CEA May Newsletter
Can you believe it is Term 2 already? It is great to see and hear about the successes the CEA families are experiencing with their educational journey. As always, please be assured we are here to help at any stage. Although it is great to have other parents to ask, never hesitate to email or book a call with us, so that we can provide accurate and personalised advice.
With a huge first Term behind us, we have been thrilled with the feedback from parents regarding the new activity sheet link. This has been included to allow parents to print out the activity sheets only, without having to print the whole program, if they choose. We are constantly working to improve the teaching /learning experience for the CEA families. We trust it is helpful for your family.
You may have noticed that there has been an increase lately, in publicity regarding the huge numbers of families shifting to homeschooling. You are certainly not alone as we see more and more parents choosing this opportunity for their children. With many families who have been with us for over 6 years now, it has been our privilege to be part of their journey.
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 Ads on Facebook? In case you missed them, here are the links:
Later in the Newsletter:
Homeschooling Work Experience: Grade 9 & 10 students have begun securing work experience. Read all about that opportunity and some tips to secure a week of learning in just the position your child is after.
Changes in homeschooling: With the vast array of text books and programs, some families may ask why a set curriculum like CEA is useful. Read about the realities of homeschooling, and how the shift in demographic is improving the quality of home education.
What is my Child’s Learning Style? Learning styles can be tricky to identify, but when they are used, the results are outstanding. Learn more about how to identify your child’s learning style.
We trust that this Term will be a wonderful learning journey for your family. Ellen Van Poppel – Director of Teaching.
Current Homeschool News:
Homeschooling Numbers on the Rise
According to the ABC, homeschool figures in WA have increased 65% in the pat 5 years. This clip even features some CEA families.
With the continued growth of homeschooling, and the recognition of the fantastic educational opportunities it provides, we are finding that the CEA community is growing at a rapid pace. We look forward to hearing from more families about their day to day learning adventures. A strong community provides support, encouragement and motivation in our quest to provide the very best education for our children.
Homeschoolers top the NAPLAN results
In 2018 homeschooling NAPLAN results of homeschooled students were higher than the average mainstream results. With NAPLAN preparations underway in many schools, we will no doubt see the trend continue, and more media light on homeschooling.
Changes in homeschooling Demographics, and a set curriculum:
A recent article in “The Conversation” again highlights the growth in homeschooling numbers. Here is an expert: “The rise in homeschooling also appears to have links to worldwide changes in education. Many parents see schools as failing their children including for cultural reasons, and believe homeschooling is a suitable alternative. Some families feel schools are not meeting their primary objectives of education and (healthy) socialisation for their children.”
In the past the only set curriculum was religious and workbook based. As a result, families who wanted a more creative, hands on education, while also wanting the choice of sharing their faith with their children, had to work out their own program. As any homeschool parent knows, this is a massive job and often takes the joy or time out of enjoying the learning process with your child. Without an overall plan, pieces of the curriculum are missed, often culminating in blocks of concepts left unlearnt. Now the opportunity to have a team of qualified teachers write the full learning plan and include hundreds of relevant, fun, hands on activities, allows parents to focus on the most vital part of learning, parental support. Parents now have the time to enjoy the process, engage in the activities and share the joy of discovery with their children. What is the result? Students that are well equipped to move into whatever field of endeavor they are drawn to. With Grade 10 students now focusing on their next step into University/Tafe or the workplace, it is clear the preparation they have received in their homeschooling has provided confidence in their career path.
By providing your child with the CEA program you are providing them with the tools needed to fulfill whatever future they are desire.
This Month’s Kid Friendly Recipe:
Berry Swirl Yoghurt Pops
500g reduced-fat Greek style yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/3 cup icing sugar
300g frozen mixed berries, thawed
Blend yoghurt, vanilla and half the icing sugar in a blender or food processor until combined. Transfer mixture to a jug.
Add berries and the remaining icing sugar to blender or food processor. Pour in 1 cup of the vanilla yoghurt mixture and process until smooth and combined.
One-third fill popsicle moulds with vanilla yoghurt mixture then top up moulds with berry mixture.
