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Living Learning Term 3 Program 2015

June 22, 2015

Living Learning Term 3 Program 2015

Welcome to our Term 3 program! Workshops run at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30, unless otherwise noted. All families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you attend the workshops. All Living Learning workshops are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events. Book in quick if you are keen as our programs can book out.  Booking information is at the end of the program.

14th of July: Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine with Anada Jones

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Anada is a Chinese medicine doctor. Chinese medicine was first documented 5000 years ago, and is still going strong to this day! So what is the secret to this medicine? Anada teaches people about the ancient knowledge of holistic medicine, and how you can use these secrets of Chinese medicine every day, yourself.

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Did you know your body talks to you? Learn how to hear it, and the allow the wisdom to unfold in you, too!
Suitable for ages 7-700
Cost: $15 for HEA members $17 non members

21st July, 28th July, 4th August: Yoga for Kids with Jill

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Jill will run two sessions for us: 10:30-11 under 7’s
11-11:30 7-12 years old

Cost: $18 HEA members/$22 non members for 3 weeks of half hour sessions

11th August and 15th September: Origami with Maddie!

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Come to the origami sessions. Learn all of these cool folds. No tape! No glue! But sometimes requires a little bit of scissors help. Maddie has been exploring the world of origami for approximately 2 years. She can fold countless pieces… some as tiny as your pinky finger nail and some has big as your dinner table.

Maddie and her mum (Rachel) would LOVE to show you how to create flowers, cranes, samurai hats and boxes. During the first week we will create a variety of in- dividual pieces including paper cranes, rabbits, samurai hats, flowers and boxes. Then after you’ve spent a bit of time practicing at home, come back for more origami and learn how to fold some module pieces. Module origami are models that require numerous individual pieces to be joined together. We will create origami spinning tops, spinning stars, lions, dinosaurs and a few other jungle animals. Suitable for ages 5-12

Cost: $20 members ($24 non members) for 2 weeks of fascinating folding.

18th August, 25th August, 1 September: Coding with Veronica

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Veronica grew up around computers. She learnt BASIC computer programming when her mother arranged to teach in the school library, around 1986. Fast forward a few years and she graduated in Electrical Engineering in 2000. Now she homeschools her four boys, ably assisted by her 2 year old daughter.

“For the series, I bring along a local area network with some web applications such as dokuwiki, google coder and wordpress. There is no internet access, only what is available on the local network.

I can also run some “unplugged” activities. I love teaching about binary numbers.

There’s also Blockly Games and Twine for kids who would like to have a go with an easy way to work at their own pace.

One really cool thing to do would be to take along a copy of and have kids brainstorm how it could be improved.”

Suitable for ages 8-18. Bring your own lap top if you have one, or let us know if you need one to be provided when you book in.

Cost for 3 weeks: $30 ($28 for siblings) for HEA members; $32 ($30 for siblings) for non members

8th September: Creating a visual story with Ben Wood, Illustrator

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Session Info:

In this creative workshop, students will work alongside Ben to create their very own picture book. Using their own drawings as the starting point for their stories, students will create a story going backwards! This is a very approachable way to discuss story elements in a fun and creative environment.


  • Characters: the good, the bad and the ugly!
  • Setting
  • Steps to writing a story
  • Cause and effect: Eg. If a character falls in a puddle, what happens?
  • Ways to “beef up” your story and make it full of interesting things!

    Ben Wood has been illustrating for publishers and design studios for many years. He has been a Booked Out speaker for nearly as long and enjoys creating books with students.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne, but grew up in the country in South Gippsland. I have lived in Bendigo, Melbourne and now live in Sydney.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I tend to be interested in illustrating stories that contain themes of ‘home’ and ‘being yourself’. I like characters in stories that are true to themselves. Australian identity and bushland are also favourite themes of mine.

What have been the highlights of your career?

In 2006 I was accepted into the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Mentorship Program. I was introduced to the big world of publishing and children’s book illustration. I even got a chance to work alongside award winning illustrator Roland Harvey.

Where have your works been published?

Other than children’s picture books published in Australia, I have had illustrations appear in Dolly Magazine, and many other magazine publications. My books have been published in Australia, Canada and Asia.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about animals, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book series, dinosaurs, Muppets, fairy tales and silly monsters!

Haven’t I seen you before?

I have a twin brother so people mistake me for him all the time!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I have a Tyrannosaurus Rex in my studio.

Cost: To cover costs this workshop will likely be between $20 and $25. We will calculate the exact cost when we have an idea of numbers, as this helps us to offer the lowest price possible for everyone. So let us know if you are interested in attending and tell your friends, as the more interest we get the better the price for everyone!


For all bookings, please email with the following form (please copy and paste this into your email browser):

Parent’s name for booking:

Email address:
HEA Member (answer yes/no)?:

Number of children per workshop

Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Yoga (under 7): Yoga (7-12): Origami:


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