CEA September 2019 Newsletter
A HUGE welcome to all the Complete Education Australia (CEA) families this month and a warm welcome to the new families that are just starting their CEA journey.
With a desire to be a safe, supporting community of home educators, we have started our own official CEA parents and students’ group. Many families have found their way there and we encourage everyone to take advantage of the group. Having a place to share, seek advice and encourage each other is vital. Best of all you can be assured that we are available on there often to give advice, and encouragement. I often feel that homeschooling is like having your first baby. Everyone is so passionate with their advice and ideas. Just like having a first baby, after a while you tend to learn with your child and decide yourself what works best for your family. When you have a pressing home education need or concern, please feel free to come to us so we can give you accurate, up to date advice. Best of all having the support of a huge group of homeschoolers who are further along the journey is such an amazing opportunity.
This month we have been working hard to add a few new features to what you receive with your CEA program. In the coming months you will be excited to read about these as they are rolled out. Shhhhh – a sneak peek – new Term Certificates that combine to form a display, optional Term reports, and fun competitions. Watch this space.
You may have read last month that we have now teamed up with The University of Wollongong. The input and interest we are getting from the University is invaluable in developing the pathways we are creating for our High School students.
We trust that this Term will be a wonderful learning journey for your family. Ellen Brown – Director of Teaching.
Home education: Court rules against German Christian family. Kids Taken into Care!
We are So lucky to have the right to homeschool our
children in Australia. Often like all things, it is easy to take
this right for granted.
We now have a few homeschooling families in Germany using CEA to allow them to do what is illegal, with the support we provide them.
Homeschooler transition to University with Ease
We have a large number of Grade 10 students that have started planning, with our help, their next steps. Many have selected their steps into Apprenticeships, traineeships and the workforce. We are setting up and advising others on their best pathway into University. There are so many avenues and choosing the right one is much less complicated after the career support we provide. The following article may be of some help to those moving up towards Grade 9 and 10.Remember you are not alone in deciding the next step. We offer career guidance.
Dates to highlight this month
Each Month we include various activities that are happening, nationally. We do this to allow you to choose if any of the events are things you may want to participate in as a family. There are so many fun activities coming up. Some need preparation, others you can just join in. Look ahead and see if any events are right for your family.
1 September – Father’s Day
There are so many things to do to celebrate father’s day. Look on your local Facebook site to see what’s on.
1-7 September – Legacy Week
Legacy Week is an important fundraising day for many Australians. Over 100,000 war
widows and 1900 children and people with disabilities benefit from the money raised. Many Australians regard this as one of the best times to remember the sacrifice made by many Australian soldiers and their families.
1 – 30 September Save the Koala Month
(There is a great map on the website – perhaps a Koala Search bush walk is a great idea)
Organisation: Australian Koala Foundation
Save the Koala Month aims to raise awareness and funds for the conservation of wild koalas and their habitats. National/State: National
2 – 8 September – National Superhero Week (you may like to organise an event with other homeschoolers you know)
Organisation: Muscular Dystrophy Australia
Bring your Super Powers and a gold coin donation and come to school or your workplace dressed up as your favourite superhero or better yet, invent one! Register your school or workplace and nominate a date for the event in the first week of September.
14- 15 September – Clean up the World Weekend (A clean-up day may fit into your schedule)
Organisation: Clean up Australia
Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire and empower communities to “clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment” through carrying out initiatives ranging from waste removal and tree planting to water and energy conservation projects. Clean Up the World and its participating organisations mobilise an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually.
19th September – National” Thank a Cop Day” – Police Week
Imagine a society without our police. I know the answer to that because we couldn’t function without them and yet we rarely get to thank them personally for what they do. National “Thank A Cop Day” is your opportunity to make them feel valued and loved. On the 19th September annually is the community’s chance during Police Week to personally thank each and every one of them. Stop them in the street and tell them you appreciate them, send flowers or a pizza to the local cop shop or just a simple thank you as you pass by them doing their job.
