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.

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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!

Calendars for 2016

Hey everyone!  Just popping in to give you updated calendars for the year! 

Calendars for 2016 ~ Our Aussie Homeschool 

These calendars go with my free calendar notebook and related printables that can be found here.  This year I’ve updated the fonts a bit, and I’m happy to offer the calendars in both manuscript (similar to Handwriting Without Tears) and italic (similar to D’Nealian) fonts. Yay!

Blank calendars included in the file, for those who don’t need to trace the date anymore.  (Can I say I’m thrilled I realised next year is a leap year?  I’m so glad I remembered before I published these!) :D

Calendars for 2016 ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

Simple cover pages are also included.

Calendars for 2016 ~ Our Aussie Homeschool

In total there are four download options.  Two different fonts, two different year formats.  Click the links below to download, you will be directed to box.com.

Calendars 2016 Manuscript
Calendars 2016 Italic
Calendars Academic Year 2015-16 Manuscript
Calendars Academic Year 2015-16 Italic

Have I mentioned we homeschool on a calendar year basis?  That’s how public school operates here in Australia and I love it.  Next year is still far away for me!  I’m always caught by surprise when I start getting requests for updated calendars when we are only halfway through our school year!  Next year I’m putting it on my calendar (ha-ha!) to do earlier in the year.

Colourful versions (like these) coming soon!

(By the way, if you are wondering about our travels, we are in beautiful Queensland at the moment, near the Sunshine Coast!)

Project Passport: Our Lapbooks

Before we left for America the end of last year we didn’t quite finish our lapbooks for Project Passport: The Middle Ages.  After we returned we put them together.  I fully intended to print out cute letters to glue to the front of these (like here – how cute is that?) but had printer issues so never got it done.  We didn’t use the lapbook covers that came with the study.  Instead we drew rows of bricks and cut the tops to look castle-like.  The knights came from our Knights & Armour Colouring Book.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Project Passport: Our Lapbooks

LadyBug was happy to show her lapbook that day.  I did a lot of the cutting out for her, otherwise hers never would have gotten done!

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JitterBug wasn’t thrilled about being photographed that day, but consented anyway.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Project Passport: Our Lapbooks

But no smile.  Absolutely not.  No way.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Project Passport: Our Lapbooks

Well, not a real smile anyway.  :)

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Project Passport: Our Lapbooks 

This kid didn’t want to be photographed at all, but I managed to get his entire lapbook.  Can you tell I colour-code my kids?  They each have their favourite colours and it’s easier to keep track of what belongs to whom this way.  Except when they like to mess with me by using the opposite for some things- like water bottles.  I can never remember whose is whose now.

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The various lapbook pieces are created as you go along.  It’s just a matter of assembling the lapbook at the end of the study.  You do need a good place to store them until then, we opted for a plastic pocket with a velcro closure that could go in our notebooks.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Project Passport: Our Lapbooks

Sadly, we had to leave our lapbooks and notebooks behind while we are travelling.  We just don’t have the room to store them in the caravan.  The kids love looking through their old schoolwork and I know they’ll love seeing these again in the future.  :)

Our Roadschool Learning Spaces: Sneak Peek

Next week for the Aussie Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop we’ll be sharing pictures of our learning spaces.  This is a sneak peek.  Because I’m always fascinated at seeing how other people live.  :)

This is the dinette area in our caravan.  A small table and a couple of seats.  The four kids can all fit here together and sometimes do for breakfast or to play a game.  Behind the seat is the door to the van, open in the picture.  When you come in the van the ensuite is on the right, you can just see the door handle in the picture.  There’s a mirror (in need of cleaning) just to the right of the door.  Below it is a couple of picture frames, the top one that can be seen in the picture contains a map of Tasmania at the moment, since that’s where we are.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Our Roadschool Learning Spaces

Above the dinette table is a nice big window and a little bulletin board/whiteboard.  The dinette can be converted into an extra bed, but we aren’t using it as a bed right now.  When one of the kids is sick they like to sleep there, it’s easier for us to take care of them and they get to feel a bit pampered. Underneath those seats is storage. That’s where I keep math manipulatives, books, and other supplies. The first cupboard above, closest to the door, holds stationery supplies.  The next cupboard is our pantry.  See that paper sticking up behind the cushion?  That’s a poster of a map of Australia.  We’ve had it put away in a cupboard but it’s a bit hard to get to.  We’re trying this spot out to see if it will work any better.

It’s a struggle to keep this area clean.  Because it’s so close to the door it can easily become a dumping ground.  But when it’s clean, it’s a perfect place to do a little work!

A more complete tour of our learning spaces coming next week!

Australian History Resource

Since we’ll be studying Australian history this year, I was happy to find this book at Woolie’s recently. Australia, The Story of Us, Issue 1 is the first volume of four and is based on the tv series that is currently airing.  We aren’t watching the series as it airs though I imagine it will be available on DVD later.  The book will give us another resource for our studies.  Just in glancing through it I’m not sure how thorough it is, especially the less than beautiful aspects of Australia’s history.  But it does cover specific events and gives biographical information on famous individuals.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Australian History Resource 

At $7.99 I thought it was a good deal. The other issues will be released fortnightly through the end of March.  I believe it’s also available at Coles and news agencies.  I’m adding it to our pile of Australian history resources to look at this year.  :)

Not-Back-to-School: A Day in Our Life

It’s week three of the Aussie Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop.  The week we share what a day in our homeschool looks like.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Not-Back-to-School: A Day in Our Life

But I can’t show you a school day.  Because we haven’t started school.  I know it’s February.  I know we haven’t done formal schoolwork for months.  I know the public school year has started.  We’re starting soon.  Next week, in fact. 

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Not-Back-to-School: A Day in Our Life 

My husband is going to be studying this year while we are on the road.  He’s doing an online course which will require about five hours of study a day, five days a week.  He starts next week.  So we’ll start too. 

We’re not sure exactly how this is all going to work.  There will be days that it will be hard for him to fit his five hours in.  Like when we are sight-seeing all day or travelling to our next spot.  But we think most days he should be able to fit in some studying in the morning.  So the kids will do their schooling then too.

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Not-Back-to-School: A Day in Our Life

We feel like we’ve mostly settled into this lifestyle.  Now we just need to add in the school aspect, for both my husband and the kids.  And we will strive for a good balance between formal learning and the natural learning that happens as part of our travels.

I hope to post a peek into our days soon.  In the meantime, make sure to hop over to Our Worldwide Classroom to have a look at a homeschool day in the life of other Aussie bloggers.

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PS- Did I mention we’re in Tasmania?  We’re in Tasmania!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Aussie Homeschool ~ Not-Back-to-School: A Day in Our Life

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