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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 Everyone,

enjoy the Bargains!!

God Bless 



TAKE THESE BOOKS FOR $1 each or OR 5 titles for $3…….


The Dangerous Desert by Frank Madigan hv wdh ec …Juvenile adventure fiction, set in remote North West Australia, finds Ross Martin, a young Englishman in transit to live with unknown relatives. The plane carrying his uncle, cousin Harry and himself crashes in the middle of the desert. Thus begins a battle for survival: a badly injured uncle, over a hundred miles from help, unusually hostile Aboriginals, armed men, not to mention.However, help is at hand in the form of Wandoo, a young Aboriginal boy, and Ross and Harry plunge headlong into adventure. Ages 9-12


The Animation Book by Peter Viska spiral bound ec …What is animation? What equipment will I need? How do I design animation characters? What different sorts of animation are there? These are just some of the questions answered by Peter Viska, well-known cartoonist and animator, in The Animation Book. Animation techniques, using film, paper, collage, puppets, models (and more) are explained in simple, precise language, and illustrated in easy-to-follow steps. Important animation terms are explained, and many tips on design and layout are included.The book covers just about every kind of animation and tells how you can do it yourself. It tells how to do flip book animation, cell animation, clay animation, computer animation, and lots more. The book devotes a few pages to each type of animation, but it always hits the important points and tells you what you need to know to do it yourself.

The only kind of animation that this book doesn't cover is 3-D computer animation. The book is full of lots of great illustrations and is very interesting to read. If you want to create your own animations you'll really get excited when you read this book. Ages 7-12


Cicadas by Densey Clyne pb ec….the Young Nature series is designed to foster young children’s  enthusiasm for the natural world around them. This book on Cicadas uses clear text and outstanding photography to introduce the Cicada. Once curiosity is satisfied, fresh questions arise, and your child is introduced to some very broad principles underlying their environment. Ages 8 -12


Australia’s Amazing Birds & Animals by David Harris hb gc….this book is an introduction to Australia’s largely unique birds and animals. Great if you are studying Australia, or nature study, or if your child likes animals and birds this a lovely book to read from, includes large colourful illustrations of each bird and animal. Ages7-10



Spiders and Scorpions by J.L. Cloudsley-Thompson hb wdj gc OOP…this series introduces the breeding habits of different animals etc….and the way their young develop. Spiders and Scorpions belong to the class of animals called”arachnids”; their behaviour is instinctive, and the first web the baby spidering spins will look very much like the last one it makes before it dies of old age.  Information is clear and readable, illustrations throughout are in full colour except diagram of body and skeleton. Ages 9-13 


Boots and His Brothers A Norwegian Tale retold by Eric A. Kimmel hb wdj PICTURE BOOK ec…A faithful retelling of a traditional Norwegian tale.

When the king offers half of his realm to anyone who can cut down a huge oak tree and make a well near his castle, Boots and his two brothers set out to win their fortunes.Boots treats an old woman they meet with kindness--his siblings, of course, behaving roughly toward her- and she gives him advice, which he follows to obtain three magic tools to accomplish three impossible tasks. His brothers inevitably fail at the tasks and have dogs set on them; Boots predictably succeeds. But what happens next? Ages 4-8


The First Travel Guide to the Bottom of the Sea by Rhoda Blumberg hb wdj gc OOP…The better to explore the ocean bottom's ""Inner Space,"" Blumberg has ""dreamed up the Super Submarine Sea Dragon,"" a fusion-powered, sonar-equipped ""fantasy ship"" on which ""you"" explore the ""Liquid Land of Odd."" The deeper you get into the journey the more you get to observe such phenomena as the humpback whale's song, the ""built-in lamps"" possessed by deep-sea dwellers of the Puerto Rican trench, the many forms of life that abound on the surface of the Sargasso Sea or in ""cities"" built by coral polyp ""architects,"" and the nodules and thermal vents within the Mid-Oceanic mountain range. But first you have to endure a tour of the ship complete with entertainment centre and a rundown of the crew, which includes Chief Engineer Sally Forth, Staff Captain Luke Spywater, and Chef Saki Yaki--and you never know when you'll have to stop for a similarly fanciful lunch. And, as exemplified in Blumberg's cute presentation of the fish ""patients"" who line up to be treated at an underwater cleaning center, the sights are viewed as passing curiosities, with much unexplained……Go on an imaginary voyage of the submarine Sea Dragon to the ocean bottom, where many strange sea creatures are observed in their natural environment. Ages 


 Seashores by S.M. Marshall and A.P. Orr hb gc OOP…this book takes you on the seashore to investigate all the life in and around..you will learn about; the sea and the land; the tides; how to know seaweed; animal families of the seashore; rocky shores; sandy shores; mud shores; pebble beaches; the edge of the sea; visitors to the shore; some seashore flowers…plus a child’s bibliography and illustrations in both b & w and colour! Ages 7-10


A Finding Out Book The Senses: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, Touching by John M. Scott hb ec OOP….Explains the physiology and importance of each of the five senses.. Packed with great information written in a lively and conversational style, this is a good resource for children ages 8-12, learning about their Senses. Includes diagrams, illustrations in B7W and two-colour.


