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Term 3 Program 2018

June 26, 2018

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 3 Program!

The first two workshops for Term 3 will run for 2hrs from 9.30am-11.30am.

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. This term times vary for the first two weeks. MMNC is a nut free venue.  All homeschooling families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you are attending the workshops.  Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.

Living Learning programs are pitched at 5yrs and up age group as a loose guideline. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.

Please note it is an insurance requirement from HEA that parents are at the venue or provide written notice of their absence to the event organiser and have a designated “supervising carer” present for their children. When you are the “supervising carer” for another parent, please ensure you include the names of the children who are in your care when you sign the HEA sign on sheet.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking sheet for Term 3 2018

Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

31st July: Threatened Species Art competition  

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NB– this workshop starts at 9.30am and finishes at 11.30am

Julie and Rachel will be sharing information and ideas about the plants and animals in your local area that are threatened. You can also come with ideas about a threatened species you already know about however for this competition, these must be species that are or have been native to NSW.

We will be creating collaborative and individual 2D artworks for participants to enter in the 2018 Threatened Species Art Competition which is open to children aged 5-12yrs of age living in NSW and the ACT.

The Threatened Species Children’s art competition helps children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about the extinction crisis facing our native plants and animals. It aims to encourage the next generation of environmental leaders. 

We aim to have one collaborative artwork that will be entered into the competition representing Blue Mountains Home Ed Network and each participant will create their own individual work.

Cost: $18 HEA members/$20 non-members

 

 

7th August: Ecoprinting on wool

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NB- this workshop starts at 9.30am and finishes at 11.30am.

After last term’s eco-printing on paper explorations, Louise is returning to share another natural dyeing method. Each child will create their own composition of leaves on woollen fabric. We will have a break while the bundles cook, and then come back together to open them up and see what colours and shapes have emerged.

Louise is a local eco-print artist who runs a small business called Gumnut Magic. She sells naturally dyed clothing and has written ebooks about eco-printing on cotton and paper. She loves introducing people to this magical process. See more of her work at www.gumnutmagic.com

Cost: $17 HEA members/$19 non-members

 

14th & 21st August : Woodworking, Insect Hotels

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Come and make an insect hotel and learn some woodworking skills with local furniture maker and woodworking teacher Georgina Donovan. You will learn to use a handsaw, cordless drill, hammer and nails.

Insect hotels are a wonderful way to encourage beneficial insects, such as native stingless bees and wasps, in your garden. They provide shelter and protection for these tiny friends, and a place for them to nest. The native bees and wasps will thank you by pollinating the flowers, fruit and veggies in your garden.

This workshop is recommended for ages 8 +. Children require coordination, focus and good motor skills to allow them to make lots of cuts with a saw, and for measuring and marking.

Georgina Donovan is a local furniture maker and woodworking teacher with 20 years experience. Along with furniture she has made all the windows and doors for the beautiful earth buildings at Kindle Hill school and a number of bespoke kitchens. Georgina runs woodworking classes for children and adults from her mid-mountains workshop. You can find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/Georgie-Donovan-designermaker-1541665079421898/posts/?ref=page_internal

Cost: $65 HEA members/ $67 non-members

 

28th August, 4th & 11th September: Build a mind

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If you’ve explored some of the Buildamind gear at previous workshops, this time you have the opportunity to build your own robot to take home.

A quick introduction to building robots using real electronic components.  You will utilise motors, wheels, sensors and switches as a base to create your own robot that you can personalise multiple times.

Children will need fine motor skills and be able to focus on/follow directions. Children under 8yrs of age will require assistance from a parent.

Cost: $60 members/ $64 non-members.

 

18th September:  Spring Equinox Market Day

Have you been creating some amazing art and craft?

Are you keen to make a bit of money and see what some of your friends have been creating?

Wanting to buy some treats for yourself and presents for others?

Come along to our Market and set up a stall.

Children of all ages are welcome to sell art and craft and other created items/second hand toys or learning materials/baked goods.

