May 18

May Newletter

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Hi Everyone,

With the start of Term 2 it has been a busy time! A warm welcome back to all CEA families and great to see so many new families on board.
Thank you to all those that have started to share their children’s work and homeschooling suggestions for other families. Keep them rolling in. We would love to share more of the kids’ own work with the CEA community to celebrate the everyday learning achievements of them all. We will collect these and make an Art wall in the June newsletter. Get your child’s photos in by May 21st to have them included.

This Newsletter does contain a lot so to see everything be sure to select “view entire message/ email”

Great job Kelly!


We are excited to announce a partnership with JB HI-FI, who after recognising the success of home education, has come on board offering discounted devices to support CEA families in their education journey.

These devices cover a range of laptop and tablets over varying price points. Please contact us for information on how to purchase and available products.

What’s on in May:

1st – 7th May

International Composting Awareness Week

Organisation: Centre for Organic & Resource Enterprises (CORE)
International Composting Awareness Week is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness about the importance of this valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.

National/State: International

Mercy May

Organisation: Mercy Ships Australia
This May, join with Mercy Ships to help women in Africa by hosting a Mercy May event. Helping is easier than you think! Just get your friends together for a good time and raise money for a great cause in the process. There are so many ideas for the kind of Mercy May event you can hold. All you have to do is pick one.


23rd May – 3rd June

National Reconciliation Week

This event runs between these dates every year as they mark two important milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision. Each year a theme is chosen and new teaching and learning ideas (as well as promotional materials) are available on the website. For more information visit

Sunday 13th May

Mothers Day!

Monday 14th May

Free Photography webinar with the founder of Australian family photographer and the founder of the Kids Through a Lens online photography courses, Claire Stephens.

Limited to CEA families. Full details and registration information listed further down.

1st May – 30th June

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Organisation: Cancer Council
May is Australia’s biggest Morning Tea month. Thursday 23rd May is the official day but you can host an event anytime throughout May or June. It’s simple, fun and best of all for a great cause! All you need to do is set a date, brainstorm some morning tea ideas, invite your guests and raise money to help support the fight against cancer.

National/State: National

CEA Paper Plane Competition

Full details at the bottom with prizes and draw date.

Mothers Day

We have included a few Mothers day ideas to allow kids of all ages to celebrate the Mother, Grandmother or special lady in their lives.

1st Card idea:

Mothers day cards: Use your child’s handprint to make a green flower base andfinger prints to make the flowers. Cut a coloured piece of paper into a flower pot shape and write on it the following poem.

I’ve made some Mothers Day flowers, with my fingers and my thumb, so you’ll always have these memories for all the years to come.

2nd Card idea:

Fold cardboard into a card.
Cut a piece of coloured paper about a cm smaller than the card and glue it to the front.
Cut an egg section off an egg carton and cut it in half again.
Cut a small piece of pipe cleaner and bend for a handle.
Glue on the handle using craft glue.
Glue on the “cup” making sure it covers the handle ends.
Put a tea bag into the cup.
Glue the tea bag label to the paper.
Add some paper flowers for effect.
Write a message of love inside.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas:

Drawing decorated plates.
Purchase some inexpensive white plates from Kmart or a bargain shop. Use coloured sharpies to decorate.
Once your child has finished decorating them, put them in a cold oven and turn up the heat to 180 degrees for about 30 minutes. Leave them to cool in the oven.

Clay Pot Gift

You will need:
Clay pot, acrylic paint, paintbrush, black sharpie, matte spray- on clear coat.

To get started, apply a thick layer of paint to child’s foot. If you want the colours to mix together where they meet, you should probably help them along with your paintbrush while on the foot. Carefully press one foot onto the pot, wash it off, then paint the other foot and press it on so that the two straight edges are in the middle (with a small space between them) and the two arched edges are pointing outwards.
After giving the footprints a few minutes to dry, use the Sharpie to draw a very simple butterfly body and antennae in the centre.
As a final step, give the butterfly part of the pot a light spray of matte sealant, just to make it a little more durable.

Teen idea: Homemade bath bombs

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid powder (use fine grade, available from chemists or pool supply shops)
  • Sieve
  • Potpourri or herbal teabags such as chamomile, lemon, rosehip or peppermint
  • An essential oil such as peppermint, lavender, geranium
  • Sweet almond oil (from chemists)
  • Food colouring
  • Rubber gloves
  • Moulds from craft shops

Step 1
To make the base mix: sieve the bicarb soda and citric acid powder into a large dry mixing bowl. This will make enough for four bath bombs.

