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Creative and Performing Arts Night

May 10, 2017

Hello Homeschoolers,

This term the Living Learning planning team have decided to hold a creative and performing arts night on Thursday 29th June at Wentworth Falls school of Arts.

We are aiming to have a visual arts exhibition AND performances. All local homeschooling children will be able to exhibit and/or perform.

At this stage we need some enthusiastic volunteers to help with planning and executing the event on the day.

We’re looking for people to staff the front door, organise a program of performers, hang artworks, set up chairs, supervise the kitchen, announce/intro performers, design flyers, co-ordinate audio visual equipment, bring ideas we haven’t thought of yet.

We will meet face to face as a group to organise and plan. Meetings will most likely occur on Tuesdays after Living Learning.

If you’d like to be involved either on the night or in the lead up to the event please email Rachel at rachncam@internode.on.net

If you have children who are keen to exhibit and/or perform stay tuned for a booking sheet.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Rachel

Ecology Excursions

May 6, 2017

With a couple of cancellations, we’ve had 4 places become available for the 7-9 year olds Ecology Excursion which has been moved to the 22nd of May.  It will be a wonderful day learning about the science of ecology and our local terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  Details are below, please email sparksandflames@soundview.com.au if you would like to book a spot!

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PLEASE NOTE: Bookings for these excursions are separate to bookings for the rest of the Living Learning Program.  Please email Julie at sparksandflames@soundview.com.au to secure your place and receive a booking form.

Monday 15th May – 10-14 year old Excursion Day.

Monday 22nd May – 7-9 year old Excursion Day.

To supplement our Environmental Focus at Living Learning this term, Julie is coordinating Ecology Excursions with Grant Rider, Ecologist and Educator. Grant is offering two excursion days, one for 7-9 year olds and one for 10-14 year olds (these age groups are requested by the facilitator and can be used as a rough guide).  Both days will have the same topics and structure. Each day will consist of two workshops.  It is recommended to book into both (doing workshop 1 before doing workshop 2 is especially recommended) but not essential.  Numbers are very limited so book in quick if you are keen.

Excursion Day Program:
10:30am-12:30 Workshop 1: Basic ecology. We will look at what makes up an ecosystem. Living and non-living components and the relationship between them. Food chains/food webs. We look at 2-3 different ecosystems and try to understand plant and animal adaptations and why things grow where they grow.
1:30pm – 3:00 Workshop 2 Aquatic Biodiversity: We go to the local dam and learn about the aquatic, mainly invertebrate life in the dam. We speculate about water quality and what ecological health actually means. We catch an array of aquatic bugs and through their identification from charts which also lists their various sensitivities to pollution we can make some conclusions about water quality and the health of an ecosystem. We also measure some other basic parameters such as temperature, PH..(acidity/akalinity) and Turbidity (how muddy the water is).

Cost: Each individual excursion will cost $15 (or $28 for the whole day).  For non-HEA members this is $17 (or $30 for the whole day).

Accessibility: Grant will provide the details of the locations to those who are attending, families will need a car, but if needed we can organise car-pooling.

HOMESCHOOL PARENTS CRAFT CIRCLE

April 29, 2017

Sharing this for Cindy (email: cinpal@gmail.com.)

I am inviting all parents of those homeschooling, or thinking of homeschooling, to join a very laid back, and possibly dysfunctional crafting circle. I don’t care what craft you do, as long as it’s not messy because I am not good at, and don’t like, cleaning.
This group is intended for parents to join, and get to know, our community here in the Mid Mountains, though you do not need to be from here. It is for parents to catch up and have a quiet chat with other parents that we may not see very often, or to ease your way into, or back into, our homeschool family. Children are welcome, but it is not primarily a crafting group for children, so there will be no lessons. This is purely for mine, and your, entertainment.
I have booked the small meeting room at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesdays from 10.30am till 2.30pm. The small meeting room has a tea/coffee making facility and air-conditioning and we will be able to spill outside when the weather is pleasant, if we wish.
There is no obligation to come every week, but I would hope that we can make this into a friendly welcoming place that we want to come to relax and meet with friends.
If you would like to come, but have no crafting experience and would like to learn just yell out and I will see what supplies that I can pass onto you. I will provide a few crafting materials there for those who forget to bring something or just drop in. I have plenty of yarn and knitting needles and embroidery supplies that I am happy to bring along every week, should I remember them.
A gold coin donation would be welcome, but it is not mandatory. I don’t want anybody to feel unwelcome if they have no money or resources.
If there is enough interest this coming term I will continue to run this every term.
You do not need to tell me you are coming, though it might be nice to know I won’t be sitting there by myself 😉 Just turn up .