No commercial stalls will be included in this Market, all stall holders will be from the homeschooling community from the teens through to our youngest members being welcome. Parents of children are welcome to support and co-run a stall with their children

Bookings for Stall-holders are required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cost: $2 per stall HEA members/ $4 per stall non-members

Term 3 2018 has a High School Level Program on offer.

These workshops are suitable for children who work at a high school level.  If interested in these workshops, please email the organiser, Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

Technology and Design Workshop Series with Jane

31st July-18th September 2018 workshops, over 8 Tuesdays, in the Small Meeting Room at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, will be held from 11:40-13:10

In this 8-week workshop series, we will explore what technology means to us and how it can help us to work our way through a challenge to get the best possible solution, rather than just settling for the first solution that comes to mind. For difficult problems, this often requires us to think ‘outside the box’, a skill we will practise through weekly short and fun lateral thinking challenges. For more information on lateral thinking check out this weblink https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB5ve_Bqf0M.

Throughout the workshop series we will also be challenging ourselves with several larger projects:

  1. Balloon-car challenge (week 1-2):  In this activity, you design and build a balloon-powered car to better understand the science ideas related to rocket propulsion. You use ideas of mass and force to work out ways to improve the distance travelled by your car.  Let´s see whose car will propell the furthest!
  2. Perfect pylons (week 3):   Electricity is transferred from power station to consumer (us) using cables which are supported by pylons. Pylons must be strong and stiff; able to support the load of the cables without bending or breaking and withstand all weather conditions. This group project tests how well your pylons are built.
  3. Electric Messages – Then and Now (week 4): This group activity explores electronic communication, the Morse Code system, and advances all the way through text messaging. We build a simple circuit, send messages to one another, and explore the impact of electrical communications on society.
  4. Smart Muscle (week 5):  During this session, you will investigate the properties of materials and model a muscle based on a smart spring. This activity uses a smart ‘Niti’ spring made of an alloy of nickel and titanium. When a current flows through the stretched spring, the metal is heated. The temperature change causes the spring to ‘remember’ the shape it had before it was stretched. Let´s see what potential designs for prosthetic technologies or a robot with artificial muscles your group can come up with.
  5. Working with wind (week 6-8): The “Working with Wind Energy” activity explores the growing use of wind energy to generate or augment energy in businesses and homes worldwide. You work in teams of “engineers” to design and build your own windmill out of everyday items which you select and purchase with a budget. You test your windmill, evaluate your results, and present reflections to the class.

Please note that the schedule might change slightly throughout the term depending on project progress.

In addition to home educating her 13-year old son, Jane has been a GIS lecturer with the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) since 2008. Prior to this, she lectured in Information Systems and Computer Science both at UTS and at the University of New South Wales, where she also did her PhD in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Spatial Reasoning.

Cost: $108 for HEA members; $116 for non-members. To book into this workshop series please email the organiser, Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

 

Booking information:

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer refunds so please read each workshop description carefully before choosing which workshops to book into.  The booking form is below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfc8vrqQuCwM2C0t5p6sInS2mb2SQ4N6QLEk-9mhRI-zLE5MQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Creative & Performing Arts Night

May 21, 2018

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There’s less than a month to go until our Creative and Performing Arts Night: An evening for our children to share their creative and performing arts skills with their family and friends.

If you’re children would like to perform or exhibit, please fill in the booking form below ASAP!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsLrhYlfgS0mHc49uq0Yvma8RJWHbwia0rKTV9_lkmCGMCmw/viewform

Looking forward to a wonderful night of creativity and community.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Wagana Dancers and Raven Spirit Dancers

May 14, 2018

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We are incredibly excited to offer you this opportunity to attend a Show with the Wagana Dancers and the visiting Raven Spirit Dancers.  This show features Dance, Stories and Song inspired by shared connection to Rivers.  This is a Home Education Association Inc.  (HEA) Event and is open to all ages.

