11 Fun Ways For Children To Commemorate Australia Day

My mom loved Australia. She became a citizen in 2008 and whenever we traveled, she made a point of using her Australian passport and making sure the local consulate knew she was there. She was proud of Australia and I assure you there are Australian-born nationals with less national pride than she had in her… Read more: 11 Fun Ways For Children To Commemorate Australia Day

How To: Make A Rain Stick {{Australia Day Craft}}

I’ve made a few attempts at rain sticks in the past, because I’ve always loved the sound, but I have never really had one that I thought was actually successful, till now. Because it’s Australia Day this weekend, our playlearning theme for this week has been Australia, and today’s task was to make a rain… Read more: How To: Make A Rain Stick {{Australia Day Craft}}

Watabus Personalised Book Review

When I agreed to review the Watabus personalised book, I really had no idea how popular it would be. I decided to wrap it up and give it to my daughter for her 5th birthday, and her 7 year old sister loved it so much, she wants one for her next birthday too! I think that… Read more: Watabus Personalised Book Review

ChildMax: Salary Insurance For Working Parents Of Sick Children

I lost my mom to a rare cancer a couple of years ago. During the 19 months between her diagnosis and her funeral we experienced a variety of highs and lows. One of the lows was financial – from the six months I spent in Australia unable to work, to having the whole family in… Read more: ChildMax: Salary Insurance For Working Parents Of Sick Children

Messages And Calls From Santa From Portable North Pole

Portable North Pole is an internet based system whereby you can send phone calls and video messages from Santa to your child.  We’ve done this a few years running now, always including it in our Activity Advent Calendar ideas The parent logs in, sets up a voice or video call, adds in a bit of… Read more: Messages And Calls From Santa From Portable North Pole

Early Years In Finland And Sweden

Many home-ed parents, when asked why we home educate, will reference Finland and Sweden’s models of education and their results, as part of the reasons why we choose not to send our children off to school aged 4 or 5, even if they do seem ready. Often I’ve heard people use the fairly obvious ‘in… Read more: Early Years In Finland And Sweden

The First 1000 Days With A Baby

Excuse me a moment, please, while I hide my tissues and wipe my eyes. I’m totally going to sit here and pretend this advert didn’t make my womb ache and swoon, and every fibre of my being long for those exciting, terrifying, exhilarating, empowering, insanity-inducing, beautiful days of a new baby’s  life. Watch this, and… Read more: The First 1000 Days With A Baby

Unusual Child Friendly Travel Destinations

Our time here in Australia is careening to a screeching halt, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad about that. The kids are sad, I’m sad and well, we’re all a bit bummed. I’ve learned from the past though, and one thing I know for sure is that one way to deal… Read more: Unusual Child Friendly Travel Destinations

Harvesting Oats – Learning About Farming

My brother getting married in Australia has introduced us to a whole new level of family, recently, and in this case, farmers! Apart from the fact that they are all lovely and seem a perfect family to be ‘in-lawed’ to, they are also incredibly generous with their time, and invited us to spend the last… Read more: Harvesting Oats – Learning About Farming