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This is an abridged and illustrated version of the talk I gave at ALL Adelaide and ALL Melbourne. Mostly, it’s the same!

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I discovered there was a possibility called homeschooling when I was around 14, when I saw an interview on a very cool Channel 4 show (in the UK) with a very young Cailtin Moran (who had been homeschooled). I declared there and then that I would homeschool any children I might have in my future.

When Kai was 2, I first heard of the word unschooling. I looked into it, and when we moved to Colorado, when Kai was just 3, I found a large group of unschoolers and our life changed forever.

Although we haven’t since found a group as big, or as active as that one in Colorado, we’ve nevertheless been a part of unschooling and homeschooling groups in all the places we’ve lived since – in Tasmania, and here in Adelaide, and we’ve been to homeschool and unschool meets on trips to other states too.

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Throwback – Unschool Park Day Colorado! Little Kai with his Star Pants on!!

One of the concerns when people learn that you homeschool, is that your child will be ‘missing out’? Often, when quizzed what this actually means, they don’t actually know! But sometimes they’ll say ‘diversity’ – meaning, I guess, that homeschooled kids won’t be exposed to as many different people, as many different experiences, as children in school would be.

That seems to be the view particularly in the case of an only child; people imagine Kai shut up in the house doing maths at the kitchen table all day, never seeing any other kids or doing anything much else.

Early on, I had similar concerns – particularly because Kai was likely to be an only child. I was also an only child, and very happy that way, but I was in school – I saw my school friends every day. I worried he’d feel isolated, lonely, and that might lead him to seek school in order to find more friends.

I’m happy to say our experience so far has been nothing like that at all, but I won’t say it doesn’t take effort to make sure Kai has a wide range of friends, social outings and experiences.

Kai is a very social kind of child – he’d be classed as an extrovert for sure. He thrives around other people, other kids, and enjoys being in large groups. Absolutely nothing like I was as a child.

He is also enthusiastic and passionate about many things. Some of those passions have lasted years – like dinosaurs, and medieval history, others seem more fleeting. But his passions have led to a massive diversity of experiences and people over the last 5 years since we began incorporating unschooling principles, experiences I would never have had either, had it not been for unschooling.

Unschooling has given us the freedom to follow courses and passions that just wouldn’t have been possible if Kai were in school and I was at work.

Last year, Kai became interested in surfing. He wanted to sign up for the Surf Groms program down at Moana beach (although admittedly I think that was more about the backpack and hat he got in the sign up package!). It was a week of intensive surfing every morning for two hours – early, for us – 10.30am! Kai enjoyed it, made lots of new friends, and wanted to keep surfing afterward so we got him a board.

During the program, I received an email about a photo competition – send in a photo of your surf grom, and you could win a trip to the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, and a camera! Heck it was free and I had plenty of photos, so I sent a few in.

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This was one of them….

Not long later we got a call telling us we had won the trip to the Gold Coast (with the above photo!), and the camera, and a bunch of other goodies. The trip was soon, but – with no work and no school, we could leave at the drop of a hat!

The weekend on the Gold Coast was hectic! The kids were pushed around for ‘photo opportunities’ eating plates of Vegemite – one of the sponsors, with famous surfers, climbing up climbing walls…but the second day was the best – the kids got one-on-one surfing instruction with famous surfers at a beach on the Gold Coast.

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 Kai surfing on the Gold Coast…helped by Mark Richards and Tom Carroll!!!

I was so impressed with how Kai handled all the pressure, all the photographs and direction, and how he interacted with the other kids who were winners. It was an exhausting weekend, but so amazing. He still surfs regularly, though didn’t do the program this year.

The surfing world is something I never expected to know anything about, let alone go to watch a pro-competition, it’s just one of the many ways unschooling has opened up not only Kai’s world, but mine and Brett’s too.

A few months down the line, we saw another competition advertised – nature photography. The prize was a $100 JB-Hi-Fi voucher – which was a strong motivating factor for Kai, who wanted the money for new games.

