March 19

CEA March Newsletter:

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With Term 1 in full swing, we are loving the fantastic feedback from parents. There is nothing as motivating as starting work in the morning with an email sharing the learning adventures of a special child. Thank you to all who support us, as we support your family in their homeschooling journey!

This newsletter provides a place for families to share tips, ideas, recipes and photos of the various learning experiences being undertaken at home. Feel free to email any newsletter input you have.

The number of Senior High School students joining CEA for these vital educational years is growing at a tremendous rate. How wonderful to be part of the adventure, equipping these young adults developing their gifts and talents.

With new electives being added to the choices each Term, we have had great feedback from parents and students as they fill their resume with Certificates and Diplomas.
At the other end of the Educational journey, the large numbers of little ones getting a great grasp of vital beginning concepts, is always growing.
We have found taking time in the first two years of schooling to really ensure a thorough knowledge of the curriculum has benefits that can be seen right up through the Primary years ahead.

With new families joining daily we are passionate about supporting you in every facet of the education you are providing. Feel free to email or book a call at any time, as we are always here to help.
Have a wonderful March!

Ellen Van Poppel
Director of Teaching

Housekeeping: Please see the troubleshooting section to go over any housekeeping topics discussed previously. This will allow new families to continue checking them. To view – CLICK HERE

This Month’s Kid Friendly Recipe:

Easy salmon and corn fish cakes

1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup self-raising flour
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
125g can corn kernels, drained
1/2 zucchini, grated
210g can red salmon in springwater, bones and skin removed, flaked
80g fresh ricotta, crumbled
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
Extra virgin olive oil, for shallow-frying
1/3 cup tartare sauce
Salad (see note), to serve
Lemon wedges, to serve


Step 1
Sift flours and curry powder into a large bowl. Whisk eggs and milk in a medium jug. Gradually whisk egg mixture in to form a stiff batter. Add corn, zucchini, salmon, ricotta and chives. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Stand for 10 minutes.

Step 2
Pour enough oil into a large, deep frying pan to come 5mm up side of pan. Heat over medium-high heat. Spoon 2 level tablespoons of batter into pan, shaping into a round. Repeat to make 6 fish cakes. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until browned and cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter to make 12 fish cakes in total.

Step 3
Serve fish cakes with tartare sauce, salad and lemon wedges.

Gallery of Creative CEA students

Needing some inspiration? Check out the awesome activities that other CEA students have created so far this year. Sharing our successes and “nailed it” moments encourages others in their homeschooling journey. Feel free to send in some photos to share.

The first CEA stars for March are Cahdelia and Jodicee. Check out these fantastic creative pieces of work. The effort put into these pieces of work is clear. Great job!

Cahdelia year 7 hobbit diorama

Jodicee year 4 geography research Australian vs African savannah

Jaxon is in Grade 2. He has sent through photos of the Maths fun he has been having. He has been arranging numbers on a number line and baking Biscuits. You are doing a wonderful job Jaxon, Keep up the great work!

Charlotte, Summer & Ava are in Grade 2. It is wonderful to see how each of you have made your own interpretation of the artwork. Stunning pictures. Super work

Kay-linn is in Grade 8. As you can see she has been learning about the human cell. She has created a cell cake. There is no doubt she will never forget the various parts of a cell after creating this and eating it. Amazing job Kay-linn!

Dates you may want 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 -7 March:World Compliment Day
Give someone a genuine compliment today!

1- 31 March: The Water Challenge
Organisation: WaterAId Australia
1 in 10 people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. This March make water your only beverage to help give safe water to others. Take the fizz out of your drink, give your coffee a wake-up call and raise a glass to the one drink the world can’t live without.

1 – 31 March: Australian Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month (WHM) is held annually in many parts of the world to acknowledge and document the role women play in making and shaping history.
National/State: National

3 March: World Wildlife Day
Organisation: United Nations
On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.
National/State: International

3 – 10 March: Parks Week
Parks Week is an annual celebration of the important role that our parks play in contributing to the health of our communities. A range of formal and informal events take place across Australia and New Zealand during parks week – there is something for everyone.
National/State: National

18 – 29 March: A Taste of Harmony
Organisation: Scanlon Foundation
A Taste of Harmony celebrates diversity in Australian workplaces (or homeschool group) by encouraging colleagues to share food and stories from different cultural backgrounds.
National/State: National

30 March: Earth Hour 8.30pm
Organisation: WWF
Earth Hour is an international sustainability movement, where individuals and businesses are encouraged to turn off all lights for an hour. Earth Hour aims to increase awareness of the impact we have on our world through the use of fossil fuels and electricity.
National/State: International
Email: [email protected]

Homeschool Thoughts- What is Roadschooling?

Many families choose to travel as they homeschool. How wonderful to have the flexibility to take a trip at any time, without school holiday dates.

There is certainly an increase in families that are doing the majority of their schooling on the road. One of the great benefits of homeschooling is that children need not be confined to a desk or school room to learn. Learning can take place at home, in your community and on the road. The increased flexibility for travel allows us to get up and go when the time is right for the family.

Roadschooling can be done by plane, train, car or caravan. It can be a day trip to the museum, a weekend at your local state park or a week travelling through your state. No doubt you are already busy roadschooling and you didn’t even know it.

More and more families have taken the roadschooling approach to a whole new level by choosing to live in a caravan for a year or longer to give their children the ultimate cross-country road trip. When roadschooling, the goal is to learn in different environments and make education one big excursion trip. The CEA curriculum is used on the road, just as would be used at home. The skill of adapting activities to the environment is something we homeschooling families become expert at. A little flexibility with some lessons allows the program to act as a great resource that can be added to with new places visited.
Let the road take you where it may and enjoy the beautiful scenery and real-life lessons you will find along the way. It’s that simple.

Check out this link to “Let’s Go Mum”. Two happy travelling CEA students:

A Bit of Fun – Ideas

World Compliment Day: The 1st of March is world compliment day. Try using chalk and writing some kind and thoughtful statements on the path where people walk. You will certainly brighten up someone’s day.

6 motivational colouring posters to collect.
Last month we provided the first of 6 motivational posters to colour. This month we will include the second one. If you missed the last one, please let us know and we will send it through to you. Happy Colouring!
Hidden Pictures:
You will find a hidden picture activity for the younger and older child. Who can find all the missing pictures first?

Crazy Maze:
Start from the blue arrow and see how long it takes you to get to the bottom arrow. Time yourself, then rub out your track and let someone else have a go. Can they beat your time?

To all our CEA families, we trust that March will be a fantastic month for you all. We look forward to sharing some fascinating learning this Month.

Don’t forget to send in photos and videos of your learning adventures so we can share them with other CEA families.

CEA Team


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