Day – Tuesdays. Starting from the 2nd May 2017
Time – 10.30am till 2.30pm
Location – Small Meeting room at the MMNC. It is opposite from the Joy Anderson Hall where we do Living Learning, and Drama.
Cost – Gold coin if you you have it.
What should I bring? – Any craft you want!

ETA I am only mentioning textile crafts because that is what interests me. You can bring whatever floats your boat 🙂

Dates – 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th of May. 6th, 13th and 20th of June.

Any questions feel free to email Cindy at cinpal@gmail.com.

Term 2 Program 2017

April 1, 2017

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 2 Program! We have decided to have an ecology focus this term so for all those families interested in exploring ecology, we have a range of workshops calling out to you.  We are hoping to be able to make a donation on behalf of the Living Learning community to an amazing organisation that supports the healthy ecology of our planet. We’d love to hear suggestions.

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am (other than the Ecology workshops with Grant Rider and the Planetarium incursion in week 9). 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 5 and up age group as a loose guideline. We are aiming to move away from age based activities and have a focus on skills required for each workshop.

Our community has grown substantially and often we end up with families on waiting lists. We’d love to have workshops full of children who are really interested in the specific workshop.  Thanks for your consideration in only booking your children in if they are keen. This helps the workshops to be more fun and engaging for everyone.

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 2017

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

2nd,9th May – Mother Earth, what does she look like and where does the word ‘Gaia’ come from? with Rachel

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Through this two week series of workshops, we will explore the way the earth has been depicted as a goddess, a mother, a living being. We will have a chat about some of the ways people have perceived the earth throughout time. We’ll have a look at the ways various artists have drawn inspiration from this theme AND we will get our artist hats on and create our own works of art.

Participants will ideally be ready to work collaboratively with others, be able to discuss some of their thoughts and be able to use art equipment. Younger artists would gain the most enjoyment from these workshops with some support from a parent or older sibling. Please remember to wear clothing that isn’t too special- you might get a bit messy.

Cost $30 HEA members/$34 non-members for the two week series.

Midday 9th May- Open Planning Meeting

All homeschooling families are welcome to come and provide feedback on Living Learning and throw around any ideas you might have for future terms. These meetings usually occur in the courtyard of the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre. If it’s raining, you’ll probably find us in the Joy Anderson room or squashed under a veranda.

 

16th,23rd May- Council of all Beings with Kaya and Julie

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This workshop includes learnings in ecology (actually deep ecology- a philosophy which regards human life as just one of many equal components of a global ecosystem), creative arts (making masks representing different aspects of the ecosystem), imagination, empathy and group process and community development.  It supports the children to experience the interconnectedness of the natural world, and to imagine what it is like to be something other than human. Through a series of fun and insightful processes and activities, the children will have the opportunity to connect with and speak on behalf of other life forms (plants, animals, fungi etc) and natural processes and forms (wind, ocean, rain, river, mountain, sandstone etc)- enabling them to see the actions of humans from the perspective of a voiceless inhabitant of the natural world.

Kaya’s experience with Councils of all Beings.
I first took part in councils of all beings when I was a young child and I remember playing fun games about the interconnection of life around us and then going for walks to find our being that we will represent. Every time I’ve been in a council of all beings, my being made itself known to me in some way (I would notice it around me in particular or it would come to me and speak in imagination strongly). Once I remember being a wallaby and once I remember being a mountain. Once I remember being a particular paperbark tree that grew in an estuary with salt water constantly running over its trunk.

I have also since been in councils of all beings as an adult and every time (no matter my age), it was incredibly an insightful, moving and beautiful experience- to step out of my humanness at least a little, and imagine what it would be like to be another being- to speak as and for another aspect of this web of life we are so so so inextricably a part of.