Kingfisher Fold Out Find Out The Giant Panda by Philip Steele hb ec…Flaps lift to reveal background information to the story of an individual panda…this book tells the story of a shy, solitary creature and its home in the misty mountains of Southwest China. Find out how pandas live, what they eat and how they raise their young. The addition of flaps and the info included behind them will keep your child enthused and interested for hoursAges 4-8…


Where Are You Going Emma? By Jeanne Titherington hb gc….Emma climbs over the stone wall in the meadow, on the first stage of a journey of discovery and adventure. "This quiet celebration of the beauty of nature and the appreciation of solitude combines with the reassuring presence of a loved one, resulting in a satisfying experience to share with young children.This is a sweet story about a little girl who goes exploring while her grandfather picks apples in an orchard. The detail of the illustrations is phenomenal. Ms. Titherington is able to really capture the body postures of small children from the way they squat to how their fingers look. Her landscapes make the reader think that they could step into to the picture and go for a walk. Can't recommend this book or Ms. Titherington's other books enough. Ages 2-5


TAKE THESE BOOKS FOR $2 each OR 5 Titles for $7….


The Skywatcher’s  Handbook Night and Day. What to look for in the Heavens above by Colin A. Ronan hb (vinyl cover) ec…This illustrated reference book provides all one needs to interpret the skies of the Northern Hemisphere by day and by night. 24 full-colour and 176 two-colour photographs. Allages.


Elephants and Mammoths by Gwynne Vevers hb wdj gc  OOP…This is from the Bodley Head Natural Science Picture Books series. It contains information about the lives of elephants and details the differences between African and Indian elephants. Fully illustrated. Ages 9-12 (it does mention millions of years in the first paragraph only!…Otherwise quite informative in an interesting way!


The Lobster and His Relations by F.M. & L.T. Duncan hb OOP …. This book is part of The Wonders In Nature Series….it ells the life story of the lobster and its species through the delightful tale of old Ben the fisherman….it is a living book, a story telling us about crustaceans….a vintage book but quite charming, both b & w and colour photos are included. It would be a good read aloud to all ages but specifically for children of 9-12..


Mister P and his Remarkable Flight by David Martin hb wdj ec OOP…Vincent is sent away from his parents' drought-stricken farm to stay in town. While there, he befriends a slightly battered pigeon which he calls Mister P. When Vincent enters him in an outback race, Mister P proves to be very special. Ages 10-13


There’s Adventure in Marine Science by Julian May hb wdj gc OOP …to find adventure in marine science, we are taken to the Caribbean with Randy Morrow, our young American boy with his brother and father, as we see him become a ‘frogman’ and skin diver. We learn of the plains and mountains under the sea, of the currents and tides, and of creatures who live in the depths. In the comfort of your own home you will journey with Randy and his family and find out all about Marine Science! Ages 10-14…


Allan Quatermain by Rider Haggard pb *as new*…Quatermain has lost his only son and longs to get back into the wilderness. Having persuaded Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good, and the Zulu chief Umbopa to accompany him, they set out from the coast of east Africa, this time in search of a white race reputed to live north of Mount Kenya. They survive fierce encounters with Masai warriors, undergo a terrifying subterranean journey, and discover a lost civilisation before being caught up in a passionate love-triangle that engulfs the country in a ferocious civil war. This novel is based on author's own experience in the African continent.

If you like Victorian adventure stories, of course you're going to like this.

