Home Education Tasmania 1st Annual Statewide Camp 2013.

We are seeking expressions of interest from people interested in joining in a Statewide camp in 2013 around October / November. If you are interested in being a part of the fun please join our H.E.T. Group and once joined we will send you an invite to the camp and you can express your interest in joining in. That way we can gauge interest and possible numbers or Email us for further details or to register your interest by clicking here!
We are hoping to have it over two or three nights

Thanks in advance

  • ‘Home Education Tasmania – H.E.T. ‘ is a community group designed for everyone who is either home educating, being home educated or has an interest in home education in Tasmania. It is a place for us to come together enjoy outings / excursions and activities, mainly in the southern and midlands region of the state, but at times in the North. As well as share information resources, experiences and showcase our learning and work. It is also a place designed to provide friendship and support. H.E.T. Also runs a Youth group for older Home Educated children called ‘The Yetti’s’.‘Home Education Tasmania’ is an all inclusive community that aims to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all, free of advertising, religion and politics.

H.E.T. – Home Education Tasmania

Well we have been extremely busy working on the program for our Home Education group called H.E.T. ~ Home Education Tasmania. Phinee had created a list of over 60 things she hoped to do or achieve in 2013 as a basis to work from for our yearly program.

Then phone calls were made late in December 2012, to organise the first set of activities for the start of 2013. So our Summer – Autumn program is now organised, booked and ready to go. It’s just a matter of turning it into a PDF document and sending it out to home educating families in Tasmania.

Some of the wonderful activities we have organised from now until April 2013 include:

  • Picnic at Kingston Beach
  • Hastings Cave and Thermal Pool
  • Cascade female factory and
  • Grote Reber

We have also organised a new Youth Group for Home Educated Children called ‘The Yetti’s’ – which stands for ‘Tasmanian Home Educating Youth Engaging Together Through Involvement and Sharing’.

So to see learn more or become involved please visit one of the following places

or email me directly for a copy of our program and to be added to the groups mailing list for upcoming activities by clicking here!

Here’s to a happy and enjoyable 2013.

A New Year in Learning Dawns.

The start of October has seen us venture into Higher learning with Phinee. Traditionally Phinee would not be starting high school until 2013, but because we home educate we have the flexibility and freedom to choose when each of our children progresses towards the next step of their learning.

So for Phinee we have decided that October 2012 is the start of her higher learning journey. This decision has been made as Phinee has been bored for quite some time with the work that she has been getting at grade 6 level. No matter what we seemed to give her in the last 3 -6 months or more, it was just not challenging enough, not interesting enough for Phinee.

So the time has come when we have looked forward to her next phase of learning and ventured into the high school arena. So as from the 1st of October, Phinee is stepping up the level of work required and the input she delivers as she steps up to a year seven workload.

So now with the decision made to bump Phinee up to the next level of her learning, we had to decide just what she would be required to learn and how she would learn it. So we have spent many hours and countless days working on exploring various methods and styles of learning as well as the Australian Curriculum. We have checked out resources available, books we might utilise and so much more.

Phinee had expressed a desire to attend mainstream schooling in 2013, before deciding that she had changed her mind. So with this in mind, we have decided to loosely follow the Australian Curriculum over the next 12 months in case the desire ever returns and Phinee wishes to attend mainstream schooling in the future. Also by loosely following the Australian Curriculum, this would give her a solid foundation if she ever transitioned away from her desire to continue to be home educated.

So with this in mind, the conclusion we have come to is that in her first year of higher learning Phinee will explore the subjects of

  • English
  • Maths
  • History
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Economics and Citizenship.

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.