Each council of all beings I have been in has been wonderfully different and unique although the similar threads through all of them has been
1) Finding a being (your being can be an organism- animal, plant, fungi, bacteria, it can also be an aspect of land- rock, mountain, cave, soil, glaciers, it can be a weather pattern or force of nature- rain, river, cloud, ocean, thunder).
2) Creating a mask (and costume if you choose) to help you embody and become your being.
3) Sitting in council AS your being- as a spokesperson to all of us humans, sharing what your being needs and requests from humans- in order for us to live more harmoniously, consciously and sustainably with all beings in this web of life on earth.

The council of all beings helped me to have such a deeper, richer awareness of the interconnection of life and my passion to contribute to all of its thriving and I’d love to share that with you too 🙂

Cost: $20 for HEA members/$23 for non-members for the two week series.  For these workshops parents are invited to join in too if you would like to, free of charge.

 

30th May, 6th June- Connecting kids with creeks and catchments

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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’.

This first collaboration between Living Learning and BMCC Environmental Education will be based at the Mid Mountains Community Centre and cover the following topics:

Day 1: Tuesday 30 May

Demonstrate interactive Storm water / Catchment Model, look at catchments maps and the storm water story

Make model catchments with whatever the kids can find, do a hunt for good catchment features around the centre.

Day 2: Tuesday 6 June

Looking at weeds and storm water – what we can all do to protect our bushland in urban areas

Go for a walk – do drain spotting and a catchment crawl

Cost $16 HEA members/$18 non-members for the two week series.

 

13th June- Clean Up Australia

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Are you the type of person that wants to make a difference to the environment in our local community? Are you totally over seeing rubbish in our streets, parks, waterways and bushland? Then join us in our own ‘Clean Up Australia Everyday’ registered event. Be the solution to the problem.

Participants will be provided with rubbish collecting equipment issued by Clean Up Australia. We will focus on cleaning paper and plastic from the area around the Mid Mountains Community Centre and surrounds. Parents will need to accompany their own child(ren) to ensure safety please.

Cost: FREE

20th June- Weaving and Aboriginal Story Telling with Elly Chatfield

Come along and do some weaving with Elly and hear some of her stories.

My name is Elly Chatfield. I am a Gamillaroi Woman from North West New South Wales, a Mother and a Grand Mother. I am a member of the Stolen Generations and have been on a journey of reconnecting with my family. I am an artist, who enjoys all art forms including weaving. I am constantly amazed at the creativity and inspiration that can be found across the Mountain.

Cost- $15 HEA members/$17 non-members

N.B. Participants please bring along items you have collected that could be woven into your work so that you can create a personalised piece.

27th June- Planetarium

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Come and join us for an incursion with Starr’s mobile Planetarium.

“Travel through the universe with our awe-inspiring Earth and Space science experience…

Our planetarium will engage, amaze and inspire as we take you on a Space adventure. Discover the Solar System, Planets, Stars, Lunar Cycles, Seasons, Constellations and much more.

Be immersed in a stunning 360 degree movie. Take a trip through the Solar System and onwards to the very edge of our Galaxy and then come back down to Earth to find out what’s in the sky tonight.”

There will be 3 sessions:

10.30 – suitable for approx. Early – middle primary

11.30 – suitable for approx. Early – middle primary

12.30 – suitable for approx. upper primary – high school

This incursion involves entering and lying down in a large dome. As space is limited in the dome everyone wishing to enter the dome, including parents and siblings, will need to book.

More information and resources and activities to support the incursion can be found at https://www.planetarium.com.au/

Cost- $15 HEA Members/$18 non-members

 

Thursday 29th June- Creative and Performing Arts Night

It’s been a few years since we’ve celebrated the creative skills of our children so this term we are having an evening in Wentworth Falls where children can perform and exhibit works for their homeschooling friends and families to enjoy.

Keep your eye out for more details as June approaches. Those keen to be involved, it’s time to start warming up your voices, polishing your tap shoes and dusting off the picture frames.

Booking Form

Here is the booking form for the workshops above: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNwOFxEvLWfFZtJ-YUMZtV-s0eMKEDcE-O2BryQ60sOWLL9g/viewform

 

Extra Ecology Excursions! with Grant Rider- Ecologist and Educator

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PLEASE NOTE: Bookings for these excursions are separate to bookings for the rest of the Living Learning Program.  Please email Julie at sparksandflames@soundview.com.au to secure your place and receive a booking form.

