Welcome to all CEA families. The year is rushing ahead and with Term 3 coming to an end, holiday time is approaching for many families. No doubt this will be a fun time for all. There are many dates on the ideas calendar that your family may choose to participate in. Feel free to post any events you think other families may want to share in, on our notice board. Thank you to families that have been sharing their successes and “nailed it” moments. We love to see the various projects that students are creating. This inspires and encourages others as they move through their learning. Continue to send these in, or post on the CEA Facebook, so we can celebrate achievement as a homeschooling community.
We are busily preparing for the release of “Launch Pad” the Grade 9 (2019) and Grade 10 (2020) 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. We are seeking input from parents in the fields of particular career interest for these webinars. With some prominent names already committed, we are wanting to ensure we cover the various categories that our students are interested in. Send us an email with any suggestions, you may have.
Time spent doing program:
We are often asked how long families should take each day doing our program.
As far as the amount of time taken per day, we recognise that children in mainstream school do not work from 9 -3. If you take out recess, lunch, library, discipline, rehearsals for school plays, assembly etc, only a part of the day is actually spent on teaching. With this in mind we ensure that our program leaves plenty of room in each day to pursue activities that they have a desire or talent for. A common problem today is young adults completing school and not having a clear idea of what they like, or have a talent for.
The CEA program deliberately leaves plenty of time for children to develop their gifts and talents and to explore areas of interest they have been learning about. Our program is designed to be a part of family time, not separate from it.
In mainstream school subjects are often broken up into smaller lessons, due to time restrictions. When learning new things, if we can take the time to absorb it, without a time restraint, we are far more effective learners. For this reason we have not broken the subjects up into lessons. The exception to this is Maths and English as they have alternating content. Our program has been designed to have a Maths and English lesson each day, followed by one other subject. This allows the student to spend time focused on the subject of choice.
A time limit is not given as some activities find the child engrossed and can take all afternoon, and others they fly through. This flexibility is what home education is all about, as each child will find areas they are drawn to, and they will have the opportunity to excel in these.
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 find a lesson cannot be found and we will have the update sent to you.
Program file has expired:
We are often contacted by families letting us know that their program link has expired and could they please be sent a fresh one. We are always very happy to do this. It will also be helpful for families to know that when you receive your program file and other documentation, if you download and save them to your own device/computer/USB, you will then always retain access.
Purchasing via bank transfer:
If purchasing through bank transfer or other, please email through a description (name/grade) of what your purchase is for.
Be prepared for coming Term:
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 “shopping Google search”. If buying from overseas it can take a few weeks to arrive so it’s best to plan ahead. Alternatively, your local bookshop can order Novels in when needed.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
As mentioned last month, we will be running the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in 2019 (Grade 8 and above).
Please let us know if you are interested in finding out more.
The Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14-24 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations.
For full details regarding the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and structure – CLICK HERE
What’s happening this month:
1 – 31 Sep: Starlight Movie Month
Organisation: Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight Movie Month is a chance for your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours to raise funds for seriously ill children and their families.
Email: [email protected]
4 -10 Sep: National Super Hero Week
Organisation: Muscular Dystrophy Australia
Bring your Super Powers and a gold coin donation and enjoy your lessons dressed up as your favourite superhero or better yet, invent one! Register your homeschool or workplace and nominate a date for the event in the first week of September.
9th Sep: National Health and Physical Education Day
Organisation: The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Inc
National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day has been designed to raise awareness of, and advocate for, a greater focus of HPE in our Education Curriculum.
Phone: (08) 8352 3288
Email: [email protected]
10th Sep: Kidney Health Research Walk
Organisation: Kidney Health Australia
Dress in red attire or fancy dress and walk (or run) to support Australians affected by kidney disease. Walks are held across Australia and you can even Host Your Own! Visit www.kidney.org.au for more information and to become involved.
13th Sep: National Skatepark Day
National Skatepark Day is a celebration of youth culture and active recreation at skateparks around Australia. On a local level, the events will be facilitated by Local Governments and Youth Service Providers who will be given resources to engage with their local young people in order to improve facilities and better understand their needs.
Email: [email protected]
16-24thth Sep: National Organic Week
Organisation: Centre for Organic and Resource Enterprises
National Organic Week Australia (NOW) is 10 days of targeted media and locally-staged activities designed to increase awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems and accelerate the uptake of these in the wider Australian community and environment.
