Welcome to 2019:
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Welcome to all the returning CEA families, and those that are new to CEA for 2019. Did you know there are over 2500 CEA families? We are very eager to promote and encourage the various CEA Learning Co-Ops, around the country. More on this later in the newsletter.
Here we are at the start of a new year. It is fantastic to see we have many families that are starting their sixth year with CEA!
We are so passionate about providing the tools necessary to equip parents to offer an excellent education to their individual children. With our High School Grade numbers growing at a tremendous rate, this year we begin our Senior Grades of Grade 9 and 10. It is an exciting time as we provide experiences and opportunities never before provided in home education or mainstream school.
So what is new in 2019?
– We will be unveiling a parent/student forum allowing parents and students a platform to share and discuss the various aspects of their educational day.
– New partnerships with businesses, like our partnership with JB Hi-Fi – keep in mind our parent discounts.
– CEA students invited and supported to participate in various Educational competitions, Australia wide.
– CEA Learning Co-op days.
We will continue to work hard to partner with you, ensuring you feel well supported to do the most important job in the world…inspire and equip the next generation of thinkers.
Housekeeping: Please see the troubleshooting section to go over any housekeeping topics discussed previously. This will allow new families to continue checking them. To view – CLICK HERE
ANNOUNCING – CEA Co-Op Learning
Do you meet regularly with other CEA homeschoolers? Looking for some fun, educational, multi-grade resources specially designed for these days? We are busy creating some CEA parent Co-op multi-grade learning activity day programs. These can be accessed by CEA parents to use when forming a group. Lodge your co-op group by emailing us and letting us know where (State, Suburb) and when (weekly/fortnightly) you meet.
We can then put your group on the CEA Co-op register and you will receive your muilti-grade day programs to enjoy with your group. We will also be providing some great giveaways to various groups throughout the year. Let us know if your group is closed, or open to others, as we get requests daily from parents hoping to connect with others using CEA. If not everyone in your group is a CEA parent, don’t worry, you are still welcome to lodge your group. Fun for everyone!
This Months Kid Friendly Recipe:
Chicken, cheese and corn sausage rolls
These freezer-friendly chicken, cheese and corn sausage rolls will make a great addition to your next birthday party table and are also a delicious snack the entire family will enjoy..
500 g chicken mince
1 1/2 cups tasty cheese (grated)
1 carrot (grated)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
200 g corn kernels
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 pinch salt and pepper (to taste)
3 sheets puff pastry (partially thawed)
1 egg (extra, lightly beaten)
1/4 cup poppy seeds (*optional)
Preheat your oven to 210C (190C fan-forced) and line two trays with baking paper. Place the chicken mince, grated tasty cheese, grated carrot, breadcrumbs, one egg, corn kernels, mixed herbs and salt and pepper into a large bowl and mix to combine.
Cut a sheet of partially thawed pastry in half and brush one long side of each piece with a little of the lightly beaten egg mixture. Place an even amount of the chicken, cheese and corn mixture in the centre of the pastry.
Roll up the pastry to enclose the chicken mixture and cut into four pieces.
Brush the tops of the sausage rolls with more of the beaten egg mixture and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Repeat until you have used all of the chicken mixture and pastry.
Place the baking trays into the oven to cook for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
The poppy seeds are optional – you could use none, or even a different kind of seed if you prefer.
Make a big batch of these and then pop them in the freezer to reheat and eat whenever you need a quick dinner or lunch option.
Have a plate of these at your next birthday party!
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, others you can just join in. Look ahead and see if any events are right for your family.
Please note, this month, with it being already mid-Feb, there are limited events listed.
1-28 February: The Sustainable Living Festival
Organisation: Sustainable Living Foundation
The Sustainable Living Festival seeks to inspire and empower everyday Australians to accelerate their uptake of sustainable living.
The Big Weekend is the flagship three-day event held at Federation Square, Melbourne.
Come along and check out what’s on offer at the Sustainable Living Festival.
1-31st October: Great Cycle Challenge Australia
Feel Good Feb (FGF) is having the intention and taking the time to make others feel good during February and beyond. Do a kind deed for a stranger.
February: Clean Up Day
26th February – Business Clean up Day
1st March – School Clean up Day
These both refer to your homeschooling family.
Organisation: Clean Up Australia
By participating in Business or school Clean Up Day you are doing your part to promote a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. It’s also a fantastic way to be seen as a community leader and engage with your local community. Previous Business or school Clean Up Day’s have proven to be excellent team building events and great for staff/school/family morale.
Senior Information – Grades 9 & 10
The Grade 9 and 10 programs will provide your child with not only a great educational base, but also the tools and connections to move into their next chapter with confidence.
Unlike mainstream schools CEA will become a connection with work opportunities, apprenticeships, traineeships and pathways into university, for your child.