Monday 8th May – 7-9 year old Excursion Day.

Monday 15th May – 10-14 year old Excursion Day.

To supplement our Environmental Focus at Living Learning this term, Julie is coordinating Ecology Excursions with Grant Rider, Ecologist and Educator. Grant is offering two excursion days, one for 7-9 year olds and one for 10-14 year olds (these age groups are requested by the facilitator and can be used as a rough guide).  Both days will have the same topics and structure. Each day will consist of two workshops.  It is recommended to book into both (doing workshop 1 before doing workshop 2 is especially recommended) but not essential.  Numbers are very limited so book in quick if you are keen.

Excursion Day Program:
10:30am-12:30 Workshop 1: Basic ecology. We will look at what makes up an ecosystem. Living and non-living components and the relationship between them. Food chains/food webs. We look at 2-3 different ecosystems and try to understand plant and animal adaptations and why things grow where they grow.
1:30pm – 3:00 Workshop 2 Aquatic Biodiversity: We go to the local dam and learn about the aquatic, mainly invertebrate life in the dam. We speculate about water quality and what ecological health actually means. We catch an array of aquatic bugs and through their identification from charts which also lists their various sensitivities to pollution we can make some conclusions about water quality and the health of an ecosystem. We also measure some other basic parameters such as temperature, PH..(acidity/akalinity) and Turbidity (how muddy the water is).

Cost: Each individual excursion will cost $15 (or $28 for the whole day).  For non-HEA members this is $17 (or $30 for the whole day).

Accessibility: Grant will provide the details of the locations to those who are attending, families will need a car, but if needed we can organise car-pooling.

Term 1 Program 2017

January 11, 2017

 

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 (other than the Butterfly/minibeasts workshop which starts at 10:45am). 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.

Our community has grown substantially and often we end up with families on waiting lists. We’d love to have workshops full of children who are really interested in the specific workshop.  Thanks for your consideration in only booking your children in if they are keen. This helps the workshops to be more fun and engaging for everyone.

Living Learning programs are pitched at a 5 and up age group as a loose guideline. We are aiming to move away from age based activities and have a focus on skills required for each workshop.  Each workshop description includes required skills to participate. You can use these as guides for whether your child will be able to participate easily. If your child is interested in a workshop but is still developing some of the recommended skills, they are welcome to attend as long as you can sit close by (in the workshop with them) and support them as required.

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.  Thanks for your support.

We look forward to sharing in a wonderful term of Living Learning with you.  Big thanks to our whole community for co-creating this valuable resource for our families.

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!

31st Jan- Not Back to School Picnic

10:30am onwards at Buttenshaw Park Springwood. 

Come and celebrate the start of the 2017 non-school year with us with a picnic in the park. No booking required. Remember your picnic morning tea and/or lunch, hats, sunscreen and water.

Please ensure you sign your name on the HEA attendance sheet while you’re at the picnic.

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7th, 14th Feb- Brazilian Drumming

Facilitated by Richy Glasgow of 100drums and Samba Trombada

Come along and make some noise and take a magical musical journey through Brazil with some Samba drumming. Participants will learn some Brazilian carnival rhythms involving drums and other percussion instruments.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who can walk and count to two (at the same time). It’s recommended that children younger than about 8 have a parent to accompany them; in fact parents are all encouraged to join in too!

Richy Glasgow has over 18 years’ experience teaching Brazilian percussion. His experience includes a 2 year Australia Council Fellowship to ‘study street music in Brazil and it’s use in community groups in the UK and Europe’, Composing ‘Indian Ocean Water Water Drumming” and creating a 500 strong drumming ensemble to perform it for the opening of the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival, and Running thousands of workshops around the world and establishing numerous community based brazilian percussion groups. He runs 100drums community workshops and is involved in local Brazilian drumming group/classes Samba Trombada.

Cost $15 HEA members/ $18 non-members

Planning Meeting!

Come along and share your feedback from previous terms and ideas for future terms!  Let’s brainstorm and plan another fabulous year of Living Learning for our awesome homeschooling community.  We’d love to base our program on our children’s interests so bring along the whole family’s thoughts.  All welcome.

