Table Cape Tulip Farm, Lighthouse Rd Wynyard, Tasmania

Last Sunday, on the 30th September, we travelled to the top end of Tasmania. The reason for going there was to visit the Table Cape Tulip Farm. Because it is spring time in Australia, the annual Blooming Tasmania festival experience is currently on.

There were many different colours of tulips, including, purple, orange, red, white, pink, and yellow. It was very beautiful even though all the tulips hadn’t bloomed yet.

Here is a slideshow of some of the pictures we took.

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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.

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, 6.00- 8.30pm     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!