We had the time and flexibility to take lots of different photos to enter in the competition, and – thanks to the surfing competition – Kai had his own cool camera! We experimented mostly with plants and macro and using the mini-tripod. Well. He won that competition as well! His macro shot of a carnivorous sundew won in the primary section for plant or fungus.

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 The winning image – Dew of Death!!

 We were invited to attend the opening of a ‘Kids and Nature’ photo exhibition in the city, which was going to feature the winners of the competition. There were 8 winners, the cards beneath the photographs identified that three of the children, including Kai, were homeschooled.  I thought that was pretty amazing, although probably not that surprising really – homeschoolers have the time to photograph all day if we want. Choose the best lighting. The best sunny days. Watch for when the flowers bloom. When the carnivorous plant catches an ant (in our case).  Just another plus of the flexibility of unschooling.

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 The winning images at the exhibition – huge percentage of homeschoolers!!

When we found out Kai had won the competition, someone in the family expressed some concern to me – ‘You must let him know that it’s not this easy to win competitions, Jo.’ they said. ‘He needs to know its not real life to win every competition.’

I understand that concern. I think they were worried that he’ll think that winning competitions is easy, and wanted to save him from disappointment if there came a time when he lost something. But, in essence, they wanted me to tell him something that , in his experience, isn’t true. Kai’s real life experience is that he has won in competitions, and that winning doesn’t have to be that hard.

I thought about where that idea comes from – that children need to taught about negatives, or possible disappointments. It’s like the way some parents quash dreams or aspirations – by saying it’s too hard or you aren’t smart enough or it’s not for people ‘like us’. Brett’s parents told him he wouldn’t get a job from catching lizards, his lifetime passion, but that he needed a trade. They were understandably worried about his future, they didn’t know any herpetologists. But lucky for him, he pursued it anyway, and now does indeed have a job studying (and catching!) lizards!

It seems to be a very-schoolish idea – something that needs to be taught – that kids need to learn that things don’t come easily. That life is hard. Perhaps to protect them from some imagined failure or disappointment in the future.

I recently discussed this idea with Schuyler Waynforth – trying to clarify my thoughts for this talk. She mentioned a quote of Meredith Novak’s that fits well with this seemingly schooly idea of avoiding failure.

‘If you’re thinking in terms of lessons, you’re not thinking about decision making or learning. With lessons, there are right and wrong answers. But in real learning, a “wrong choice” isn’t inherently worse than a right one – in fact, it’s often more valuable.” – Meredith Novak

Aside from the extra time we have, on reflection, maybe that’s why so many homeschooled children entered the photo competition. Perhaps homeschooled children don’t have the deeply engrained fear of failure that many schooled children have? Schuyler suggested that maybe homeschooled entrants were less likely to think competitions were a losing endeavour.

An addition to these thoughts came from Sandra during the Melbourne ALL – she suggested that homeschooling/unschooling parents might also be more willing to let children use a decent camera, while other parents might see good, expensive cameras as only something adults would be allowed to use…

I don’t want Kai to ever think there is something he can’t do. But he doesn’t live in a vacuum, he lives in a world where he knows you don’t win competitions every time – even from playing Daily Spin on Animal Jam – which he’s never yet won!

Before we’ve entered any competitions, we’ve discussed the fact that he might not win. In fact, together we came to the conclusion that we should focus on local, small competitions, where our probability of winning is greater simply because less people will enter. A real life example of odds and probabilities!

Anyway, I digress. Back to the flexibility that comes with unschooling. Recently Kai went through a period where he was intensely interested in dinosaurs. He has always been interested, but this phase was full-on for weeks – we had every dinosaur book from the library, dinosaur models and kits, dinosaur DVD’s and you tubes.

