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Title: My Life

  • My Life
  • Home Schooling
  • in Australia
  • 2013

  • Facts About Me
  • Choices For Schooling In Australia
  • Home Schooling In Australia
  • Questions And Answers About How I Home School
  • How Do I Home School?
  • Daily Schedule
  • Curriculum Resources
  • Math
  • Other Math Resources We use
  • English
  • English Next Year
  • Other English Resources We Use
  • Other Subjects
  • Natural Learning Projects
  • Out And About
  • Family Traditions
  • Birthdays
  • Christmas
  • Easter And Other Traditions
  • Project Learning
  • Project Learning Benefits
  • Bethanys Greek Dinners
  • Project Learning Next Year
  • Why I Home School
  • Photos Of Bethany And I Home Schooling
  • Thank You
  • Bibliography

Facts About Me
  • Birthday 1/12/1998
  • Age 15
  • Physical Description Dark Blonde Hair And Light
    Blue Eyes
  • Parents Mother Kylie 35/ Father Paul 35
  • Siblings Sister Bethany 13/ Brother Harry 9
  • School Home School
  • Hobbies Drawing, Photography And Computer
  • Future Goals To Be A Photographer And Computer
    Game Designer
  • Favourites
  • Colour - Blue
  • TV Shows - Doctor Who And How To Train Your
  • Food - Carbonara Pasta
  • Animal - Turtle

Choices For Schooling In Australia
  • In Australia there are many choices for schooling
    which parents can choose from
  • Public Schooling Every state in Australia has a
    different system of schooling, however, we now
    have one National Curriculum. This National
    Curriculum is only new for Australia and schools
    are still implementing it. Students usually
    attend public schools from 830am to 3pm from
    Monday to Friday each week and have two 40 minute
    lunch times each day. School is attended all year
    round with four sets of holidays six weeks in
    December/January, two weeks in April at Easter,
    two weeks in June and two weeks in September. The
    school year is divided into four terms. Schools
    have to report to parents twice a year. Public
    schools are free for any child to attend. You are
    also only allowed to attend public schools in the
    region where you live.
  • Private Schooling Private schools are often run
    similar to public school except they tend to have
    more holidays and sometimes finish school at
    230pm. They range in cost and teaching style
    Christian, Catholic, other religions, Montessori,
    Steiner and a few secular styles. Private schools
    on average cost around 10 000 or more a year per
    child and they interview parents and children for
  • Home Schooling Parents choose and teach their
    own programs and are registered with their state
    for home schooling.
  • Distant Education - Students can be enrolled in
    distant education where they work at home with a
    program organised jointly by their distant
    education school and their parents There are a
    variety of Distant Education Schools which have
    different program types and procedures. Most of
    the distant education schools are Christian.
  • Unregistered Schooling Many children do not
    attend school and are home schooled while being
    unregistered. Some parents like to have complete
    freedom to teach what they wish without having to
    be registered. It is illegal in Australia to be
    unregistered but the consequences are not harsh
    initially. If the parent is found out, then he or
    she is given a warning and asked to register the
    child. If the parent does not register the child,
    then the consequences are escalated.
  • Home Schooling Approaches Curriculum Based,
    Religious Based, Classical Style, Natural
    Learning, Unschooling, Eclectic, Unit/Project
    Based, Charlotte Mason method, Waldorf/ Steiner
    method and Montessori method.

