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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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Hello everyone,


Listed are books I am selling for a friend to help with a family NEED.


prices do not include postage,

Enjoy, and thank you for looking! (MORE TO COME)

God Bless




Old Mother Hubbard’s Children Treasury Illustrated by Jessie Watkins hb gc $12… Lovely colour illustrations on each page to accompany the Children's nursery. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein..The illustration resemble those of Kate Greenway here is a site you can see a few pages..Ages 4-10 or any age!…https://www.etsy.com/listing/686301529/vintage-old-mother-hubbards-childrensThis beautiful collection of colour illustrated Nursery Rhymes.


Coppelia The Story of the Ballet Illustrated by Krystyna Turska hb gc $5


You and Me, Murrawee by Kerri Hashmi hb wdj gc $8


Milo and the Tortoise by Ted Lewin hb wdj ec $5…Stranded on one of the beautiful and exotic Galapagos Islands, Nilo waits for his father's boat to return. Finding food and shelter, discovering amazing animals, and bonding with a tortoise make this an adventure the boy will never forget. He encounters a sea lion, a vermillion flycatcher, a hawk, finches, and a giant tortoise when he spends a day and night alone on an island in the Galapagos, in an exotic adventure by a Caldecott Honour winner. The watercolour illustrations are so detailed and beautiful. Ages 7-10


Discovering Badgers by Martin Banks hb gc $5…Explores the world of badgers, describing the different types in Europe, America, and Asia and their habits and habitats. Full colour photos…this is one of our books added here, a book with pleasant memories - I remember using this when we studied Further Up and Further In, a study on the Narnia series! Ages 7++


Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf retold by Johnny Morris hb gc $2…This is an illustrated version of the musical tale, re-told by the broadcaster Johnny Morris. Prokoviev's tale of Peter and his encounter with the Wolf, helps provide children with an exciting story as well as an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. 

There is a clearer sense that the tale takes place in Russia, with a landscape of Silver Birches, the clothes worn by Grandfather and the hunters, and the architecture of Peter’s home all reflecting the national roots of this story. 

this retelling includes pictures of the instruments matching the characters appearing on each page, and the story is accompanied by 4 further pages of background information on the music…Ages 6-9


The Little Engine Goes to Town by Diana Ross pb ec $3….When the Little Red Engine was chosen to be part of the Great Exhibition in London, it was very proud. It saw all the sights and could hardly believe the wonderful buildings and amazing machines at the exhibition. But among the huge shining engines and grand old trains, who do you think was the children's favourite? Ages 5-8


The Sun Seed by Jan Schubert hb *NEW* $15…Early one spring morning, a little seed woke up after her long winter sleep. She yawned and stretched. With a loud CRACK her hard brown jacket fell away. 'Oh!' said the surprised seed. The earth above felt warm."

... this was just the beginning of big changes to come.

The colourful illustrations in this book are made by the author from dyed wool fibres, felted together to create a solid piece of "fabric." She employed a technique known as "dry," or "needle," felting, which requires a small hand tool called a felting needle with barbs along the shaft to catch the fibres as it pierces the surface of the wool and binds them together. Jan describes the experience as "painting with a needle.” Ages 5-9


Shakespeare’s Storybook Folk Tales that Inspired the Bard by Patrick Ryan & James Matthew includes 2 Full-Length CD’s pb *AS NEW* $18…


The Golden Treasury of Poetry Selected with a commentary by Louis Untermeyer illustrated by Joan Walsh Anglund hb f-gc $5……


One Well The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss illustrated by Rosemary Woods pb *as new* $7…


Little Bear’s Valentine by Else Holmelund Minarak hb wdj gc $3…


Polar Star by Sally Grindley Illustrated by John Butler hb wdj ec $6…The remote Arctic world is brought closer to young readers in this dramatic story that follows a mother polar bear and her two cubs from her hibernation and their birth to their long journey together and a hungry male bear they encounter along the way. 

Beautiful illustrations Ages 4-8


Toad Overload A True Tale of Nature Knocked Off Balance In Australia by Patricia Seibert hb gc $5…Explains what happened when giant toads were brought to Australia to help control beetles that ate the sugar cane crop. Includes information on the physical characteristics and habits of this species of toad.


Buffalo Thunder by Patricia Wittmann illustrated by Bert Dodson hb wdj *as new* $7…Young Karl Isaac describes his family's cross-country journey west by covered wagon. A dangerous river crossing, days of intense rain, a brief encounter with Indians demanding food, dry wind, and heat test their endurance. The rigours of the trek are barely relieved by the occasional socialising around the wagon-train campfires in the evening. But for Karl Isaac, the greatest event of the long journey is seeing the thunderous run of a vast herd of buffalo rushing around and past them like a raging river. This picture book would be a terrific way to invite students into the experience of the wild wild west. Ages 7-10


Tales of The Dreamtime collected by K. Langloh Parker illustrated by Walter Cunningham hb gc $3…Ages 7+


Bertie on The Beach by Jane Johnson hb ec $5…Bertie goes with his English Victorian family to the beach, seems to do nothing right, and ends up watching some clowns who kindly take him onto the stage to watch. Wonderful water-colour illustrations. Ages 7-10