Because Kai doesn’t go to school, because we don’t require ‘school-at-home’, Kai was able to completely immerse himself in dinosaurs and related learning for weeks. He watched Walking with Dinosaurs, Walking with Beasts, Walking with Monsters and Prehistoric Park over and over and over. He poured over the Dinosaur encylopedia…the amount of information and learning that occurred over those few weeks of intense dinosaur research was staggering.

That same week someone, somewhere, posted a quote from John Holt, that resonated so well with our experience during that time…

Children do much of their learning in great bursts of passion and enthusiasm. [They]….rarely learn on the slow, steady schedules that schools make for them. They are more likely to be insatiably curious for a while about some particular interest, and to read, write, talk and ask questions about it for hours a day and for days on end. Then suddenly they may drop that interest and turn to something completely different, or even for a while seem to have no interests at all. This usually means that for the time being they have all the information on that subject that they can digest, and need to explore the world in a different way, or perhaps simply get a firmer grip on what they already know.” (paraphrased from How Children Learn, by John Holt)

Unschooling and our flexible schedule has also allowed us to go on numerous field trips with Brett to catch lizards – we’ve been to Alice Springs, up to Queensland and in the back of beyond for weeks on end – we help Brett dig in pitfall traps and check the funnel traps for lizards. Kai and I have been able to spend long periods overseas in the UK, and the US, visiting friends and family…time we wouldn’t have if he were at school, or even if we did school-at-home.

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 Kai releasing a goanna, Alice Springs, 2012

When Kai won the photography competition, he rushed out to JB-Hi-Fi to buy some new games. Gaming is a big part of our life, and the flexibility of unschooling means we can play and skype with local friends, and overseas friends, and not worry too much about time-zones, bedtimes and having to leave the computer for dinner. In our house, dinner and snacks go to the computer. Or the couch.

Kai has a good friend who lives in Arkansas. They’ve never met in ‘in real life’, although they’ve spent countless hours playing Minecraft, Animal Jam and Pirate 101 and skyping together, so if that’s not ‘real life’ I don’t know what is! People sometimes ask how homeschooled kids will learn to work in a team situation. This is just one way Kai works as a group to achieve a real aim, not one made up in an artificial school situation.  Listening to them working as a team to solve problems in games, and to help each other get to new levels and get prizes, truly is wonderful.

And in the process, without even really realising it, we’ve learnt about time zones, about American states, where Arkansas is, as well as all the learning and co-operation going on in the games. Kai’s friend is also unschooled, and the flexibility at her home means that she can skype Kai throughout our day, and then she goes to bed in Arkansas pretty late.

The flexibility and choices that unschooling bring have, I’m happy to say, pervaded every area of our life. From food, to sleep, travel, dinosaurs, surfing, photography. Kai’s world is big. Huge. To steal a line from Sandra – his world is ‘bigger and more sparkly than school’ – bigger and better than school could ever be. I have no doubt.

People new to unschooling often ask what a typical day looks like. They wonder what we actually do all day. But we’ve found that there is no typical day when you follow passions and make better, happier choices. Or maybe every day is typical – typically happy, full of fun and learning.  One day may be full of Prehistoric Park and the dinosaur encylopedia. The next month a typical day might look like skyping and gaming with Caitlyn most of the day. Still other days might be hiking, going to the zoo, the museum, visiting friends. Long hair, short hair. Soccer, sword skills class, stunt monkeys. Adelaide, Arkansas. We have the flexibility to explore the whole world. I’m always excited to see what our next ‘typical’ might turn out to be.

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Continuing on from our trip with Sandra over to Melbourne for the Melbourne ALL event.  We arrived in Melbourne on Thursday 20th March, and after dropping Sandra we headed to Nana’s house….

We had one day to recover – the Friday, during which we did very little! Kai played Skylanders in the newly refurbished room at Nana’s – he had his own fold out bed, his Wii, a big flat screen TV with DVD player! We called it the ‘boy cave’!

