Frequently Asked Questions

How did you end up in Australia?

Well, the short answer is that I married an Australian.  ;)  We met at uni in America and made our home there for more than a decade.  Eventually we felt the pull to come to Australia.  And so we're here.  (And we had the joy of dealing with immigration in both countries!)

What's the biggest thing that's different about living in Australia vs living in the US?

I've gotten this question several times and it's so hard to answer.  There's a million insignificant things that are different. And its those insignificant things that affect our lives on a daily basis.  Things like...driving on the other side of the road, or that paper is a different size, or understanding Aussie slang, or having to go to a separate store to get prescriptions filled instead of at the grocery store while I shop.  Yeah, not a big deal.  And then there's the significant things, like the history.  The government.  Medicare (public healthcare).  ;)  Those matter more, but they're the things you don't necessarily deal with every day.  So the biggest difference?  All these things add up to a different culture.  All of them.  It's hard to name just one.

What about the snakes?  And the spiders?

I don't invite them in my house, so we get along great.  :)

The first time I had a huntsman spider in the house I called my father-in-law to come kill it for me.  (I'm not likely to live that one down...ever!)  They move fast.  And they're big.  Not gigantic, but bigger than any I'd ever seen before outside of a zoo.

See, really it's the flies.  I didn't know about the flies.  They're just…sticky.  And the March flies, sheesh!  They huge and they bite and it's really annoying when you're trying to have a nice lounge on the beach.  (Feeling sorry for me yet?)  Really, those sticky flies are unbelievable.  I mean yes, there are flies in the US, but I've never had them stick to my eyeballs.  And swatting them away does no good, they are back before you even finish swatting.  The sheer number of them in the summer in the bush is just astounding.

Why do you homeschool?

Hmm...I'll have to think about doing some posts on this.  In the meantime, here are some great links to read about why families homeschool:

Why Homeschool? - from The Unplugged Family
Why We Homeschool - from Tsh Oxenreider
Why We Homeschool - from Mt Hope Chronicles

And also these from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers:
The Public School Parents' Guide to Homeschool Parents
10 Things You Should Know About Homeschool Moms

And while we're at it, I love this from The Pioneer Woman:
The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

What curriculum do you use?

That one can be found here.

How popular is homeschooling in Australia?

The statistics I could find are only estimates and place that number anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 children.  Whatever the number is, it's growing, and there are many in Australia that homeschool who don't register, so the number will never be entirely accurate.

What are your terms of use?  Can I use your printables in my classroom?

See here for that answer.

Where can I find your printables?

Yep, see, I knew that's what you were really after.  ;)  You can find a list here, or here are all the blog posts with printables.

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