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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: Public Holidays and Homeschooling

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Public Holidays and Homeschooling AussieHomeschool

There seems to be a lot of public holidays in the first half of the year and as a homeschooling family we need to know what we are going to do with them.

We can ignore them

For many years we did just that.  My husband’s work doesn’t take public holidays into account so they weren’t days we could be together as a family so we just kept on with what needed to happen.  Our family doesn’t study on family birthdays so it kind of evened out a bit.

Learn something about our country

Most of our holidays give us an opportunity to learn something – either of values or history.  On the holidays that I did want to teach into I made sure I set some prep time a month or so ahead – this gave me time to find online resources as well as borrow books from the library and some time to learn before the actual significant day.

Get involved in the community

Many of our holidays are celebrated as a community and there are many events that the family can get involved in.

Take a break and just have fun

We can use a public holiday as a marker in our calendar to simply have an extra family fun day.

Work on a family project weekend

Having a long weekend is a good opportunity to get a slightly larger family project happening.  You may even get it completed – especially if you start Friday afternoon!

As we start our new homeschool year, it is a good time to glance over our calendars and mark down when those public holidays are happening in your State.  What are you going to do with them this year?  It is easy to let these days simply slip away and miss an opportunity, or we can be intentional and forward thinking and make the most of them.



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Mum (of 4 children) who lives in the North of Australia. One of my primary goals for this season of my life is to disciple my children – to help them grow in their love for God, to give them what they need to achieve what they are made for.

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