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Nana and I went to Spotlight to buy birthday gifts – two of Kai’s cousins had birthdays the week we visited! And Nana bought Kai a Rainbow Loom. I’ll say I was sceptical it was ever going to get used – she said his cousins were doing lots with their school friends, but Kai’s not usually into crafts…anyway…Rainbow Loom it was! In the afternoon after school, we went to visit said cousins, and Kai saw the loom in action, and wanted to make a bracelet NOW!

He went home and did so – made about 10 of the things, and a necklace for himself! Just goes to show what I know!

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On Saturday, I was up and out early, a friend picked me up to go to the Melbourne ALL symposium! Then we all piled into Karen’s  big van to drive to the Elwood Early Learning Centre. Melbourne had a lot more people than Adelaide, maybe 40 or so, so had a different vibe immediately.

Melbourne also contained a lot of people I already knew from Melbourne park days on previous visits, and also people I knew very well online, but had never met ‘in real life’ – including the lovely Kim from Feather and Nest! We also caught up with Tan, who we had met previously in Sydney!

So that made Melbourne very exciting and there was a great vibe to it from the start….

Sandra spoke on similar topics as in Adelaide, but with a new audience and new questions and experiences, I still learnt a whole lot of new stuff! Also on the first day Karen spoke about her experiences with having had some kids at school, and coming to unschooling later, with older children, and some of her stumbling blocks and mistakes, which was super-awesome, and I hope Karen – you will put your talk on your blog soon!

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While I was immersed in unschooling that day, Kai was at his cousin Lola’s 7th birthday, where they did African drumming and dancing!

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We re-convened on Sunday morning for our last day at ALL Melbourne. I spoke again that day – blabbing on more about our unschooling life with Kai – which contrasts well with Karen’s experiences, I guess, since Kai’s always unschooled and an only child! I took the opportunity to take some photo’s of the audience while I was speaking, and I got to say I have a photo of Sandra in my audience!

Here they are…

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The right hand side of the room! Hardly anyone looking at the camera!!

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Middle of the room – much better smiley faces!

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Far left of the room…not many looking again!

It was sad to say goodbye to everyone at the end, and it was kind of crazy too – as the media were calling for someone to go on Morning TV to talk about unschooling opposite an ‘expert’ in education. Sandra kindly agreed, after being not to subtly railroaded in to it by everyone! Despite being exhausted and having talked for two full days already….

The interview was a follow up to the 15 minute 60 Minutes section on Unschooling aired that night – you can watch that here (i’ll find a link, I promise!). They had the same ‘expert’ opposite Sandra the following morning – you can watch that here.

Some of us made arrangements to meet at a playground the next day, for a last catch up. That was really super awesome, Kai was happy to see his buddy Angel again – who we’d met once before in Sydney…

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And I got to hang out will a load of awesome unschooling Mom’s (and a Dad or two!) for four hours! Until Kai cut his knee open again and we headed home, exhausted!

So. After all that, we had home days (Nana’s home!) on Tuesday and Wednesday! Kai played Skylanders, I did some work that I was offered out of the blue…Brett was away in Canberra working on something lizardy!

On Thursday we went to Old Melbourne Gaol. Kai was keen to visit, and see all the Ned Kelly paraphernalia. We got the train in, and walked up. The Gaol was awesome and creepy!

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The rack where they strapped people to be whipped!!!

And we read all the stories and looked at all the casts of the heads of hanged prisoners! Then we walked to China Town for lunch, and went home on the train – exhausted again, but after having a great day in the big city!!

On the train on the way, Kai completed 4 levels of the Age 12+ Dragon Box app! On the way home, we played some other games and he surprised me by being able to spell some short words – surprising since he doesn’t read much still….but cool!

On Friday we went to Kai’s other cousins 8th Birthday – 8 7-10 year old boys…crazy madness!

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Crazy, testosterone fuelled musical statues!! Shirts optional!