21st Sep: World Gratitude Day
On World Gratitude Day we should focus on what we are grateful for and appreciate what we have, rather than what we want or think we need. It’s possible that we can keep our unnecessary and frivolous consumption at bay too.
Book Week Celebrities:
Congratulations to the Benitez family!!!! These Book-week costumes are truly AMAZING – Stinky Pete, Alice in wonderland and Room on a broom. Fantastic Effort. You will find a family gift card coming your way.
Gallery of Creative CEA students
It is always great to hear from the CEA students. This month our feature student is Adam Grant from Bunbury WA.
Adam has been busy in a Design and Technology Work sample investigation on Buoyancy. After several unsuccessful launches and modifications, an excellent floating craft was created that met all the desired outcomes. Perseverance Pays off. GREAT JOB ADAM!
Introducing the long awaited “Launch Pad” Program for
Grades 9 & 10
With many people entering careers they do not enjoy, completing university courses they will never use, and an extremely high level of unfulfilled passion, CEA is developing an innovative “Launch Pad” program giving students a clear path to making decisions about their futures.
The CEA “Launch Pad” program (Grades 9 and 10) will provide a core subject base, added elective subjects, as well as industry information and connections. It is our aim to provide an educational experience second to none, allowing students to move into their future with confidence and a real understanding of their own gifts, skills and career path. CEA has a firm belief that students need to be far better equipped, with a thorough understanding of real world learning. We are currently busy preparing all that is required to release the program towards the end of this year.
We would love your input into fields, industries or professions that may be of interest. Please feel free to send us any suggestions you may have to ensure this can be as relevant as possible for your children.
Whether we have homeschooled for years or are just starting out, you will find doubts or worry will creep in from time to time. Here are a few tips to help in those moments.
Firstly – Relax. Don’t compare. Not to public school, not to other homeschool families… Do what works for you and your children. That’s the beauty of homeschooling. I promise, even when you think you’re doing it all wrong, or not doing enough, you will see your children growing and learning. Their capacity for learning is amazing.
Secondly, Learning comes in many forms, not just at a desk. That is fundamental to the CEA program. Explore all of the forms. Forget what you thought you knew. Indulge in a major mind shift. See it as a lifestyle. Connection with family members is crucial, let that be your priority, the other stuff will follow. If something is not working, change it up or toss it out. Happiness and health all round are conducive to much learning. Find your family rhythm, there are no have-to’s unless you set the have-to’s. Have fun, be silly, laugh, love, live the example of lifelong learning. Take breaks. Have holidays. Get out and explore the world around you.
The various hands on opportunities and activity sheets are there to guide you. That being said, if your child has a grasp of that concept, or is not interested in the activity sheet or prefers to discuss, rather than record a particular lesson. Go with the flow. Keep the aim of the lesson in mind, rather than the paperwork. Having a set program allows real freedom, as you KNOW that your child is covering it all in a way that is meaningful and individual to them.
Thirdly, Take people’s comments with a pinch of salt. People like to share all the good things but they too struggle, you aren’t alone.
Leave those groups full of judgmental people who insist you have to homeschool in a certain way. You have a unique, comprehensive and flexible educational plan. Trust yourself. You do know what is best for your family. Your child will be well equipped to fulfil their destiny due to the input you are giving them. There are groups that will support you in your quest to provide an excellent education for your children.
A Bit of Fun – Ideas
Home Ec’ Day
Home-Ec day – A great way to teach them everything from folding laundry, to using the washing machine, ironing, cleaning house, sewing, gardening, baking, meal planning and prep. Start simple with the young ones, and get more complex for older kids. They can be “responsible” for dinner. They can do all the planning, shopping, and only step in if they ask help. They can learn to do meal planning using what you have on hand, and if they had to buy any ingredients they can learn valuable lessons about selecting the least expensive choice.
Thank You Letters
This may seem small but it turns out to be quite impacting. It can be anyone that comes into their hearts to write to and it must be encouraging or thanking the person in some way; letting the person know they’ve made a difference etc. Many kids don’t know how to address an envelope or how the mail works etc. so there are many benefits to this. You may also find some community helpers that really appreciate a thank you letter. We have included some templates. Younger students may want to draw a picture and copy a simple sentence. Older students are able to write their letters and may choose to include a picture or sketch.
Thank You Letter Template – CLICK HERE
To all our CEA families, we trust that September 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.