July 2019

CEA July 2019 Newsletter

Term 3 is approaching fast. Yes, we are halfway through the year already!

With a large number of new families joining CEA for the start of Term 3, we want to extend a warm welcome to you. It is our privilege to support each and every family as they enjoy the journey of home education.

This months’ newsletter is full of useful and interesting articles. Not to mention wonderful updates from families far and wide. Don’t forget to send in your photos or stories of your families’ creations. It is wonderful to be able to encourage and inspire others.

We have a large number of Seniors (Grade 9 and 10 students) completing Work Experience placements this month. We trust it is a time filled with valuable learning experiences. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures in the land of work!

GREAT NEWS – After enthusiastic and positive feedback from parents, the new activity sheet link, we trialed in Term 2, will now become a permanent feature.

It has become clear that having a separate link for activity sheets makes printing minimal and allows more flexibility. If you have purchased your Term 3 program already, and would like the new activity sheet link, simply email us and we will be happy to supply it.

 Many Grade 10 students are beginning to think about their next step. Book a Pathway Plan conference call with us, so we can help you with your plans. Sourcing courses and opportunities for our Grade 10 students is an important part of what we do. These conference calls allow the parent, student and Career advisor to set out the next exciting chapter in your life.

We trust that this Term will be a wonderful learning journey for your family.  

Ellen Van Poppel – Director of Teaching.

Have you joined our Facebook Page? Keep up to date with any announcements or offers on our page. We also have a new YouTube channel: Did you see our new Ad on Facebook? In case you missed it, here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPC8gmWppq8 Housekeeping: Please see the trouble shooting section at the end of each Newsletter to go over any housekeeping topics discussed previously. This will allow new families to continue checking them.

Homeschool News:

Homeschooled students often get better test results and have more degrees than their peers

A great report by “The Conversation” has looked at various studies to conclude that homeschooled students have an advantage.

International research suggests homeschooled students’ achievements are as good, if not better, than those of their schooled peers, particularly for structured approaches. A 2013 review of several US studies showed themajority (78%) of higher education admission officers “expect homeschool graduates to perform, overall, as well or better in their first year of college than traditional high school graduates”.

The summary concludes that home education works well. It should be recognised, foregrounded and celebrated as a valid and valued alternative form of education.

Read the full article below:


Homeschoolers – planning for University?

11 things I wish I knew before Uni.

As we are starting to plan pathway programs with our Grade 10 students, the higher learning institutes. of TAFE, University or Uni College are in clear focus, it makes sense to gather some wisdom from those who went before. This article put out by UNSW University has some great advice to grab hold of. From encouraging students to use time wisely, and schedule their study time, to ensuring they get enough sleep, thinking through these points can be very helpful. The final piece of advice is important for young students but also for us parents as we encourage our children in their daily learning……

Tour time is precious so make the most of it.

Stop and smell the roses. Every now and then, don’t forget to stop and look around, appreciate where you are and how hard you’re working. Enjoy the ride!

Read more in the link below.


This Month’s Kid Friendly Recipe:


750g washed potatoes

1 small brown onion, grated

30g butter, melted

40g (1/3 cup) Perfect Italiano Perfect Bakes cheese(cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan)

Chopped fresh chives, to sprinkle

Sour cream, to serve



Step 1

Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes. Place on a clean tea towel and wring to remove excess water. Transfer to a bowl. Add the onion and butter. Season well. Stir well to combine.

Step 2

Preheat the pie maker. Fill each pie maker hole with potato mixture. Sprinkle each with about 2 teaspoons of the cheese. Close and cook for 8 minutes. Turn and cook, closed, for a further 2 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining potato mixture and cheese. Season and serve sprinkled with chives and sour cream on the side.

Dates you may choose from, to highlight in your Home-schooling this month:

7-14 July  NAIDOC Week

Organisation: NAIDOC

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.

National/State: National

Email: info@naidoc.org.au

Website: www.naidoc.org.au

18 July Nelson Mandela International Day

Organisation: 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.

National/State: International

 Website: www.mandeladay.com/

26 July 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 schools to celebrate the start of third term.

National/State: National

 Email: events@cfv.org.au

Website: www.crazyhair.com.au

28 July National Tree Day

Organisation: Planet Ark

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.

National/State: National

 Website: treeday.planetark.org/

30 July International Day of Friendship

Organisation: United Nations

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

National/State: International

 Website: www.un.org/en/events/friendshipday/

31 July World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

National/State: International

 Website: www.internationalrangers.org/world-ranger-day/

Homeschooling Topics:

 How to help reluctant leaners by Ellen Van Poppel


Over 40 years ago, people started asking why schools were so bad an instilling a desire for life long learning. in the midst of a digital age, with access to numerous educational opportunities, schools still approach learning in similarly sterile ways. It is not surprising children are often unmotivated and discouraged as learners.

However, as homeschooling parents, you can change that. Here are some thoughts to ponder:

 Ask the Right Questions. Schools often ask the wrong questions about student motivation. Why don’t these students want to sit down and learn? What’s wrong with these children? Why aren’t they interested in learning?

 Homeschooling parents can reframe the questions: What interests do my children have? What can I do today to encourage my children to want to learn? What can I do right now to meet my children’s’ needs?

 What a difference perspective makes. The possibilities are endless.

 It’s more about the heart than the head. Emotions drive learning. The way you make children feel takes precedence over the knowledge you impart. Ensuring your child is feeling happy and addressing any worries prior to starting a learning day or lesson is vital. Many home-schooling families like to start the day with a team meeting in a snuggly bed or outside with breakfast. Allowing each member to share, prior to heading in to begin discovering the days learning adventures, makes a huge difference.

