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Welcome to the November CEA Newsletter. If you are new to CEA you will be glad to know that this is a monthly newsletter that will enable you to keep up to date with the various happenings at CEA. We are passionate about partnering with parents to provide the very best education for their children. As a result, we are always eager to support you in any way we can. Our program is not just a product, it is a service.
Term 4 is up and running, and we are thrilled in the office, to see so many of our families heading towards the finish of the year. Keep in mind that we will need to hear from you if you are wanting an end of year certificate, for your child.
Grade 9 is soon to be released. A huge number of families are eagerly awaiting the Grade 9 program pre-release.
Read on below for more information.
Please let us know if you are registering in NSW, as we can supply the NSW Aligned Scope and Sequence Documents that include the NSW outcomes. This will be very helpful with registration.
We are aware that there are times where a Novel is tricky to find or is perhaps not right for your child. In this case, please let us know as we are able to provide alternatives.
It is also great to remember that if your child needs revision in a certain subject or extension, we can happily tailor your program, at no extra cost.
Any problems? Please check our Troubleshooting section at the end of our newsletter!
November Kid Friendly Recipe: Kids Quiche
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 4 eggs
- 1 large rasher bacon, rind removed and diced
- 1 tbsp parsley, chopped (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 210°C (190°C fan-forced). Spray four individual tart cases with cooking spray.
- Use an upside down saucer and cut out four rounds of puff pastry. Place pastry rounds in tart cases.
- Crack one egg into each pastry base. Sprinkle the diced bacon evenly among the four tart cases.
- Give each case a sprinkle of salt and pepper, add parsley if desired, then pinch the yolk with your fingers to break.
- Place the pies into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from cases and serve hot or cold.
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. Look ahead and see if any events are right for your family.
4 -10 November – National Others Week
Organisation: Global Care
Held from the first Sunday in November, NOW encourages people to find a way to help someone, whether it’s a random act of kindness or a planned activity. Because as the NOW motto says – life is a team sport!
11 November – Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day (11 November) marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11th November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
12- 18 November – National Recycling Week
Organisation: Planet Ark
National Recycling Week aims to improve the positive environmental outcomes of recycling by increasing community awareness, increasing collection rates and reducing contamination. Local councils, businesses and community groups are encouraged to join in throughout the week.
13 November – World Kindness Day
Organisation: Australian Kindness Movement
The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realise we are citizens of the world. As world citizens, we have a commonality and must realise that if progress is to be made in human relations and endeavours we must focus on what we have in common.
20 November – Universal Children’s Day
Organisation: United Nations
Universal Children’s Day is observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.
Grade 9 Pre-release Sale
It has come to our attention that many families are awaiting the Grade 9 Scope and Sequence Documentation needed for registration for 2019. As a result, we have asked IT to release it early.
Announcing the Grade 9 Pre-release!
You can now purchase Grade 9, Term 1 at the discounted price of $170 and receive the Scope and Sequence Documentation up front. Your order will then be held until the Grade 9 program is released towards the end of Term, and it will then be sent out to you before it is officially released to the public.
Gallery of Creative CEA students
Receiving photos and feedback from parents is always a joy in the office. We love to celebrate the accomplishments of individual children. This month we have a bumper crop of talented and creative learners. There is no doubt when looking through these hands-on activities that the learning done here, unlike textbooks, will last a lifetime. You will all receive a gift voucher as a thank you for sharing your fantastic learning.
Introducing Akira (Grade 4) and her fantastic Antarctica fact sheet. Magnificent work Akira. Akira and her sister Ahliyah (Grade 2) loved learning about Chemistry and phase change in their melting crayon experiment. Fabulous learning girls!
Kaidey (Grade 7) has produced a breathtaking drawing in Art. The effort and time that has been put in is obvious. Wonderful job Kaidey.
Brandon in Grade 3 produced and outstanding model of Australia and its neighbours. Mind blowing!
Jacob and Gemma’s Science grass caterpillars were a huge hit and taught them about the way plants grow. Stunning results from your effort Jacob and Gemma. Awesome job.
Gemma is doing wonderful learning about money and healthy eating in her health food shop lesson. Well done Gemma
An outstanding Model of the digestive System was created by a clever Grade 5 student in health. What an amazing result. Phenomenal job!
Homeschool Thoughts – Home Educating High Schoolers
Most homeschooling families feel more confident about their ability and choice to homeschool their children during the preschool and Primary school years, yet sometimes that confidence diminishes with the thought of the educational needs of teenagers. The reasons parents choose to homeschool their children don’t diminish once a child enters the high school years. These factors: individualised learning environment, enhanced family relationships, ability to accomplish more academically, ability to teach a particular set of values and beliefs, desire to provide a “safer” environment, and a chance to offer guided social interactions, only grow in importance as a child enters adolescence.
Some homeschooling families express concern about their ability to meet the growing educational and socialisation needs for their teenager. They worry about whether their child will be prepared for work or University Study (if they choose that path) However, these concerns can be put aside. According to one study cited by News and World Report, “homeschool students graduate from University, at a higher rate than their peers – 66.7% compared to 57.5%.”