The stories are thrilling, action-packed, and sometimes humorous, the main characters are unique and greatly well thought of, and the writing style leaves the reader in a sense that he is not just reading the story but experiencing it. I definitely recommend this collection to any admirer of a good read or the classics. Ages 12+


The Owl’s House by Crosby Garstin pb gc …The Owls House stood in a valley in West Cornwall. It belonged to a prosperous farmer, John Penhale, who lived there with his gipsy wife and his two sons - Ortho, who is wild, unreliable, and attractive, and Eli, who is quiet, good, and stolid. All the excitement happens to Ortho. He runs away from school to join the gipsies, he becomes a smuggler, is captured by pirates, sold as a slave in Morocco, and rises to be a famous soldier in the army of the Sultan. But hair-raising and outrageous as many of his adventures are, Crosbie Garstin has made them seem believable. Crosbie Garstin was a Cornishman who lived a remarkable life. He was born in Newlyn – my father’s home town – the son of an artist, late in the reign of Queen Victoria, he travelled the world, he fought in the Great War, and then he returned to Cornwall and published poetry and prose, before dying in a boating accident when he was just forty-three years old. His fiction is deeply rooted in his own experiences, and this book – the first of a trilogy – draws on both his adventures and his love of his Cornish home.

Ages 12+++


Roddy and Scuttle by Eleanor E. Helme and Nance Paul hb OOP gc…this is a beautiful story of boy and his pet dog, all the adventures and delightful and will be enjoyed by young children read aloud from 6-10 or can be read independently for confident readers of 8-10….https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roddy-Scuttle-Eleanor-Helme-Nance/dp/B000L9N29Q


The Banshee Train by Odds Bodkin hb wdj *as new*…Odds Bodkin's story, based on folklore that Irish railroad workers brought to America, and Ted Rose's shimmering watercolours evoke the suspense and mystery of this otherworldly chase through the high Rocky Mountains. On a foggy night, spring floods swell the Colorado River. John Mercer, engineer of Train Number 1, and Mr. O'Reilly, his fireman, worry about crossing Gore Canyon where, twenty years before, the trestle washed out and an unlucky engineer drove his train over the edge. Is Gore Canyon Trestle still there? And can they-should they-try to outrun the Banshee? 

The book includes facts in it about Irish immigrants and steam engines and bridges that collapsed and about the Irish Fairy Woman, The Banshee.  Ages 7+

Activities:   https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/banshee-train-the-by-odds-bodkin/


Plains Warriors Chief Quanah Parker and the Comanches by Albert Marrin hb wdj *NEW* …A biography of the legendary Comanche leader profiles the son of a white woman, who fiercely defended tribal lands against those who tried to seize them and who, after being moved with his people to a reservation, fought for the recognition and decent treatment of his tribe.

Cynthia Ann Parker, a nine-year-old frontier girl, was kidnapped by the Comanche. She eventually married a war chief and bore three children--the first born was Quanah Parker. Parker and his Comanche band defended their land against settlers, Texas Rangers, cowboys, soldiers, buffalo hunters and the U.S. government. In telling the dramatic story of Quanah Parker's life, Albert Marrin brings the Comanche people into clear focus for young readers. Ages 10++



TAKE THESE BOOKS FOR $4 each OR 4 Titles $10….


Pets in A Jar Collecting and Caring for Small Wild Animals by Seymour Simon pb ec OOP…..Imagine having a pet that will never learn to recognise you, that will in fact ignore you, yet that is fascinating in a thousand different ways. With very little expense and a lot of imagination, you can find, catch, and keep in a glass jar many small animals such as water bugs, hydras, toads, star-fish, and crickets. See for yourself how these creatures live in the environment you create for them. Pets in a Jar will give you your own window to nature.

It covers 15 different kinds of little, common wild animals that children are likely to find, and how to care for them. None of the equipment is expensive or difficult to find (all the instructions are based off of a pickle jar). Issues like responsibility to the animal and the importance of leaving endangered creatures in the wild are covered. The book is written in a tone that respects the child as a scientist. The information is clear and reliable and sets the young scientist up for success. Ages 8-10


Tiny Town or, In Natures Wonderland by Margaret Cameron hb vintage cover OOP… this is a lovely book written for children of 6-8 years old…the vibrant and delightful nature stories, introducing birds, insects, spiders, butterfly’s and many more in a life story within a charming story….Nature study for little ones has just become exciting!  Here is a look at this book you can even look at some of its pages:



Riverman by Allan Baillie hb wdj *as new* OOP ….In the Tasmanian mining disaster of 1912, Tim finds himself on a dangerous adventure. He sets off with his uncle and a team of river men down the Franklin River and when everything seems lost it is Tim who has to get them out of trouble. By the author of "Eagle Island" and "Hero".

Tim has always been known as 'Shrimp' - and in the tough town of Zeehan a small kid is no use to anyone. But a mine disaster and a perilous journey up the wild Franklin River changes that.This easy to read novel is set against the backdrop of Tasmania's largely wild west coast in 1912. 

