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The Australian National Curriculum in a Home Education Environment

If you are an Aussie and a homeschooler, then you will want to check out what our talented partner, Homeschooling Down Under, is doing for you! Aussie curriculum within the Australian National Curriculum! The Australian Curriculum to be phased in by 2013 is available online and Michelle has spent time reading through the documents in an effort to understand how it can work for Australian home educators. Only four subjects are currently available; English, Math, Science and History—the geography curriculum is only in a draft phase but is still helpful for planning. For those homeschoolers who do plan on following the...

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2012 The National Year of Reading

The National Year of Reading 2012 is about children learning to read and keen readers finding new sources of inspiration. It’s about supporting reading initiatives while respecting the oral tradition of storytelling. It’s about helping people discover and rediscover the magic of books. And most of all, it’s about Australians becoming a nation of readers. Nearly half the population can’t read with any fluency. It’s a shameful and worrying statistic. TNYR has identified three goals which will help turn Australia into a nation of readers and encourage a reading culture in every home:   For all Australians to understand...

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Sonlight: Literature Based Curriculum for K-12

Sonlight is a literature-based homeschool curriculum provider. Families around the world enjoy the literature-rich, internationally-focused curriculum. The goal of Sonlight curriculum is to empower parents to nurture enthusiastic, life-long learners who are motivated and equipped to follow Christ wherever He leads and in whatever He calls them to do. The curriculum has an Evangelical Christian perspective. Sonlight offers complete curriculum in all subjects for Preschool through 12th grade. Their specialty is the Core Programs, which are literature-based packages that weave together History, Geography, Bible and Literature. All your lesson plans are done! Discover Sonlight’s complete homeschool curriculum packages. But...

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Australian Book Traveller: New Social Studies Essential Resource!

AussieHomeschoolers…are you ready? Do you have children aged between 5 and 13 years? Do you love literature? Want to teach Australian Social Studies? Want a resource that also teaches you how to teach in a gentle but thorough way? Then look no further than Down Under Literature’s newest resource, Australian Book Traveller! Inspired by Five In A Row, Michelle has put together an affordable, literature based unit study for Australian Social Studies. You are the travel guide. The books are the transport. The children are the tourists. The journey is ahead! Included is an Australia Traveller’s Map Journal (extra maps are available for only $5) Map Markers The Australian Book Travellers Travel Guide EBook (on CD) The Australian History Notebook ebook (on CD) and An Australian Timeline Notebook Pages Not included but necessary as the main reference resource is Our Sunburnt Country and the Australian Picture Books. However, these books make a fantastic addition to any family library so it is well worth the money. They’re also available from DownUnderLiterature. You can use this resource with one child or with many. Whilst the core travel books are aimed at children aged 5-9 I know of many older children (and adults) who absolutely love good picture books. Teaching opportunities abound when using picture books! there are even Extension Activities for the slightly older children who don’t want to miss out....

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Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month! National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated. Now while initially an American holiday we can use Poetry Month as a way of sharing how we appreciate poetry- Aussie style! Join us in the forums or our blog and share Poetry Month with us.  Further Information National Poetry Month Teacher lesson plans Tips for teachers Ideas to incorporate poetry into your lifestyle Some ideas that homeschoolers can easily begin and continue are: Start a Commonplace BookSince the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books."  Read a book of poetry "Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right." Memorize a poem "Getting a poem or prose passage truly 'by heart' implies getting it by mind and memory and understanding and delight." Revisit a poem "America is a country of...