Homeschooling Australia Topics:
Encouraging your child to engage in reading
Reading does not come naturally to many children in this digital age. With so many exciting and fun packed options for spare time, it is not surprising that reading is often a last resort, saved for black outs. To encourage children to read today, it must be more than entertainment, they already have so much of that. The key is the experience. Reading on a comfy lounge, with a snack and drink at hand, can appeal to a child. Set the scene. Add some soft blankets used only for reading time, snacks reserved for this purpose or a variety of settings (under a table tent, at the beach, on a cliff, up a tree house)
Many parents ask, “How can you encourage your child, whether a beginning reader or a reluctant reader, to read children’s books on a regular basis?” Here are some more ideas that may help.
Simple Tips to Encourage Reading
Make a habit of reading to your child every day, whether she is a one-year-old or a 10-year-old.
When your child is able, have them read to you. You can take turns reading chapters in a simple chapter book, for example.
Get a library card for your child. Go to the library every week and take out several books.
Be aware of your child’s interests and direct your child to related books.
Try to find a series that he/she really likes and will want to continue reading.
Provide a comfortable reading area, with good lighting, in your home.
Discuss books with your child.
If your child is a reluctant reader and not reading on grade level, buy her hi/lo books (books with a high-interest level, low vocabulary).
If your child responds well to incentives and enjoys using the computer, have them post online reviews on books they have read on Common Sense media.
If your child really enjoys a particular author, check with your librarian about other authors or books they might enjoy.
- Children also often enjoy the opportunity to read children’s magazines.
Basically, you want to stay on the side of encouraging rather than nagging if you want your child to read and love doing it. Nothing puts a child off faster than feeling forced to do something, so be careful. The importance of reading to your child daily cannot be emphasised enough — so make it a priority. Also, be consistent with reading aloud together, trips to the library and other encouraging activities.
Finally, don’t think it is only the little ones who benefit from reading daily. Teens who are encouraged and see the benefit in doing so, often outdo their peers in all aspects of their learning. Reading is brain gymnastics.
Gallery of Creative CEA students
This month we have a fantastic array of amazing pieces of work, done by students from Foundation to Grade 9. It is always great to see what other students are doing, and to realise you are part of an awesome learning community.
Olivia in Grade 6 has been very busy with her American Weaving. How fantastic! The time and effort she has put in, is clear. Great job Olivia!
Henry in Grade 7 has created a Picasso recycled artwork. The colour choices are stunning. Top JobHenry!
Jaxon in Grade 3 is clearly a Scientist in the making. Wonderful job Jaxon!
Seb in Grade 8 spent time in Term 2 creating a wonderful History pdf on the Vikings. This is just the front cover. It is stunning. Great job Seb!
Natalia in Grade 7 has been soooo busy. Check out the Great wall of China, some Picasso Art and Walkabout Diorama. Terrific work Natalia!
Jordan Grade 8 drew this cheetah as part of her Art, and also made a Mexican style jellyfish. What a talent she has. Wonderful work Jordan!
Quinn in Grade 3 has been super busy making Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory, while doing the Grade 3 Novel study. Now that is a factory! Awesome effort Quinn!
This Month’s Kid Friendly Recipe: Basic Pancakes– Kids can make it themselves
1 cup self-raising flour (sifted)
1 tbs sugar
1 egg (lightly beaten)
3/4 cup milk
- 50g butter (melted)
Gather all ingredients.In a bowl, whisk flour and sugar. Beat in the egg and then milk a little at a time until batter is smooth and lump-free.In a hot pan or flat grill over medium heat, brush butter over cooking surface and pour 1/4 cup measures for each pancake.When large bubbles form on the surface, flip the pancake over and cook until lightly golden on the other side.
To all our CEA families, we trust that this will be a fantastic month for you all and we look forward to sharing some fascinating learning.Don’t forget to send in photos and videos of your learning adventures so we can share them with other CEA families.