Wagana Dancers and Raven Spirit Dancers are offering just two school shows together in the Blue Mountains, and we are fortunate enough to be hosting one of these at Living Learning.  In order to offer this opportunity, Living Learning will be subsidising this unique event, to keep ticket prices as affordable as possible for families in our community.  There are plenty of seats available, so spread the word! What a beautiful way to end the term together.

When: Friday 6th July 10am – 11am

Where: Mavis Wood Hall, Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, 9 New St Lawson.

Ticket Prices:

$12 per person or $45 per family for HEA members

$15 per person or $55 per family for non HEA members

How to Book: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUDRrl8cZYUyRShj0OSR6gwH9zj6cCBDFcJ9bS9Cq8okVL9g/viewform?usp=sf_link

The Wagana Aboriginal Dancers perform traditional and contemporary dances inspired by the beautiful Blue Mountains and NSW Central West country. They honour and respect the Darug, Gundungurra and Wiradjuri peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands they dance on. Wagana perform at Festivals and events in the Blue Mountains, nationally and internationally.  They have recently performed in Glasgow, Denmark, Hawaii and Canada.  They have a dance in education program for pre-schools, primary and high schools and offer a youth dance program for local Aboriginal and non-Indigenous young women and girls.

The artistic vision of Raven Spirit Dance Society is to share stories from an Aboriginal worldview. By sharing this work on local, national and international stages, Raven Spirit Dance reaffirms the vital importance of dance to the expression of human experience and to cultural reclamation. Raven Spirit Dance aims to explore how professional artistic work is responsive and responsible to the community it is a part of and to continue to redefine dance’s place in diverse community settings. Raven Spirit is Vancouver-based yet indelibly tied to the Yukon through its projects and inspirations, as their Artistic Director, Michelle Olson is from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation.

 

 

Term 2 Program 2018

April 11, 2018

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 2 Program!

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. MMNC is a nut free venue.  All homeschooling families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you are attending the workshops.  Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.

Living Learning programs are pitched at 5yrs and up age group as a loose guideline. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.

Please note it is an insurance requirement from HEA that parents are at the venue or provide written notice of their absence to the event organiser and have a designated “supervising carer” present for their children. When you are the “supervising carer” for another parent, please ensure you include the names of the children who are in your care when you sign the HEA sign on sheet.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking sheet for Term 2 2018

Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

 

1st May – I Scream, You Scream, We Scream for Ice Cream.

Hi all Parents & Carers,

My name is Peter Daley and I’m Koby’s Dad. We both attend Living Learning. Two interesting facts about myself are: once I was a Chef (10 years) as well as, I am a big “Ice Cream Lover”😋. So that brings me to invite our little angels to come along to Living Learning on the 1st May, to have a try at making our own batches of Ice Cream.

We will cover some Ice Cream facts & the ingredients that make it. Plus turn it into a science lesson to look at why/how it all works.  Main ingredients consist of Milk, Sugar, Egg yolks, Vanilla essence & some Flavouring/toppings.  So if there are any children that would require alternative ingredients from the above list, please let myself or Meredith know so I can shop right for all attending.

Hope to see lots of Ice Cream Lovers there on the day.

Best Wishes, Peter.

Cost:$11 for HEA members/$13 for non-members

 

8th, 15thMay- Eco printing on paper

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Join us in exploring the art and science of eco-printing on paper. In the first session, we will discuss how natural dyes work, then each child will set up their own eco-print experiment with different paper and leaf variables.

In the second session, we will examine our cooked bundles to see what the natural dyes have done. We will compare the different variables and discuss which paper or leaves worked best. Each child will leave with the knowledge and experience to continue their own eco-printing explorations at home.

Louise is a local eco-print artist who runs a small business called Gumnut Magic. She sells eco-printed clothing and has written ebooks about eco-printing on cotton and paper. She loves introducing people to this magical process. See more of her work at http://www.gumnutmagic.com

Cost: $24 for HEA members/$28 for non-members

 

 8th May 12 – 1pm – Living Learning Planning Meeting

Do you and your family have ideas for workshops that you’d love to see run at Living Learning? Do you have feedback on previous terms, and suggestions for the future?  We especially love to tailor our programs to the children’s interests, so please bring along ideas from the whole family!
22nd ,29thMay, 5th June- Yoga with Kate from Awakened Heart Yoga

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In a supportive and fun environment we will focus on physical postures, breath awareness and relaxation techniques to help children learn to release physical and mental tensions that are a by-product of living in this overly stimulated and often stressful age.

