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Welcome to all the CEA families. Term 4 has started with an influx of new families. If you are new to CEA we welcome you aboard and look forward to many exciting learning years ahead. Do keep in mind that the program is flexible. If an activity is “not your child’s thing” that’s ok, adapt it. They may prefer to do a report rather than a presentation. One of the joys of homeschooling is ensuring the learning is a great fit for your child. That being said, keep in mind that if your child is needing revision or extension in a particular subject, let us know so we can provide the extra subjects you may be needing. This service is available to you at no additional cost. We are here to support your home education and want to make it as enjoyable and effective as possible.
With the release of Grade 9 later this Term, the office is busy with preparations. You may have read about our “Launch Pad” Grade 9 and 10 programs. With a unique and continued focus on real world application for learning, we will be engaging various experts and professionals to share their wealth of knowledge/advice and experience with our students. It is our aim to provide CEA students with unprecedented opportunities and pathway assistance into TAFE, University, Trades or careers. Best of all they will have a great grasp of their own skills, talents, and passions, making choosing a direction straightforward.
October Kid Friendly Recipe:
Cheesy Vegemite Pull-apart
These are a great alternative to a lunchtime sandwich, and kids love helping to make them.
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 30g butter, chilled, chopped
- 3/4 cup reduced-fat milk
- 1 tablespoon Vegemite
- 3/4 cup grated reduced-fat tasty cheese
- Reduced-fat milk, to glaze
Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Sift flour into a bowl. Using fingertips, rub butter into flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre. Add milk. Using a flat-bladed knife, stir until mixture forms a soft dough, adding more milk if necessary. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently until smooth (don’t over-knead).
Roll out to a 30cm x 20cm rectangle. Spread Vegemite over dough, leaving a 1cm strip along 1 long side. Sprinkle cheese over Vegemite. Roll up firmly. Transfer to prepared tray, seam-side down.
Using scissors, cut into top of dough at 3cm intervals without cutting all the way through. Pull slices to the left and right. Brush with milk. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Serve
Free trial – MathSpread
Our good friend Dr Nahid Linda Banihashemi has agreed to provide CEA students with a free trial to her new innovative and effective maths program. The courses have been designed for Grade 7 and up and provide a fantastic add on to support students learning about Geometry, Shapes and Volume.
Dr Nahid is an applied mathematician (BA, MA, Ph.D in applied maths and teaches mathematics at UTS in Sydney). She has been developing this platform to support students on their maths journey. It’s designed to explain not only the mathematics concepts of which your child needs, but also to show them how to apply the knowledge they have gained for solving real life problems. Using these projects, children will get over negative feeling and become inspired.
Dr Nahid is willing to run a free project for your child and will provide a report for you about their progress.
The programs can be found via the link below:
If you would like to get started on a trial, simply email Dr Nahid at [email protected] and she will arrange the trial for your child.
Dates you may choose from, to highlight in your Home-schooling 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. For example, the Aussie Bird Count needs you to get your registration in and they will send you your tally book. Look ahead and see if any events are right for your family.
1-6 October: Be Kind to Animals Week
Organisation: Edgars Mission
Be Kind To Animals Week is an opportunity to take a step back from our busy lives and think about those that ask nothing of us. During the first week of October (1-7th) please do something to celebrate your concern for animals worldwide.
1-31st October: Great Cycle Challenge Australia
Organisation: Children’s Medical Research Institute
Great Cycle Challenge encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get on their bikes this October and ride to fight kids’ cancer!
Right now, cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia. Over 600 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week.
1-31st October: Buy Nothing New Month:
Buy Nothing New Month is the global movement for collective, conscientious consumption. It’s about thinking where our stuff comes from (finite resources) and where it goes when we’re done (often landfill) and what are the fantastic alternatives out there to extend the life of our ‘stuff’.
Email: [email protected]
1-31st October: Dogtober:
Organisation: Assistance Dogs Australia
Dogtober is a way to get involved with Assistance Dogs, have some fun and help train another 25 super pups to help people with physical disabilities. You can help by creating your own doggie themed event or being sponsored to undertake a challenge which will raise much needed funds and awareness.
Email: [email protected]
5th October: World Teacher Day:
World Teachers’ Day held annually on 5 October is a UNESCO initiative, a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world. As a home educator you are doing the most vital and influential job on the planet. Why not have a day to celebrate with a special afternoon tea. Ideas are in the Fun section below.
8-14 October: Fire Prevention Week:
Organisation: National Fire Protection Association
Fire prevention week aims to educate the community, particularly children, about the dangers of fire and the importance of prevention techniques.