Home Schooling In Australia
  • In Australia people are given the option to home
    school or to send their children to a public or
    private school. The general public do not know a
    lot about home schooling, so most families send
    their children to school and do not realise that
    home schooling is actually an option.
  • Every state of Australia has a different system
    for monitoring home schooling.
  • In Queensland home schooled children must be
    registered with the Home Education Unit (HEU).
  • To register with the HEU a parent must submit a
    yearly program which outlines everything that the
    child is going to do.
  • HEU will approve it and send the parent out a
    certificate stating that the child is registered
    for home education.
  • The parent goes about teaching the program for
    that year. Then about three months before the end
    of the year HEU sends out a reporting pack to the
    parent to fill out.
  • This reporting pack does not ask parents to
    report on the program they have submitted, or for
    any work, or assessments the child may have done
    during the year. In the reporting pack the parent
    must send two samples of written work, math work
    and work form a third subject of choice such as
    science that the child has done. These samples
    must be accompanied by a written explanation
    about how the child has improved from one sample
    to the next. Also a multiple choice sheet is
    included for parents to fill out. This sheet just
    asks simple questions about how the year of home
    schooling went.
  • Once the parent has finished the reporting pack,
    then the parent sends it off to HEU in the mail
    with the new program for the next year of home
    schooling. This process is then repeated each

Questions And Answers About How I Home School
What Choice Of Schooling Do I Follow?
  • My mum has registered me with the Home Education
    Unit (HEU) for home schooling.

What Approach To Home Schooling Do I Follow?
  • I do curriculum/ project based home schooling.
    My mum also likes the classical, Charlotte Mason,
    Montessori and natural learning styles.

How Long Have I Home Schooled?
  • I have been home schooling since I was 9 years
    old. So I have been home schooling now for about
    6 years. Before I started home schooling, I
    attended a private school.

How Do I Home School?
  • My mum chooses resources for me to complete which
    she thinks will build my skills in different
    areas as well as being interesting and engaging
    for me.
  • We try out different methods each year including
    resources, schedules and study locations.
  • We home school during the four school terms and
    take holidays the same as public schools do.
    (2013 Terms) and (2014 Terms).
  • We start school at 1030am and work for four
    hours until 230pm. We do not have breaks during
    this time like school would.
  • Usually we would do the first hour math, second
    hour English, third hour another subject like
    social studies and the fourth hour is for project
  • We tend to do school work at any time if we feel
    like it even if it is on the weekend. Also if we
    go out and do something else during school time,
    like go to the park, then we will just change our
    plans for the day.
  • School work is usually done in my room, in the
    lounge room and on the deck.

Daily Schedule
  • My mum makes a new daily family schedule each
  • She tries to keep everything simple so that it
    can be followed easily by everyone in the family.
  • Sometimes we have to change the schedule to fit
    new things in, or to delete things we no longer
    want to do.
  • Here is our schedule for term 4, 2013

Curriculum Resources
  • We use a variety of brought curriculum for our
    home schooling as well as creating our own
    natural learning projects!

We Mainly Use The Following Resource For Math
  • These math textbooks have been written by a
    female television actress just for girls. They
    are easy to understand and fun to read!
  • The Danica McKellar Math Series
  • Math Doesn't Suck How to Survive Middle School
    Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail/
    Kiss My Math Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss/ Hot
    X Algebra Exposed/ Girls Get Curves Geometry
    Takes Shape

We plan to use this series throughout next year.
We Mainly Use The Following Resources For
  • The Excellence In Writing Program and YWriter
  • This writing program teaches you how to write by
    using key words to rewrite sentences in your own
    words. It then gives you dress-up writing
    techniques to use which improves your sentences.
  • This program is taught by Andrew Pudewa through a
    series of DVDs.
  • We also use Ywriter Software to plan and write
    our own stories and books.

Next Year We Are Going To Start The Following
Writing CurriculumIt teaches you everything
about how to write a novel in one year!
English Next Year!
Other Subject Resources We Use
Other Subjects!
  • The Lab Of Mr Q
  • Australian History In Pictures And Stories
  • Hands-On History Series
  • Top Documentaries
  • We do our own activities for social studies which
    include a weekly family reading/discussion group
    with informative articles we find on the
    internet. We also watch movies from the Top
    Documentary Website and mark where they are from
    on our world map. We write down discussion notes
    and have a discussion about the documentary
    afterwards. We also look up the country in the
    atlas to learn more about it. Learning about
    other countries is also done through our
    communication with our pen pals in France,
    Canada, England and Switzerland.
  • My mum wants us to do summer and winter sports.
    We are going to do ice skating in summer and
    probably tennis in winter. We are not very sporty
    people, but it will be nice to get out and active
  • At different times in my life I have done piano
    lessons, violin lessons, art lessons, karate
    lessons, drama lessons, gymnastic lessons, Irish
    dancing lessons, netball and choir. I wouldnt
    say that Im an expert in any of these, just that
    I have tried them out over the years. At the
    moment I am not going to any lessons as we are
    having a break with baby Harry to care for. I am
    learning a lot about caring for babies now that I
    have a baby brother.
  • We also do lots of project work for other