Run a skewer through mixture in each mould to create a swirled effect.
Place moulds in freezer for 1 hour then insert a popsicle stick in each one and return to freezer for several hours or overnight until frozen solid.
Remove popsicles from moulds just before serving. If popsicles are difficult to remove, wrap a warm damp cloth around moulds for a few seconds and they should slide out easily.
Tip: Popsicle moulds are available in different shapes and sizes from department stores and specialty kitchen shops. Popsicle sticks are available from newsagents and craft shops.
Dates 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 -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.
4th May: International Star Wars Day
May 4 is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Since the phrase “May the Force be with you” is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly say “May the fourth be with you” on this day.
8th -9th May: Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
Organisation: United Nations
An international time to remember those all those who lost their lives during the Second World War, regardless of what side they fought on.
12th May Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is the annual celebration of mothers and the hard work they do.
15th – 21st May: National Family Week
Organisation: Families Australia
National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your immediate family, make contact with your extended family and friends and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family time.
19th May RSPCA Million Paws Walk
The Million Paws Walk is a fundraising event for the RSPCA. The RSPCA investigates more than 50,000 cases of animal cruelty or neglect each year.
What is happening in CEA this Term?
Primary CEA Information
May will be an exciting month for our younger students. Grade 1 students are studying the Henry and Mudge Book Series, featuring a boy and his dog. It may be a wonderful opportunity to join the RSPCA Million Paws Walk. You may want to join the walk, or go along to watch it. You can even have a look at last year’s event on Youtube.
High School CEA Information 7 & 8
Students in Grade 8 will be studying the Novel “A long Walk to Water”. If you find you are inspired and want to be part of providing fresh drinking water to people in Africa you can join the World Vision 6K walk for Water event, or even host your own.
Get more details on their website: ”Global 6K for Water”
Clean, safe water is essential for life. But for 844 million people around the world it’s out of reach. Global 6K for Water is an opportunity for you, your family, friends and community to help turn the tide for people who need it most. Unite with people around the world and run, walk or jog to raise funds that will help bring life-changing clean water to vulnerable children and communities.
Remember if you host an event, feel free to let us know so we can post it, for other CEA families to join in.
Senior CEA Information – Grades 9 & 10
The Grade 9 &10 students are busy sourcing optional work experience. Most students will do this in week 10 of the term. Trying to organise work experience that links in with your electives is a great idea as they can then get the practical learning that will match up with the theory lessons.
Doing a work experience placement is a great way to find out whether a certain type of career is for you. It gives you the opportunity to learn new skills, build contacts and experience what it’s like working in a real 9-5 job. But that’s not all.
According to an employer survey carried out by Gumtree, some 90% of employers thought that work experience was essential for anyone applying for jobs in the current climate. The survey found that job applicants with good work experience were seen as more knowledgeable (67%), more confident (44%) and more committed (40%). So, we know that work experience can do you the world of good when it comes to looking for jobs in the future, but how can you come up with the best work experience ideas?
One of the best ways to get your first work experience placements is through family and friends. Ask people you know, who work in areas of interest if you might be able to shadow them for a week or even a few days.
Another way to come up with work experience ideas is to look at some of the most common industries that school students have worked in previously.
Because these industries are popular with school students, companies are used to receiving work experience requests and therefore should have processes in place for arranging placements. Here are some popular industries:
Teaching- Primary and secondary schools often allow students to do work experience placements in their classrooms. Start by contacting some of the schools in your local area by sending them your CV and tailored cover letter. Career Zone: Education & Teaching
Marketing/Public Relations– One of the most popular industries for work experience is marketing and public relations (PR). It’s a really varied field that involves using creativity to sell products or services. Start by contacting some local marketing and PR companies, then move on to contacting digital agencies or newspapers. Career Zone: Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Media- Places like television studios, radio stations, production companies and newspapers often take on work experience students. There are many different roles within the media but keep in mind that competition is high. If you live near to a major media outlet, then you could consider making enquiries about placements with them. Alternatively, you should think local and try contacting radio stations and newspapers for opportunities. Career Zone: Publishing and media
Fashion– How do you fancy being the next Tom Ford or Victoria Beckham? If you’re looking for work experience in fashion, then why not consider looking for opportunities in retail, merchandising, hair and beauty or photography studios?