Small of stature and 12 years of age, Tim Walker finds his childhood ripped away from him by the Queenstown mining disaster. If you're any sort of train aficionado, you'll love the descriptions of the trains and their wild race to get help to trapped miners. In the absence of roads, trains were the sole means of transport linking the remote settlements in which men and women battled daily to wrest a subsistence from a resource rich, but largely inhospitable environment. But the true hero of the story is the wilderness itself which for Tim is an adversary that symbolises his grief. That he finally overcomes that grief and comes to love the wilderness. Ages 11-14


Una and the Sea-Cloak by Malachy Doyle hb wdj *as new*…A beautiful Irish folktale of a strange girl who comes from the sea. Her sea-cloak, which allows her to fly, walk, and swim, is damaged. Martin and his mother help her to fix the cloak and then go visit her family under the sea.

Beautiful illustrations by Alison Jay— her style is just wonderful…my older sister loved anything illustrated by Alison Jay!! Ages 6++


Sky Boy by Geoffrey Lehmann hb *as new*…People say that Teresa is stubborn and maybe even mad. Rowing her boat through the storm with a baby and a cow, she can only be saved by a miracle. But where do miracles come from?

A wonderful story about a sister's courage and love. Ages 5-10……https://www.qbd.com.au/sky-boy/geoffrey-lehmann-caroline-magerl/9780733616068/


The Seven Ravens A Classic Tale by the Brothers Grimm adapted by Laura Geringer  hb wdj ec …The Brothers Grimm collected and published a lot of stories. Some of them became iconic and almost every educated adult knows these stories from childhood. The "Seven Ravens" is not one of the iconic stories. The story is a little weird and lessons are not clear. But what makes this version so worthwhile are the mid-century modern illustrations by the Swiss artist, Felix Hoffmann, a talented artist and the Grimm Brothers stories he published in the 1960's are highly collectable. Ages 5-12


Bats Butterflies and Bugs A Book of Action Toys by S. Adams Sullivan hb wdj ec…Black-and-white line drawings clearly illustrate well-organised instructions for toys, mobiles, costumes, and other crafts. Each can be made with easily found or inexpensive materials, but the complexity varies for each idea presented.  Some for younger children while other projects are for older..An attempt has been made to include information about things that crawl and fly with instructions for children to then make their own creatures. Rainy-day or hot days - activities are always useful.  Ages Ages 5-10


The Day of the Diprotodon by Olaf Ruhen hb wdj gc….A charming story about the last age of the dinosaurs, with an Australian focus. Beautiful illustrations depicting the landscape and ancient animals of Lake Callabonna, 

'place of many waters', in South Australia, first in 1893 and later in 1953. 


The Llama’s Secret A Peruvian Legend adapted by Argentina Palacios pb gc …The Llama's Secret: A Peruvian Legend (1993), written and adapted by Argentina Palacios and illustrated by Charles Reasoner, tells a story similar to that of Noah and the Ark. This time, though, the llama is the one who warns everyone of the coming flood. Instead of building an ark, the Peruvian family and animals climb to the highest mountain, Huillcacoto, to escape the flood waters. Great additional story of how the fox's tale got it's black tip, too. 

Great book to introduce/accompany lesson on Peru. Ages 7-10

Activities here: https://teachinglatinamericathroughliterature.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/mira-look-the-llamas-secret-a-peruvian-legend/


Buddy Based on the True Story of Gertrude Lintz by William Joyce hb wdj *as new*….Real-life animal-lover Gertie Lintz and Buddy, the gorilla she adopted in the 1930s, have one cosmopolitan adventure after another. Her chimps played croquet. Her dachshund wore eyeglasses. Her gorilla has his own refrigerator. Welcome to the world of Gertie Lintz, a woman who loved animals--and knew just how to pamper them. But when she adopts Buddy, an orphaned baby gorilla, her life is turned upside down. Based on the fascinating true-life story of a remarkable woman, "Buddy" is the heroic tale of the power of love. Ages 8-12


My First Atlas of Australia Barbara Whiter hb gc…. My First Atlas of Australia is a fun, entertaining and informative reference book for young children - ideal for school projects, independent research and reading at home. Covering Australia, this book is packed with up-to-date information on geography as well as fun facts and figures about population, climate, agriculture, politics and demographics. 


Red Ribbons and Mr Anders by Elizabeth Wilton hb wdj *as new*…A small town in Denmark is the setting for this story: a town famous for the Storks which come each spring to their rooftop nests. This year, however the storks have not returned - and the townsfolk link their non-appearance with the fact that there is an extremely large number of stray cats in the town. The Mayor decides to make a decision, which the children of the village do not agree, they devise an ingenious counter-plot to thwart the Mayor’s plan…..an easy and delightful read. Two-tone colour illustrations, ages 8-12.





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