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A Week in the Life of a Home Schoolin’ Family

The most common question that I get (from all sorts) is “What does a day look like?. Because every day is so unique, I thought I would put it into a week-long story, to paint a better picture. The second most common question is “How do you do it?!”. Well, that will be answered in this post as well. It’s heaps of patience, love and trying to remind myself in times of frustration that we chose this way of living, and that learning is easier when it’s FUN. 

Here we go!

Monday

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Sunny day - took the work out side, onto our grassy lawn at the beach. All of the children were so relaxed and eager to work, play and snack, of course. Even with a chill in the air it was so wonderful to be outside.

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Going in for lunch I realized that we had the Home Ed Week Picnic to go to! So, we quickly packed a lunch and some books and set off to Little Manly Beach! YAY! More outdoor time! We met some new and very interested Families. Hula hoop making was super fun, too.

Even with all of that - we still had to go off to Gymnastics afterwards. The children passed out by 7.30 that night!

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Tuesday

This is known in our home as the “Busy Day”. We have three activities happening outside of the home in the afternoon, so it is key to get all our necessary work done by lunch. It is also very important to approach this day with CALM. So, I try to keep them happy and well fed before we leave. Entertaining Tai with fine motor skill activities keeps him quiet while I teach the others.

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Off to Pottery - where we have a great little group of friends, and I get to chat with other Home Ed Parents about the adventures they are all having. This week I brought a craft  (Aboriginal Inspired Stick Sculptures) for the little ones to work on, Lakeside, however, the parents seemed to enjoy this as well! image

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They came home with lots of beautiful art to display and some gorgeous pots from pottery, as well! 

Off to Kick boxing for Dray, and Piano for Noodle. Tai and I pick up Charlie on the way and take him up to our favourite park with a spectacular view, for a run around!image

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Wednesday

Started out with a swim, it was just too gorgeous! We tried to go for a dip in the rock pool but the waves were MASSIVE and the pool was closed! 

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Once home, Tai decided he wanted to do “Science, Mummy please!” So, we took a closer look at Ms.Leafy, our Leaf Insect. He is so gentle at handling her! Then he actually DREW her! He rarely draws, and SO WELL!!

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Meanwhile, Noodle was watching Daddy surf… AND doing maths.

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After Dad came in we biked up to the Lagoon and had some lunch in the shade.

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A little nap…

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Finally, Swim Lessons!

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And a DELICIOUS dinner, prepared by the whole family. 

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Where were we…? What day..??

It’s like that. You get lost in your week. There are no real Weekends. You have a schedule, and a plan, but there is room for surprise and delights. Spontaneity is expected in everyday life.

So, Thursday.

Thursdays are our day of not doing any extra curricular activities, so we usually start the day with a workout on the grass, relay races, hula hoopin’, stuck in the mud, soccer, and jump rope to name a few tricks!

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Fruit Shopping and a trip to GoodWill/Vinnie’sl to go treasure hunting is a treat. We are VERY happy it’s MANGO season again. (We have already gone through 2 trays!)

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Dinner time was a group effort again, lucky me! And this time Tai was inspired by Noodle’s knife skills - so he applied for his knife licence. AND PASSED!!

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Friday

Fridays are usually at the Organic Markets in Narabeen, but this Friday we had a field trip! Off to Ku-RIng-Gai Wild Flower Gardens in the National Park.

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(There is a funnel web mama and her egg sack under that log!!)

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The children were entranced, and so into everything Ranger Dan had to tell them. It was ridiculously hot, I think 31-32c? The kids went thru the fern garden sprinkler at least a dozen times.

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Came home with a friend. Luckily, I am GREAT at yankin’ these suckers out without killing them (then they don’t release poison) So this guy didn’t do any damage. She is a Paralytic tick, the kind that kill pups in 24 hours! 

Afternoon’s we usually have Science with NurtureLearning - Since we all had a morning together at the gardens, we will meet again next week…

Noodle and I had donated 2 canvases to the Manly Gallery and Museum to help raise money for their collection, we went off to the opening night and saw a few familiar faces. Noodle is well known there by now, and they love her style. She hopes to have a piece in the gallery’s collection one day!

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Saturday (Because Everyday is a day for learning)

This was a spectacular day of Culture! We made our way down to the wonderful Sculpture by the sea in Bondi. Another toastin’ hot day! 

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The boys dropped us off at the NSW Art Gallery for the much anticipated “Skulls & Flowers” Workshop. Life drawing inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. Noodle sat so still, studying her subject, interpreting it into her own work of art. I was melting with pride at her patience and her love of doing art! Her piece has been submitted to the Jurors.

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A little ice cream on the ferry ride home. Don’t tell the boys!

A long day! A long post. You will be happy to know Sunday is really, our day of rest (ONLY after Nippers, of course!).

What I didn’t mention is that in between there is cleaning, the usual house work and cooking. We are also trying to get our App caught up and ready for launch.

I had the pleasure of meeting an incredible local hero - Katy, Founder of  The Field. We talked about future collaboration, and also to start a series of Pre-K Art Workshops! This made me very, very happy! 

YES it’s busy, however it can also be rewarding as well. The children are SO much more independent than a year ago, and they love their life. Would’t you? 

Please feel free to ask anything in the comments below!

XYuuMii

Un-Life-Home-Project-Based Schooling?!

We are actually doing it!

The last few months (Well, really it’s been years!) we have been planning for this moment… To keep the children home, and out of the system. Technically, they are in the system, but we hope that this way they have a fighting chance at retaining their humour, creativity, curiosities and very unique sense of self.

I am madly prepping for the “interview” on Wednesday. Yes, I am nervous. Yes, I am overly prepared.  I have a gorgeous proposal, all of the curriculum guidlines met, and now organizing the childrens workspaces. 

The best part about this trip so far has been this morning, when my children announced their excitement and eagerness for our adventure to begin when they begged us to start “Right away!” and not in January, the new school year. Of course, this will happen. Learning should not have a start and end date!

We will have all our news posted here, the process and the time required to get things done.

Break it down:

Application: 1 hour, emailed

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/parents/home-schooling.html

Reply by phone: 3 days later

Phone call to arrange interview: 30 mins (while food shopping)

Proposal Document:  2-5 days

Curriculum Purchasing: $100 and an hour of digging to find “fun” books


 So, What do we call this? I really don’t like any of the conventional names for home schooling. I guess we will call it… The YuuMii School!