These sessions are for children only. Parents are welcome as spectators.

Cost: $48 for HEA members/ $52 for non-members.

 

12th, 19th June- Visioning and Creating: Permaculture Planning for the Future

If you had a magic wand that could make change in the world, what would THE MOST WONDERFUL world look like to you?
Join Meredith and Julie to explore your biggest visions and the small steps towards them that you can take in your own back yard.
Drawing on visual art practices, permaculture design principles, compassionate communication and creative problem solving, we will use our amazing imaginations and take an adventure together: from global visions to planning a town make-over, to getting creative in our own back yard.

Meredith and Julie are home educating mums at Living Learning. Meredith has just completed her Permaculture Design Certificate and Julie’s background is in environmental science and creative arts.

Cost: $32 for HEA members/$34 non-members

 

26th June- Music: Playing with Rhythm

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Everybody’s got a little rhythm! Come along and join Meredith as we feel the beat and play with and explore rhythm together. We’ll play some games, get creative composing our own rhythms, make some music without any instruments(!), and have a little look at how to read and write rhythms.

This workshop will be a great follow-on for those who came to music at Living Learning in term 1, and will also be lots of fun for those who didn’t. No previous music experience necessary!

Meredith is a homeschooling mum and piano teacher. She has been teaching music to people of all ages (especially children) for about 14 years and loves finding creative and fun ways of approaching music education.

Cost: $16 for HEA members/$18 for non-members

 

3rd July- Up Close and Underground: examining layers in the garden.

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Come along and get up close to things we see every day in the garden, refine and build on your observation skills. Investigate shapes, textures and colours. Use a variety of drawing materials and techniques to create your own observational drawing.

Rachel is a homeschooling mum who has been teaching visual arts in a variety of forms for 18 years. She brings a wealth of experience and encourages people of all ages to experiment, explore and investigate the world through their art making.

Cost: $18 for HEA members/$20 for non-members

 

Term 2 2018 has a High School Level Program on offer.

These workshops are suitable for children who work at a high school level.  If interested in these workshops, please email the organizer, Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

Creative expression.

This ten week workshop series will bring the written word to life. It will explore diverse ways that creative expression of the word can be useful in everyday situations. It will help us develop skills to communicate well with the world around us and to enact words thoughtfully. It is a practical workshop series that will look at – storytelling, rhetoric, speech-writing, poetry, documentary, communication skills, debating, crucial conversations, interviewing and the construction of an argumentative essay. Workshops will be structured around playful forays into the realms of logic and fancy, beauty, comedy and the absurd. By focusing on our personal strengths and the celebration of our unique selves, this workshop series will help us to nurture the ongoing power of the creative expression of our words. This is an inclusive high school class, open to all levels of ability and confidence.

Gareth has a diverse interest in things such as narrative therapy, popular culture, post-colonial literary theory, poetry, song writing and essay. He has been writing poetry for about twenty years and has been shortlisted for national poetry prizes. He has completed undergraduate university studies in Social Ecology, Creative Writing and Visual Arts and holds a masters degree in Social Work. He currently works within the field of disability and mental health where he utilises play, visual arts and creative writing as a therapeutic modality. He has been involved in the home-education community with his family of four children for the past ten years.

Cost: $120 for the ten week series.

Gareth would like these classes to be accessible/inclusive to all. If there are obstacles, financial or other, please get in touch with Gareth to work out a solution: gareth.evan.thomas@gmail.com

To book a place in this high school level series please email the organizer, Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

 

Booking information:

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer refunds so please read each workshop description carefully before choosing which workshops to book into.  The booking form is below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1G9mt-GXqTepookvwYD2B8SWWdn6WPIF9w1oYL_kKhrRd9A/viewform

Term 1 Program 2018

January 15, 2018

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 1 Program!