Date: 7th February

Time: 12pm

21st Feb- Butterflies with Travelbugs Mobile Mini Beasts- this workshop will start at 10:45am

At our children’s request Jacqui Love is returning to Living Learning to take a deeper dive into the world of one mini-beast in particular – Have you ever seen a butterfly? This season has been BIG for butterflies in the Blue Mountains and beyond, but how do they help us and our environment? How do such delicate animals survive in such a harsh world? What do their colours mean? How do they grow and change? How long do they really live? What can we do to attract butterflies and other pollinators to our gardens? All these questions and more will be answered in this workshop featuring a diverse collection of preserved butterflies, laminated wings, cocoons and more. Learn the differences between butterflies and their closest relatives, the moths! And you never know, you just might get to see some real live butterflies also!

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Image credit: http://www.thebutterflysite.com/
Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts is a fun ‘hands-on’ mobile education service that travels all over NSW (and beyond) educating people of all ages about the benefits and wonders of invertebrates or ‘mini-beasts’ (insects, spiders, snails, millipedes etc) within our environment.  Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts were awarded the ‘Frater Award for Excellence’ in School Performance (Environmental Science Education) by the NSW Department of Education in both 2004 and 2006. Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts also offers services to the media and has featured on several popular television programs in Australia such as Creature Features, Gardening Australia, Playschool, Burke’s Backyard, Sunrise and Better Homes & Gardens. Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts has been operating for over 9 years and is owned and operated by Jacqui Love.

Jacqui was a Senior Zookeeper at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo for almost 10 years. Although she has experience and knowledge of a broad variety of animals, invertebrates and other “mini-beasts” have always been closest to her heart. She developed invertebrate colonies and displays and conducted extensive invertebrate research for Taronga Zoo during her time there. Several years before, she worked at the Sydney Tropical Butterfly House, once located at Dural in Sydney’s northwest where she presented workshops, lectures and tours to schools groups several times per week, as well as cared for and bred a variety of mini-beast species.  She has kept over 200 different species of LIVE spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets, flies, cockroaches, beetles, worms, preying mantis, stick insects, crayfish, snails, ants and bees and the list continues to grow.  She possesses a diverse range of qualifications including a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Science from Charles Sturt University, the Zookeeping and Animal Attending Certificates from the Sydney Institute of Technology and an assortment of other specialty courses such as Spider Identification, Herpetological Techniques, Aquarium Science and Beekeeping. She also taught the Invertebrate component of the Zookeeping Certificate through the Sydney Institute of Technology for 3 years and recently taught Animal Studies at Bathurst And Orange TAFE in 2005-2006.

Cost $15 hea members/$18 non-members

N.B. due to the delicate nature of Jacqui’s mini-beasts we need to be very strict with numbers for this workshop. Younger siblings are usually welcome to sit at the side and be in the room during LL workshops. For this workshop, younger siblings can book in and pay to attend or wait outside with a parent.

 

21st Feb- Marvellous Morning Tea

Time: 11:30 until you can manage to drag yourself away from us.

Cost: It’s totally FREE! Awesome!

The Living Learning community is delighted to invite all families that are newcomers to home education in the Blue Mountains to our ‘Marvellous Morning Tea’. Come along and share a friendly chat, cosy cuppa and some melt in your mouth munchies with other fabulous home ed families.

We also extend this invitation to regulars within our community, those who haven’t previously tried Living Learning and those who just want to mingle with others. All homeschoolers are welcome regardless of whether or not you attend Living Learning workshops.

So let us know that you are attending by making your booking. Regulars to Living Learning, please bring a plate to share if you are able.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cost: It’s totally FREE! Awesome!

Bookings Essential.

 

28th Feb, 7th March- Maths, Magic and Tricks with Azadeh (Ozzie)

Ever wanted to astound your friends with mind-reading skills? Or fancy card tricks? Well, when you learn some Mathemagics you can. With a few simple tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be wowing people with your prowess in no time and luckily for you, there’s an opening for mathemagician apprentices.

This workshop is for those who can add and subtract one and ideally two digit numbers. For those whose mathematics skill level is more advanced, we can do Mathemagics with division, multiplication and even algebra.

