I really don’t like the word ‘chores’! The mention of it makes me think of boring tasks that must be gotten out of the way before more exciting things can be done. I also don’t like the bribery component of doing chores – whether it be pocket money, or a special treat or toy, or… Continue reading Why our kids don’t do chores. And what they do instead.
J got the book ‘Kitchen Science Lab for Kids’ by Lee Liz Heinecke for Christmas and today it’s raining so we had a go at one of the experiments. We used red cabbage juice as an acid-base indicator. It worked really well and was lots of fun! So easy to do as well. First I… Continue reading Red cabbage as an acid-base indicator
A few days ago we went camping at Pretty Valley in the Alpine National Park. In the winter the area is covered in snow and the resort village of Falls Creek which is a little bit further down the mountain is very busy. Actually it was pretty busy this time with lots of runners and… Continue reading Camping at Pretty Valley
We’re lucky enough this move to have an area solely dedicated to our homeschool. Our previous house was quite small and J was using the dinning table. I love how the main desk (taken over by J’s Christmas lego) is in front of a large window that looks out to the backyard. And T has… Continue reading A look around our homeschool area
Trigger warning – sexual abuse. J’s favourite book at the moment is ‘The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made’ by Fiona Katauskas. She first had it read to her when she was four and she’s asked me to read it to her more than any other book we own. It’s an awesome book… Continue reading Teaching the correct names for body parts and an introduction to sex for children
Have you ever seen those quotes that state “every child is gifted, they just unwrap their packages at different times”? Well this next statement may make you cringe…. That quote makes me cringe! Indeed every child is special and has different gifts, but not every child is gifted. I suspect that most parents of gifted… Continue reading Giftedness – what does it mean and what does it look like?
In my previous post I mentioned that we decided to homeschool J when she was around two years old as I simply could not see her thriving in a classroom environment. In fact, I was certain it would crush her spirit. And I so wanted her to remain the curious, passionate, intensely focused learner that… Continue reading Why we homeschool