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. MMNC is a nut free venue.  All homeschooling families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you are attending the workshops.  Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.

Living Learning programs are pitched at a 5yrs and up age group as a loose guideline. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.

Please note it is an insurance requirement from HEA that parents are at the venue or provide written notice of their absence to the event organiser and have a designated “supervising carer” present for their children. When you are the “supervising carer” for another parent, please ensure you include the names of the children who are in your care when you sign the HEA sign on sheet.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking sheet for Term 1 2017

Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

 

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30th Jan- Not Back to School Picnic

10:30am onwards at Buttenshaw Park Springwood.

Come and celebrate the start of the 2018 non-school year with us with a picnic in the park. No booking required. Remember your hats, sunscreen and water.

Some families may wish to have a swim at Springwood Aquatic centre afterwards.

 

6th & 13th Feb- Music

Come along for some music with Meredith. We will explore some musical theory that will help us to understand how to read and write music. In this exploration we will look at rhythm, how music is written on the staff, and some of the strange words and symbols used in written music. We will play games and use our voices and bodies to help us learn.

Participants will benefit most if they have basic reading skills, such as an understanding of symbols representing sound; be able to write/draw some simple shapes; and be able to follow instructions for a game.

Meredith is a homeschooling mum and piano teacher. She has been teaching music to people of all ages (especially children) for about 14 years and loves finding creative and fun ways of approaching music education.

Cost: $34 for HEA members; $36 non-members.

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20th & 27th Feb- Israeli Folk Dancing

Join Yudith for two weeks of Israeli Folk Dancing. We will learn a song or two, and then sing and dance together.

Cost: $4 for HEA members; $6 for non-members

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6th March- Mathematics through Art

Join Julie and Rachel for a hands on exploration of mathematics and art. We will examine 3-D and 2-D shapes, explore pattern and repetition as well as investigate the power of line. We will also look at and discuss some artworks that contain mathematical concepts.

Participants will build 3-D objects, draw using rulers and compasses, and have loads of fun working individually or with friends to create art with mathematical themes.

Some children may need support from a parent as there will be a variety of work stations set up around the room. There will also be some fine motor skills required in the creation of both the 3-D and 2-D shapes.  Each workstation will provide activities that your family might be inspired to continue playing with at home.

Cost: $16 for HEA members; $18 for non-members

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13th, 20th, 27th March- From Art to Textiles

A workshop using a simple design technique to develop an original artwork, to use as inspiration for the making process.

Over the 3 weeks we will help support this process based learning experience to develop creative options, using simple techniques to emerge with a stitched textile work… A Painting in Stitches.

Cindy and Elissa are homeschooling mums with a love of fibre arts and a passion for the handmade. They are inspired by freeform stitching and experimentation and want to share and encourage an enjoyment of the simple act of making.

Participants will need to be able to thread their own needle and do some basic stitches.

Kits will be provided. Parents are welcome to participate but will need to book in to join the class.

Cost: $48 for HEA members; $52 for non-members

 

3rd April- Fantastic Foot Feats with Sarah

Come join us for a morning of play and learning about your fabulous feet.

-what lies beneath your foot flesh?

-what is our footstory? A brief comparison of some feet from other cultures and periods of human history

-how our modern environment and culture shapes and changes YOUR feet’s fitness and flexibility

-Shoes! The good, the bad, the ugly, the necessary?

-Footplay: how strong and mobile is YOUR footsy foundation? How does the health of your feet impact your WHOLE body? Join in some fun foot challenges and see what you can (and can’t) do!

– Foot love: foot friendly tips and hacks to keep your tootsies loving life!

This interactive workshop which will involve barefoot time in a controlled environment with the option of some outdoor barefoot experiences for those who wish to participate. Outdoor activities can also be completed shod if preferred. Please bring along the pair of shoes you wear most frequently. Parents welcome to participate with their children at no additional cost.

