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YuuMii Art Classes!

YuuMii WorkShop : Term 1

Finally, I have been providing art lessons for the local Home Ed Families, in particular, the Nurture Learning Gang! We are almost at the end of the first term, and we have covered 2-3 projects. 

The goals that I have had have been to loosely follow the AUS National Syllabus, make it our own and get as messy as possible. 

The lessons consist of two groups: Stage 1 (Fish and Sea Creatures) and Stage 2 (Insects and Dragons) children. These children were aged 6-12, this can be a challenge! Keeping the interest of the youngest and the oldest children is the hardest part. To do this, I keep to the general lesson plan and then tailor the lesson to suit the children that need encouragement.

Here are some of the images from the Term 1:

Creating our own Monsters, from Inspecting Insects, and Dissecting Dragons (St2) and Sea-Real Sea Creature parts (St1).

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Fish Press Gyotaku (St1)

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Ocean Life Print Making (St1)

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Dragon Story and Setting the Scene Sketches and Paintings

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Finally, lessons on Watercolours. This I taught to both Stage groups, which went better than expected! 

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I will post the final works from the term in my next post. These children were amazing! I had such fun working with them, showing them some new techniques.

YuuMii : First Term 2014

As strange as it may seem - we are heading into the second year of our Home Education adventure. It’s been so enlightening, and I dare say - it seems to be getting… easier…?! 

We are doing something slightly radical, in that we are sending our youngest off to Public School. This is for many reasons, most of all, family happiness. He needs some of his own friends in the area, I need to make some new ones, too. He is so active and enthusiastic to learn and make these new friends that we really didn’t have much of a say in it. 

Did the older two children want it? NO WAY. They LOVE being at home. They love to drop him at the school, watch the other children head into class, as they head to the beach with books in their bike baskets. They do not miss it at all. If our new school-bound boy wants out, he’ll join in at home. 

At home, we have eased into the routine of learning wonderfully, we had my mother in town for 2 months so travel and fun were on the forefront every week. Not much time to hit the books, but it did not stop us from grabbing a membership at the Aussie Museum (amazing!) and exploring all that Sydney had to offer this summer.

Alright, it’s Saturday so we gotta go surf!

timnoel:

Slide 5/5
Perhaps the most powerful demonstration of the efficiency of home education, is that all those benefits listed in the previous slides, on average come to about $500 per student, per year (and many like my own family spent far less, closer to $100 per student, per year).
To put that in perspective, that means home educators save the government around $20 billion every year!
So in the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi,
"There is no school equal to a decent home, and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent."
So I encourage those of you with children, or planning to have children, to consider the benefits, get the support of fellow homeschoolers (we can be found just about anywhere), and give your children the best education possible!

timnoel:

Slide 5/5

Perhaps the most powerful demonstration of the efficiency of home education, is that all those benefits listed in the previous slides, on average come to about $500 per student, per year (and many like my own family spent far less, closer to $100 per student, per year).

To put that in perspective, that means home educators save the government around $20 billion every year!


So in the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi,

"There is no school equal to a decent home, and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent."

So I encourage those of you with children, or planning to have children, to consider the benefits, get the support of fellow homeschoolers (we can be found just about anywhere), and give your children the best education possible!