Monthly Archives: July 2011

About Us Page updated

Here you will find information mainly about two independent Catholic Home Education Groups in Victoria Australia. One is located in West Gippsland (including areas on the Eastern side of Melbourne) who meet regularly at Iona, the other is on the North – Western side of Melbourne who meet regularly at Strathmore. A general description of both groups can be found by clicking here. Please note that this blog is open to all home educating families. If you would like to share with us any ideas or general fun stuff please Contact Us.

via About Us « Catholic Home Education Network blog.

Trail Ride at Tonimbuk

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By Clare:

On Wednesday 6th of July Maria came to our house for a sleepover. On Thursday 7th of July Maria and I went on a trail ride at Tominbuk which is just near the Bunyip State Park. We watched the riding instructor show us a few things on her horse before we got on the horses. My horse was called Abigail and Maria’s was called Midnight. It was just us two and the two riding instructors! We had a lot of fun!!!

Misty Downs Nursery and Tangled Maze Term 2

It was a great day and enjoyed by all. The Mini Golf was a hit (and miss!) and the kids loved the challenge of the maze. Set on top of a hill, the view was picturesque and there were plenty of tables and chairs to sit down and enjoy lunch and afternoon tea.

8th April The Way of the Cross movie

The children dressed up and enacted the Way of the Cross around the grounds at Iona. This was filmed and later edited by the older children. All the children from big to little ones got to play a part in front of the camera or behind the scenes.

We were also fortunate to have Father Speekman give the children a talk on the 4 relationships broken in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. He demonstrated this by having the children take on the roles of God, Adam, Eve and the Devil.

Looking for some contemporary Catholic Music?

Matt Maher has some great albums

Adventures in Odyssey audio stories

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Adventures in Odyssey presents original audio stories brought to life by actors who make you feel like part of the experience. These fictional, character-building dramas are created by an award-winning team that uses storytelling to teach lasting truths. Maybe that’s why over 20 million products have been distributed worldwide. So dust off your imagination and join the kids in Odyssey for inspiring adventures that are flat-out fun!


Supercharged Science

Homeschool Parents: Overwhelmed with Homeschool Science?

Your kid can easily learn and do real science and be excited about it!

Are you a homeschool parent? You’re a stay-at-home parent, working professional, or somewhere in between, who places a high value on education for your children. You want to make a difference in your child’s life but struggle with teaching science and don’t want to sell your child short.

Can you relate to any of these?

You don’t have time to teach homeschool science, but really want your kids to learn it.

Science is just not your forte.

You get frustrated when you can’t answer questions and wish you knew more about teaching science as a homeschool parent.

Your child is thirsty for more science, but you don’t know where to start.

You know you want to…

Provide your child with an amazing science education they can’t get anywhere else

Avoid spending hours learning all the material yourself?

Be able to provide your child with an exceptional homeschool science experience even though you have a limited science background or don’t have the time.

Ignite your child’s interest in science in a way that can last their entire lifetime

This is why I created Supercharged Science.

Because teaching Homeschool Science should be fun, not hard.

Free Homeschool Science Guide! This experiment guide includes:

  • Over 30 complete experiments…
  • Defy gravity as you levitate water
  • Crush a soda can using a few drops of water
  • Make an indoor corkscrew roller coaster
  • Stick your kid inside a real bubble
  • Grow crystals overnight
  • Create and crack your own geodes
  • Build a flying machine that shouldn’t be able to fly at all

…and much more!

Your kids will be so jazzed about science that they’ll be begging to learn more…

via Homeschool Science Curriculums & Programs.

Discount for Mathletics and Spellodrome

HEN (Home Education network) is registered with Mathletics as a school. The cost of the program for home use is usually $99 per student per year but HEN members can now access the program for $30 per student per year. Mathletics users can also elect to enrol in the Spellodrome programme at the teacher rate of $15 rather than the public rate of $50.

Sovereign Hill Costumed Camp

Our three oldest attended the last one of these camps and had a great time. One even featured in a recent edition of Otherways. It gives the kids a chance to experience life at school in the 1850’s.

It was a great camp which finished with Blood on the Southern Cross. This years will be on from Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 September 2011.

Go to the HEN website for more details

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Clear Vision Films, together with The Excursion Factor are running a short film festival, this will be mainly for home schoolers but may open up to film students from Screen Actors if entry space is available! If you are a budding film producer this is your chance to put your efforts to the test. There will be an independent panel of three judges made up from some emerging young actors from the TV industry – you may even recognize some of them! We won’t be revealing who they are until the last minute though. There will be refreshments, film showings and prizes. Every entrant will receive a certificate of participation and first and second place will be awarded a plaque each and prizes. This film festival has the support of The Home Education Network and will be sponsored by Screen Actors. ENTRIES DUE: Wednesday August 17 ENTRY COST: $15 includes festival entry. FILM FESTIVAL: Saturday 10th September 2011. TICKETS: Adults $15, Children $10.

For more information go to the The Excursion Factor Homeschool family website