Sarah is a massage therapist, budding movement and alignment teacher, barefoot enthusiast and can’t stop talking about feet.

Cost: $12 for HEA members; $14 for non-members

 

Term 1 2018 has a High School Level Program on offer.

These workshops are suitable for children who work at a high school level.  If interested in these workshops, please email the organizer, Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

6th of February ecology excursion. Join Emma and Jenny from Blue Mountains Council for a healthy waterways excursion to Horseshoe Falls in Hazelbrook. We will meet at 9:30am at the picnic area at Horseshoe Falls reserve at the end of Alexandria Avenue. This 3 hour excursion takes us on a walk to the falls themselves, where we will do extensive water testing and evaluating the creeks health. Lunch/picnic afterwards for those who are interested.

Cost: free for HEA members, $2.00 for insurance for non-members.

 

13th Feb – 3rd April. 8 Tuesdays 11:40-1:10 Life on Earth

What is life, how did it begin on earth, how is all of life related?

Starting smaller than we can see, and further back in time than we can fathom, let’s take a journey through the intricacies and mysteries of life on Earth.  Expect the unexpected, life is full of surprises!

Join Julie for an adventure to explore what biology is, what LIFE is.  We will explore the phylogenetic tree of life together, delighting in the wonder and diversity.  This will be a small group class, with flexible facilitation, encouraging the deepening of individual interests and varied forms of expression.  Drawing on the interests of the group we will research, design and carry out experiments and try out different ways of expressing our findings.  The smallest, largest, rarest and hardiest life-forms are in range of our curiosity, as we delve into discovering the innermost workings of life on our planet.  We are alive, and the earth bursting with life, and this will be as much celebration as science, full of opportunity for engagement in diverse ways with highschool level biology.

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Week 1 – Introduction

What is biology, what is life, brief introduction to cells and systematics, the tree of life, a brief overview of the story of life on earth, what are our individual interests, how do we each like to communicate and express ourselves.  The scientific method and experimental design.

Week 2 Animals

Human biology cells/tissues/organs/organ systems, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology – how are our favourite animals are related, microscopic animals, what is the most outrageous animal?  What life forms are most closely related to animals?

Week 3 Fungi and Plants

Relationships, differences and interactions between Animals, Fungi and Plants.  Fabulous Fungi and Peculiar plants.  Scientific research and experimental design.

Week 4  The whole tree of life.

Unicellular wonders and their multicellular relations.  The fairly invisible but ridiculously important and diverse kingdoms: Bacteria and Archaea

Ecology and Ecosystems

Week 5 The wonderful world of cells, human biology – cells/tissues/organs/organ systems

Week 6 Finishing with our experiments and expressing our results.  Wrap up of our exploration of the tree of life. Systematics and the ongoing nature of discovery.  Celebration!

Week 7 Jig Saw Challenge: Jane Brennan will facilitate a jig saw activity with a biology basis.  Jig saw activities involve developing specialised knowledge and bringing this together in collaborative group problem solving.

Week 8 A visit from a biologist to share their story of life and work in biology and be available for questions

Julie has studied Environmental Science at Southern Cross University and the University of New England, she is now studying Creative Arts at Charles Sturt University in a quest to get the very most out of an undergraduate degree as possible (and fit her study around homeschooling her children)!  She may win a prize for the most drawn out undergraduate degree ever!  While she was studying at UNE she DID win the NCW Beadle Prize for Botany twice, the second time for her study in Systematics.  The living world is her passion and delight, she is in completely in awe of it and thrilled at any opportunity to explore and share in the wonder.

Cost: $108 for HEA members; $116 for non-members

 

Booking information:

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer refunds so please read each workshop description carefully before choosing which workshops to book into.  The booking form is below:

Booking form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu-q6hNLqTKdU6HHURx7ittYdnW5hX98KxAUqq9yGAs6Lk5Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

To book into the high school program please email Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

Term 4 Program 2017

September 18, 2017

I can’t believe it is nearly Term 4 already, but it seems that it is, so Welcome to our Term 4 program!  We look forward to sharing in these Springtime offerings with you and your families.

