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      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: How To Make the Most of a Book Fair

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Book Fairs? Curriculum Displays… Oooh, just the thought makes me all giddy with excitement. Devising a strategy so that you get maximum benefit from a books fair is It’s important to have a plan, to devise a strategy so that you don’t wander around aimlessly, plucking every good book from the table. After attending many books fairs and curriculum displays, I devised my survival plan.


  • Have pizza delivery slips on kitchen table for easy access. Just because Mama will be too tired to cook doesn’t mean everyone needs to starve that night!
  • Clean and tidy the kitchen table, corner of lounge-room or some other area designated for all the books.
  • Check with friends. Compare your *must-have* books. Devise plan of action so that we do not fight over books on the day.
  • Have a pre-arranged amount of spending money and stick to it.
  • Take an esky and/or thermos for drinks and sandwiches. Tip: the esky can also double as a stool.
  • Backpack containing : Sandwiches. Water bottles. Snacks for kids.Thermos of tea. Lego or other toys for kids. (Maybe pack some panadol)
  • Large bags for books. (Red & White stripey bags) Or a shopping bag on wheels or cart with wheels.
  • Wear layers of clothing- t-shirt, jumper, etc. Hunting for books is hard work and it’s most convenient to take off a few layers and stash them in your bag.Wear comfy shoes.
  • Take your glasses!
  • Assign children to areas. Devise their booklists. One child can scour the cooking and literature aisles while another can scan the Rare, Children’s and Nature areas.
  • Find suitable area for younger kids to settle.
  • Do a brief reconnaissance. Go up and down the aisles and get an overview of the room/building layout. Locate the emergency exits and toilets. Designate an emergency area in case someone gets lost. That will be the meeting place.
  • After collecting and gathering loads of books sit down with a cuppa and go through them all. Weed them out and see if other homeschoolers want to go through discard pile. Ask other homeschoolers if you can peruse their discard pile.
  • Sort books by category/cover/size.
  • Queue in the lines and pay. Know beforehand the payment options. Do they accept credit card/EFTPOS or cash only?
  • Arrive home. Have a cup of tea. Drool over your books. Post the titles online so that those who missed out can scream. or cry.
  • Order pizza for tea.

How about you? How do you survive thrive through a Book Fair? What tips can you share with us?

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