Homeschool update

December 21st, 2009

Another homeschool year is over! As it has been a while I thought I would give a quick update on our homeschooling journey for 2009.
About a week or so ago my wife, kids and I finished out sixth year of homeschooling. For those who are new to The PASSION Blog, our oldest daughter started in year one and our youngest daughter started in Kindy. So they have just completed Grade 4 and grade 6.
This year has been another good year of homeschooling. We have all learnt a lot and have grown closer as a family and our girls have also begun organised sport for PE. In winter they both started playing Netball in the local competition and in Summer they have started Little Athletics. They have both loved their new sports, have gotten way fitter and have made lots of new friends as a result.
Another big thing we did about half way through the year was purchased some books from Australian Homeschooling Supplies. Initially we used their books, but after a year or so we sourced our books from a number of sources. Now that our oldest daughter is 11 and will be going into high school the year after next, we decided to return to the Australian Homeshooling books as they have a great selection of books for high school students.
One of our big experiments we did this year was the growing of wheat from June to early December. We planted two patches of wheat that were two metres by two metres. One we watered every few weeks if there was no rain and the other we left to fend for itself. Our experiment showed that the wheat that was watered produced twice as many plants with many more heads. All up we got four times the grain from the six watering throughout the period.
All in all it was another good year of homeschooling. Of course like most things you have your moments where you wonder why you are doing it, but most of the time it was a great experience and we are committed to homeschooling for the long haul. We love the flexibility of it and we love the fact that we get to spend so much time with our kids as they grow up.
God Bless,
Dave

Another homeschool year is over! As it has been a while I thought I would give a quick update on our homeschooling journey for 2009.

About a week or so ago my wife, kids and I finished out sixth year of homeschooling. For those who are new to The PASSION Blog, our oldest daughter started in year one and our youngest daughter started in Kindy. So they have just completed Grade 4 and grade 6.

This year has been another good year of homeschooling. We have all learnt a lot and have grown closer as a family and our girls have also begun organised sport for PE. In winter they both started playing Netball in the local competition and in Summer they have started Little Athletics. They have both loved their new sports, have gotten way fitter and have made lots of new friends as a result.

Another big thing we did about half way through the year was purchased some books from Australian Homeschooling Supplies. Initially we used their books, but after a year or so we sourced our books from a number of sources. Now that our oldest daughter is 11 and will be going into high school the year after next, we decided to return to the Australian Homeshooling books as they have a great selection of books for high school students.

One of our big experiments we did this year was the growing of wheat from June to early December. We planted two patches of wheat that were two metres by two metres. One we watered every few weeks if there was no rain and the other we left to fend for itself. Our experiment showed that the wheat that was watered produced twice as many plants with many more heads. All up we got four times the grain from the six watering throughout the period.

All in all it was another good year of homeschooling. Of course like most things you have your moments where you wonder why you are doing it, but most of the time it was a great experience and we are committed to homeschooling for the long haul. We love the flexibility of it and we love the fact that we get to spend so much time with our kids as they grow up.

God Bless,

Dave