Can you believe we are already in July? With Third Term sneaking up, we are busy ensuring the programs are packed full of Learning fun.
The CEA family continues to grow, and we are thrilled to welcome many new families this month. Be assured we are here to help in any way and we feel privileged that we can walk alongside your family on your homeschool journey.
Paper Plane competition Results!
It was fantastic to see the creativity that families put into the Paper Plane competition!
The CEA team were blown away by the standard of planes and the enthusiasm shown by the entrants. The kids clearly had fun but at the same time learnt more than they realised. The Paper plane competition is all about STEM [Science Technology Engineering Maths] engagement and letting kids feel that science is all around them and it is part of every type of fun they do. During this activity they’re investigating and learning about controlled variables in a way that’s not confronting to them — they don’t realise just how much science they’re doing.
The Australian record holder is nine-year-old Nick Holland who threw his paper aircraft 35 metres in an official competition in 2016
Congratulations to the following students:
Time in air: 2 sec
Time in air: 7 seconds
(Two winners – one for Distance and one for Time)
1) Isaac Attfield
Time in air: 16 seconds
2) Joshua Burnby & Nathan Burnby
Time in air: 6 sec
Time in air: 6 seconds
A few photos of the winning entries can be seen below. We will also be posting some great footage onto our Facebook page, so go and have a look
CEA Hints and Tips
If this is your first year as a homeschooling family, or if you have been homeschooling for years, it is important to prepare your child’s learning space for learning success. Firstly, it is important to consider a child’s learning style when creating their learning space. A child’s learning style is their natural way of processing information in different learning situations. As a parent, when you better understand your child’s learning style, you can become better partners in the process.
One important aspect of a child’s learning style is their learning personality. A child’s learning personality is how they naturally express interest in learning. When your children learn outside the traditional school environment, it is important to consider their learning personalities as well as their preferred learning environment. The following factors can contribute to a child’s learning environment:
- Physical location – at the kitchen table or their own desk.
- Physical position – sitting, standing, walking around, laying down
- Sound or lack of sound – quiet, ambient noise, or music
- Time of day or night
Does your child need a completely quiet place to learn or does he/she concentrate better while listening to music? Are her best pieces of work written while she is sitting at a desk completely clear of clutter, or while she’s lying on her bed surrounded by pillows, books, papers, and the family pet?
Make your home a place where it is easy to learn. When students take the time to create their learning space with consideration for personal preferences and learning style, academic and emotional outcomes improve
Consider the following ideas:
- If your child’s learning style is relating/inspiring, he or she probably enjoys cooperative learning and group discussions. Think about ways to get your student involved with other children. This many include connecting /interacting with other students online, or by inviting others over to enjoy weekly science or Art lessons etc.
- If your child’s learning style is thinking/creating, he or she probably is a creative person who likes time to dream, think, and wonder. Consider making a quiet, comfortable retreat for your student, where he or she can imagine the possibilities related to what they are learning in school.
- If your child’s learning style is inventing, he or she probably likes projects, design, and research. Their ideal learning space might include supplies for making prototypes, access to reference materials for research, and space to spread out and working while bringing new ideas to life.
- If your child’s learning style is performing, he or she probably likes to entertain people, participate in a variety of shorter activities, and experiment with many kinds of quick learning exercises. Your child might learn best in an environment that provides the opportunity to showcase talents, allows breaks for physical exercise, integrates games, and enhances learning with posters, maps, and audio books.
If your child’s learning style is producing, he or she probably enjoys a sense of order, and thinks in a logical, sequential manner. Your child would enjoy a learning space that is carefully organised, with shelves, bins, and folders for all of their books, papers, and other school supplies. Consider a wall calendar or planning to keep track of due dates, and think about using a daily “to do” list that can keep your child on target by checking off completed work.
News/Housekeeping from the Team
Great to see our families utilising our JB Hi-Fi partnership, and enjoying a discount on Laptops.
Just a reminder that if you are needing a new Laptop, contact us and we can provide you with the details of what they have to offer.
We thought it may be helpful to share a few options that various families use for printing.
Some families prefer to print the full term program at home. This allows them to sort the program into whatever format they would like.
Others visit Officeworks and for approx. $25 they can print and bind the program. This means that it is already sorted into weeks and can be worked on from front to back.
Another option is to use the downloaded program to work from, and simply print out the activity sheets as needed. This can be perfect for people who work best in a digital format.
Flexibility in the program allows all families to be able to get organised in a way that suits their individual needs.
Dates you may like to incorporate in your Learning this month.
Some activity ideas for a few of these special days have been included. Don’t forget to send us your photos to include in our Facebook fun.