Cost $30 per HEA member/ $32 per non-member

 

14th, 21st March- Learn to stitch with Cindy and Elissa

Cindy King and Elissa Martini are both homeschool mums with a love of fibre and a passion for the imperfection of the handmade. They are inspired by Freeform Stitching and experimentation and want to share their enthusiasm, and encourage an enjoyment of the act of simple making.

Kits will be provided for the children. Parents who wish to participate and require a kit can pay an additional $20 and purchase their own kit. Please advise when you are booking if you need one of the kits to join the classes.

Skills – Beginners welcome. We would encourage a desire to learn. It is suggested that children under 7yrs may require parental support.

Cost $23 HEA members/ $25 non-members

N.B. Parents who wish to purchase a kit and join in, please indicate this on the booking sheet.

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28th March- Skillshare

Cost $6per HEA member/$8 per non-member

Have you got some new skills you’d like to share with your friends at Living Learning? Are there some exciting facts you’ve been busting to share? A magic trick you’d like to perform?

In the past children have told us about historical battles, demonstrated clay building techniques, taught us about busking, played the cello and told us all about endangered species.

Come along to our Skillshare session and share with us or come along to listen and learn about what your friends are going to bring and share with us.

The cost of the session will help cover the cost of materials for those presenting a skill. There will be a petty cash claim form available for presenters to fill out to claim for consumables to a maximum of $20.

Families who would like to present please book by 14th March so we can allocate suitable time for each child to present.

Cost $6per HEA member/$8 per non-member

 

Booking Form

Here is the link to the booking form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0nxRcVNT86OqsFtq6IvrgC7KrPdpKIns4UAEc7fLF035hgg/viewform.

 

Market Day

December 4, 2016

What an amazing year we’ve had at Living Learning! Thank you so very much to everyone involved. Our last event of the year, Market Day, is coming up this week and there is announcement about it below. Hope to see you there!

“Hello Living Learning Community,

There has been a great deal of interest in our end of year market this coming Tuesday. Many families have booked in to have a stall. The focus is intended to be on selling items children have made themselves, homeschool resources and toys that families are finished with and any crafts that they may have created collaboratively with their children.

So there will be lots of treasures available for people to purchase on the day. Due to the large number of children who have already booked a stall, we cannot take anymore stall bookings. Families who have not booked a stall and are interested in coming along to see what everyone has on offer, you are very welcome to attend the Living Learning market. It will be great to see you.

We will be starting at 10:30am this Tuesday.

Looking forward to seeing you at our end of year market.

Rachel”

Term 4 Program 2016

September 19, 2016

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 4 Program!

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am (with a couple of exceptions… please note the different times and days for the planning meeting and disco). MMNC is a nut free venue.  All 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.  Booking info is at the end of the program. Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

Creative Story Telling
We are heading off on an adventure into the world of stories! We’ll explore many different ways to enjoy and create stories together and play games that nurture our literary abilities.

This workshop is open to all ages and skill levels.  Please bring a favourite book to the first class.
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Julie and Gareth are story lovers and creators and homeschooling parents. Over the past 10 years they have studied many forms of story at university and run a variety of workshops for homeschoolers. Creativity is one of their very favourite things and they look forward to sharing in this creative adventure with you.

Cost: $10 HEA

$12 non HEA members

Dates:  Oct 11th and Oct 18th

Time: 10:30-11:30

First Aid for Kids

What is First Aid For Kids?

Are your kids ready to be superheroes and help save a life?

This First Aid for Kids workshop is a one hour HANDS-ON workshops on the most important and most common First Aid skills every child should learn and has been developed to cater for all Primary School Stages.

This practical and FUN session will be facilitated by a qualified First Aid Instructor.

All participants will receive take home material to ensure continuation of learning and a participation certificate.

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Cost: $17 HEA

$19 non HEA members

Date:  Oct 25th

Time: 10:30- 11:30

Planning Meeting for 2017

Come along and share your feedback from this year and ideas for next year!  Let’s brainstorm and plan another fabulous year of Living Learning for our awesome homeschooling community.  We’d love to base our program on our children’s interests so bring along the whole family’s thoughts.  All welcome.

Date: Oct 25th

Time: 12pm

ART of the ANCIENTS

Are you interested in learning about Ancient cultures? Join us for some art adventures where we will learn about the daily lives of people living in Ancient China and Ancient North America. We will explore a variety of art making practices from those places and examine the importance of story and storytelling in both cultures while absorbing some history too.

