Build Your Bundle 2016 Sale is on now!

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In case you haven’t heard (of course you’ve heard!), this week is the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale.  Heaps and heaps of digital curriculum at hugely discounted prices. You can purchase a pre-assembled bundle or build your own.  You can even get one bundle free when you purchase two!

Buy any 2 individual bundles OR Build Your OWN Bundles and get one free!

You can go here to see all the pre-assembled bundles in one place. If none of them look just right, click the ‘Build Your Own Bundle’ link at the top of the page to put together your own bundle of products.

Click here to checkout the 2016 Build Your Bundle Sale!

Did I mention I’m a contributor this year?  Yay!  My new Anne of Green Gables copywork is included in the sale! #happydance 

I’m starting a website, Simply Copywork, where I’ll be selling all kinds of copywork.  I’ll introduce it properly over the coming months.  But right now if you sign up to be notified when we’re up and going I’ll send you a coupon code when we launch.  In the meantime, here’s the copywork that’s included in the Build Your Bundle sale:

Both are in the HWT font, which I’m sure you can guess is similar to the Handwriting Without Tears­­® handwriting font.  The Primary Level copywork is in manuscript and is suitable for lower to mid-primary.  The Intermediate Level copywork is in cursive and is suitable for mid- to upper primary.  They can be found in two of the pre-assembled bundles: the Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooking Bundle, and the Brother & Sister Bundle.

One Week Only - Ends 5/23/16 - Save 93% on the Copywork, Notebooking, & Lapbooks Bundle One Week Only - Ends 5/23/16 - Save 94% on the Brother & Sister Bundle

Don’t miss this sale!  It runs through May 23rd.

Click here to build your own bundle now!

An Amazing Homeschool Sale: Build Your Bundle 2016

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Hey everyone, it’s time for the 3rd annual Build Your Bundle sale!  This is an awesome sale with heaps of great homeschool curriculum.  I’ve gotten some wonderful curriculum in previous years, and I’m seeing some great stuff available this year!   It’s all digital downloads, which is especially perfect if you’re overseas like me.

[Insert infomercial voice:] But wait, there’s more!  This year I’m a contributor!

I don’t think I’m allowed to say exactly what I’ve got in the sale, but I’ll be able to tell you once the sale starts on May 16th.  In the meantime, be sure to enter their contest to win all of the bundles in the sale!  When you enter you’ll get a coupon code as well.  They haven’t told us what the coupon will be good for, but I’m sure it will be worth signing up for.

Here’s heaps more info from the BYB team:



The 2016 Build Your bundle Sale is for ONE WEEK ONLY - May 16-23, 2016. Sign up to be reminded when the sale goes live here, or ENTER the BIG GIVEAWAY, and you will automatically get reminded! Get a FREE Bonus Book Full of Coupons, Deals, and FREEBIES (over $250 in FREE offers) with ANY Purchase!
  • Bigger Bundles & Lower Prices
  • Over 200 products from 86 publishers and authors
  • Prices Starting at Just $10.00
  • Savings of 86% - 96%
  • Several Cathy Duffy Top Picks
  • Popular Publishers & Best-Selling Products
  • Complete Curriculum Sets
  • 3 Build Your OWN Options - you can pick and choose what YOU want
There are 15 Individual Bundles this year, with something for EVERYONE!
  • Character Building Bundle
  • Homemaking Bundle
  • Homeschool Helps Bundle
  • Early Learning Bundle
  • 2 x Unit Studies Bundles
  • Brother & Sister Bundle
  • 2 x Elementary Bundles
  • 2 x Upper Grades Bundles
  • Fine-Arts Bundle
  • Copywork - Notebooking & Lapbooks Bundle
  • Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle
  • Build Your OWN Bundle Options

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

  • Grand Prize Winner: ALL 15 Individual Bundles $3,559 Value
  • 3 Winners: Build Your OWN Premium Bundle up to $260 Value
  • EVERYONE who enters will get a coupon code to use when the sale starts
  • Winners will be announced Monday, May 16th
  • Refer the MOST people with your special link and WIN ALL 15 Individual Bundles $3,559 Value

Here is just a little peek into our incredible bundles:

PREMIUM MATH & SCIENCE RESOURCES:
  • 4 Cathy Duffy Top Pick science curricula
  • 4 Ellen McHenry science curricula
  • Lots of math curriculum and resources
LANGUAGE ARTS GALORE!
  • Complete reading and early learning curriculum
  • Loads of copywork, notebooking, and lapbooks
  • Full language arts curriculum
  • 2 full literature curricula
  • Complete writing curriculum and several writing resources
  • Handwriting curriculum
HISTORY & WORLDVIEW
  • Full history and geography curriculum
  • 3 full Bible curricula and several Bible studies
  • Complete character curriculum
  • Living history resources
ELECTIVES, PLANNERS, & COMPLETE CURRICULA
  • 10 awesome art curricula & resources (2 Cathy Duffy Top Picks!)
  • 3 complete curriculum sets from Master Books
  • Tons of homemaking and homeschool helps resources
  • 5 student planners & several planners and organizers for moms
  • Over 25 unit studies
  • AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!!

