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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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AH Blog: Friday Freebie: The Coloring Page Creator

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Friday Freebie: The Coloring Page CreatorAussieHomeschool


Create unique and fun colouring books from your own photos instantly.

Coloring Page Creator is a tool that automatically creates colouring pages from your own photos! All you have to do is upload them, wait barely a minute and viola! In just a couple of moments, your picture has been transformed into a high quality black and white representation, ready to be coloured in.

The idea behind coloringpagecreator.com really came into fruition when one of the creators of the site looked at the colouring books his children used. He wanted to find an easy way to create personal colouring in books. He searched the Internet but could only find tutorials using photo editing software. Not one to be discouraged, this father set out to create the ColoringPageCreator.com.

The goals of ColoringPageCreator.com are:

  • No dowload of software required
  • Instant
  • Easy to use
  • Affordable
  • Create colouring pages instantly from your own pictures
  • Create colouring books in PDF format
  • Facebook support – Pick photos directly from your Facebook account
  • Share and comment you colouring pages with your friends
  • It’s free!

I made a very quick AHS ebook, using some of my own images. Obviously you could do a lot better with more time, better choice of images, etc but you can get an idea of how it works. Download my little ebook here.

Benefits of Colouring In

Colouring in is cheap, readily available and a very beneficial education tool.

Colouring in develops fine motor skills. Hand/eye coorindation through the use of pens and pencils is essential to hand writing. Colouring In comes before hand writing. In colouring in, we teach the child correct pencil grip and whilst they are playing (colouring in) their small, intricate muscles of the hands, fingers, wrists and the larger muscle groups in the arms are being developed and strengthened. The pincer grip (thumb and first finger) is essential for penmanship and many other skills later in life.

Colouring in can stimulate creative thinking! We can see how a child is feeling at the moment or about certain topics simply by observing their colouring – their use of colours, stroke, etc. Some children talk, others write and others children prefer the expressiveness of art. Colouring in develops and encourages colour awareness and allows people to express themselves with different colours and colour combinations.

Colouring in can be a way of relaxing – getting that ‘down time’. It can be safer for a vulnerable child as many find drawing their own image to be very daunting (I’m putting my hands up here!) but they can still get all the benefits of art without the pressure of creating from scratch.

Colouring in can develop concentration or the Habit of Attention. Learning to give one’s attention to one task and see it through to completion is an important skill that is essential for further learning.

Colouring In can be a fun, cheap, practical tool we use in our homeschool to assist us in fostering a sense of success & accomplishment which is imperative to further education and learning.

Note: I have used two different variations of spelling for the word ‘colouring‘ in this post. When the word applies to the name or url of the site I have used its own variation (American spelling) but in other instances of the word, I have used our own English/Australian spelling.

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