Step 2
To make one bath bomb, transfer 1/2 cup of the base mix into a medium bowl and stir in the contents of a herbal teabag or other dry ingredient such as potpourri. Set aside.

Step 3
In a small bowl, combine 6 drops of essential oil of your choice, 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and 8 to 12 drops of food colouring – or until your desired colour is reached.

Pour this mixture into the bowl containing the 1/2 cup of base mix and stir quickly with a teaspoon so things don’t start fizzing!

Step 4
Wearing rubber gloves, continue to combine the ingredients with your fingertips until it starts to clump together when compressed in your hand. It’s essential you do this with your fingertips, not a spoon, so the liquid is distributed evenly. The mix is now ready to go into a mould.

Step 5
Wipe a little sweet almond oil inside the mould.

Fill the mould with the mixture, packing it in firmly.

Make the other bath bombs with the remaining mixture, working with 1/2 cup at a time.

Leave the bath bombs in their moulds to set for at least 24 hours (36 hours is even better).

After they have set, turn each mould over and bang it firmly once on a flat surface, then gently ease out the bath bombs


  • According to aromatherapy, different essential oils have different effects – lavender brings a sense of calm and comfort; peppermint re-energises the body and clears the mind; and geranium uplifts both mind and spirit.
  • To make sure your bath bombs are easy to remove, stick to simple moulds such as ball, heart and star shapes.
  • To give your bombs a pretty, textured look, sprinkle extra herbal tea or potpourri into the moulds before you press in the mix.
  • Wrap individual bath bombs in clear cellophane and tie with a pretty ribbon to give as gifts. Craft supply shops also sell various vessels such as wooden boxes that you can place the bath bombs in cushioned with raffia. You can also buy decorative noodle boxes from $2 shops that make a cute gift wrapping idea.
  • Remember, hot water activates the fizz in the bombs – cold water doesn’t work.

Parent Ideas – Guest Homeschooler Spot

This months family tips comes from Melanie Brag in Melbourne VIC.
“My Son and I only began homeschooling last year. So I don’t feel I have a heap of knowledge to share, but I have begun to work out what works best for us. Dylan had a terrible time at school and had a negative attitude to “school work”. He always referred to himself as dumb. Since beginning last year, I have seen this really turn around”. He is really enjoying and relating to the Novel “Wonder” in Grade 7 this year, and is eager to get started each day. I have found that if I take the time the night before to have his activities ready for the next day, he is far more focussed. This year I am having him get his own lessons printed and ready the night before. I’ll see how this goes. He seems to like the idea of being responsible for his own learning. I have also found that having a “brain break” between subjects works great for Dylan. He goes off to work on his latest woodwork creation before coming back about half an hour later, ready to begin. I hope those little ideas help someone. Melanie.
Send in your tips so we can share them in a newsletter.

May competition:
Paper plane Competition


This month we will host our very own paper plane competition. There are two categories. The first is the “Distance comp. It will be judged on how far the plane goes. The second is the “Time in Air” comp, judged on how long the plane is up.

Prize: First place in each category receives a $50 Movie pass OR a $50 prepaid visa gift card.

Categories: Foundation, Grades 1 -2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6 – 8

Requirements: Send in your plane photos, “Distance” result and “Time in Air” result by May 28th so we can announce the winners in the June Newsletter.

Happy flying!

It may be helpful –depending on the students’ age to read some information to begin.

What makes a paper airplaneAir — the stuff that’s all around you. Hold your hand in front of your body with your palm facing sideways so that your thumb is on top and your pinkie is facing the floor. Swing your hand back and forth. Do you feel the air? Now turn your palm so it is parallel to the ground and swing it back and forth again, like you’re slicing it through the air. You can still feel the air, but your hand is able to move through it more smoothly than when your hand was turned up at a right angle. How easily

fly? anairplane moves through the air, or its aerodynamics, is the first consideration in making an airplane fly for a long distance

Drag and Gravity
Planes that push a lot of air, like your hand did when it was facing the side, are said to have a lot of “drag,” or resistance, to moving through the air. If you want your plane to fly as far as possible, you want a plane with as little drag as possible. A second force that planes need to overcome is “gravity.” You need to keep your plane’s weight to a minimum to help fight against gravity’s pull to the ground.