Natural Learning Projects
Our eBay Project!
Out And About Family Traditions Project Learning
Natural Learning
Out And About
  • My mum likes us to have lots of new experiences
    and to spend lots of quality family time
  • Every Sunday we go to the markets to buy our
    fruit and vegetables together. We walk around and
    decide what vegetable and fruit we want and then
    buy it from the stall holders. We try and get
    value for money as well as the freshest home
    grown produce. We also eat breakfast at the
    markets as there are always lots of stall holders
    who sell different types of foods. We usually get
    Transylvanian Cheese Pie and Poffertjes.
  • We try to go out each week to new restaurants or
    to new places. There are always new beaches,
    waterfalls, nature walks, light houses, lakes or
    towns to visit. We dont mind driving long
    distances, so we often go on trips for the whole
  • We are currently exploring the area of Ipswich
    where we live. We have only been living here for
    2 years now and before that we lived in Brisbane.
  • Mum made a list up of the best 20 parks around
    Ipswich for us to explore. We try to go to one
    each week to see what it is like. My sister and I
    ride our scooters and rollerblades. We also take
    lots of nature photos while we are at the park.
  • Next year mum is saving up for us to try some fun
    short courses together. She wants us to get out
    into the community and learn skills from experts
    in different fields. She has found some short
    courses for knitting, origami, cooking,
    gardening, jewellery making etc.
  • Getting out and about is a big part of my
    learning experience. Mum believes that we learn a
    lot from exploring and experiencing the world
    around us.

Family Traditions
  • Birthdays
  • We have a family tradition that on birthdays we
    must do something that we have never done before.
    We also have to eat out at restaurants for
    breakfast, lunch and dinner on our birthdays. It
    is such a fun day and we all look forward to the
    next birthday.

  • As we grew up Christmas was mostly about Santa.
    On Christmas eve we put milk and cookies out for
    Santa and carrots and a bucket of water out for
    the reindeer. On Christmas day we opened our
    presents under the Christmas tree. Also during
    the month of December we have always done lots of
    Christmas crafts and cooking.
  • Over time our family traditions for Christmas
    have grown and we are doing a few different
    things this year for our baby brother Harry. Mum
    wants to continue these new traditions every
  • Christmas Tree Day - On the first Sunday of
    December after my birthday, we will decorate the
    Christmas tree and watch Christmas movies all
    day. Also we will put up the household
    decorations and the Christmas stockings. We are
    also going to make snowman shaped pizza to eat.
  • 12 Days Of Christmas Sweets - Mum will wrap up 12
    lollies or chocolates that have a Christmas theme
    e.g. Santa, Snowmen, Reindeer etc. and also
    matching Christmas ornaments. These are matched
    with Christmas stories that have been found on
    the internet and printed out. Every day we will
    unwrap and eat the lolly, put the ordainment on
    the Christmas tree and unroll the story to read.
    Baby Harry will just get Christmas ordainments
    until he is old enough to eat sweets.
  • The Polar Express Light Show - We watch the movie
    The Polar Express and read the book. We then get
    into fun Christmas clothes and put Harry into his
    bed. In his bed is a golden ticket for the
    Christmas express. The ticket gets hole punched
    as we hop into the car. Then we drive around
    looking at all of the Christmas lights, eating
    special snacks and singing Christmas songs.
  • Happy Christmas Around The World Advent Calendar
    - We have a jar with paddle pop sticks with flags
    from 24 different countries and the words Happy
    Christmas in each language. Each day of the month
    we take a stick and say Happy Christmas in that
    language to each other.
  • Outings - During the month of December leading up
    to Christmas we will go on a number of outings.
    We will go into Brisbane city and look at the
    Christmas window displays and the Christmas tree
    at night. We will go to the Christmas Caves which
    are special Christmas themed shops. Also we will
    go and get Santa photos for Harry and take
    Christmas photos at different decorated places
    around the city. The Carrols by candle light in
    the city is another activity we will do.
  • Last year we went to a restaurant called Sizzler
    on Christmas Day for lunch. It was really nice
    because it had lots of yummy Christmas food on a
    smorgasbord and it was cool with the
    air-conditioning. On Christmas day here in
    Australia it is really hot so it was nice to
    spend a few hours in the air-conditioning. We
    have decided to have Christmas lunch there every
    year and we have already brought our tickets for
    this year.
  • As most of our closest Family and Friends live
    far away from us, we visit them on Boxing Day and
    later after Christmas.