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am unless otherwise noted (we do have an excursion and some longer sessions this term, see workshop details below). MMNC is a nut free venue.  All homeschooling families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you are attending the workshops.  Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.

Living Learning programs are pitched at a 5yrs and up age group as a loose guideline. It is an insurance requirement from HEA that parents are at the venue or provide written notice of their absence to the event organiser and have a designated “supervising carer” present for their children. When you are the “supervising carer” for another parent, please ensure you include the names of the children who are in your care when you sign the HEA sign on sheet.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking form for Term 4 2017. Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

10th October: Farm Excursion

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Come along on an excursion to Providence Hill farm in Hartley. See how things work on a real farm and hear about what life on a farm is like. Meet and feed the animals and maybe even try your hand at some veggie gardening. After our tour we are welcome to stay and enjoy the farm a little longer with a picnic, so bring along your lunch.

Providence Hill farm is a family farm and market garden run by Edwina and Ebony. They grow and deliver fresh, chemical-free produce to families throughout the mountains. You can find out more about them here https://www.providencehillproduce.com/

Details about how to get to the farm and what to bring will be sent to attending families closer to the day.

Cost: $25 per family for HEA members, $28 non-HEA members

 

17th & 24th of October: Build-a-mind 

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We enjoyed working with Kerry from Build-a-Mind so much, we decided to invite her back. During this series of workshops children will have the opportunity to spend focused time on Lego coding kits one week and free explore with other kits the other week. Build-A-Mind focuses on exposing children (and adults) to new technology, new tools and different methods of construction, alongside familiar toys such as Lego.  Children are gently encouraged to express their creativity and expand their horizons at a pace that suits them individually.    Our team of Edutainers facilitate explorative learning and guide the children to find their own conclusions on how to progress with whatever project they may be working on.

Our mantra begins “We are makers, we are creators, we are innovators …..”  and we strive to instil this belief in everyone we work with.

Cost for the two week series: $24 HEA members/$30 non-members

 

17th October: Hands-on Ecological and Biodiversity Study for older children.

Come and learn about the amazing bushland that we have in the Blue Mountains. You will be ecologists and biologists for the morning, learning how to do real citizen science and get up close with nature.

Jenny and Emma from Blue Mountains City Council will walk with you to bushland near the Mid Mountains Community Centre – the bushland will be our classroom. Unless it is very heavy rain we will brave the weather just like real scientists do!  So may need to bring your raincoats. Wear good walking shoes and bring something to record your data. This class will run from 11:30-1:30.

This workshop is suitable for children who work at a high school level. Cost is free for HEA members, $2.00 for non-members. Pleasne note: this workshop is not on the LL booking form – If interested in this workshop, please email the organiser Jane directly:

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providing your child’s name, age, HEA membership number and expiry date.

 

24th October: Open Planning Meeting

Come along and help create what Living Learning looks like in the new year.  Open Planning Meetings are a chance to give feedback on previous offerings, to share ideas, and create future programs. We especially love to hear what the children are interested in experiencing so bring along ideas from the whole family! We will meet at 12pm (after the second Build-a-Mind session).

31st October: Seeds

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Come and learn about the mysterious, magical world of seeds with Meredith and Julie. How do seeds grow? What’s inside a seed? What do different seeds look like, and what are they even for? Create and take home an experiment to watch a seed in action.

Meredith and Julie are home educating mums at Living Learning, who have a love for the amazing world of nature. Meredith has just completed her Permaculture Design Certificate and Julie has an Environmental Science background.  They have both been gardening for what seems like too many years to count!

Cost: $15 HEA members, $18 non HEA members

 

7th November: Market Day!

We are celebrating Home Ed Week and the approaching holiday season with a Market Day!

Have you been creating some amazing craft?

Are you keen to make a bit of money and see what some of your friends have been creating?