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Come along and unpack the past with Leigh and Rachel.  This workshop series is suitable for learners who can: hold a pen or pencil, who enjoy working in a team, who enjoy working with messy art materials like papier mache and who are interested in art and history.

It is anticipated that young learners under the age of 7yrs may require parent support with their art making.

Presenters: Rachel Hall and Leigh McKechnie are both home school mums living in the Blue Mountains. They are both experienced secondary school teachers with a keen interest in facilitating child-centred problem solving, creativity and team work.
Cost: $37 HEA

$40 non HEA members

Dates: Nov 1st and Nov 8th

Time: 10:30- 11:30

Robotics

Come along and build a small Robot.
Fiona and some older homeschoolers will help you build a Robot. Your Robot won’t tidy your room or do the dishes but it will do some cool stuff.

Skill set

Fine motor skills to connect electrical  wire to a motor
Cutting tape and taping items in a very specific pattern
This is a simple project with a number of helpers but if your child is reserved then your presence would be helpful as they may need 2 sets of hands for some of the assembly.

Cost: $10 HEA

$12 non HEA members

Dates: Nov 15th

Time: 10:30- 11:30

Wood Carving – Carve your own totem stick.

In this all ages workshop the children will carve patterns, shapes and symbols into a stick to create their own, personalised staff/walking stick.

The stick, the carving tool and sand paper will be provided and all will be theirs to keep at the end of the workshop (so they can continue to add to their stick or carve new ones at home).

Recommended for children who can hold and maneuver small tools. The tool is not sharp although requires a certain level of strength, patience and co-ordination to rasp shapes and patterns into the wood.

There are a variety of different shapes and patterns they can create. Some easier – for younger children and some more complicated and intricate- for older and stronger children (and they will have the chance to learn to carve the shapes and patterns most suited to them).
Cost: $18 HEA

$20 non HEA members

Dates:  Nov 22nd

Time: 10:30- 11:30

Chemistry and the science of magic tricks.

Join us for some chemistry, and the science of magic tricks! We’ll be looking at the chemistry behind appearance (and disappearance), coloured smoke, chemical clocks, you’ll discover you have acid breath and we’ll burn some money (well, maybe).

Note for parents: there will be open flames, smoke (these will only be handled by the facilitator) as well as acids and bases in some of these experiments. Children need to be able to follow safety instructions.

Younger children may need adult assistance.

Older children, or those more curious about the nitty gritty, will be given more challenging activities.

Cost: $17 HEA

$19 non HEA members

Dates:  Nov 29th

Time: 10:30- 11:30

Summer Afternoon Disco

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Pop on your dancing shoes and your favorite fancy dress (if you want) and come to the end of year dance.

In response to some of the younger children feeling left out that they haven’t had a “disco” like the tweens did this year, the teens and tweens in our community have agreed to putting on an end of year dance for the whole community.

Lets all come together, share some food, have a boogie and most importantly have a good time together!

The event will include music and dancing, some dance related games and activities (limbo anyone?) face painting, drinks and food.

Bookings are required so we have an idea of numbers.

Cost: Entry into the dance is a gold coin donation but please also bring some money for the drinks and food that will be on offer.

Dates:  Sunday December 4th

Time: 4pm- 6pm

End of year Christmas markets

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 fun cool Christmas presents?

Come along to our end of year 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 day, 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.

Dates:  Dec 6th

Time: 10:30- 11:30

Booking Info

Our community has grown substantially and often we end up with families on waiting lists. We’d love to have workshops full of children who are really interested in the specific workshop.  Thanks for your consideration in only booking your children in if they are keen, this helps the workshops to be more fun and engaging for everyone.

Living Learning programs are pitched at a 5 and up age group as a loose guideline. Having said that, we are aiming to move away from “AGE” criteria for participation in workshops and moving instead to required skills.

Each workshop description includes required skills to participate. You can use these as guides for whether your child will be able to participate easily. If your child is interested in a workshop but is still developing some of the recommended skills, they are welcome to attend as long as you can sit close by (in the workshop with them) and support them as required.

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.

We are looking forward to sharing in a great Spring and Summer term with you.

 

Booking form

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