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Living Learning February/March Program

January 18, 2012

Welcome to a new year of Living Learning!  I have been provided with some wonderful photos of our events from last year which I have created a new page for on the Living Learning site.  From the homepage click on the tab “Photos” to see a selection of moments from our past programs.   I tried to choose group shots where individuals weren’t easily recognisable, but please let me know if you would like any of the photos taken off the site for any reason.  Gratitude for the wondrous diverse experiences of last year and big thanks to the photographer!

Below is our Summer Program of offerings.  All workshops are located at the Mid Mountains Community Centre in Lawson and run from 11am-12 on Tuesday mornings, with time to share lunch and play afterwards.  For all bookings and inquiries contact Julie at  All workshops are Home Education Association Inc events.  Happy New Year!

February 7th: Cooperative Games Day

We will welcome the new year in with lots of fun and silliness, creativity and connection as we explore games based in cooperation, rather than competition.  Last years Cooperative Games Day was one of our most dynamic, surprising and fun-filled workshops, highly recommended!

Cost: $5 per family for HEA members/$7 for non HEA members

What to bring: bodies ready to play!

February 14th – March 6th: An Artist’s Journey

Local artist Bev Webster will accompany us on a journey of art-making: exploring a theme, looking at relevant works by other artists, learning new techniques, creative expression with paint/mixed media, culminating in our own art exhibition.

We will be loosely exploring environmental themes, looking at the natural world, reflecting on being a part of our local ecology.  Each participant will  receive an art kit including a canvas and a set of brushes. Acrylic paint will be provided.  Gesso, a variety of papers, raffia and leaves will also be used in building up layers of textures and imprints over the four weeks.

Bev is a local visual artist with a degree from Sydney University.  She is currently working in a variety of mediums including stained glass and mosaics. As well as exhibiting locally, Bev is teaching a variety of mediums in community groups, including homeschooling groups and local schools.  Bev is very flexible and encouraging and loves working with children, helping them to explore and express the creativity that is naturally inside them.

After the series of four workshops we will put together an exhibition, to hang the works created and share them with our friends and relations.  Children are also welcome to bring other works of theirs that they may like to exhibit and will have the opportunity to create reproductions of their work and exhibit in a digital gallery on the Living Learning website if they wish.  We will organise flyers/invitations for our exhibition opening which the children can hand out to their loved ones. Drinks and nibbles will be provided for the event (maybe even musical entertainment if we have any volunteers?).  The date and time of the exhibition will be arranged with workshop participants.

Cost: $55 per participant ($60 for non HEA members).  This price includes venue hire, four weeks of art tuition, all materials and insurance.

Bookings:  Please book as soon as possible to ensure your place, by emailing and payment details will be provided.

Payment will be due by 2nd of February to allow time for purchase of materials.

Hope to see you there!

While our March/April Program will be out next month, here is a reminder about the CSIRO events coming up in this time:

CSIRO Hands On Science Programs
TWO EVENTS – MARCH 27th, 2012.

**  Air, Atmosphere & Weather Workshop (K-6), and
**  Energy, Forces & Motion Show (Yrs 7-10)

The CSIRO Science Education Centre create a dynamic interactive forum within which students can take a hands-on role. Their program engages students in eye-opening interactive science theatre and hands-on experiments, which have been developed around real-life CSIRO research. Our students will become the scientists, rather than just reading about them.
***Air, Atmosphere & Weather Student Workshop This stimulating interactive show is designed to encourage students to think like scientists‚. During the session, students make predictions and observations during eye-catching demonstrations involving air, water and liquid nitrogen. Demonstrations of evaporation, expanding gases and condensation are designed for students to question and gain an understanding of these processes. Allow your students to be inspired by the science of weather in a new exciting educational forum. Demonstrations allow students to:
* see that air takes up space
* feel how air exerts a force
* explore what happens when air is cooled and heated air
* understand air and the weather
* find out what makes up air.

This workshop is recommended for Kindergarten to Year 6. Costs are $12 (HEA) / $14 (Non HEA).Contact Julie at

*** Energy, Forces & Motion Show This 60 minute show explores matter, energy and how they interact. Through fun demonstrations and discussion, students can: investigate magnetic braking and Lenz’s Law visualise magnetic fields with ferrofluids and nanoparticales examine electric fields, electrostatics and plasmas explore properties of sound including standing waves, harmonics and resonance experience angular momentum and gyroscopes experience different forms of electromagnetic energy including lasers and infrared use persistence of vision and find out how a stroboscope can help to freeze motion. Learn about Bernoulli’s Principle, air resistance, and fast moving air.

This show is suitable for Years 7-10. Costs are $15 (HEA) / $20 (non HEA).  Contact Jane at

2 Comments leave one →
  1. louise permalink
    January 26, 2012 1:23 am

    Looking forward to the CSIRO event. But did want to mention that maybe it would make more sense to refer to suitability by child’s age rather than by school year… *unschooling in action*.

    • January 26, 2012 2:37 am

      The CSIRO provide their blurb and to me it feels good to let people get a feel for the event by sticking to what is provided. Either age or school year is going to be a rough guide only for homeschoolers and particularly unschoolers! Tempted to enter a philosophical discussion, but will refrain due to the ammount of dishes on my sink! Look forward to seeing you there, Louise. Maybe we can have a chat about it in person 🙂

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