Linking Learning around the world . . . .

Well we are EXTREMELY excited to say that we have become involved in new project that will take the next twelve months to complete. It is designed to give our children a new perspective on learning as well as different cultures, people, places, languages etc around the world.

The Project called the International Penpals Club comes from the dedication and enthusiasm of Irma in Lithuania. Irma has worked long and hard to find participants and to organise this project not only for us but everyone involved.

The project will run from mid September 2012 for approximately 12 months. It involves over 100 participants from 13 different places around the globe, aged between 7 to 12 years of age.

The participants come from:

  • Japan
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Lithuania
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Mexico
  • Australia

Irma has created a wonderful project that will not only provide our children with new and engaging opportunities to learn about other people, their cultures and lifestyles, but ensure that these opportunities are ongoing, build upon each other and bring to life the real lived experience through videos, correspondence, skype,  Audio conference, Chat, Forum, MP3, Other software (Powerpoint,video, pictures and drawings), Project Diary, Video conference, Virtual learning environment (communities, virtual classes, …), Web publishing, e-mails just to name a few

Our first project is to introduce ourselves, so with this in mind we are taking our video and digital cameras out over the next few days and will begin to create an Introduction to our new friends all around the globe and share with them a little of ourselves, and our lifestyle.

But more exciting than that is we can’t wait to see the introductions others are creating for everyone to see.

Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council Get- Together / Information Sessions 2012

2012 Home Education Get- Together / Info Sessions

*Do you want to know more about:

  • How various families go about home educating
  • Registration process
  • Monitoring of your program
  • Available support

*Do you have questions you want answered?

*Would you like to meet families who are currently home educating and hear about their experiences?

Then come to our Get-together/Info Session:

South Friday2nd November, 2012, 6.008.30pm     Howrah Recreation Centre, 11 Howrah Rd., Howrah.

NorthWest Friday 16th.Nov., 2012,6.00-8.30pm Montgomery Meeting Room, Carpark Lane (behind supermarket),Ulverstone.

North Friday 9th November, 2012, 6.00-8.30pm    Kings Meadows Community Health Centre, Joan Marshall Wing, McHugh St., Kings Meadows.

Please share this information with interested family or friends  – or even better Download this Poster / Flier and print it out and put it up in your local library, or anywhere were Home educators may gather or see it!

Spring is Here!

Well the seasons have turned once again and here we are enjoying the beginning of Spring time! I love this time of year as it not only symbolises a time of new life and new beginnings but also a time of renewal and sunshine. It is a time when as a family we tend to throw off the shackles of Winter and begin to embrace the brighter days and longer nights.

It is a time for creating new ways and reviving old ones. No longer do we need to stick by the fire to keep warm and no longer do we need to be indoors most of the time. Now we can enjoy a renewed sense of living as we venture beyond the walls of Winter and out into the days of Spring!

Today as we enjoyed the first day of Spring, we ventured out to the local nursery to purchase some new plants, enjoyed time in our garden tending to our vegetables and planning the next stage of development for them. We also enjoyed some time with our chickens, who also seem to have caught the Spring bug by surprising us with a larger number of eggs, instead of the usual one or two a day!

Tonight we enjoyed our first ‘Board Game night’ of the Spring season spending our time together playing our newest edition to the family board game collection – World of Warcraft Monopoly. This was a gift for Tata from the family for father’s day, which we celebrated a day early as he is unfortunately working all day tomorrow. So as the children wanted to enjoy father’s day – together – all day with Tata, we celebrated it today, when we were all home.