Welcome to the June newsletter.
Can you believe we are halfway through the year?
Things are really exciting here in the office. The news of our JB Hi-Fi partnership has been a big hit with parents. We are currently working on other partnerships and would love your feedback on companies you would like to see in the future?
Paper Plane competition
The entries for the paper plane competition have flooded in. You still have a little time left to be included in that fun competition, as the finish date was extended to June 15.
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.
9 Fun Excursion Ideas:
- Spend the day at a historical site significant to your lessons. There are thousands of historical sites in Australia and it’s likely that there are at least one or two close to where you live. Spend the day exploring one to bring the history in your lessons to life
- Find a local factory and take a tour. From chocolate to boxes, touring a factory is a great education in where things come from.
- Walk through your State or city capital. This is a valuable chance to learn about government and the history of your state or city.
- Take a walk through a cemetery. It might seem morbid but touring the cemetery will give you an excuse to talk about the well-known people who are buried there and the history behind them.
- Ask to be shown around a local fire or police station. This way, you can learn more about these municipal workers and how they respond to emergencies. You will find if you turn up at a local fire station with a plate of homemade muffins, the doors will open quickly!
- What famous people may have lived nearby? Do you live near the birthplace of a famous person? Take your kids along and spend the day learning about the impact this person made on the world.
- Go for a hike in a nearby park or National Park. This will give you a chance to learn about local plants and animals as well as more general science topics.
- Learn how plants grow at a greenhouse. Taking a trip to a commercial greenhouse is a great way to learn about the life cycle of plants.
- Delve into the depths with a trip to a cave. Caves are a natural formation that cannot only teach kids about water and earth cycles but are a great way to appreciate the natural beauty of the world.
Parent Ideas – Guest homeschooler spot:
This is where we will include information from parents that may be of help to other parents.
Ideas on how to get organised for homeschooling, what alternative weekly plan might look like, tips and various shortcuts that help busy parents
This month’s tips come from Sue and Grant in Ballarat VIC. Thank you for sending it in!
“We each embark on Home Education for our own reasons. It is vital to get a bigger picture, a dream, a vision for our children and our family. Homeschooling is ra ewarding lifestyle but there will be times when you are bought to your knees. Always keep the vision in sight to encourage and remind yourselves why you are traveling this journey. We have our family vision written on the fridge, for us all to read.
We also find having a weekly planner pinned to the fridge allows everyone to know what they are doing. We have one for each of the children and they check that first, before coming to me to ask what to do next. A huge help!”
Tips from the CEA team:
Enjoy the Journey
Make your own rules–so that you can enjoy the journey. Of course unlike school, the kids don’t have to raise their hand to ask a question or to go to the bathroom. But establishing some routines and schedules that work for you, can bring great peace. Find the balance between structure and relaxation that makes you most productive.
Homeschooling is not the same thing as “school at home.”
We aren’t trying to replicate what schools are doing. Homeschooling is an alternate educational path that is individualised to meet the student. Having an Educational program actually allows more freedom. It gives you a base from which to move. It’s okay to veer off the curriculum and let children pursue their own interests. That is why CEA have purposefully put the program together in a way that enables full flexibility and chunks of time to be spent in whatever pursuit your child finds fascinating. Knowing you have not only covered all the concepts required, but also have the freedom to let your child explore their learning, is the very best of both worlds.
Don’t compare to others!!!
Keep your own goals in mind as you assess your homeschooling success and progress. Often well meaning homeschool parents are quick to share their opinions both positive and negative. Keep focussed on the path you are walking with your child. The progress your child makes is so individualised and should never be compared to another. Each one is unique. Assess your homeschooling progress with your goals in mind, and always remember we are here to talk if needed.
Dates you may want to highlight in your Home-schooling this month:
World Oceans Day: This is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration to honour, protect and conserve the world’s oceans. For more information visit worldoceansday.org
World Environment Day: This day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. It began in 1974 and is now celebrated in over 100 countries. For more information and education toolkits visit worldenvironmentday.global
FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: Contested every four years, the World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. In 2018, 32 teams will compete in Russia to determine which nation is the world’s best in Football (soccer). For more information visit www.fifa.com/worldcup
Gallery of Creative CEA students
Thanks to all the amazing kids who have sent photos of their artwork. This month we will feature two very creative students. Both students will receive a CEA prize pack.
First we have Shani, who is busy in Grade 1. Fantastic work Shani!
Second, we have Rachelle who has sent in photos of her creative wall display in Grade 7. Great job Rachelle!
This months’ recipe is a favourite in the home of Mandy Craine, Blackall, Qld. Thank you Mandy for sending it in!
Rice Paper wraps:
Make these rice paper wraps, adding what you like and leaving out what you don’t. Kids love to make their own.
50g rice vermicelli noodles
1 carrot peeled
1 avocado, peeled and destoned
8 rice paper wraps
8 king prawns, peeled or cooked (optional)
8 mint leaves
½ cooked chicken breast, shredded
Sweet chilli sauce to serve.
Step 1: Put the noodles in a pan of water and bring to the boil, simmer for 3 mins, then cool under running water. Drain thoroughly.
Cut the carrot into matchsticks using a knife or a mandolin. Cut the avocado into strips and the cucumber into thin sticks. Soak 2 of the rice paper wraps in cold water for 1-2 mins until floppy.
Lift 1 sheet of rice paper out of the water, shake gently, then lay it carefully on a board. Place 2 prawns in the centre, with a mint leaf between them. Add a strip of avocado, pile some noodles on top, then add a layer of carrot and cucumber. Fold the bottom half of the rice paper over, then fold the sides in and tightly roll it up. Repeat using the second wrapper and soak 2 more to make 2 more rolls.
A bit of fun
Hard Winter Word Search
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We wish all our CEA families a fantastic month and we are always here if needed.