8 July – 15 July Naidoc Week
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
16 July – 22 July National Farm Safety Week
Farmsafe Australia members are united in efforts to reduce the deaths and injuries associated with health and safety risks on farms. The 2018 National Farm Safety Week theme continues to highlight the importance of business and industry working together to increase the well-being of Australian farmers through innovation and improved attention to health and safety outcomes.
18 July Nelson Mandela International Day
United Nations. The UN and the Nelson Mandela Foundation call on people across the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping people on Nelson Mandela International Day – one minute for each year Nelson Mandela devoted his life to serving humanity.
Crazy Hair Day
Organisation: Cystic Fibrosis Victoria
Crazy Hair Day is a day to go crazy with your hair – teased, coloured, gelled or twisted; wigs and scarves, punk or just plain messy! Is an annual fundraising event organised by Cystic Fibrosis Victoria (CFV) and is a fun way for families to celebrate the start of third term.
20 July National Pyjama Day
Its’ all about wearing your best bedtime attire to help The Pyjama Foundation raise much-needed awareness and funds for children in foster care. So this July put on your favourite PJ’s, make a donation, and get your friends/family involved!
Phone: 07 3256 8802
25 July Do Something Day
News Corp’s community publications NewsLocal, Leader Community News and Quest Community News have partnered with “Do Something” to recognise & encourage the extraordinary contributions made by everyday Australians. 10 major charities are involved; Salvos, Vinnies, Red Cross, OTPC, Lions Club, Meals On Wheels, SES, RSPCA, Foodbank & UN Virtual Volunteers.
29 July National Tree Day
Planet Ark is calling for people to connect with nature by getting involved in National Tree Day, Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event. People can participate by becoming National Tree Day site coordinators or attending plantings in their local areas.
Suggested Activity Ideas
8 July – 15 July Naidoc Week
What do the colours on the Aboriginal Flag mean?
Take a look at the Aboriginal Flag online. Research and explain the meaning of the colours on the Aboriginal Flag.
Write the meaning of each colour in the centre of the cardboard.
Decorate the border.
Paint your child’s hand with black on the fingers, yellow on the palm, and red on the base of the hand.
Aboriginal Flag inspired craft.
Find two sticks approx. the same length (20cm)
Overlap the two sticks to make a cross in the centre. Use black wool to wind around and tie them together. Begin using one of the colours, winding in and out of the sticks as you move around each stick. After a few rows, change colour by tying on the next colour.
Aboriginal Inspired Art:
Select a range of gum leaves. On each one add detail using fine markers. Use some Aboriginal patterns you can find online. Use only orange, red, yellow and black.
16 July – 22 July National Farm Safety Week
Create your own Movie to promote an aspect of farm safety that you feel needs improving.
Here is a video made by two young people, highlighting the importance of wearing seatbelts. Often in the country people can become less diligent on wearing seatbelts. Without the worry about being booked, some people forget just how important it is.
There are many other areas where people could find a reminder helpful to improve farm safety
We would love to see your film, as I am sure many other students would. Send them in and we will post them on our site.
25 July Do Something Day
Families may like to have a discussion about whether they would like to donate to any of the charities involved. It may be a great opportunity to look into a charity more closely.
29 July National Tree Day
A report titled Adding Trees – A Prescription for Health, Happiness and Fulfilment, found:
Just 10 minutes relaxing outside is enough to significantly reduce blood pressure.
Time in nature reduces a person’s chance of developing a range of diseases, including diabetes by 43%, cardiovascular disease and stroke by 37% and depression by 25%.
Nature induces positive feelings through a number of physiological mechanisms, including activating the brain’s dopamine reward system.
Students who take part in outdoor learning programs perform better in reading, writing, maths and science, with 77% of teachers reporting student improvement in standardised tests.
A strong connection to nature makes people more likely to feel passionate about relationships with their friends and family.
Take some time to plant a tree as a family!
Gallery of Creative CEA students
Thanks to all the amazing kids who have sent photos of their work.
This month we will feature two very talented students, who will both receive a CEA prize pack.
Firstly Anneliese Cox from Grade 8.
This is a photo of her display wall based on the Novel she has been studying. What a fantastic amount of effort you have put in Anneliese!
Secondly we have Jasper from Grade 2.
Jasper has done a fantastic job on these Solar Ovens. You may also notice that Jasper was a winner in the Paper Plane competition. Well done Jasper!
To all our CEA families we trust that July will be a fantastic month for you all. We look forward to sharing some fascinating learning this Month. After seeing the success and fun of the Paper Plane Competition, keep an eye out for a new competition in August.
Don’t forget to send in photos and videos of your learning adventures so we can share them with other CEA families.