  • Easter
  • We also celebrate Easter and have always had the
    Easter Bunny deliver Easter eggs in a nest made
    out of a towel at the end of our beds. After we
    wake up in the morning we find our eggs in the
    nest and have to search for the other eggs hidden
    around the house. We also have an Easter story
    that mum has been telling us since we were
    little. Of course we do special Easter crafts and
    cooking during this month as well. In Australia
    we have the Easter Bilby that comes as well as
    the Easter bunny.
  • Other Traditions
  • This next year mum wants to celebrate special
    days from other cultures such as The Chinese New
    Year, St Patrick Day, Halloween etc. She wants to
    decorate our kitchen window in the theme of each
    day celebrated and hopefully go out into the
    community and partake in celebrations for that
    day. As Australia is very multicultural we have
    large population groups from different cultures
    around the world who celebrate these special days
    in Australia.
  • Having Family traditions for birthdays,
    Christmas, Easter and other events all bring the
    family together and help us spend special time
    together. Mum believes that home schooling gives
    families more time to enjoy family traditions and
    therefore helps to strengthen the family bond.

Project Learning
  • I complete different types of projects which I
    must follow through from idea to presentation.
  • This school term I have been working on two large
  • eBay We have set up an eBay Store using my mums
    account called Second Hand Mania. We have gone
    out every Friday to the Recycle Area Of The Logan
    Tip. Here they sell toys really cheap every
    Friday at 10am. We have to be very fast to get
    the toys because everyone runs in wanting to buy
    them first. After we have got enough toys, we
    clean them up and make them into packs to sell.
    Next we advertise them on our ebay store and sell
    them. Most of the time we have local pick up but
    sometimes we have to post the toys. Postage
    requires a lot of working out. So far we have
    sold a number of packs and have made 135. We are
    all sold out now and we have to relist some more
    toy packs. This project is really fun because we
    get to go second hand shopping every Friday and
    to make money. This first week of selling mum did
    it with us using her money. This next week mum is
    giving us our own money to buy and sell our own
    items. She has challenged us to try and make more
    money then what she initially gives us through
    our buying and selling.
  • Minecraft My sister and I have been given the
    challenge to make our own Minecraft server.
    Minecraft is a computer game. We have been
    working very hard at getting this done. My
    Minecraft world is about Animals and Bethanys is
    about Mermaids. They have to be made so that
    children can play on them in a safe and
    supportive environment. Bethany has nearly
    finished her Minecraft map and is going to launch
    it on a server soon. Once our maps are on their
    own servers, we will be able to add mods and
    other stuff. This project is really fun because I
    have learned a lot about using Photoshop and
    other software required for different scripting
    or editing within my map. Our goal is to run a
    free child friendly Minecraft map which will hold
    50 players at a time.

