We are a creative homeschooling family of 3. I have homeschooled my 2 boys from the start and we do lots of unit studies and get out into our beautiful part of the world as often as we can.
As the boys are getting older and we are getting busier I find I am posting less about our journey but will continue to update occasionally.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens

Daddy took us all to Coffs Harbour today and we went bird watching at the Botanic Gardens-

We saw a lot of Coral birds and Clover birds as well.

It was a lovely day in a lovely place,

if you ever do find yourself in Coffs Harbour

set aside half a day to explore this wonderful collection.

A Satin Bower bird

An Eel tailed catfish

Monday, July 27, 2009

Casuarina Parrot Gardens

We officially started our school term today with a visit to Casuarina Parrot Gardens with Nanny and Poppy who are up visiting from Wellington.

The birds are all getting ready for breeding through spring and some didn't want us hanging around their space,

so we just wandered around and looked at the fabulous birds and the great set up they have there.

Mr10 did make a few new friends though.

Mr10 was in bird lovers paradise, when he found this special lorikeet.

I loved the spectacular macaws.

(any Cairo Jim fans reading?)

The boys did some sketching and Mr6 gave the owners a little picture to say thankyou then we headed off for a picnic at the river and after lunch took Nanny and Poppy bushwalking and introduced them to geocaching.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bird Crafts

We sat out in the sunshine today and made a bird garland.

We used recycled cerial packets and painted them as some of our favourite birds.

Hung them on the fence to dry.

Strung them together ready to hang in our school space.

We made some rather wild looking felt birds as well- Mr6 has named them
Clover and Coral

Saturday, July 25, 2009


The boys and I headed off to the markets this morning and bought some divine fair trade organic chocolate- it is so good we ate it before we could take any pics.
The lovely people who make it are calling themselves Nutopia
and we tried the truffles- mmmm to die for,
the macadamia chocolate spread- yummmm
and the dark chocolate with macadamias- yumm.
We also bought lots of lovely fruit and vegies
and some onion and thyme relish I can't wait to try.

Then we headed into town to pick up the parrot books I ordered in at the library and we went for a wander along the riverfront.

I headed in this direction because I really wanted to get some sketches and some photos of this old building- it is the back of the sheriffs office and the front is still in use.

But this side is so beautifully old and crumbly- there are ferns growing out of the walls and a beautiful climbing fig is slowly covering them up.

There is an old fire place

and the floor is old bricks layed in a herringbone pattern.

The sandstone is all hand hewn.
I wonder what it was, it is in the area of the old police station and the court house.
I will have to research it now.
I love it and it is inspiring my next art work.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ready to Fly

We are all ready to start our birds unit.

The lapbooks are made-
all ready to be filled with mini books
I use the project books so the boys can add lots of work.

Previous experience has taught us they need to be reinforced, and covered in contact so they can withstand all the experiences they will be subject to over the coming months and in the future.

The boys love to get their lapbooks out to look at them long after they have moved on to learning something new. They also love to show them to visitors.

These are some of our books we will be using

Plus lots more books from the library and of course the Internet.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bird Unit Study

We are all a little bit bird crazy around here since Miss Emerald has stolen our hearts, and she has inspired such love and caring in the boys, they are so much more aware of all the bird in our environment and they are so full of questions- endless questions lol.

That led to the boys requesting we do a unit study on birds- Australian native birds.
They let me know all the things they wanted us to learn- and which particular birds we would be studying and whilst the parade of beautiful visitors to the bird feeder in the garden inspired us all I planned our next terms work.

We will be studying a different bird species each week- starting with parrots , then we will look at storks and cranes, kookaburras and kingfishers, raptors, owls, seabirds, showstoppers- lyrebirds and bower birds, little birds- wrens and finches etc, pelicans and winding up with pigeons and doves.

We will be using our trusty field guide- Simpson and Days- Birds of Australia.
Steve Parish's - Amazing Facts about Australian Birds
Gramercy Press- The World Atlas of Birds
Readers Digest Pathfinders - Birds
A well loved stack of Nation Geographic Magazines , I have gone through our shelf and pulled out all the relevant issues, and also some Australian geograhic's as well.
For specific information on the birds we will visit the fantastic Birds in Backyards website.

I have also planned in a lot of field work
- bird watching in various habitats
- surveying how many and exactly who visits our yard
- researching and making more bird feeders to support local native birds in our area
- researching and planting out specific trees to help our feathered friends.

Other planned acivities include
origami and writing haiku with storks and cranes
Johnathon Livingstone Seagull with waterbirds
needlefelting a little bird
lots of art activities
a canoe trip

Lemon Harvest

Our little one has been unwell.
So we have been eating lots of vitamin C in our foods.

And as lemons have plenty of vitamin C, he harvested some-
a whole basket full.

So we have been enjoying lots of delicious lemon recipes.


Mr10 is a budding young artist~

He has recently been inspired

to do a pastel

a combination of himself and his beloved Emerald

The result-


Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Winter Walk

Our river is slowly dropping after the floods and is almost at the regular level, although it has altered the landscape down there so much it is hard to tell.

The boat ramp is still there but the road leading up to it is washed away and all the surrounding land so it is just out there in the river now. Many trees have gone and many more a re damaged, it is a bit of a moonscape, and the river itself has altered its course a little bit, there are new meanders and eddies that are appearing as the water level drops.

The whole area is covered in a slick layer of sticky clay with sand covering a lot of it but is still slippery underneath and the boys have both had a few muddy outcomes.

These boys love to get down there and run and jump and leap around the place.

Mr10 is having a ball, Mr6 is not that well so he is much calmer than his big brother on this occasion.

What a team!