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Teaching Time Resources

Interactive Online Activities Clock Talk Ambleside Primary Clock Time for Time Games Mr. Myers Interactive Clock Teaching Time Clockwise Virtual Manipulative Digital and Analog Clocks Kid's Numbers Clock Games Journey in Time BBC Clock Game Worksheets, Worksheet Generators and Printables Dositey Time Time for Time Worksheet Generators Instructor Web Telling Time Lessons Superteacher Worksheets Black Dog Time Collection Soft School Time Worksheets A-Z Teacher Stuff Time Teachnology Time Skills Math Fact Cafe Work Sheet Generator Math Worksheet Generator Super Kids Worksheet Creator Time Worksheets Downloads (Games, Talking Clocks, Stop Watches Timers and More!) Click Clock Game (scroll down, on left) Speaking Clock Website Stopwatch Versa Timer Online Stopwatch Class Timer This page has its own set of links to online clocks and other resources. Books and Music About Time for Kids A Second is a Hiccup by Hazel Hutchins The Grouchy Lady Bug by Eric Carle I Can Tell Time at the. . . series by Weekly Reader Press Explorers on Safari by Sally Hewitt and Serena Feneziani Tell Time with the Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle Croc Around the Clock by Dereen taylor Telling Time with Big Mama Cat byDan Harper Telling Time by Jules Older Telling Time with Diego by Laura Bergen Bunny Day by Rick Walton Clocks and More Clocks by Pat Hutchins My Grandmother’s Clock by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Stephen Lambert Tick...

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What is 'Copywork'?

  Copywork is a cornerstone of our English program in our home-based-learning. Many things have come and gone over the years but copywork is a tried and true, effective tool for us. Copywork is not a Charlotte Mason invention. Nor was it invented by Ruth Beechick. It is as old as old.  However, CM elucidated upon the idea, incorporated it into her method, which dovetailed with her philosophy of education and it is now very popular. Ruth Beechick uses the idea of copywork/copywriting/transcription or whatever else you'd like to name it. 'Learning Language Arts through Literature', in which Ruth Beechick helped to form, uses copywork and dictation as a cornerstone of their program. You might find it helpful to know what both Charlotte Mason and Ruth Beechick have to say on the why and wherefore's of copywork. Knowing that, you will be able to *pick the meat and toss the bones*…taking what you need for your child.   Charlotte Mason style Bear in mind that CM developed a philosophy of education and the methods she combined were supposed to be used in conjunction with that philosophy. I'll explain what I mean eh? Miss Mason liked the idea of short lessons. This served the purpose of securing the child's attention totally, but for short periods. This enabled a child to tend to all of his studies without boredom. Similarly, Miss...

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Laid-back Learning for Non-Readers (3)

Most of the learning my children have acquired over the years has come from their own self-initiated, independent reading. But what do you do while you're waiting for that magic moment of independence to arrive? You plot. Set up an environment that invites inquiry and discovery — even if a child can't read the fine print. I think the Montessori model comes closest to what I imagine, but her theory incorporates neatly organized stations for exploration strategically located about the room. It's at the "neatly organized" level that my model falls apart. I'm more of a "randomly scattered" kind of mom. "Yes, that science microscope you just tripped over in the center of the living room could very well have been intentionally placed there for your discovery, but I doubt it." Anyway, do fill up the environment wherever possible with interesting bits and pieces for discovery: National Geographic maps taped to the walls; aquariums, terrariums, cocoons; seedbeds for the spring garden; postcard art prints; lots of music; lots of paints; clay; beads and buttons for counting and sorting; puppets; a makeshift theater from a refrigerator box found in an alley way, etc. All these were part of the daily environment my children explored freely when young. The Purpose of Structured Learning The first goal of structured learning should be to teach a child to read. But the purpose of...

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Bible Learning Resources

The DIY BIble Study – Tools and resources for busy mums, new Christians or Family Bible Study Australian church, Coromandel Baptist has an excellent free curriculum . Do check it out! Home Word has coloring pages and pocket Scriptures for the purpose of getting God’s Word into more homes. This song will help you to memorise the books of the Bible! Wanting to teach the books of the Bible to your children? The folks at Calvary Chapel have put together a comprehensive Bible curriculum for elementary-age students, complete with coloring, puzzles, Bible memory and an outline for teaching. This curriculum is used in many other packages. Need Christian clip-art for your history timelines? Check here ! Catechism for Young Children — an introduction to the Westminster Shorter Catechism Families for Bible Memory — free resources for teaching Bible verses to your family or anyone aged from 3 through to 103 Scripture Memory Connection Keys for Kids online — a daily devotional for kids that you can listen to at your computer (or have a free copy mailed to your home as we do) Learning God’s Word — Bible study resources...

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