 

We have 86 publishers and authors participating. Here are just a few:

  • WriteShop
  • Master Books
  • Amanda Bennett Unit Studies
  • Ellen McHenry - Basement Workshop
  • How Great Thou Art
  • BiblioPlan
  • Picture Smart Bible
  • Brookdale House
  • Character Concepts
  • Media Angels
  • A Journey Through Learning
  • Homeschool Legacy
  • Writing With Sharon Watson
  • Bright Ideas Press
  • Math Essentials
  • Notebooking Pages
  • Joyce Herzog
  • Trivium Pursuit
  • National Center for Biblical Parenting
  • Knowledge Quest
  • Barefoot Ragamuffin Curricula
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Live and Learn Press
  • Intoxicated on Life
  • Grapevine Studies
  • Home School Adventure Co.

Australian Animal Fact Sheet-Free Printable!

Hi everyone!  I’ve got a new printable to share!

Free printable: Australian Animal Fact Sheet.  Perfect for unit studies, animal lovers, and anyone who loves koalas.  And really, who doesn't love koalas?

While we’ve travelled around Australia we’ve had the chance to see animals we haven’t come across before.  Many I had never heard of!  Animals like pademelons, brolgas, and jabirus.  Not to mention all the animals we know and love like crocodiles(!), emus, and kangaroos.

I created this fact sheet for the kids to record some information about the animals we’ve come across.  Now that we are (almost!) done travelling we will continue to use it at home. These would be perfect for a unit study on Australia, or if your child is an animal-lover. So many animals in this country are found only here, so I wanted a sheet that had a map of only Australia on it.

fact sheet

The best part?  It’s perfect for all ages! Younger kids can just draw illustrations in the boxes, or write just the numbers and short words while you fill in a few other details for them. Here’s my 6yo’s koala fact sheet:

Free printable: Australian Animal Fact Sheet.  Perfect for unit studies, animal lovers, and anyone who loves koalas.  And really, who doesn't love koalas?

This is my 8yo’s cassowary fact sheet:

Free printable: Australian Animal Fact Sheet.  Perfect for unit studies, animal lovers, and anyone who loves koalas.  And really, who doesn't love koalas?

My 11yo’s tasmanian devil fact sheet:

Free printable: Australian Animal Fact Sheet.  Perfect for unit studies, animal lovers, and anyone who loves koalas.  And really, who doesn't love koalas?

You can download the file here, you’ll be directed to box.com.  You don’t need an account to download the file.  I will soon be moving this blog to Wordpress and once that’s done all these files will be downloaded directly from this site.  Yay!

You might notice I changed the conservation status section on the printable.  I wanted it to be easier for young kids, so now they only have to circle one instead of writing it out like in the ones my kids did above.

I’ve got more Australian-themed printables to share that we’ve been using during our travels.  Stay tuned!

Why Our Homeschool is Way Off Track

For the last 17 months we have been living in our caravan and travelling around Australia.  Before that we spent over a month in America.  Before that we were packing up and moving out of our house. Our homeschool hasn’t looked like homeschool for a very long time.  We’re very much off track from where I envisioned we’d be.  Where I hoped we’d be.  Why?

Why is our homeschool way off track?  Hint: We've been too busy learning! | Our Aussie Homeschool

Because we didn’t take a trip around Australia so the kids could sit inside the van and do schoolwork. At the beginning of our trip I had my sights set too high.  There was no way we could have managed a complete curriculum with all subjects unless we wanted to sit in the van and do schoolwork all day.  But what would be the point of that?  Why travel around the country just to spend your time doing what you’d do at home? 

We tried different routines.  We tried having ‘explore’ days and ‘school’ days.  What we discovered is that we needed time to rest from our ‘explore’ days, so our ‘school’ days became ‘rest’ days.  So we tried school in the morning and exploring in the afternoon.  Which didn’t work because it wasn’t enough time and we’d be worn out too easily after a morning of schoolwork.  What has worked the best for us is half ‘school’ days on our ‘rest’ days.  But sometimes our ‘rest’ days were just ‘rest’ days with no schoolwork in sight.

Because we had multiple excursions a week. Can you imagine if your kids in school were going on field trips/excursions nearly every day?  How much desk work would you expect them to get done?  Imagine kids in school: the excitement over the field trip, the preparation, the traveling, the event, the return travel.  Should they sit down and do their maths before or after?  During the pre-excursion excitement or the post-excursion exhaustion? 