Homeschooling with the right program allows your children the benefit of individualised academic support, just as they are beginning to identify their gifts and passions.
Does your child show a gift in Maths? Do they show a desire to move into healthcare? Are they enthusiastic about hospitality, building skills or office work? knowing you are preparing your child to enter whatever field they desire provides great peace of mind for a parent.
The CEA High School program provides High School students with the opportunity to not only gain the knowledge required to receive their Grade 9 and Grade 10 Certificates but also elective certificate courses and work placement references. Completing High School with CEA enables each student to develop a knowledge and belief in their own gifts and talents, and valuable resume to begin their working/studying future.
End of Year Certificates:
All students who are finishing the year with Term 4 of CEA (regardless of when you began) are entitled to receive their end of year certificates. As each family starts and begins at their own pace, we will wait on you to request your certificates.
A Bit of Fun – Ideas
4 -10 November – National Others Week or World Kindness Day (13th November)
With National Others week and World Kindness Day, this month we thought you might enjoy doing a few random acts of kindness to celebrate. What does random acts of kindness mean?
A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier. Either spontaneous or planned in advance, they actually have benefits for the doer as well as the recipient. Here is some evidence to consider.
1. Being kind creates happiness within.
A Harvard Study showed that those who were altruistic and gave away money were, overall, the happiest. But even the smallest acts of kindness can truly create a happiness within.
2. Being kind helps us gain energy and boosts our self-esteem.
Many aspects of research has shown that kindness produces serotonin which generates that feeling of calmness and even helps heal wounds. In one Berkeley study, almost 50 percent of participants reported feeling stronger and having more energy after helping others, with reports of greater feelings of calmness and enhanced self-esteem also predominant.
3. Being kind is literally good for your heart!
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation reports: Witnessing acts of kindness produces oxytocin, occasionally referred to as the ‘love hormone’ which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving the overall health of one’s heart.
4. Being kind can help you to live longer.
Christine Carter, author of Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents, writes: “People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains. Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organisations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying early, and that’s after shifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.”
5. Kindness can be taught.
As educators, parents, grandparents, etc. we need to realise that our children are learning from our behaviours, if we are kind and giving, our children will be too.
6. Being kind is very contagious.
The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!
We have included a “Random Act of Kindness” suggestion sheet – CLICK HERE. You may find an activity or two, you would like to do with your homeschoolers, or homeschooling community.
Playing with slime is a lot of fun, but parents need to be involved and informed. Please, read all labels.
If the slime recipe you are using contains borax – adults should complete that step.
Borax Free Slime!
You need three ingredients:
White Elmers School Glue (non-toxic, washable)
Baking Soda (known as bicarbonate soda in some places)
Buffered Saline Solution – You can find this in the eye care section of the supermarket. Make sure it is the buffered saline.
Optional – food colouring
Add a bottle of white glue to a bowl. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix completely with a spoon. Add a few drops of food colouring if you want, at this point and mix it in completely.
Now, start adding a few drops of the buffered saline and mixing with the spoon. Just do it a few drops at a time. It will start pulling together immediately. Continue adding a few drops, mixing it thoroughly. Repeat until it starts to pull into a stringy ball.
Put some buffered saline on your hands. Pick up the slime and start kneading and mixing it with your hands. It will be sticky, but only through working it will you get the best, stretchy slime. Work it really well. It will change into a better slime consistency as you work it.
If it is still sticky after a few minutes of kneading, add one or two drops of buffered saline. Continue working it in. Don’t add too much or you will start to lose the stretchy properties and become more prone to breaking. If you find your slime is breaking you are adding too much saline.
Have you tried making fluffy slime yet?
Fluffy slime is really just regular slime made with shaving cream added. The amount of shaving cream you add will change the texture and consistency of the slime. The more you add, the “fluffier” it will be. The fun part about making slime is experimenting with different amounts to see how the slime forms.
Fluffy slime is really just regular slime made with shaving cream added. The amount of shaving cream you add will change the texture and consistency of the slime. The more you add, the “fluffier” it will be. If you just want it to be a little fluffy, then this recipe will walk you through how much shaving cream to use. The fun part about making slime is experimenting with different amounts to see how the slime forms.
Magical Liquid is Elmer’s all-in-one formulation that replaces the need to use baking soda and contact solution when making slime with Elmer’s glue. Simply add this formula into your glue slowly, mix thoroughly and watch your glue transform into slime!
Elmer’s have developed an innovative new product Elmer’s Magic Liquid! Simply add to PVA glue to make super cool slime, fast. Elmer’s Magical Liquid is certified as nontoxic and child-friendly, the perfect way to make tons of fun, gooey slime that kids go nuts for.
This section will be included every Month to ensure you can access the information if needed.
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 discover a lesson cannot be found and we will have the update sent to you.
Item 1: Please ensure that you respond to your email regarding the online subscription reminder. The Administration process is now up to 3 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.
Item 2: If purchasing through bank transfer or other, please email through a description (name/grade) of what your purchase is for.
Item 3: 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.
To all our CEA families, we trust that November will be a fantastic month for you and we look forward to sharing some fascinating learning with you all this Month.
Don’t forget to send in photos and videos of your learning adventures so we can share them with other CEA families.