Thrust and Lift
“Thrust” and “lift” are two other forces that help your plane make a long flight. Thrust is the forward movement of the plane. The initial thrust comes from the muscles of the “pilot” as the paper airplane is launched. After this, paper airplanes are really gliders, converting altitude to forward motion. Lift comes when the air below the airplane wing is pushing up harder than the air above it is pushing down. It is this difference in pressure that enables the plane to fly. Pressure can be reduced on a wing’s surface by making the air move over it more quickly. The wings of a plane are curved so that the air moves more quickly over the top of the wing, resulting in an upward push, or lift, on the wing.

The Four Forces in Balance
A long flight occurs when these four forces — drag, gravity, thrust, and lift — are balanced. Some planes (like darts) are meant to be thrown with a lot of force. Because darts don’t have a lot of drag and lift, they depend on extra thrust to overcome gravity. Long distance fliers are often built with this same design. Planes that are built to spend a long time in the air usually have a lot of lift but little thrust. These planes fly a slow and gentle flight.


Students can build two different types of paperairplanes. One paper airplane should be designed to fly as far as possible. The other paper airplane should be designed to stay in the air as long as possible.

Note: Cardboard planes and planes made from paper airplane kits should not be used. Check to make sure you use only the allowed materials listed below.

Building the Paper Airplanes
Step 1: Read about research aerodynamics before they begin designing their own planes.
Step 2: Students must use A4 paper, though they may choose to use one or two sheets per paper airplane.
Step 3: Provide the following optional materials for each competitor or team. Explain to students that the following materials are not required, but may be used if the students desire.

  • One standard paper clip
  • Three inches of tape
  • A dab of glue
  • Three staples

Step 4: Allow students to work on their paper airplanes for as long as you see fit.

Distance Test Rules
For the distance category, each student must throw his or her paper airplane while you record distances in Metres and Centimetres. All distances must be measured from the starting line to the point where the plane first touches the ground or floor — not the final resting place if it slides. Each student has up to three chances to get his or her best distance.

Time in Air Test Rules
For the time-in-air category, each student must throw his or her airplane while you time the flights with an accurate stopwatch. Report the times in seconds and hundredths of a second. (Example: 2.45 seconds.) Each student has up to three chances to get his or her longest “time in air.”
Send in your Distance result and “Time in Air” result by May 28th so we can announce the winners in the June Newsletter. Don’t forget to include photos, and or video.
Happy flying!

Watch the “Paper Planes” movie for inspiration. Here is the trailer:

Want to get more serious? Can you make it to Sydney?
Look into entering the 2018 STANNSW Young Scientist “Paper Plane State Championship in August.

Photography Time

Most mums believe the following when it comes to learning how to use their digital camera on

…That is it too complicated or time consuming to get their head around…

… That they would need to spend thousands on equipment to get any decent Pinterest-worthy shots.

But actually…

We are so fortunate to have Clare Stephens, Australian family photographer and the founder of the Kids Through a Lens online photography courses offer to hold a free training to show our Complete Education Australia Families that you just need to turn up for one hour and follow her 6-Step Success System to learn how to capture gorgeous shots of your children!

This is part of her paid Beginner Bootcamp online photography course and you guys are getting it for free!

This is what you will learn on the training:

Secret #1: There is ONE key ingredient that WILL transform your child photos… (no matter if you are using an iPhone, a 10 year old camera or the latest fanciest DSLR)
Secret #2: The 9 most common mistakes mums make when photographing their kids (and how to avoid them so they don’t happen to you)
Secret #3: The only 4 settings you need to know to master the manual settings using 6 easy steps – so you can capture the moments that matter – every time.

This is part of her paid Beginner Bootcamp online photography course and you guys are getting it for free!

Register via the link below for this free workshop:
“How to Capture The Moments That Matter with Your  Camera in 6 Easy Steps (Without the Tantrums, Tears or Technical Jargon!)”

If you can’t make it live, Clare has kindly offered to send a limited time replay to those who register, so sign up if you would like to be sent the recording.

This newsletter is designed to uplift, encourage and provide a place where we can support each other in the amazing homeschooling journey. If there is anything you would like toshareof things you would like to see, please email us at “”

Have a Great month,
The CEA team


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