The journey begins with Grade 9. This year your child will complete the required core subjects and a number of electives.
Personal Development Health and Physical Education
Innovative Career Development Program (Launch Pad)
With 140 electives offered, (and more on the way) specifically sourced from various providers all over the world, you can be sure they are top quality programs. All electives come with full Scope and Sequence documents showing how they will meet curriculum requirements. This allows us to offer a huge selection, never before provided to Grade 9 and 10 students. The purpose of these programs is to give students the chance to delve into a variety of areas that interest them, giving them the opportunity to discover where their interests, passions and abilities are best channelled. These courses are not simply extensions of courses generally offered. Many are a snapshot of career types, for example, a Certificate in Food & Beverage Stewardship, or others may be University degree options, for example, Certificate in Introduction to Marketing. They are not accredited courses but show potential employers or institutions an aptitude and prior learning in specific areas.
These certificates/Diplomas, and the work experience references form an excellent base for their resume, and will be invaluable when moving into work or higher learning.
Unlike mainstream school, our electives not only cover the curriculum but also provide real world connections to future employment pathways. Whether a student decides they love an area they have chosen to study or decides they will not pursue it in future years, it has been a wonderful opportunity for discovery.
After all, education SHOULD be aimed at providing our children with a wonderful educational base AND exposure to work related subjects, in order to equip them for their next steps in life beyond school.
One of the fascinating CEA families is a family of four (and a cat) living and travelling on an 84ft yacht. What a fascinating journey. Melia and Harvey have a wonderful classroom. Check out this link to see their adventures.
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.
Ariana in Grade 5
First student contribution of the year. She has created this wonderful work in HASS.
Fantastic job Ariana!
Zahara in Grade 9
– created this mini-ecosystem in Science. The thought and work put into this project is obvious.
Wonderful effort Zahara!
Ethan in Grade 5
Check out this masterpiece that Ethan did in his art lesson.
Stunning work Ethan!
Sarah, Henry and Edward
– are off to an amazing start of the year. Utilising the local library is a top idea, and the activities they are producing are clearly wonderful.
Great work Kids!
Micah (Grade 1) A Wonderful start to the year!!!!
Mum says “We have extended our learning. Our number line in Math went to number 30 instead of 20 & after we went through the cards doing addition, Micah wanted to do it again, but doing subtraction. We ended with negative numbers as well. What a fun time we had. Thanks so much for these fun and engaging activities.”
“For our story on the Rainbow fish – we also made a rainbow fish out of playdough and made a puppet theatre with which we performed the story using puppets. Again so much fun!”
We have many more fantastic students work to share. Keep your eye out for the March newsletter in two weeks time. In the meantime, send in your photos, tips, recipes etc so we can all inspire each other.
Current Homeschool News:
“The Educator – Australia” by Robert Ballantyne”
World-renowned education thought leader, Sir Ken Robinson, recently said that if parents are fed up of high-stakes testing, they should homeschool their children.
Robinson said that parents who think their kids aren’t getting the right education have three main options: working more closely with the school in partnership, joining forces with other parents to push back against standardised testing, or homeschooling.
In Australia, the latter option appears to be increasingly popular. Nationally, homeschooling numbers have almost doubled in the past couple of years and are still growing. Recent data released by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) reveals a significant increase in homeschooling applications in 2019.
Whilst school enrolments for public schools increased by 0.2%, Catholic schools went down by 0.3%, Independent up by 0.1% – and in NSW, homeschooling registrations increased 18%.
Great to know you are not alone!
Many families ask about how to structure their days.
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. Having a day out each week for homeschooling connections, excursions, or family time is always a great idea. In general here is an example weekly plan. However, adding an excursions day, just means moving that day’s lessons to spread out over the week.
For example – Primary
Monday: Maths, English, Art
Tuesday: Maths, English, Science
Wednesday: Maths, English: History
Thursday: Maths, English, Health
Friday, Maths, English, PE
For example – High School
Monday: Maths, English, Art, Elective 1
Tuesday: Maths, English, Science
Wednesday: Maths, English: History, Elective 2
Thursday: Maths, English, Health, Geography
Friday, Maths, English, PE, Work Studies
Most importantly, keep learning time, as a fun part of family time, not separate from it.
Lastly, A Bit of Fun – Ideas
6 motivational colouring posters to collect. This month is the first.
Colouring Poster – CLICK HERE
February Symmetry Challenge – CLICK HERE
February Finder Word – CLICK HERE
To all our CEA families, we thrilled to officially kick off the 2019 School year together. We trust it will be a fantastic month for you all. We look forward to sharing some fascinating learning this Month and we’re always here if you need any support.
Don’t forget to send in photos and videos of your learning adventures so we can share them with other CEA families.