Career Zone: Fashion & Beauty
Art & Design– If you’re creative and enjoy working with different artistic mediums, then you could look into doing work experience in an artist’s studio, design agency or art gallery. Art & Design is a wide-ranging field and includes a lot of different job roles that you may not have thought of before. Career Zone: Art & Design
Finance- The finance sector is huge and there are various different jobs within the industry. Places like banks, building societies and accountancy firms regularly take work experience students. Career Zones: Banking & Finance, Accountancy, Insurance & Pensions.
If you find you are asked about insurance, HEA is a great place to find some. When you join them, they are able to provide you with insurance for Work Experience.
Feel free to share your experience of work placement with us. Others would love to hear about it.
Tom is in Grade 5 and a busy CEA student. His home schooling workspace is currently in the UK as he travels abroad.
Here is a snapshot of Tom’s adventure: “Today I visited The breathtaking white cliffs of Dover, Fan Bay Deep Shelter the first of its kind in the UK and the first Light House on the UK at Fan Bay.
We saw where Faraday and Maconi and other physicists worked and created technology over 100 years ago that was the foundations for all the technology today. Sound mirrors from WW1 to hear Zeplins starting in France.
We were absolutely astounded at the significance of this location to so many diverse world events dating back to Henry the 8th.The first deep shelter created during WW2 for Winnie and Poo and the 182 service personnel that defended freedom.”
What an amazing trip. Thank you for sharing Tom!
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.
Amity in Grade 1: Completing her Visual Art lesson. She is busy making clay animals.
Well done Amity! Your effort and concentration have produced some great animal models.
Bella and her pop, in Grade 4: Bella has been learning about the earth and its layers. One look at that model and it is clear that a heap of work has gone into that learning. Fantastic effort Bella…and Pop.
Grace, in Grade 5.
What an amazing artwork produced by Grace.
The detail and effort put into this is obvious. Wonderful work Grace – Thanks for sharing it with all the CEA families.
Frankie in Foundation:
Frankie has had a great first Term. Here is a picture of the work he is most proud of.
He enjoyed the Maths games and even planted his own succulents. What an exciting learning time he has had. Well done Frankie! Super job!
Ethan in Grade 5
Ethan sent through some amazing foil Artworks. Each foil model has a shadow, made with black paper. He did not just make 1 model but 3! Terrific job Ethan. Well done.
Janelle in Grade 7
Janelle has created a very creative wall poster for the start of her Treasure Island wall display. It is very clear you have put a heap of work into this Janelle, super job! It looks terrific!
A Bit of Mothers Day Fun
Tissue paper roses:
You will need:
* tissue paper (reds and pinks)
*wooden chopstick, pencil, pipe cleaner, or stick.
*green paint and paintbrush
Instructions To Make Your Rose:
1. Paint your chopstick green, and allow it to dry.
2. Cut tissue paper rectangle 30 cm x 10 cm and then cut that lengthwise into 2 strips.
3. Make a 1cm fold along the long side of one of the strips and glue in place. Don’t aim for perfection here. It’s best if it’s a bit messy. Repeat this so you have a double fold along that long edge. This fold will provide some structure to your rose petals.
Make the same folds to your other strip of tissue paper.
Rolling your Rose:
Wrap the short end of one of your tissue paper strips around the narrow end of the chopstick stem and pinch it in place with your thumb and forefinger.
Gently twist the chopstick with one hand, to wind the tissue paper around the chopstick.
Guide the tissue paper as it winds around the chopstick, and frequently pinch the tissue paper at the base of the rose bud to keep things aligned. Again, you don’t want to aim for perfection here. Keep things loose and messy for the most natural look.
When you reach the end of the strip, add the second strip by pinching it in place and continuing to wind.
When you reach the end of the second strip of tissue paper, pinch it all tight at the base of the rose, and secure the tissue paper to the chopstick stem with clear tape.
Use a little glue to secure the loose end of the tissue paper if need be.