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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 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




TAKE these titles for $2 each

Portraits Dancing Through Fire by Kathryn Lasky hb ec...


The Little Humpbacked Horse by P. Yershov hb (vintage book for children)...A Russian tale of a little horse, with excellent illustrations. Heroic and faithful Vanya, with the aid of his magical horse, defeats the cunning and malicious Tsar to win the be autiful Tsar-Maid as his bride. An interesting bit of Russian pro-worker storytelling! Beautiful color illustrated covers and full page colour illustrations. Ages 9-14


Young Viking by Jack Coggins pb gc....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.



TAKE these titles for $3 each….

Swan Upping by Juliette Palmer hb wdj ec.. 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.



How The Body Works 100 Ways Parents and Kids Share The Miracle of the Human Body by Steve Parker pb ec ....How the Body Works gives you a hands on way to learn about the human body. The principles behind the experiments are explained in clear, easy-to-understand language. With projects and experiments that are easy to follow and exciting to do, this book will give the whole family a fresh and instructive view of the amazing machine that is the human body.


How Science Works 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Secrets of Science by Judith Hann pb ec ...



The Boxcar Children Special  #2  The Mystery in Washington DC by Gertrude Chandler Warner pb ec...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 realise 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


Salamandastron by Brian Jacques pb gc ....The inhabitants of Redwall relax in the haze of summer-but as they do, the neighbouring 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


The Lost Umbrella of Kim Chu by Eleanor Estes hb wdj ec....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+



For those of you who are looking for a recollected way to prepare for Christmas here are a few wonderful, helpful titles!


Advent & Christmas with The Saints compiled by Anthony F. Chiffolo pb NEW $4....Advent and Christmas with the Saints offers spiritual sustenance from those holy men and women whom we honour 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-spiritualise 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 $8.....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 Saviour. It can be done any time of year..... 


Diary of Country Mother A Year Remembering Tim by Cynthia A. Montanaro pb ec $5......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 humour, 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 $5...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!!!



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Hello, please add

1. motel of the mysteries

and 2. prelude

3. liberal education  - if it doesn't affect postage costs greatly! 

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Hello Mrs nells

have sent you a PM

Thank you,

God bless


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