‘Life Skills: Self Esteem and Values’

“Focuses on student feelings, self awareness, self esteem, goal setting and enriching values both in school and in the wider community. Activities include setting attainable goals, analysing personal strengths and weaknesses and exploring ways to demonstrate values, as well as fun stuff like developing board games for the bored!”

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‘Math Mammoth Australian Money’

coins“Math Mammoth Australian Money is a worktext that covers money-related topics usually encountered during years 1-3. The book contains both textbook explanations and exercises, and is designed to be very easy to teach from, requiring very little teacher preparation (you do need to find practise coins before the lessons).

The PDF version of this book is enabled for annotation. This means that if you prefer, your student can fill it in on the computer, using the typewriter and drawing tools in Adobe Reader version 9 or greater.

The book starts with year 1 topics such as counting coins with cent-amounts and easy problems about change. For the most part, these lessons use “c” as a symbol for cent.

While these initial lessons use pictures for the coins, practising with real coins is, of course, even better, and you should have real money on hand to practise with.

From there, the lessons advance toward year 2 and finally to year 3 topics, such as practising with dollar amounts, and figuring out total amounts owed and change. Therefore, you can also let your child work the pages of this book in different time periods, and not go through it all at once, depending on your child’s current level.

The lesson Making Change explains two basic ways of working out the change: counting up and subtracting (working out the difference). This is all done with mental math. The next lesson also practises money problems using mental math.

In the last lesson we solve money problems by adding and subtracting money amounts vertically (in columns).”

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’60 Homeschooling Tips From 60 Years’

60tIf you are new to homeschooling and would like some tips and tricks to help get you along your way, then this ebook may be for you.
If you have been homeschooling for a while and are looking for some new, fresh tips, this ebook could be just what you need.
It is by two veteran homeschoolers with 60 years experience between them both – Kathie Morriessey and Donna Reish.

I purchased a copy myself and have printed it out so I can go back and refer to it again, as often as I need.

This great resource includes tips on things like:

    • Scheduling conflicts
    • Laundry problems
    • Family unity issues
    • Reading difficulties
    • Prioritizing issues

“If you have found yourself wishing you had a veteran homeschooler to mentor you, or a person that you could  get lots of advice from that has ‘done the stuff’ for three (or six!) decades, look no further! Our book, Sixty Homeschooling Tips From Sixty Years, gives sixty (count ‘em, sixty!) pieces of advice from two veteran homeschooling moms.

For the homeschooling mom who is discouraged and feels like giving up,  DON’T! Get advice and inspiration from two women who didn’t give up, but kept the homeschool light shining brightly in their homes for over thirty years each!”


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Character building for Christian children.

This post will contain links to websites, books, articles and the like that I come across
which pertain to the Christian family.
There will be all kinds of different things, and maybe if I get enough I’ll do a separate post for each topic, boyandgirlbut for now, I’ll just stick them all in here where they are easily found. (I will add to this as I find more.)
My hope for this is to encourage parents to build their children up in the Lord, which is something I really wish I had growing up, but I was not brought up in a Christian home.
I hope to adhere to this following verse with my own children in the hopes that they will follow the Lord and grow up in Him.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

These next links are from a blog I really enjoy, Deep Roots At Home. At first I didn’t think it would be any good for me as I am a sole parent. But the more I read of Jacqueline’s blog the more I liked, so I ‘liked’ her facebook page and am so glad I did.

Character building books for boys.

Character building books for girls.

I bought some of the ‘Miller’s’ books last year and have started using them as devotionals each night before my chDSCF1123ildren go to bed. I’ve found that by doing this, we remember the stories the next day and we can then be reminded of the verse in each story. I find that most of the stories we can relate to, even in the book ‘Schooldays’. We homeschool, but those stories/verses can be applied to church, outings and just friends in general. They are so good because they get the children’s attention because the stories are about children. I highly recommend these books. I will be purchasing more when I can.