They were having a sleepover, though Kai chose not to sleep over in the end. We took them to see ‘Mr Peabody and Sherman’ which we absolutely LOVED! What an amazingly clever movie! I want to see it again!

Brett came back Friday night, and while Kai had a quieter day Saturday, Brett and I went miles away to collect in some lizard models! Sunday we drove home – a last stop at Keith – where Kai loves the crazy Minecraft cart train thing in the playground!

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It doesn’t look that crazy in the photo, but it goes like the clappers, believe me! I wish I could upload the video!!

So that’s about it. Up until we got home. Which was a week ago today!

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Kai has had control of the laptop most of the week, so I’ve been slack at updating! But we are now back at my cousins and he’s on the PS3, so laptop control is miiiiinnnnneeeee!!

Here’s our week…

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On Sunday we went on a drive to Springbrook National Park and visited the Natural Arch. It was pretty cool, and lots of beautiful rainforest…although we didn’t get to see any glow worms, I think it was too light..

On Monday we headed north to Brisbane to stay with our friends with the yurts…there was lots of trampolining, running around, catching chickens, and here’s Kai on an egg hunt in the wilds of the ferns!

 

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We stayed there Monday and Tuesday, and then headed to another unschooling friends house on Wednesday morning. We headed straight for a Park Day! Hooray….

 

 

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There was a lot of this:

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Which is Kai playing L4D2 and his pal watching (because unfortunately his computer wasn’t playing it :()

There was some of this…

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On Friday we headed into the city and Kai and I spent a lot of time in the Queensland Museum and Science Centre (which are both AWESOME btw!)..

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Hahahaha! Hours of Fun!

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Check out his facial expression!

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We also caught up with my dear friend Tanya and her family, who luckily are here visiting family at the moment – since they currently live in China! It was a wonderful, but all too short, catch up…

The kids enjoyed fish and chips…

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And Kai and Arlo had a lovely time in the playground….

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Then we went out with our unschooling friends to celebrate a 9th birthday! Lots of eating out!

Saturday was Kai’s friends official 9th birthday party in the park. It was a cosplay – Kai went as Frodo Baggins….

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So, after the party we headed straight to the train station and headed back to the Gold Coast, and we head home on Tuesday…So, there may or may not be another holiday update before then!

 

 

 

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We’re off on an adventure this weekend, so I thought I should update, before I start the adventure updates! So here’s some stuff we’ve been doing lately, in no particular order!

The boys went the local (ish) trout farm, and Kai caught 3 trout (and bashed them on the head himself….wasn’t too keen on the gutting/cleaning aspect though, apparently!). We bought a smoker, and smoked them – they were pretty good!

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There was a scorpion in our house….

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We *think* it had babies on it’s back. We let it go in the wood pile outside!

We went to the Old Reynella Festival of History – there were reenactments of the Napoleonic war, WWII and some Viking stuff – it was pretty awesome! (Despite the 35 C heat!)

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I felt for the guys in the heavy hot uniforms! Kai got to fire a machine gun!! And hold a german rifle…

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(yes, that is Kai in the pillbox!)

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Our friends from Queensland came visiting and took us geocaching, so we decided to give it a go ourselves again, and low and behold, we’re actually finding caches!! We’ve found three so far, and plan to find more on our outback adventures!

We’ve also been surfing (and had a water evacuation due to shark sighting!), been to two park days, been to stunt monkeys, read a lot of Beast Quests, played Minecraft, played Wizard 101, visited friends, and probably stuff I’ve forgotton!

Stay tuned for outback adventures next week!

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So, this blog is my happy place at the moment! Where I can log all the cool stuff we do and the fun we have! It’s not very concerned with unschooling rants or theory right now, so – sorry about that! It might go back to that one day, but not at the moment!

We’ve done lots of fun stuff, and are enjoying warmer days – although it’s still cold enough for the fire at night!