The Whole Family Gets Involved With, And Benefits
From, Project Learning!
Project Work Benefits
  • My sister Bethany is currently completing a
    project about Greek Cooking. In this project she
    cooks with mum 28 Greek dinners which mum plans
    and then she plans and cooks one week of her own
    Greek dinners. They are planning to repeat this
    process with meals from other cultures. They plan
    to do French, Italian and then Mexican. Each day
    they cook for quite a few hours to make these
    special meals and they set the table nice as
    well. While we eat we listen to Greek music and
    have candles. The whole family really enjoys
    eating these special meals together.
  • Everyone helps out as much as possible with our
    projects to try and make sure they will be
    successful. So everyone gets involved and excited
    about them.
  • Mum encourages us to complete projects that we
    are interested in. This means that at times my
    sister and I will do the same type of project and
    at other times we will do different projects.
  • Project learning helps me to feel more confident
    with doing different tasks and provides me with a
    variety of skills. Project work is never assessed
    like projects would be at school. Also most of
    the time there is no real set time limit. I just
    work on it until it is finished. Then I start on
    the next project.

Bethanys Greek Dinners!
Project Learning Next Year
  • We are currently working out some new projects
    for me to do next year
  • Breeding Guppies - I am going to self-study
    aquaculture next year with the purpose of
    learning how to breed guppies. I have already got
    six fish tanks brought ready for this project.
    All I need to get are the pumps and other fish
    tank equipment now. Once I have a few different
    breeds of guppies established, I will sell them
    at the local markets. Mum will help me organise
    and set up a market stall for selling them.
  • Websites - I also am going to run two websites
    next year. Mum and I have already set them up and
    they are nearly ready for me to start adding
    content to them. These websites are actually
    self-hosted WordPress blogs which we run on the
    domain name as a website. They are surprisingly
    really easy to make and run.
  • The first website I am making is called My Coffee
    And Chocolate Kitchen and it is going to be about
    cooking with coffee and chocolate. I have the
    challenge of making 100 coffee and chocolate
    recipes that are successful and enjoyable. These
    will be posted on my website. Hopefully people
    will follow me as I complete this challenge and
    make nice comments.
  • The second website I am making is called
    Florindas Photo Diary. This website is where I
    will post lots of the photos I take and explain
    how I took them. It will be like a diary of my
    photography. I would also like people to comment
    and follow along with this website as well.
  • Once I have achieved my goals with making my
    websites and getting lots of followers, I will
    try to make a best of book for each of my
    websites. So for the Coffee/Chocolate website I
    would have 100 of my top chocolate and coffee
    recipes on the site in the book. Then for my
    photography website I would have a book with the
    best photography activities to do. Mum says that
    she will show me how to sell the books as an
    instant eBook download and also as a print on
    demand physical book or CD. This will most likely
    not be done until 2015 as I will need all of 2014
    to actually do all of the activities for my
  • When it comes to completing projects mum likes us
    to complete projects which might also earn money.
    She wants us to feel confident with earning money
    in different ways and to learn about providing a
    service/product and also buying and selling. Mum
    talks to us about how important creative and
    productive skills are in the workforce and
    encourages us to be as creative and productive as
    possible when it comes to our projects.

Why I Home School
  • I love home schooling because I have choice about
    what I learn and how I learn it. Also I am able
    to do work at my own skill level and learn
    information in sequences that both challenge and
    match my abilities. I get more opportunities when
    I home school which I would not get at school. At
    school I would not be able to do my project work
    as they tend to focus on just completing boring
    workbooks. I really enjoy the freedom and support
    that my mum gives me while I home school. I have
    made some lovely friends who also home school and
    I get to be apart of a home schooling community.
    Yet at the same time I get to meet and interact
    with the wider community while I complete my
    learning projects. Lastly, I get to spend more
    quality time doing interesting activities with my

Thank You!
  • Thank you for learning about home schooling in
    Australia and about my life as a home schooler!