I am in the process of reviewing “Lads and Ladies of Wisdom” from Kathie Morrisey over at The Character Corner.
I have been meaning to do the one before this one (Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue), but have never got aroundwisdompic to it. This one has been given to me to review, so I have extra incentive to get it done. lol But in all seriousness, it looks so easy for someone like me to do. I can be quite disorganised and struggle to find the time to do hands on things like this (it also comes with activity pages for the youngsters), but this is easy enough for this disorganised, homeschooling mama to do.
I look forward to continuing on with the rest and starting the previous one.
Stay tuned for updates as I go. 🙂

UPDATE I have done a review of the curriculum, and I love it.
Here’s the link. https://hopehomeeducationdownunder.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/lads-and-ladies-of-wisdom-review-character-corner-2/
Also, if you have a look and decide you think you would like to purchase it, you can purchase it through this link here. It is an affiliate link, so I will earn a small percentage from the sale if you go through me. (Which of course you don’t have to, but it will certainly help.) 🙂

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‘Lads and Ladies of Wisdom’ review – Character Corner.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

wisdompicAs you may have read on another post ‘Character building for Christian children’, I was given a copy of the Lads and Ladies of Wisdom curriculum for families from Kathie Morrissey over at http://thecharactercorner.com/ to review.
I will try to make this short and sweet so as not to take too long so you can head on over and get yourself a copy. 😉

This curriculum is the sequel to the Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue curriculum, and it is aimed at grades 1-6, although it can be “adapted for use with younger or older, by giving more or less for memory work, based on their age and ability”.
This curriculum will get you 5 months of daily lessons which will only take about 5-10 minutes out of your day.
It is great for anyone, including homeschoolers, Sunday School lessons or just any Christian family who is wanting to give their children a biblical view on wisdom.

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What I love about this curriculum is the simplicity of it. I am not a very organised person by nature, so I found the simplicity of this curriculum great.
The lessons are well planned out and easy to follow.
For an example, I’ll use the first lesson to show what I mean.
First off, you get the items you’ll need so that you aren’t hunting around for them as you go, which saves time and makes things easier. (This might be a ‘no brainer’ for some, but for the unorganised folk like myself, you’ll need to know this. lol)
The lesson starts off by reading the definition of wisdom to your child/ren and then read the verse. Then you discuss the verse and what it means.
After this, you do the activity with the children, which is great for visual and tactile learners as it involves them in the lesson, they are not just being spoken to. Then you discuss it again and see what they have taken away from it all.
Then, there is a prayer at the end. There, simple as that.

There is a list of the items you will need, for the activities, at the beginning and most of the things you will need are things that you will already have at home. If they are something you don’t have at home, just use a highlighter or something to mark the items you will need for that week/fortnight/month, that way you will know what you need to purchase beforehand.
It is all laid out in detail so there is really nothing left to do but teach the lesson. There are also activity pages for the child/ren to do in order to help cement the lessons.
I found that it would help to only print out what you need, not the whole lot. A week, fortnight or a month in advance (depending on how organised you are) would be all you would need.
I also suggest getting your child/ren a folder each so they can put their ‘work’ in each day. That way they can go back and read it when they like. There is also a cute little ‘treasure chest’ reward page with ‘jewels’ they can cut out and stick on at the end of the week when they can say the memory verse and keys for the lessons.

This is such a great curriculum for your child/ren to draw closer to the Lord, but it’s also great to spend those precious few moments with your family doing this. It will be something they can look back on fondly when they are older and remember those times spent with family doing the devotions.


**Please note. I did not, and will not, receive money for doing this review. I was given a copy to try for my honest opinion. 🙂
*If you purchase through this link here I will receive a small percentage of the sale as this is an affiliate link. Of course you don’t have to purchase through this blog, but if you do, it will enable me to earn a small amount, which of course will be very much appreciated and used wisely. 🙂

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