The Last Post

As you may have noticed, I seem to have lost my impetus to blog. I think this is for a few reasons, one of them being that today is the last day of primary school at Clarabel College. As of today, all of the books are packed away. We will enjoy the next 2 months of unschooling, and in February of next year, I will have only high school kids!

I can’t believe that we’ve now completed 5 years of homeschooling. It has absolutely flown by and we’ve loved it to bits! I am so thankful for all of the time homeschooling has allowed me to have with my children, time I would have missed if they’d been in ‘school’.

I am very much looking forward to this final run as my babies continue to live, love and learn. Thanks for tuning in and supporting us along the way!

Live, Love and Learn,



Quote Of The Day

A Study In Failure

 

Even if good people fail seven times, they will get back up.



Certificate Courses

With our eldest, we are getting to the business end of homeschool. It’s time to start making decisions and getting qualifications. One way we are doing that is through certificate courses. There are a lot out there!

  • Cert III in Early Childhood Education & Care
  • Cert II in Business
  • Cert IV in Training & Assessment
  • Cert III in Aged Care
  • Cert III in Vet Nursing

No, she hasn’t done all of these, but completing a certificate course let’s you put your toe in the water of a career you are interested in so you know whether it’s worth investing more time in or not. They look great on a resume and they also lead to diploma courses. Did you know that by doing certain certificate and diploma courses you can enter university and completely skip the stressful (and not always useful) VCE step?

If you have a teenage homeschooler, start looking into the certificate courses offered at your local TAFE or Community House. You can get VET Fee Help, it outsources their education (giving you a little bit of respite!) and it prepares them like nothing else for the real-world education that is probably in their future, whether that’s university or any other type of formal learning.

Live, Love and Learn,

The Clarabel College Conglomerate



Wonders Part 3

Our third part of this study program has been so amazing. I think we’ve learned more than ever about the Ancient Wonders as most of them we’d never heard of before! Here’s a little look:

  • The Great Pyramid – This is the only one of the seven that is still in tact and fully standing. It is also the oldest of the seven. Quite impressive!
  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon – This is the only Wonder of the World that may not have even existed (although we’re in the camp of people who believe it did). It was built by the king for his wife who was missing her mountainous homeland.
  • The Lighthouse at Alexandria – This is the only one of the Ancient Wonders that had a practical application. It was also known as the ‘Pharaos’. Pharos is actually the name of the island it was built on but the lighthouse became known by the same name.
  • The Temple of Artemis as Ephesus – This was destroyed and rebuilt at least three times before they finally called it a day. It’s now in ruins but still attracts many tourists.
  • The Statue of Zeus at Olympia – Built in the Temple of Zeus at the site of where the first Olympics was held.
  • The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – This was the tomb built for King Mausolus by his wife/sister. It’s where the name mausoleum comes from, meaning a tomb above ground.
  • The Colossus of Rhodes – Built on the island of Rhodes, which is now part of Greece, this statue was made of bronze and was created in the likeness of the Titan Helios.

Live, Love and Learn,

The Clarabel College Conglomerate



Grandpa’s Hands

Grandpa’s Hands

Written by Melinda Clements, Adapted by Anja Christabel

 

Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn’t move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands. I sat down beside him, waiting for him to speak. Finally, he raised his head, looked at me and smiled. “Have you ever looked at your hands? I mean really looked at your hands?



TV Show Review: Psych

TV Show Review: Psych

 

Psych is a hilarious detective comedy-drama that always involves solving crimes. This TV series is like a comedic version of Murder, She Wrote.

The main character of the series, Shawn Spencer is a young man who is hyper-observant because of the training his ex-cop father Henry Spencer gave him.

After calling in tips on various crimes covered on the news, which help the police to close the case. The police become suspicious of his extensive insight into these crimes and theorize that this insight could only have come from the



The Parable Of The Three Grandmothers

The Parable Of The Three Grandmothers

 

There were once two grandmothers named Mary and Susan and they were discussing which one of them was a better grandmother.

As they were arguing and trying to convince one another that they were better than the other, another grandmother, whose name was Kerry joined them.



Book Review

Parenting Books

I love parenting books. I often have one on the go. I’ll take any opportunity to learn how to do my job better and discover the different ways that can be achieved. So, here are my top picks that have helped me the most:

  1. Babies by Dr Christopher Green – This one was my Bible when I had my first baby. Dr Green is an Australian paediatrician and I found his advice simple and practical.
  2. Parenting For Character by Andrew Mullins – If I could only own one parenting book in my entire life, it would be this one! Andrew Mullins is a high school principal and so has a massive amount of experience with families, kids and teens from all walks of life. The focus of his book is that our children will be adults for a lot longer than they will be children, so we have to prepare and train them for that part of their life. It’s in no way about making them grow up too fast, it’s just a good reminder to keep our eye on the big picture while we’re wading through toddler tantrums and teenage dramas. If we keep sight of the bigger goal, then that can help us make better decisions earlier on. His book also has some handy charts that you can use to see how your kids are progressing with different character qualities, where they’re doing well and where they need to improve.
  3. Loving Our Kids On Purpose by Danny Silk – This book is filled with funny stories and is so encouraging. I find it complements Parenting For Character really well. There is a focus of teaching our kids actions/consequences, developing good character and of course abundant love in everyday life.
  4. Growing Up Duggar by Jessa, Jill, Jana & Jinger Duggar – This is a family I greatly admire and I really enjoyed reading something that is from the perspective of grown up children. This is one that I have read with my own daughter and has generated some open discussions between us about the years ahead.

What are some of your favourite parenting books? I’d love to read them!

Live, Love and Learn,

The Clarabel College Conglomerate



Europe Tour

There’s a reason I haven’t blogged for a while. We’ve been in Europe! I’m sure the coolest-ever way to homeschool is travelling! History, religion, social studies, LOTE, maths, english, life skills and so much more! It’s all there.

We started with half of the family in Ireland for one week and then met the other half of the family in Holland where we spent our second week. We have Dutch rellies so it was big fun to hang out with them, speak some Dutch, eat great food and explore this country.

From Holland we took a train to Switzerland. We climbed mountains, hung out with some awesome nuns in a remote town, did a tour of a chocolate factory and visited the Freddie Mercury statue. (Professor Daddy is a huge fan).

After Switzerland, we caught the train to Rome. Another week was spent discovering this amazing city. History really comes to life in Rome. We stood on the steps of the Pantheon where Julius Caesar was murdered, we visited Vatican City and marvelled at the genius of Michael Angelo, and we ate our fair share of pasta! We had a day trip to Pisa and another day trip to Pompeii. Both incredibly beautiful.

Then it was onto Monaco where we only had one day. It was far too short but we enjoyed every minute of it. We walked along their stunning beaches, did a bus tour to see all of it’s most famous parts and checked out the million-dollar yachts!

From there we went by train to Barcelona. Another week, another extraordinary city. Some highlights were the Magic Fountain, Mont Serrat, everything Gaudi and sailing around the coast in a catamaran.

Our holiday ended with us getting a train to Paris where we spent our last 5 days. Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, Monet’s Garden and Euro Disney. It’s possible we’ve had just too much fun!

Now it’s back to life in Melbourne which we are so grateful for. Australia is still very much the Lucky Country. We have so much space, so much wealth, so much work for those who want it, and so many opportunities. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!

Live, Love and Learn,

The Clarabel College Conglomerate

 

With Family In The Netherlands

With Family In The Netherlands

In Monet's Garden

In Monet’s Garden



Quote Of The Day

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

 

Charles H Spurgeon

Live, Love and Learn,

The Clarabel College Conglomerate