Black Cowboy Wild Horses A True Story by Julius Lester illustrated by Pinkney hb wdj *as new* $10….Bob Lemmons is famous for his ability to track wild horses. He rides his horse, Warrior, picks up the trail of mustangs, then runs with them day and night until they accept his presence. Bob and Warrior must then challenge the stallion for leadership of the wild herd. A victorious Bob leads the mustangs across the wide plains and for one last spectacular run before guiding them into the corral. Bob's job is done, but he dreams of galloping with Warrior forever--to where the sky and land meet.This splendid collaboration by an award-winning team captures the beauty and harshness of the frontier, a boundless arena for the struggle between freedom and survival. Based on accounts of Bob Lemmons, a former slave, Black Cowboy, Wild Horses has been rewritten as a picture book by Julius Lester from his story "The Man Who Was a Horse”….Illustrations and writing are just magnificent! A wonderful story of a cowboy and horses. Ages 7-10


How Much? Visiting Markets Around the World by Red Lewin  hb wdj *NEW* $18…. How much for... fried bananas in Bangkok, a mandolin in New Jersey, llama-wool ponchos in Peru, or a camel in Cairo? With Caldecott Honour artist Ted Lewin's richly coloured and detailed landscapes, how much? takes readers deep into the heart of bustling marketplaces all around the world. So come along with us -- you never know what treasures you'll find!

All around the world, people buy and sell goods in markets. Ted Lewin introduces readers to six unique markets in such diverse places as Madras (India) and Lambertville (New Jersey). In Thailand, selling and buying takes place aboard long thin boats, where people buy fruits with such lyrical names as pomelo and rambutan. Some vendors even cook food right on their boats! Other highlights include a market high up in the Peruvian Andes and a camel market outside of Cairo. Lewin's watercolours have soft edges and very bright colours. The detailed pictures convey the bustling excitement of a market full of interesting goods. This beautiful picture may be used to introduce your children to different cultures, spending some time on each country and having a “country cuisine” night each time you visit a new country market!!! Ages 8-12


Pirates by Joshua B. Feder hb *as new* $15….As long as men have sailed the seas, fearsome pirates have terrorised merchants and captured the imaginations of landlubbers everywhere. "Pirates" scrapes off the heavily encrusted legends of such colourful figures such as Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, and Bartholomew Roberts, brigands whose names strike fear into maritime merchants even today. The book focuses on the known facts of these pirates, as well as their everyday lives, the codes of honour they lived under, and many other facts that will surprise even those who study and play on the high seas.

The commonly held vision of pirates is a fearless swashbuckler with an eyepatch, leaping fearlessly around his ship, defeating foes, & burying captured treasure. This book explores the real world as it has existed for the last 5,000 years, from the ancient civilisations of Sumeria through the Roman Empire, the spread of Islam, & the discovery of the New World. Describes the lives of buccaneers, marauders who terrorised the Spanish colonisers of the New World & ushered in the golden age of piracy. Explains what pirates' lives were really like, describing pirate laws, customs, & battle tactics. It also presents some of the most successful, ruthless, & scandal-ridden pirates of all time, such as William Kidd & Blackbeard. Ages 10++


Sky Dogs by Jane Yolen and Barry Moser pb gc $5…The story of an old man who recounts the coming of the horse to the Piegan band of Blackfeet Indians and how as a young boy he came to be known as He-Who-Loves-Horses. "Yolen's dignified, lyrical style turns the episode into an event that resonates with significance . Ages 5-8 activities here:  



In Coal Country by Judith Hendershot and Thomas B. Allen pb ec $5…A child growing up in a coal mining community finds both excitement and hard work, in a life deeply affected by the local industry. 

Coal Country offers such an authentic picture of growing up gritty that you almost expect it to rub off on your hands. Ages 5-9 Activities here;https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/in-coal-country-by-judith-hendershot/


The Bat Boy & His Violin by Gavin Curtis illustrated by E.B. Lewis *NEW* $10…Reginald enjoyed playing the violin and he practiced all the time. While his mother supported him, his dad wanted him to become a baseball player. His dad cut into Reginald’s practice time by making him become bat boy for the Negro team he managed. Reginald takes his violin with him and practice when he can. Reginald is clumsy as a bat boy but is not clumsy with the violin. The team was on a losing streak until Reginald inspired the players by playing his violin. The Bat Boy & His Violin is a delightful read.  Gavin Curtis's beautifully told story of family ties and team spirit and E. B. Lewis's lush watercolour paintings capture a very special period in history. Ages 5-10 activities here; 



Seven Magic Orders adapted by Shan Mui illustrated by Y. T. Mui hb wdj gc $3…An ancient moral Chinese story in the tradition of the King Arthur tales.

Magic Orders is a must have adventure book to read again and again.Ages 7-12


Behold…..the Dragons! By Gail Gibbons hb wdj  ec $4…


The Incredible Outback Adventure of Burke & Wills by Frank Clune hb ec $12…part of The Young Australia Series, this book traces the incredible yet tragic journey through the outback of Burke an Wills. Colour illustrations. Ages 8-14


Big Books -How Things Work by Chris Oxlade hb ec $7…HOW DO YOU BUILD A SKYSCRAPER? WHY DO SATELLITES ORBIT THE EARTH? WHAT MAKES A PLANE FLY? From jet engines and space rockets to cell phones and robots, discover how the world’s greatest inventions really work. Find out how dams, bridges, and skyscrapers are built and uncover how submersibles, drones, and simulators have pushed the limits of our technology.This book has tons of interesting looking projects and activities. Supply lists and clear directions are included. Ages 7-12


Big Books -How Things Are Made by Peter Lafferty hb ec $7…Follows the manufacturing process of a variety of products, including houses, roads, chocolate bars, fizzy drinks, cloth, plastic and toothpaste.This book has tons of interesting looking projects and activities. Supply lists and clear directions are included. Ages 8-14


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