Wanting to buy some treats for your self and presents for others?

Come along to our Market and set up a stall.

Children of all ages are welcome to sell art and craft and other created items/second hand toys or learning materials/baked goods.

No commercial stalls will be included in this Market, all stall holders will be from the homeschooling community from the teens through to our youngest members being welcome. Parents of children are welcome to support and co-run a stall with their children

Bookings for Stall-holders is required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cost $2 per stall.

 

14th November: Sharing our Passions

Would you like to share what excites and delights you? Come along and share something that you love with us all! For this session we are opening up an opportunity for those who would like to share something they are passionate about with the group.  This can be a short talk, a performance, demonstration or an interactive experience.  Both children and parents are welcome to book a spot, come and share something that you really enjoy in your life!  Session lengths will depend on how many people would like to present.  We will be in touch to confirm times once bookings close, bookings for presenters will close on the 14th of October.  You can also book in as an audience member if you don’t want to present, but would like to share in the delights!

Cost $2 HEA members $4 non HEA members.

 

21st November: Microscopic Creatures

Come and discover the incredible microscopic creatures that live in the soil and the environment all around us. Be a scientist for a morning – and learn how to use a real microscope. Blue Mountains City Council’s Education Officers, Jenny and Emma will show you how to get up close to nature and discover amazing details we cannot see with the naked eye.

Please note this workshop will run from 9:30-11:30 to allow for an in depth learning experience.  We will meet in the MMNC Courtyard.  The first hour will be spent gathering samples outside, and the second hour will be spent inside with the microscopes.

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‘Connecting kids with creeks and catchments’ is part of Blue Mountains City Council’s environmental education program for schools and early years learning centres.

Our aspirations:
*Healthy children and young people
*Children and young people who connect regularly to the
natural world, are healthier and happier.
*Every child and young person connects regularly with
nature.
*Healthy waterways
*People who connect with nature as children become
more environmentally responsible adults.
*Every child and young person learns about, cares about
and is respectful of the natural areas in their back yards.
*Every child and young person develops water literacy and
takes action to protect waterways.

The program
our intent is to design the program with you, to meet your needs and to use your backyards and bushland corridors as the ‘third teacher’.

Cost $8 HEA members $11 non HEA members

 

28th of November: Manga Drawing and end of year picnic

Come along and learn about the wonderful world of Japanese Manga!

In this class we will delve into creating our own manga inspired characters and learn about the art form that became the most mimicked style in the world! From Astro Boy to Sailor Moon we’ll be taking a look at manga through the ages and learning the tips and tricks of the trade to create dynamic and eye catching characters.

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My name is Madi Martin and I’m a former Homeschooler and second year University student studying a Bachelor of Fine Art and Visual Culture and working toward a Master of Secondary Education at Curtin University. I’m an ink artist and am currently featured at Gallery ONE88 in Katoomba. I’m also in Instagram and Facebook @kewpidollart.

I hope to see you there!

Madi

Cost: $16 HEA members and $19 Non HEA Members

After this session we will have an end of year picnic to celebrate the completion of another amazing year of Living Learning!  All welcome.

 

Booking information:

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer refunds so please read each workshop description carefully before choosing which workshops to book into.  The booking form is below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBSh1TPehIaOjUI1lnstxOeupd5wH23eWmEMASTzNl5eY_9A/viewform

So Much Gratitude to everyone who creates and supports Living Learning, we are so lucky to have this ongoing community resource for our families to share in.  Thank you all.

Planning meeting

July 10, 2017

Hi all! On Tuesday 1st of August at 12pm we will have an Open Planning Meeting for Living Learning at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre.  Open planning meetings are the perfect place to give feedback on previous offerings, to share ideas, and create future programs.  We especially love to hear what the children are interested in experiencing so bring along ideas from the whole family.  Thanks to everyone whose time, energy, enthusiasm, inspiration, hard work and creativity have kept Living Learning going for SIX YEARS this term.  Happy birthday to us!  Our current program can be found HERE

Much love and gratitude,

Julie