There are plenty of activities on the website, that could co-ordinate with a trip to your local fire station. For a plate of home made biscuits a private tour is quite common
15-21 October: National Nutrition Week:
Organisation: Nutrition Australia
National Nutrition Week encourages Australians to learn about making healthy food and lifestyle choices.
Why not take advantage and have your child develop their own nutritional food plan for the week.
20-21 October: Garage Sale Trail
Garage Sale Trail is a free festival of over 16,100 garage sales that happens in communities across Australia annually. Save the date! The next Garage Sale Trail is happening on Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October 2018.
It’s fast becoming a national movement of reuse-loving, community minded individuals who come together on one weekend to clear out their pre-loved stuff, find treasure, meet the neighbours and have some fun. Garage Sale Trail is Powered by 150+ local councils, like-minded partners and over 370,000 Australians. Whether you’re looking to de-clutter or make some money, love the search for a unique bargain, or just want to take part in a fun community event, get involved!
22-28: Aussie Backyard Bird Count
Organisation: Birdlife Australia
Have you ever wondered about the birds in your neighbourhood? Thousands of people will contribute towards the AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT – BirdLife Australia’s first nationwide bird survey. All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite green patch and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!) Record the birds you see on our brand new Aussie Bird Count app (or website) and you’ll instantly see live information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted right across your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia!
Email: [email protected]
This month celebrity student is on an adventure in Iceland. Tom is in Grade 4 with CEA and can be seen standing on the rift between the (divergent) Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Thanks so much for sharing a snippet of your adventure with us Tom.
Homeschool Thoughts – Home Educating Multiple Grades.
Advantages of Multigrade learning:
When kids of various Grades are learning together at home, there are plenty of opportunities for them to practice working together and independently. Kids learn to support one another, and to share the parent’s time and attention.
Similarly, there are opportunities for older children to help younger ones, whether by playing an educational game together, reading with them, or assisting with the occasional lesson. When older children help younger ones learn, they deepen their own understanding of important concepts, and share a fun and educational bonding experience.
Toddlers and preschoolers can often listen in on lessons and learn in this way. Even if they’re not old enough to begin school, little ones can observe or participate in science experiments, or join in during reading time. Children who have grown up watching their siblings learning at home are often eager to finally start school themselves, having observed the learning process on a daily basis. And when they’re old enough, preschool-aged kids can join in the fun and learning by playing educational games and activities or beginning Clever Kids.
Strategies for teaching multiple children at home
Along with the benefits of homeschooling multiple ages, there are some challenges to be aware of.
Planning is the key. It’s important to allow more planning time and know in advance what is required for a lesson; which lessons are independent, which are guided, and which might require extra time or materials. If there are more students than computers, parents need to consider how to schedule online and offline time for each student and keep track of when online class sessions take place. Having a white board and egg timer, can make this simple.
Keep all materials, books, and supplies together, organised by grade, and easily accessible to students. Set aside some space where kids can work independently and free from distractions. Even a quiet nook for independent reading can be great for giving kids some space.
If there are infants, toddlers, or preschoolers in the house, parents need to make sure that their needs are met, too. Set up activities beforehand and make sure kids know what they should be doing when you’re focused on another student.
Make a list of lessons and activities that students can complete independently. You might also consider putting together a box with worksheets, colouring pages, flash cards, spelling word lists, and educational games that kids can access when they need to work independently, or have finished a lesson and have “nothing to do.” This is a good opportunity for them to become independent.
Plan and enjoy your subjects, as a group. For example – If Tuesday is Science Day, have all siblings do all the various Grade Science activities together. Then each can go off to complete the accompanying activity sheet. This allows far more to be gained from each lesson.
A Bit of Fun – Monthly Activity Sheets
Activity Sheets and Colouring – Simply click the link to bring up the activity sheet.
World Teacher Day
Kids love to celebrate! Why not plan a special afternoon tea to acknowledge the role of the home education teacher. Give your children the chance to acknowledge and reflect on the input you have as their home education teacher. Here are a few ideas that they may enjoy participating in.
Write a Thank you Teacher Poem: Use the starter sentences provided in the example and complete each sentence in their own words. This can be put inside a card.
A great card idea: Draw a cup and saucer onto coloured paper. Have your child cut them out. Glue the saucer onto the front of the cardboard card. Glue the outer edges of the cup on. Add a tea bag to the cup. Print or write out the saying “Teachers make the world a better place!”
Bucket of Thanks: Your child may like to create a “bucket of thanks”. This is done by allowing them to purchase some items, they know you love, and creating a small hamper for you.
To all our CEA families we trust that August 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.