Last week we visited the local wildlife park on Wednesday. Kai was having an ‘owl mania’ moment again – he’d been playing Owls of Ga’hoole on the Wii, watching it on the TV, and whole lot of other owl-y stuff, and he wanted to see the frogmouths at the park! We also fed the wallabies, of course, and saw the echidna out for the first time this summer…

Then we went to the library and got out a whole load of books on owls – fiction and non-fiction!

On Thursday we went to visit friends, and the boys played Kirby’s Adventure on the Wii (which Kai now wants, because it’s super cool!)…

On Friday we went to the Botanical Gardens for homeschoolers games day…we all took along stuff to play with (we finally got out our swing tennis set, which we can’t use here!) and the weather was perfect…There was also a cool tree to climb..

And Kai and Llogan had fun with swing tennis…

After that we went to Stunt Monkeys, where Kai and his buddy demonstrated their fight sequence for the class….

It was quite hilarious and well-acted! It will be part of a filmed movie/end of term presentation! Funnily enough, Stunt Monkeys is the only place where I never get the ‘what about socialization?’ question from other Mums – because it’s quite clearly redundant! Kai LOVES being with his Stunt Monkeys friends and participates fully in everything!

On the weekend I went Christmas shopping, and nearly finished! Seriously! I’m pretty happy about that! Then I went to see Breaking Dawn Pt II – the end of an era!! The boys went on hike to find owl pellets/potion ingredients, or something!

Sunday I hiked the mountain, and the boys walked down to meet me near the top…then Kai and I washed the car…

Mostly Kai just wanted to get sprayed with the hose (even though it felt freezing to me!). But then took responsibility for cleaning the ‘bug splatter’ of the front of the car (which was pretty bad after the NSW trip!)….he stayed out there for ages, on his own, scrubbing away, until it was all gone! I said to him maybe he should ask Dad if he wanted to give him some money as payment for doing such a great job, and he say “why?”. Bless him!

He had no idea why you would ask for money to do something that was fun – since we’ve never done forced chores or chores for pocket money! What’s that you say – you need to force kids to  do chores or they won’t do anything of their own free will!?!? Erm…I think not!  He didn’t end up asking Brett for money, by the way, he said cleaning the car was fun and was really proud of his work on the bug splatter!

Last night Kai and I stayed up watching Gremlins. He thought it was pretty funny! Although fell asleep on my lap before the end.

The end of another fun week, and today another begins (with a park meet in the sun!)!

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Oh My! It’s been a while! I’m going to mostly post pictures, since I can’t really remember what we’ve done completely, and we’ve been on a road trip….here goes…

We went to Techno Wally’s workshop and built stuff with straws…

We went to a Double Helix marine ecology workshop and caught crabs!

 

We found a cool stick insect in the garden, but yet to find out what it is!

 

Kai played a lot of Pirate 101…dressed as a pirate….

It was Halloween!! (and Kai was dressed as a pirate!)

 

We drove from Adelaide to Sydney, stopping over night in Hay…on the way we picked up a used copy of Mini Ninja’s and a Ninja outfit….Pirates were overtaken by Ninjas in the popularity stakes…..

We visited a most AWESOME playground near Sydney, called the Blaxland Riverside Park. It was SO cool, and we are a bit jealous of the Sydney people who get to go there often! We met another Unschooling family there and had an awesome time, but were sorry we had to leave so soon!

 

We went to a BBQ at Bronte beach with our friends who were getting married…and their friends, and some friends from Scotland…(no photo of that!)

The next day was the day of the wedding…the boys scrubbed up pretty well….

 

And yes, Kai is wearing SHOES! REAL SHOES!!! And he kept them on for most of the day (but took them off by the time the disco was happening at night!)

We saw plenty of Sydney sights, we drove over the Harbour Bridge and also had a great view from the wedding venue…

 

Kai very much enjoyed the wedding, and was quite captivated with the proceedings, the vows and the rings, and the whole ceremony….

We drove home – well, to Hay again…the next day…and it was HOT, and the boys had a swim at the caravan park…(I didn’t go in, it was FREEZING!!)