 Listen to children – The timetable is such a valuable tool. It allows you to ensure that most things happen when they should. However, it must be flexible enough to allow change according to what your child needs. The CEA program provides flexibility by providing differentiated learning. That means the same concepts are often taught using a few different methods. One child may prefer to spend the afternoon making an Egyptian tomb from marshmallows and discussing ancient Egypt, rather than completing the activity sheet. While another child may prefer to skip the creative activity and move straight to the activity sheet. Listening to how your child learns, and engaging their interests, is far more important that getting every activity completed. Keep the focus on the lesson concept and listen to what your child shares about their learning style.

 Seek their input. Designing your learning time together is a great way to include your child in the decision making. When a child feels they have some control over their time and learning they are more likely to view it enthusiastically. The CEA program is written to the child themselves, empowering them in their learning and providing them the chance to see themselves as active in the process. Becoming an independent learner is a huge asset in life.

 Read Children’s Books. Reading the Term Novel with your child or prior to them allows far more enthusiastic discussion. It shows by example that you value the activity and provides access to two sided conversations about the Novel topics.

 Provide Choice. Build choice into the CEA lesson plans and use it freely. It does not need to be complex. For example, your child may have a choice of beginning their Science now or after lunch. They may choose to read the information or watch the animation in Skwirk. As mentioned previously, they may choose to get creative or skim through the activity sheet. Giving them the power over their learning allows them to be active and willing participants.

 Get Physical. We all need to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Learning should always be done when a child is calm and ready to rest in what they are doing. Taking a walk or a bike ride between lessons is a wonderful way to refresh the brain. Don’t forget learning does not need to be confined to the indoors. Doing your daily lessons near the river or at a park can become a weekly event. Why not make a “Learning circuit” – Maths – jog the path, English – ride the path – History – play in the park.

 Real learning is its own reward. Never fall into the trap of bribery in order to get lessons done. To a child this is reinforcing the idea that like medicine, learning is a distasteful chore. Instead, use praise and encourage, interest and enthusiasm to demonstrate the joys that fun learning activities can have.

Gallery of Creative CEA students

We have another group of amazing, creative and enthusiastic learners to feature this month.

 Ebony Hare in Grade 2 has been busy creating this amazing bird nest. Fantastic job Ebony!

Kian in Grade 4 has discovered so much about Food webs. What a wonderful display Kian. Top effort!

Isacc Grade 6 and Oliver in Grade 1 have been so busy this Term. Check out this Kakadu scene, year 1, HASS. The Grade 6 model, and bone investigation produced very keen interest from little kids. Dad is a chef and was raised by a butcher so this is pretty normal ha ha.

Zack, in Foundation, loved doing the marshmallow maths. Wonderful work Zack!

Ethan in Grade 5 has created a remarkable HASS display. If you look closely you will notice it is a tall ship with all the information as sails! We are thrilled to share it with the CEA family.

Brandon in Grade 7 is inspiring a nation of homeschoolers with his fantastic achievements and his very own Facebook page :”Happy homeschooler”. Have a look with your children, they will enjoy seeing what he is up to. Fantastic Work Brandon!


Please NOTE – Grade 9 and 10 – The Grade 9 and 10 Electives – These are changeable. If your child has chosen an elective they do not enjoy, feel free to swap it for another one. No need to continue on with an elective, if it is not a good fit.


This section will be included every Month to ensure you can access the information if needed.

Will the Scope and Sequences include State curriculum codes?

NSW is the only State that requires the addition of State curriculum outcomes as well as the Australian Curriculum codes. We can provide the NSW Aligned Scope and Sequences upon request.

What is the Babel Language Elective?

We use Babel to supply your choice of 14 languages and we include our own Scope and Sequence and Assessment documents, simply to provide the option to our students, at a reduced price to that available online.

The Babel Language program is an elective that is completely optional.

 What if the Novel is not suitable for my child? Every child is different and not all Novels are right for every child. As a result we are very happy to provide an alternative if needed. Please let us know if you require an alternative Novel and we will provide a few to choose from.

 What to do if you find a Youtube link not working. If you have tried clicking on the link, and find it has not worked, then cut and paste the link into your browser. In most cases this will take you straight to the clip. However, we are not in control of Youtube content and in some cases, the clip may have been deleted. In this situation, please let us know and we will send you an alternative.

 What to do if the online lesson cannot be found in the online site: Let us know immediately. At times the online companies (Mathletics, Skwirk or Literacy Planet) may update and increase their content. This of course is a great asset to your child’s learning, and means we need to quickly update ours to match. We constantly do this to ensure you have the very latest lessons available. The only way for us to avoid this  happening is to either drop the online subscriptions all together, or to not program specific lessons into our program. As we see the huge value of hands on creative tasks teamed with the online tools, we choose to keep updates as a priority, to enable you to enjoy these fantastic online resources. So please let us know if you find a lesson cannot be found and we will have the update sent to you.

 Online Renewal: Please ensure that you respond to your email regarding the online subscription reminder. The Administration process is now up to 5 days for reinstatement (as per providers instructions) for cancelled accounts, so it’s a much more streamlined process to keep the account rolling on into the next Term if you’ll be repurchasing.

There is also a timeframe on accounts being able to be reinstated at all depending on amount of time lapsed since they were cancelled previously.

 Bank Transfer If purchasing through bank transfer or other, please email through a description (name/grade) of what your purchase is for.

 Purchasing Novels: Check your Scope and Sequence to ensure you have time to order or source the Novel for the following Term. This will allow you time to prepare and start when you are ready.  Novels can often be found at your local library, if not you can search online for them under s “shopping Google search”. If buying from overseas it can take a few weeks to arrive so it’s best to plan ahead. Alternatively, your local bookshop can order Novels in when needed.

Have a Fantastic Month – from the CEA Team!


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