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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.

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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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