 

Yesterday we drove the rest of the way, had a stop in a playground and Kai made some friends…and we finally got home around 5pm last night.

Since then, Kai’s pretty much constantly played his Mini Ninja’s Wii game, since he couldn’t play it until we got home. Apparently it is AWESOME!!! (especially playing it dressed as a Ninja!).

And that brings me up to date! Of course there is lots i’ve missed…but that is the crux of it! Today is the presidential election, and i’m following my map of red and blue on the internet…..I might not agree with Governments in general, but they are here, and what happens in the US election will directly impact us here….and Obama might not be perfect, but if Romney gets in we are all screwed! Especially women! So…my virtual and useless vote goes with Obama…and so ends my short rant about politics!

 

 

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As promised, here is a ‘real’ update of the past week, although there will likely be some photo’s of the green bucket also!

After a week or so away with just Brett and I, Kai seemed keen to spend lots of time with his friends this week, so I made a big effort to make sure we saw someone (or lots of people!) every day….

So. Monday was our Natural Learning group park day….we went to a new park (for us) and the weather was lovely, and a good time was had by all…

After the park, we headed to the swimming pool to meet with some friends we hadn’t seen for a while. We stayed for a bit, but the chlorine really affected Kai this time, way worse than usual, and he couldn’t stop sneezing so he asked to leave quite soon….we still had fun though!

On Tuesday, we went to a more general homeschool park meet, which was organized for people in the area new to or thinking about homeschooling, to ask questions of those already doing it. Again it was a new park for us, and another lovely day – although Tuesday was verging on too hot! The kids all got in the creek which helped them cool down!

On Wednesday we visited friends after a quick trip to the library, and Kai took Skylanders and much Wii fun was had by all….there was also some trampoline jumping between Wii bouts….

Yesterday (phew!), we met up with a big group of homeschoolers to go ice-skating. We haven’t been ice-skating since we left Boulder (some 2.5 years ago!). Kai got quite good in Boulder, but I wasn’t sure how he’d go after such a long time…..

The kids started off with chairs for balance and support…

But by the end of the session both were skating sans chairs!

Everyone loved skating, and want to go again very soon! Next time I must remember gloves for me, as well as Kai!

After skating we went to the nearby adventure playground….

And then (some of you may wish to close your eyes now and go to your happy place….), we went to McDonalds and all the kids had a Macca’s burger and fries!

I’m absolutely exhausted after that week (and I didn’t even eat at Macca’s!)…and it’s been interesting to see how such a social week has tired out Kai too! He’s been asleep by 10.30pm every night, and had two sleeps in the car on the way home!  Makes me wonder how exhausting it must be for kids in school, forced into a massively overwhelming environment, whether they like it or not, with no chance to escape or have an afternoon nap!

So, other than all that, we’ve done some cooking – we had our first BBQ of the spring/summer and made kangaroo kebabs…

Kai helped with some skewering….and it all looked a bit fancy on the BBQ…

The kebabs were a hit with all, although the mint yogurt (made with mint from the garden!) was the biggest hit with Kai, who ate the remainder out of the bowl on it’s own!

We’re still trying to figure out a tangrams puzzle that came with our CSIRO Math and Stats by email this week….

So, that’s our week…Oh – the bucket of lollies, nearly forgot! This was the bucket on Monday…

Kai hadn’t eaten anymore from it. Brett and I ate a couple of chocolates! ha ha!

Then on Tuesday, the second load of lollies arrived from Nana!! I did take photo’s, was was about to upload them, but they are on Brett’s camera which doesn’t seem to be here!

Anyway. Lots of different sweets and chocolates came, but Kai didn’t seem to like any of them! He took a bite or two of everything, then put them all back! Honestly, Brett has eaten pretty much all the second lot, and I ate the Violet Crumble – all with Kai’s blessing! But I will find the photo’s for next time anyway!

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