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Term 3 Program 2016

June 27, 2016

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 3 Program!

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am (except the Mini Beasts show which runs from 11:00-12:00). MMNC is a nut free venue.  All families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, regardless of whether you attend the workshops.Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.  Booking info is at the end of the program. Our workshops often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

Japanese Language and Culture

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My name is Madi Martin and I am a second year University student and Japanese tutor. I am offering a three week series of Japanese workshops focussing on basic language skills and also delving into the world of Japanese culture. Come along and learn a new language or refresh your skills!

Dates: 19/ 7/ 16 , 26/7/162/8/16 

Age: open

Cost:  HEA Members $24

          Non-HEA Members $26


Science Fair

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Are you a mad (or sane) scientist?

Do you love to learn through experimentation?

Come join our science fair where you can share an experiment with your peers (or just join in). On the day, children will be able to take part in a number of experiments prepared by others.

When you sign up for this workshop, please indicate whether your child would like to present an experiment or just participate in them. Guidelines on how to write up experiments for sharing will be provided in advance.

Please note bookings for this workshop close 26/7/16 to allow presenters to prepare their experiments for the numbers.

Date: 9/8/16 

Age: Open

Cost:  $8 HEA members

           $9 Non HEA


Skill  Share

Come along to our third skill-share session where fellow homeschoolers will share with you something they are passionate about. We plan on having one session per term, and we are taking expressions of interest from amongst our homeschooling community of young learners who would like to share something with others either this term or next. 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.

Please book early if your child is interested in sharing a skill so that we can allocate suitable time/space for each child.

Note bookings for this workshop close  2/8/16 to allow presenters to sort out their presentations based on numbers.

Date: 16/8/16 

Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Age: Open

Cost:  $7 HEA members

           $8 Non HEA


Let’s Get Up Close and Explore the World of Bugs Through Art…..

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We’re going to examine insects, bugs and slugs and artworks that have been created about them. We will experiment with a range of 2-D and 3-D materials; developing and refining art making skills through the creation of drawings, sculptures and installations. We’ll have lively discussions about art… our own and the works of professional artists. And we will build on our knowledge and understanding of insects, bugs and slugs. If you LOVE exploring the world and making art about critters, this is the perfect workshop series for you.

This workshop series includes the Mini Beasts workshop week outlined below as a part of the art series.

This in-depth study of bugs through art will be facilitated by Rachel Hall from The Art Tent. Rachel has been officially homeschooling for more years than she can remember. Prior to homeschooling, she gained a BA in Fine Arts and a Diploma of Education. She has taught Visual Arts in a few high schools and has been facilitating art workshops in a variety of spaces over the past few years. She especially enjoys approaching art education with a cross-curricular focus.

There is potential for mess so please make sure to bring a paint shirt or wear clothes that aren’t terribly special.

All materials provided.

Date: 23/8/16 , 30/8/16, 6/9/16

Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Age: 7+

Cost:  $40 HEA members

           $45 Non HEA


Mini Beasts

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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. Every workshop includes a hands-on mini-beast experience not to be forgotten! Live mini-beasts brought along include large and colourful stick insects, centipedes, millipedes, giant burrowing cockroaches, preying mantis, spiders, scorpions, beetles, caterpillars and more. A large collection of over 200 specimens of preserved mini-beasts or ‘biofacts’ are also brought along including sea shells, urchins, starfish, sponges, corals, cocoons, eggs, egg cases, skins, preserved insects etc.

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.

About the facilitator: 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.

If you are booking into the art series above, minibeasts is included in this booking (and cost).  If you are not doing the art series, you can book into the Minibeasts separately.

Date: 30/8/16 

Time: 11:00 – 12:00

Age: Open

Cost:  $15 HEA members

           $17 Non HEA


Kool Constructions Team Challenge

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Over a series of 2 workshops we will work with a team to explore the world of engineering and design. Rise to the challenge of using your problem solving skills to design and build amazing structures from everyday objects.

Participants will

  • Develop an understanding of the engineering process
  • Cooperate with team members to problem solve
  • Experiment with a variety of materials to build structures
  • Share and discuss their process and designs
  • Have fun being creative


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.

Date: 13/9/16, 20/9/16

Time: 10:30 – 11:30


Cost:  $22 HEA members

           $25 Non HEA


To book follow this link and fill out the form

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