographs, excerpts from newspapers and actual journal pages, this biography explores Montgomery's struggle and determination to realize her dreams. This book in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series includes a concise timeline and a listing of pertinent Web sites. A beautiful portrayal of one woman's fascinating journey from being a lonely child to becoming one of history's finest authors and celebrities! Here is a life that should be celebrated and appreciated by all! A Must Read!   Swan Upping by Juliette Palmer hb wdj ec $8... All round the year the Thames swans cruise its waters, winding through a landscape rich in history. In spring they select their nesting sites and hatch their broods, and in July the Swan Uppers come on the Swan Voyage that runs from Blackfriars Bridge to Henley. What is Upping? It is the main annual event  in the once-important craft of Swan keeping, when cygnets are counted and pinioned and their ownership established....Here is a celebration and record of a working tradition many centuries old which is still in splendid use today. All ages.   For Those who are looking for a gentle and great way to prepare for Christmas here are a few wonderful, spiritual and helpful titles!   The Little Way of Advent Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux by Fr. Gary Caster pb NEW $12....Following the Advent and Christmas season daily Scripture readings, Fr. Caster provides an inspirational reflection for each day and a quote from St. Thérèse that helps to shed light on the reflection. Because the book is not dated, it can be used in any year. The author provides a reflection for each Sunday in the A, B, and C cycle, one for every weekday in Advent and, as an additional feature, one for every day in the Christmas season. The Little Way of Advent focuses on St. Thérèse’s Little Way, as well as her deep insights into the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Fr. Caster shows the connection between the innocent child and the crucified Saviour  thus providing for a rich Advent experience.This is a wonderful book of meditations. The prayers of thoughts are simple but genuine. A very prayerful addition to your advent traditions. Highly recommend.   Advent & Christmas with The Saints compiled by Anthony F. Chiffolo pb NEW $10....Advent and Christmas with the Saints offers spiritual sustenance from those holy men and women whom we honor because of their close spiritual relationship with God. Readers walk day-by-day with the saints, recalling the Scriptures they read, meditating on the thoughts they had, praying as they might have prayed, and talking openly with God. Christians looking for a way to re-spiritualize their Christmas.   33 Days to Merciful Love A Do-it-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC pb NEW $15.....Over the course of 33 days, the reader is guided through four phases or developments. First, there is the indispensability of faith and trust in God, the bedrock of everything else. During the second week, readers learn what the ‘Little Way’ really is, as opposed to some of the popular misconceptions inappropriately attributed to St. Thérèse. Week Three is an explanation and exploration of the saint’s Offering of Merciful Love. it offered the most concrete suggestions for fine-tuning your relationship with the Lord. The fourth week looks into the darkness St. Thérèse faced at the end of her life. This will help you come to understand of so many people, facing darkness, poverty, old age, illness, suffering, and loneliness. The meditations and explanations of St. Therese spirituality are excellent. This is a beautiful devotion to help you grow closer to the Merciful Love of Our Crucified Savior. It can be done any time of year.....    Diary of Country Mother A Year Remembering Tim by Cynthia A. Montanaro pb ec $10......A mother's worst fear: the death of her child. Cindy Montanaro lived that nightmare when her adopted son Tim died in 2005. Some months later she started a year-long journey of prayer, meditation and writing. "I envisioned an extended period of time in which to record, before memory failed me, all of the little humorous and profound incidents that made up my son Tim's short life."  Meet Tim. An outgoing boy with a big smile and an even bigger heart, a boy with an infectious sense of wonder and enthusiasm. Adopted by Cindy and Andy Montanaro in 1989, he was diagnosed at a young age with physical and mental disabilities. His life brought joy and happiness to his parents and family; but always there was the shadow of his mental illness. With faith, tenderness, and humor, Cindy Montanaro's deft hand brings to life the delight and tragedy of Tim's time on earth. Tim saw Christ's image in everyone he met, not with a conscious vision, but with the instinct of the heart. It is a beautiful account of her personal faith journey, as well as the endearing and heartwarming tales of Tim, who never outgrew his childlike innocence, even as a teenager. While richly Catholic in its language and in her understanding, appreciation and love of redemptive suffering, it is universal in the sense that any person - young or old, parent, grandparent or single - can find some relevancy in its pages.   The Lessons of St. Francis How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life by John Michael Talbot hb wdj as new $15...Combining deep spiritual insight with the offer of a saner, less complicated way of living, this beautifully designed treasury of fundamental wisdom provides gentle guidance on the path to peacefulness and joy in a hectic age. John Michael Talbot helps one read St. Francis and then think through what he means for today. Since JMT is a goldmine of information on the various saints and monastics, he has the background needed to understand Francis in his own situation and then translating that to what it might mean in our situation. This is not a book you read right through, but a book you read slowly and then think about. Yet it is also an easy read in terms of language, although challenging in terms of ideas. Excellent review of a most unique saint! As a follower of Francis' teachings, Talbot puts the peace and joy of St. Francis in our hands with easy to follow life changes that will make a profound difference in your perspective on life. Great for Teens!!!  
    • Shell
      Hi Nell
      Yes - I will send you a PM now. Thank you Shelley
    • nells
      Hi Shell, May i please buy Archimedes and the door of science? Postage 2540 thanks Nell
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      Hi Tanglewood
      I will send you a PM
      Thank you
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