You can see the dilemma we’ve had.  We visit museums, national parks, beaches, etc. multiple times a week.  We lose whole days when we pack up the caravan and drive to a new town.  (No car schooling for us, but that’s another post!)  

Because even the basics were hard to manage.  When lessons build on each other, how do you teach them if you can’t do them consistently?  When curriculum requires memorising something and you don’t review it often enough.  When curriculum refers to the previous lesson like you did it yesterday but you haven’t done a lesson in over a week, and you won’t do the next one for another week.  We ended up dropping subjects altogether, and using random workbooks for others.  Workbooks that I probably wouldn’t have used before but have been perfect for this trip.

Because we were too busy learning.  We’ve had so many adventures.

Too busy learning to do schoolwork! | Our Aussie Homeschool

Now the big question.  How do we get back on track?  After this season of unschooling, how do we go back to formal schoolwork?  Or do we?  How will our homeschool look different when we stop travelling in a few weeks? 

I’ll be writing more about all this in the weeks to come.  Thanks for reading!

So…Big Things are a ‘thing’ in Australia!

Here’s something you probably didn’t know about Australia.  (Unless you live here, of course.)  Australia has a thing for ‘Big Things.’  Like this Big Prawn we visited recently in Ballina, New South Wales.  (Which is pronounced BAL-in-uh, not buh-LEEN-uh.)

The Big Prawn near Ballina, NSW.  | Our Aussie Homeschool

See my kids way down there underneath the prawn?  It was huge, perhaps one of the biggest Big Things we’d seen in our travels.  These ‘Big Things’ are all over Australia.  Here’s a Big Mango we found in Bowen, Queensland.

The Big Mango in Bowen, QLD | Our Aussie Homeschool

This Big Captain Cook was in Cairns, Queensland.  It seemed randomly placed at the side of the road in amongst businesses.  I imagine it didn’t start out that way.

Big Captain Cook in Cairns, QLD | Our Aussie Homeschool

This Big Marron was near Denmark, Western Australia. Such a beautiful blue!

Big Marron near Denmark, Western Australia | Our Aussie Homeschool

This Big Oyster was in Ceduna, South Australia.  When we asked a local where to find it he gave us a very strange look and told us there was a ‘kind of’ a big one as you come into town.  It was certainly one of the smaller ‘Big Things’ we saw, but definitely qualifies since it’s so much bigger than a real oyster.

Big Oyster in Ceduna, WA | Our Aussie Homeschool

Here’s a Big Penguin from Penguin, Tasmania.  He wasn’t nearly as big as we thought he’d be, but he was lovely just the same.  Pity for him that he has his back to that gorgeous view.

Big Penguin in Penguin, Tasmania | Our Aussie Homeschool

And perhaps the best known, the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. 

The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales | Our Aussie Homeschool

These are just a handful of the Big Things we’ve seen in our travels.  We’ve been travelling around Australia for over a year now and we are wrapping up our trip in a few weeks.  We’ve seen so much.  I’ll be sharing more about our travels and getting back to homeschool blogging soon. 

Cheers!

Updated First Day of School Booklets!

Hi everyone, I’ve had several requests for an updated booklet with the year 2015 on the cover.  I’m sorry to say this is too late for most of you.  I’m also going to go ahead and post a 2016 version now so that it’s available for next year.  I’ve not made any other changes to these files, so I’m going to link you to this post for a more thorough explanation of what is in the files.

First Day of School Booklet | Our Aussie Homeschool

There’s still all the different cover options, with and without Bible verses on the back cover.  I’m happy that these are of use to some of you!  Please forgive me for not offering them sooner.  Obviously this blog has been sorely neglected.  We are busy with our travels and I just haven’t had time to keep up with it at all.  I have many blog ideas rolling around in my head, so I hope to get back to this one someday.

We’re currently in Western Australia, having travelled up the east coast, across the Queensland outback, down to Uluru, back up to Darwin, and now we are on the west coast travelling south.  We’ve all had birthdays, so now SkeeterBug is 11, JitterBug is 8, LadyBug is 6, and TurboBug is 2.  We’ve been in living in our caravan for a year now.  As far as homeschooling goes, we’ve dropped most of our subjects and we are just focusing on the basics while we take in everything around us. 

Thanks for reading!

First Day of School Booklet 2015
First Day of School Booklet 2016

Colourful Calendars for 2016

Hello again!  Popping in once more to offer colourful calendars for the year!

Colourful Calendars for 2016 | Our Aussie Homeschool

These go with the colourful calendar notebook pages you can find here, or the original calendar notebook here.  I’m again happy to offer two font choices for these calendars this year: Manuscript (similar to Handwriting Without Tears) and Italic (similar to D’Nealian).  The files include both blank and traceable calendars for July 2015 thru December 2016, along with colourful covers.

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Click the links below to download!

Colourful Calendars for 2016 Italic
Colourful Calendars for 2016 Manuscript

Happy calendar-ing!

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