Changing Places – Mum for a Day!

Well today has certainly been an interesting one. It started out in the usual way. We all got up, had breakfast and then I started to get stuck into the usual jobs around the house. However, when I ventured into the girls rooms around 8.30am, I was not impressed with what I seen. So I had them also come into their rooms with me and we  started a conversation about keeping our rooms clean, pride in are surroundings and looking after our belongings.

The conversation started out in the usual way, me explaining to the girls all about keeping their rooms clean. We talked about what type of house environment they like to live in, how this is achieved and what role they play in this. The girls quickly apologised for allowing their rooms to become so messy and uncared for. We also talked about how quickly their rooms had become a mess and how, after cleaning up, they not only found toys and clothes around the room, but some tissues and other paper rubbish.

I explained to the girls that it was not my job as a mum to clean up after them all the time and that they they also played a big role in keeping our home clean. We talked about all the things I do as the parent who stays home with them every day and how each of us has a responsibility to the others to work together to provide a good home life for our family. The girls recognised that Tata went out to work each week to ensure we had a good life, a roof over our head and food on the table. They realised that Tata does not always like what he has to do in his work, but he still goes to work each day. They also recognised that mum does a lot of different jobs that help everyone else out too, such as vacuum each day, do the washing, cook the meals, organise the learning to be done. Then the girls talked about what they had to do. This involved doing all tasks as requested and keeping their rooms clean.

It was then that JAHG asked if she could really get a sense of what I do each day. She requested that she take over for the rest of the day, all the jobs that I (as Mum) would have to do without any help. She wanted to see how easy it was (or wasn’t) and get a true appreciation of what I do or don’t do! I jumped at the chance to let her tackle a day in my shoes and apart from assisting in any areas that were a high risk for her safety (like putting the meat in the oven for dinner) JAHG was left to her own devises to attend to all the Mum jobs for the day.

I couldn’t resist taking some photos of her along the way and even though she often does many of these activities for me at different times, JAHG found it very overwhelming to have to perform them all in the one day. She commented that she was sick of cleaning up after us all – by lunchtime!  and that she did not realise how much work cleaning up after others can be.

But the real winner was when she came to me and told me that my job is not easy and that she will try very hard to ensure she cleans up after herself in future to help me out!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

We know that Halloween is not really an Australian celebreation, but the children wanted to be able to dress up and have a little fun, so we thought what better time to do it than now.

The children enjoyed being witches, playing the pinata and turning into a Halloween pumpkin!

Apples in Antarctica – Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery Educational Activity.

Well today we visited the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery for another home ed Activity. The weather was rather gloomy and cold with a small sprinkling of rain, so our visit to the museum was a welcomed opportunity to get out of home. The outing had been planned for a few weeks and in anticipation the children and I had been borrowing books from the state library and reading up about Antarctica. We had also done some research online and found some great information. During our research JAHG was interested in the krill and wildlife, while NIK was mainly only interested in learning all about and seeing images of the penguins.

We set out today during the home ed activity, exploring the Antarctica exhibition in the museum. There are so many wonderful things on display and information around to read. The children where then given one of four activities to do within smaller groups. Our activity involved envisaging ourselves as being part of an expedition team in the year 2009. Our expeditions official title was the ‘Ice Coring Expedition of 2009’. We were to travel 120 kilometres from  the permanent base at Casey to Law Dome in order to carry out the ice coring with specific trucks designed with special ice coring attachments. The work was to be long and hard and we needed to be well equipped.

The idea was that we had to establish what challenges may lie ahead for us as well as establish and assemble the work implements, food, transport and shelter requirements needed by the participants in the ‘Ice coring expedition’. The answers may seem simple, but proved on occasion to be less obvious.

We established that the challenges we would face included the cold weather, being able to core through the ice and making sure we had enough supplies and food for the whole length of the expedition. As we had 120 kilometres between us and the permanent base at Casey  we had to make sure we had enough supplies and food with us. As it was a long and difficult trip back to Casey base if we had under estimated anything at all and needed more supplies or food.

Initially we were very saddened by the prospect of eating food that was mostly freeze dried or just dried vegetables for days if not weeks on end as our ‘ice coring expedition’ was not going to be a quick one. We were more likely to be two weeks away from the main base doing our work. This kind of put a downer on the whole expedition until we realised that chocolate was  also a major food source, this information brought back a glow to our faces and we knew we could make it through.

Our group established that we would be transported along with our food and supplies via a boat to Antarctica. Our first stop would be the permanent base at Casey. Then we would be transported either by helicopter or large trucks specially designed to work in the Antarctic conditions from Casey to Law Dome, where we would pitch a tent and sleep in it for the duration of our expedition, while our ice coring got underway and was completed.

As the weather in Antarctica would be extreme, we realised we would need big gloves, massive boots and jackets just to keep warm as well as strangely designed head wear and BIG goggles to protect our eyes! The clothes would be heavy and brightly coloured, yet warm and inviting! Even if they did have a funny smell to them!

We had a lot of fun pretending we were to be a part of the ‘2009 Ice coring expedition and dressing up in the appropriate 2009 Antarctic clothing.

Our guide for the ‘Apples in Antarctica’ educational activity was named Richard . He was very relaxed and did a great job of sharing information with us and pointing out interesting facts and information for us. He helped make the whole activity fun and gave us a wonderful arm full of posters, leaflets, postcards and stickers to keep at the end of the activity. This has encouraged us to come home and further research Antarctica and do other activities linked to the theme, so watch out for some more of our work on Antarctica!

Fun with the Penguin!

Fun with the Penguin!

Dressing up ready for the Antarctic Expedition

Dressing up ready for the Antarctic Expedition

NIK's boots are bigger than her!

NIK's boots are bigger than her!

A great time was had by all!